Inukshuk Gives Us Lovestep We Can “Runaway” To
Galantis – Runaway (U & I) (Inukshuk Remix)
Who is Inukshuk? Well, we’ve got a little back story on him. “I’m a musician from Ontario, Canada and have been producing a diverse array of electronic genres since I entered the scene in February of 2012. I come from an underground metal and post-hardcore background, so I try to stay true to my roots by composing a variety of sounds that incorporate heavy melodic influence. I started writing when I was 14 years old, beginning with guitar riffs for the bands I was in at the time but that eventually developed into writing full songs. I always wanted to be a part of musical activity in some kind of way so I taught myself to play a variety of instruments to hopefully open up more opportunities. When I moved out to study my undergrad I realized that finding other musicians to form bands with was difficult, primarily because we had no space to practice but also because we had no instruments to play. This was right around the time that Skrillex was becoming big and knowing him as Sonny Moore from ‘From First to Last’ it made me wonder if I would be able to take my band experience and apply it to electronic music in the same way. It wasn’t long before I bought a copy of Ableton and began toying around with it day in and day out. Over the next two years I developed my skills as an electronic music producer, putting in a minimum of six hours a day to try and understand how to take what I heard in my head and compose it into a full production. I’m still learning every day and have a long way to go, but i’m loving it every step of the way.”
I also asked him a few questions about the track.
OTB: What went into creating this Lovestep masterpiece?
Inukshuk: As soon as I heard the vocal melody for ‘Runaway’ I was hooked, Galantis did an amazing job with the original mix and I knew that if I ever had the opportunity to create my own rendition of the work that I wanted to do it justice. Keeping that in mind, as great as the original track was, I refrained from over listening to it, if I ever had access to the vocal I wanted to make my remix unique. When I saw that the remix contest had been announced I was thrilled. When creating the mix I really wanted the melody to stand as a prominent part of the track, this is why the vocals are present in almost the entirety of the track. I wanted to emphasize emotion but still have certain aspects hit hard with heavy vowel basses and chords. I defined the remix as ‘Lovestep’ because I felt that calling it Dubstep would defer a lot of listeners, it would begin with the assumption that the track was a gutteral mash of anger and noise. I have nothing against the traditional Dubstep genre, in fact I really enjoy it, but I didn’t want listeners beginning with any assumptions, therefore I chose a genre that doesn’t have as much of a prominent definition.
OTB: I noticed that you didn’t enter the remix contest, how come? I feel that this would’ve done amazing!
Inukshuk: I didn’t submit this track for the remix contest because I wanted it to stand for itself outside of a competition. I didn’t want to bug my fans to vote for me, I would rather offer it as a free download and have then simply enjoy the tune!