“The making of Fantasy Living was a pretty lonely process - it was essentially just me, in the Beanie Tapes shed/studio, armed with a keyboard and a guitar and some random percussion instruments, recording and producing for seven days (stopping for lunch, though, obviously). Someone once told me about this idea of getting “too close to the mix”. Apparently it’s when you’ve heard the same songs so many times, that you lose all perspective on them. That happened.
“So, I wanted a new perspective. A way of getting some distance from the mix, so to speak. I decided to ask some Oxford music friends to re-imagine these songs from the Fantasy Living EP, to give them new life.”
✨ It’s a lot of work to write, record, mix, produce, master, distribute and promote a release. And the pace of today’s online life means that a new release is only in your timeline for the briefest of moments. Once it’s released, it’s not news any more and everyone is talking about the next thing.
But the music is still there, waiting to be discovered by new people every day. And those of us who were involved in its release still think of it every day, listen to it in the car, admire it on our shelf, recommend it to strangers.
Sometimes the music is lucky enough to have a second life, like when it’s sampled by Vanilla Ice. On 27 December (Gérard Depardieu’s birthday) we released this special digital remix EP featuring three brand new versions of songs from Fantasy Living.
Max loves a good pun, so he’s called it ⚡️The Remaxes⚡️. Merry Christmas! 🎅
released December 27, 2019
Three songs from the EP have been given the remix treatment, in three very different styles.