Exclusive: Experimental Artist, Infinite Third, Reveals Fizzy Remix From Hotwax

Exclusive: Experimental Artist, Infinite Third, Reveals Fizzy Remix From Hotwax

The sounds of Infinite Third aren’t anything you’ve heard before. Desperate, sprawling, bittersweet soundscapes make up his discography, chockful of ambient explorations. The mastermind behind the project, Billy Mays III, has carefully crafted his sonic persona for nearly a decade now, honing in on a special kind of sound so rich and, frankly, limitless that it wouldn’t be fair to box it in. Meeting somewhere in the realm of post-rock tenderness but reaching far into the cosmic universe, Infinite Third’s work is an experience not to endure fleetingly but to devour, to savor, to chew on.

Last year, Infinite Third released Channel(s), a stunning experimental record awash in buzzing synth and endlessly looping guitar riffs. In honor of its one year anniversary, Mays teamed up with 18 artists and producers to offer their own wild, warring reimaginings of Mays’ wholly original magic. The result is Channel(s): Remixed, releasing in just a few weeks. “One of my favorite things to do is sequence songs together conceptually for an album, so organizing this collection into a listenable experience was a unique and fun challenge for me,” Mays told us. “I put a lot of time and energy into curating these mixes. Thanks to the help of producer and audio engineer Stephen Bowman (AKA Banyans, who also contributed TWO remixes and mastered the whole compilation), I'm really proud of the whole sonic journey.”

And he should be. The album is a marvelously textured tribute to Infinite Third’s own production prowess. The best part, though, aside from it being jam-packed with talent? Mays and each individual artist agreed that 100% of its proceeds from streaming and download royalties will be donated to CASA, a Florida-based nonprofit operating safety, empowerment, and prevention programs to end domestic violence.

Today, we are honored to premiere one of the tracks off the upcoming album, a slick and dizzying “Channel(s)” remix by electronic producer Hotwax. We asked Hotwax to tell us a little about the process behind reworking Infinite Third’s killer sounds and here’s what he told us:

I always try to pinpoint the strongest melodic moment when doing a remix and sort of put my spin on it and go with it from there, so I was especially excited to use the synth chords as the backbone of the song [and its] chorus.

There’s a certain grit and texture to them that I liked a lot. I also don’t get a chance to work with guitars often, so when the opportunity presented itself, I tried to work in that element of the original track as well, which comes in towards the last chorus of the song.

Presenting the whole remix as a down-tempo, almost hip-hop inspired, beat-driven track is something I traffic in quite often in my original compositions, and I wanted that to shine through on this remix. It creates a nice marriage of elements from the original track to the custom chords and percussive additions from myself.

Hotwax’s remix does indeed blend beautifully his signature beat-forward production style with Mays’ contemplative, experimental style. Heavy-handed with hard-hitting slaps of percussion and the warble and trill of synth blooms, Hotwax’s "Channel(s)” remix is mesmerizing in its smooth take. For over three and a half minutes, we’re treated to an almost otherworldly mix threatening to burst at the seams with subdued synth eruptions but instead traveling gently among the flavorful, spacey soundscape he’s built.

Listen to Hotwax’s take on “Channel(s)” below and keep up with Infinite Third on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more info on the official remix album dropping soon.

P.S. Billy Mays III is working hard to launch a nonprofit to honor the memory of his father, lovable pitchman Billy Mays. Learn more about the organization here.

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