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Remix Artist Collective, more commonly known as RAC, is a group of international members who create re-interpretative rock/electronica/dance remixes for musical artists. RAC strives to maintain a style of remixing that strays from the "club mix" archetype, creating new incarnations of songs that stem from the original structure, but expand on their genre and musical arrangement. RAC mixes typically feature a unique blend of hip-hop and vintage drum machine samples, analog synthesizers, melodic hooks, and original performed instrumentation by the remix artists themselves. "Unlike many electronic remixes, which are commonly technical and precise, RAC mixes embody a unique aesthetic based around emotion and nuance, an almost intangible warmth and innate playfulness."
The Remix Artist Collective was created in January 2007 by André Allen Anjos with partners Andrew Maury (New York) and Karl Kling (Portland). RAC's first release was "Sleeping Lessons (RAC Mix)" for The Shins, earning the remix a spot as a B-Side on the single release for "Australia." The mix, along with several other projects garnered interest among bands like Tokyo Police Club, Bloc Party, and Ra Ra Riot. Since the end of 2007, RAC has been building an empire of indie remix favorites and a quickly growing, word-of-mouth following. RAC has remixed notable artists such as Kings of Leon, Lana Del Rey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Edward Sharpe, Death Cab For Cutie, Phoenix, Surfer Blood, Foster The People, Two Door Cinema Club, Delorean, and Washed Out. RAC released their first original song "Hollywood" featuring Penguin Prison's Chris Glover via Green Label Sound on May 3, 2012. "Hollywood" is the promotional single to the forthcoming debut RAC original album. RAC released their second original song "Let Go" featuring Bloc Party's Kele and MNDR on August 20, 2013. This is the second single from their EP "Don't Talk To", released October 1, 2013.
In addition to the mention and posting of several remixes on high-traffic music blog/news sites such as Pitchfork Media, I Guess I'm Floating, Brooklyn Vegan and The Music Slut, RAC has received more formal recognition in a full length feature article for the St. Louis Riverfront Times, an online interview with Stereo Subversion, and a free-mp3, official release through Stereogum (Stereogum Presents RAC Vol.1). RAC's Sega Vs. Nintendo EP spurred hundred's of blog postings around the world and a hyped headline from the massive gaming site Kotaku.
André Allen Anjos - Portland, Oregon, U.S. / Portugal
André Allen Anjos is a young music artist with multiple years' experience in remixing, producing, and song-writing. Originally from Porto, Portugal, André now resides in the USA. He is the founder and coordinator of the Remix Artist Collective. André is currently RAC's most prolific remix artist, creating a majority of the tracks himself. His signature remixing sound is in large part a result of some of his equipment: Notably, a 1982 Roland Juno-60 and 1973 Univox MiniKorg. André has also been known to manipulate analog tape machines to achieve effects, and primarily works with Ableton Live and Digidesign Pro Tools. Outside of remixing, André has done work creating original music content for HBO's Entourage, and is now an active, principal member of the indie-electronica band, The Pragmatic.
Andrew Maury - Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Karl Kling - Portland, Oregon, U.S.
"Hollywood Ft. Penguin Prison"
RAC VOL. 2
RAC VOL. 1.5
RAC VOL 1.5
Stereogum Presents RAC Vol. 1
RAC VOL. 1
RAC Nintendo Vs. Sega EP
Nintendo Vs. Sega EP
RAC Official site