Deadmau5 – Imaginary Friends (Fawks Flip) [Free Download]
Deadmau5’s thoughtfully abrasive responsiveness to dissenters on social media has become so ubiquitous that inciting a Twitter feud with him has become almost a rite of passage for aspiring producers seeking a cheap path into the public eye. Noting the trend’s efficacy, up-and-comer Fawks decided to satirize this modus operandi in an ingenious way.
Fawks has begun to make a name for himself through his series of “flips” for larger artists’ songs. Proferring well-produced remixes and laughably crude artwork has thus far proven to be a winning formula for the burgeoning producer (read: his edit of RL Grime’s “Core”), so he decided to go one step further and flip the clichéd PR move of poking the mouse.
— imaginaryFawks (@fawksmusic) December 7, 2015
Fawks’ spin on the classic Mau5 track manifests itself in a masterful drum and bass remix; He reappropriates the synthesis of the original build into a drop that is simultaneously energetic and tranquil. Deadmau5 responded positively to the track, providing constructive criticism and offering his original stems:
@fawksmusic its actually well done… the only thing i can’t get past is the f’n warping of the original synth. need stems at another bpm?
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) December 8, 2015
Fawks’ decision to break outside of the mold of harassing Deadmau5 for his 15 minutes of fame yields more than fleeting attention. He’s earned his publicity, added another impressive song to his repertoire, and perhaps most importantly, set the stage for a significant alliance with the industry’s loudest voice.
Download Fawks’ remix here.