High Contrast is one of the most famous artists in the drum and bass scene. The early 2000s drum and bass and jungle royalty, formally known as Lincoln Barrett, is celebrating 20 years of his debut album, real colorsfor which the heavyweight producer has enlisted some of the scene’s most promising talents to put their own spin on the originals he created 20 years ago. True Colors (20th Anniversary Edition + Remixes)released on June 24, features artists such as Pola & Bryson, Camo & Krooked & Mefjus, Flava D, DJ Marky, Winslow and Logistics on the LP.
“It felt like a milestone worth celebrating,” says Barrett. “Some of [the remixers] were people who were contemporaries of mine 20 years ago, and then others who are new school producers who may have been just kids when that album came out. I thought it would be interesting to get a mix of perspectives on that.”
Known for his uplifting and melancholic sounds with samples, Barett adds that he has chosen artists that he believes fit well with each song. For example, the title track is a garage-influenced song, so he asked Flava D to do the remix when she started out in the garage world and made a name for herself in that genre.
The famous artist, who has been in the game for many years, believes that the democratization of the internet and digital technology has made music making more accessible, which can be done with something so widely available on YouTube. He says there are now more women and people from all over the world involved in making dance music. As for the future of dance music, he sees artificial intelligence (AI) influencing all art forms.
“I think there is a battle going on between AI technology and humans in making music, and the ideal would be if we could integrate AI into the music production process and just reap the benefits of having that technology,” Barett says. . “But the risk is that Spotify playlists will be full of weaponized AI-produced songs.” He adds that he doesn’t think the music industry is ready for this change, but he has seen the effects that AI has made in the visual arts industry, which he believes could positively impact things like live visual production. events.
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