Contemporary a cappella has seen a lot of innovation in recent memory, and we at TVC pride ourselves on being the first to lead experimentation. When the idea of doing an a cappella EDM remix was put on the table, our producer Danny Olefsky jumped at it and has since been committed to building out this sub-genre of a cappella music.
Danny mixes and shoots video for TVC by day and remixes a cappella by night under the moniker “zedarius.” His work with the Danvers High School group Ingrid Sound brought their track “Blame” into the national spotlight with its placement on the Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) 2016 compilation album. Danny is quickly becoming the industry expert in EDM A Cappella, and now he wants to help your group bring their ideas to light.
What’s it like to record an EDM cover? Since some of the sounds can only be produced digitally, it’s important to record more parts than you would be able to perform live so there’s more textures to play with. Sing some whole notes that follow the chord progression, make some weird sounds into a mic, pound your chest, climb on top of a dresser and stomp your feet (no, but really – he did all these for Eyes on Fire). You’re providing the paint that will be used to craft a final mix. Even a simple “doo” can end up as a crazy 16th-note arpeggiated synth, when the music calls for it.