Snow Patrol Remix Competition
The beautiful thing about a well-crafted song is how it holds up to new interpretation. A good remix highlights good songwriting, so everyone at Shure was excited when the UK band Snow Patrol agreed to let their track Fallen Empires be used for Europe-wide competition in 2012.
Our call to budding remix masters and DJs garnered more than 600 entries. The creative contestants sent in a highly diverse selection of musical genres: From lush orchestral arrangements and stripped-back acoustic interpretations to hard rock and techno versions.
After a Shure jury shortlisted 20 submissions, the band picked their three favorite remixes. The winning entry came from Finland’s Juha-Matti Koppelomäki, a university student and former studio intern. Snow Patrol’s verdict was clear: “This remix is massive... a worthy winner!”
Koppelomäki’s complete revamp of the band’s song featured hard-rocking guitars and hammering drums.
“I really liked the original track, the lyrics and the melodies – but as a fan of rock and metal music I decided to speed up the track, play my own guitars and add some of my own drums,” he said. “The rest fell into place very quickly, because the song already had the required rock attitude.”
For his efforts Koppelomäki took home Shure equipment of his choosing worth €1,500. The second and third place winners received €1,000 and €500 in gear respectively.
Over the course of the contest, the high-quality remixes of Fallen Empires racked up more than 70,000 listens in just a few short months. And that’s a true testament to both Snow Patrol’s original songwriting and the impressive creativity of the contestants.