Stemchain: A global remix initiative

Stemchain: A global remix initiative
You start with a phrase, whisper into the ear of the person next to you, and as it gets passed down the line of people the phrase gets twisted and changed? It’s almost a completely different song from the original. It bypasses mainstream media to remain as an independent project and source of inspiration for aspiring musicians. Music is nothing if not diverse. If you have musician friends let them know about this! A Mexico City producer named Borchi was the winner on this leg of the trip, with his remix titled, “LVUBTR”. Remember that old game telephone? The first stop on the Stemchain global initiative was Mexico. The original song is called “Love You Better” and is written and performed by Daniel Pak. Those remixes are then entered into a pool for that country, and the winning submission receives exclusive distribution rights to the song. We all know that Toronto is ripe with musical talent, just take Spadina station buskers for an example. The end goal is to discover hidden gems; wells of untapped talent in the music scene that just need an outlet to showcase their skills. But that’s the whole point. The project is made for musicians alone. They could be the next big thing. Each musician who downloads the stems has full creative control over their version of the song. Stemchain is a music sharing initiative and talent discovery contest, which gives amateur musicians in a given country, access to music stems that they can remix and revamp to their personal tastes. The winning song will be turned into stems and used in the next country where the competition takes place. So, the beauty of Stemchain being a global initiative is that we expose ourselves to genres that we may not usually come into contact with. Well, Stemchain, the newest project from 8Stem founder Bruce Pavitt, uses a similar concept, but it’s all about song. The project is now on it’s Canadian leg of the journey, and 12 stems from Borchi’s “LVUBTR” are the pieces that musicians will have to work with. Each pack of stems is available on the Stemchain site for three dollars. The original by Daniel Pak is a straight up reggae song, but Borchi’s remix ­was influenced by Rasterinha, a style of Brazilian electronic music.