Since I listen to a lot of video game music when working and/or driving, I feel it’s appropriate that I share some of my favorite music remixers. There are a lot of great ones to choose from, and we all have our favorites, but it’s time for me to give a shout-out to some of the best ones out there.
#5: Overclocked (OC) Remix
Founded in 1999, Overclocked Remix is not limited to one person or small group of people, but a fan community of composers/remixers. The very talented people at OC Remix have been around for a while, and they produce perhaps the widest range of truly awesome video game music remixes around. No games or game series are left out, and any style of music is open to them. One of my favorites of theirs is the Vectorman Stage 3: Tidal Surge remix. Most of you have probably heard of them at some point, but if you haven’t, definitely give them a listen.
#4: The Black Mages
This Japanese band was started by the legendary Final Fantasy series music composer Nobuo Uematsu himself, as well as some fellow Square Enix composers. Their style is rock remixes of various FF tunes, and they sound amazing, and the band even released some official albums. My favorite of theirs would have to be the Final Fantasy VII boss battle theme. They have quite a following, and if you enjoy FF music at all , then there is plenty to love here.
Dracula9AntiChapel specializes in doing Mega Man remixes, using different sound fonts from other Mega Man, X, and Zero series games, complete with appropriate game sprites in each screenshot to accompany the tracks. This guy has a lot of talent and skill, and all his remixes are top notch, especially if you are a fan of Mega Man music, and his non-Mega Man stuff is great, too. My favorite of his is most definitely the remix of the Mega Man X7 boss theme(SNES style), which had one of the best soundtracks of the whole series to begin with, but Dracula9AntiChapel made it better. Now if only that game had been a 16-bit, 2D platformer as well…..
#2: The Legend of Renegade
I’ve been listening to this guy for well over five years. He mostly does remixes in the style of Sega Genesis, and they all sound amazing. He does some Sonic, some Ristar, even some Mega Man, Donkey Kong Country, and loads of other well-known franchises. Though I haven’t written about many Sonic games in my articles, and not a whole lot about Sega, it must be said that I consider Genesis music equally awesome to that of the Super Nintendo. If not for some of the real heavy hitters on SNES(Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 4-6, Super Metroid) and their soundtracks, I’d give Sega the win over Nintendo in the music department. It really is that awesome. My favorite Legend of Renegade remix at this point is his Ristar boss theme, which is set in the style of Sonic 3. Keep up the awesomeness, as you are rightfully called a “Legend” among the video game music remixers.
#1: DJ YuzoBoy and Mixer Productions
Wow, just wow! Simply amazing! These two collaborate sometimes(and with The Legend of Renegade, too) and take a lot of their inspiration from Yuzo Koshiro(hence DJ Yuzoboy), who is most known for composing some Sega Genesis soundtracks like Streets of Rage 2. Not only do these two guys compose remixes, like the others on this list, but do mash-ups of Sega songs combined with popular mainstream music, with the lyrics from the popular songs syncing to the video game music tracks. It’s one thing to make remixes, but it’s quite another to also do mash-ups that perfectly sync with another song’s lyrics.
I enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog music almost more than I do the actual games, and they do tons of remixes from classic Sonic games. My favorite of theirs, done by MixerProductions, is definitely Can’t Touch This Battery, which is a mash-up of U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer and Flying Battery Zone from Sonic 3 and Knuckles. If you listen to it enough, you’ll want to play through that zone and sing along too! Oh, and they do remixes with different console sound fonts, as well. Creative, talented, and truly inspirational are just some of the praises I can give to DJ Yuzoboy and Mixer Productions. These two are simply astounding. Even if you don’t like some of the pop songs to begin with, or don’t like Sonic the Hedgehog for some reason, you can at the very least appreciate how amazingly talented these two are.
Alright, I know there are plenty of great video game music composers/remixers out there, and I’ve probably just scratched the surface. Here at RWTV we’ve got On Being Human and Epic Game Music, and if you are looking for more Sonic remixes, NicoCW is another fine choice, as he does classic and modern remixes in Sonic Generations style. For official retro style music, look no further than Jake Kaufman, who composed OSTs for games like Contra 4 and Double Dragon Neon. Thanks to all of you and your hard work in making remixes for all of us to enjoy!