Magazine article The Fader

A Different Take the Black Ghosts Reflect on the Remix

Magazine article The Fader

A Different Take the Black Ghosts Reflect on the Remix

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* To support their self-titled debut, the Black Ghosts gathered a big stereo bonanza of remixes from artists including Switch, Plastician & Skream, Wajeed and Boy 8 Bit. The two members of Black Ghosts have unique perspectives on both sides of the remixing game--as a member of the Wiseguys, Theo Keating took on the likes of Beck, the Jungle Brothers and "The Macarena;" while former Simian leadsinger Simon Lord not only saw his chorus for "Never Be Alone" turned into a mantra via Justice's "We Are Your Friends," he became the modern equivalent to an anonymous house diva following the innumerable, unofficial remixes to the remix. Now as they begin to work on remixes together, they examine the angles of this industry.

How did you decide who to have remix the Black Ghosts?

Theo Keating: It was people we feel an affiliation with, whether personally or because we really like their work. It's almost a way of spreading a bit of love to your friends. But they are obviously people who are really good at what they do as well, which is fortunate.

Was there anyone you wanted to do remixes that you weren't able to get?

Keating: Not yet. When we first put something out it was a bit of overkill, but that was because everyone was asking people for remixes without telling anybody. For each single we've whittled it down a bit. As a DJ I get sent promos, and when there's like ten or 11 things on it, you're just like, I'll listen to that one later.

Have you had to reject any remixes? …

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