When Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” came out at the beginning of the year, it quickly garnered millions of plays and views across platforms. The sugar-sweet dance/pop original featured Morris’ charming vocals over catchy production from Zedd and Grey, making for a surefire hit for all three artists.
Over the months since its release, countless remixes have surfaced on SoundCloud — but perhaps none as heavy as this latest one from drummer Ryan Browne. Browne has been making a name for himself by doing percussion-infused takes on songs like Krewella‘s classic “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” With accompanying videos to demonstrate the hard work that goes into these remixes, Browne’s multi-instrumental skills shine. His remix of “The Middle” is backed by hefty guitar riffs and bass and is led by a fast-paced drum & bass rhythm. He’s taken the tidy pop elements of the original and worked them into a more rugged, passion-packed remix.
Browne kicks off his take on Gryffin’s October hit with a drum-centered introduction that leads the listener to thinking his remix will be a rock-oriented configuration of the song. As the bridge approaches, it becomes clear that the track will take a different direction. He dives into a drum & bass drop, layered with energetic loops of Katie Pearlman’s vocals. Browne’s rock- and metal-influenced musical background peeks through between drum & bass patterns, making this remix a dynamic, fresh take on the original.
Browne’s remix is out as a part of Gryffin’s “Nobody Compares To You” remix package, which contains other reworks of the song by artists like Codeko, Kap Slap and more.
Browne takes to the drums for the track’s introduction, building the anticipation perfectly for the bass-heavy drop he’s crafted. He lets a hefty dubstep pattern take over the chorus of the track before returning to the original song’s vocals for the verses.
“Bleed It Out” was a standout track on the iconic group’s 2007 album, Minutes to Midnight, pushing the boundaries of their music to new heights with Mike Shinoda‘s fiesty rap vocals.
Browne takes the fist-pumping track one step further, stepping up the intensity with a drum-centric introduction and grungy synth work.
Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Browne has crafted a powerful rework of the track that dabbles in genres ranging from metal to dubstep – all while holding fast to the track’s original emotive power. He’s shown the work that went into the track in a short video posted to his Facebook page, which shows the producer performing both the drum and guitar aspects of his remix.
With the incorporation of these instruments, Browne gives the listener a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process. As dance music fans increasingly push for live instrumental components in their favorite artists’ performances, productions like Browne’s are crucial to eliminating the button-pushing-only stereotype that exists in the dance music community.
Browne’s “Messiah” remix is a mercilessly complex journey that transcends genres and categorizations to take the listener on a wild ride.
With fiery, rap-packed verses and swinging, anthemic synths, Ryan Browne and Karma boldly step into the spotlight on “Make It Out.”
The track, out now on Pantheon, showcases Karma’s raps over an old school hip-hop beat in the beginning.
“Basically I just took the scenes I see in Chicago and tried to portray them in a way to make everybody relate,” Karma says of his part in the track. “I wanted to convey the message that today’s society does need help, and were not going to get there without understanding what we’re doing wrong first.”
As the song progresses, Browne surprises with a dubstep-infused chorus that wows with impeccably produced wobbles and pounding bass.
“For me, the track is an amalgam of seemingly unsimilar influences that have landed together as one, which is exactly what I’d like to see humans do,” Browne says. “I see the song as a sort of call to action for everyone to come together amid our differences and realize we are all one and work together as such to heal our country and planet.”
“Make It Out” brilliantly melds the hip-hop and dubstep worlds for an exhilarating hybrid of a track.