Producer Olugbenga Adelekan's How I learned to stop worrying and love, a remix of 3 Pieces for Violin and Piano by composer Kate Whitley, is released today. Olugbenga, best known as the bassist with Mercury-nominated electronic band Metronomy, talks us through how he produced his reworked version.
"I heard a great deal of optimism in ‘3 Pieces’ as well as a very stark beauty. I wanted to retain that whilst also creating a remix that stood very much as its own thing. It was only my second time remixing something with no vocal track or big melodic top line to hang things around. I had a lot of fun trying to get my head around that! I treated all the audio parts from Kate’s piece like a new sample library – I took some bits to create a piano pad and others to build a new string section. So the only sounds that came from elsewhere were the drums. The sun was shining through a little window into my studio while I was working on the remix and I think some of that light made its way into the music."
Born in Lagos to a Kenyan mother and Nigerian father, Olugbenga now resides by the sea in Brighton. He has travelled the world working as a bass player, vocalist and DJ, performing with groups such as Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, Paloma Faith and La Roux.
As well as touring with Metronomy, Olugbenga has lent his talents as a remixer to the likes of Laura Marling, Janelle Monae, Mew, Alt-J, Depeche Mode and the Scissor Sisters. He was flown out to New Orleans in 2016 to write music for Solange Knowles’ A Seat At The Table. His track Don’t You Wait (co-produced by Sampha, Kwes and Adam Bainbridge) garnered positive comments from fans and critics alike and the album flew to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 off the back of 36 million streams in a single week.
Olugbenga's remix, How I learned to stop worrying and love, and Kate Whitley's album I am I say are both available now.
r:strng, NMC's new app which allows you to create your own version of Gbenga's remix, is coming soon.