The winter of 2014 -15 was the longest of my life. For four months, from November to March, I endured an aggressive treatment of chemotherapy to combat my second recurrence of breast cancer. It was the most difficult thing I’ve had to face in my life and it was a very exhaustive battle. That experience made this remix contest all the more amazing for me. I was receiving at least one remix a day and I can’t tell you how if lifted my soul to hear every interpretation of my music. It was 3:00 in the morning when I received the Cesar Hazel Remix. I was feeling awful and I couldn’t sleep. When a new notification popped up on my phone I put my headphones in and listened for the first time. I was blown away. I was in tears. Here I was feeling as low as one possibly could but I was simultaneously part of this amazing piece of music that elated me. To hear my own voice singing back to me through another person’s ears was magical. It was healing to me. I knew that no matter what happened, I would live on in some small way through these pieces of music. That made it all easier to endure. Thank you all for your unknowing contribution to my mental wellbeing. This contest kept me going in ways I never would have imagined.
I have listened long and hard to every remix that came in. I appreciate the time and effort you all put in. It shows in every piece of music submitted. In the end I received 104 remixes! How is that possible!? How do I possibly chose four winners? The good news is that I made the rules so I can change them. Just this one time. The original contest specified that there would be one grand prize winner and three runner up winners. Screw that. There are now two grand prize winners and 8 follow up winners. There was simply no way around it. I have listened, and listened, and listened and this is the best I could do.
So without further delay here are the two grand prize winners of my Numb Remix Contest:
Grey Remix & Boehmusic Remix
Grey Remix was a late entry and I really had to get my head around the fact that my other first place winner would have to step back and no longer win the grand prize. The Grey Remix moved me to tears. Several times. The vocoder break at 2:13 had me. I woke up with that part running through my head this morning and I knew that this was the winner. This remix effectively captures the empty, lonely feel of the lyrics perhaps, in my opinion, better than the original. Well done!
I chose Boehmusic for his completely original approach and really great use of accordions. It was such an unexpected take and was so musically competent that he deserved to win. This is a really great piece of music that can appeal to a large audience. Beautifully done!
That isn’t to say that the rest of the remixes are lacking in any other way. All the winners are here because their remix moved me in some way. Whether it makes me crack a smile with wubwub sounds or gets my feet moving with amazing beats, it all counts, so without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the remainder of my choices.
Cesar Hazel Remix
Dirtyfrequence Remix FDL
Triple B Remix
Mauro Ericsson Feat. Amy Kress Numb Radio Edit
Let me say again that I am humbled to have been a part of the creation of this amazing music. I treasure each remix and I’m sending you thanks from the bottom of my heart for your contribution. You have my love, all of you.
All winners will be notified via their Soundcloud accounts and will need to submit a .wav file by 12:00pm MST on Friday, May 8, 2015. Failure to do so will require me to disqualify you from the contest and I will have to choose another winner. Please don’t make me choose again. This was hard enough as it was! 🙂 Please follow me on Facebook, and twitter and subscribe to my mailing list on my website for notifications on when the next remix contest starts. I won’t be running it for as long next time, nor will I be changing rules on the winners. 🙂 A special thank you to RemixComps for hosting the contest and to Soundcloud.com who made it all possible.
Until then, may life treat you well and thank you again for making music with me.
Numb Remix Contest Winners: https://soundcloud.com/amykress/sets/numb-remix-contest