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Classic Remakes vs. Cover Songs Of New Releases

There is a huge difference between remaking a classic song to pay homage to your music heroes and simply covering a new song that is hot right now to get YouTube hits. Shout out to Rites of Ash for creating this amazing hard rock remake of Journey‘s classic song Separate Ways.

Rites of Ash – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) 



For those who don’t know the etiquette of the genres of rock and hip hop, it is completely whack to bite a sample from a new song or create a cover version of a new song for your own promotion. While this is respected rule in these specific music communities, do average listeners and music lovers from other genres feel the same way? Many fans of pop music don’t seem to mind, as shown by the numerous cover versions by fans, YouTube artists and major artists of Adele‘s newest single Hello.

Voice your opinions in the comment section below. Do you like unique remakes of classic songs or do you prefer cover versions of the newest and most popular songs?

About the author, Matthew Shell


Matthew Shell aka MTS, is an audio production engineer, music business instructor, and multi-instrumentalist. Based in Alexandria, VA, his versatile production style spans genres as wide as jazz and rock, to RnB and soul. Matthew writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He is the founder and CEO of publishing house and record label MTS Music, a company founded on integrity with the goal to provide the highest quality services & products.

Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album Flo: Chill reached #7 on Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Later that year he worked as the engineer on O.A.R.’s album Rain or Shine that reached #5 on the Independent Albums Chart and also #7 on the US Alternative Albums Chart. In 2011, his work on Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi’s Beautiful Dreamer was featured on FOX 5 DC Morning News.

Shell’s career as a Recording Artist took off in 2012 when “Freedom”, his collaboration with Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at in 2012. The album was also featured as one of Generation Bass’ Top Albums for 2012.

In 2013, Shell collaborated with Arun Shenoy on “Genesis”, a jazz instrumental which received massive airplay as the lead single on the full length album, “Victorious”. The video for “Genesis” was released via Steven Slate’s youtube channel in a cross-promotion for the Raven MTX multi-touch control surface.

In 2014, Shell released a single “My Baby”in association with DJ Flexx. The song featuring the vocal talents of IhsAn Bilal, Honore’ & D.C. Don Juan was a song Shell co-wrote and produced for his wife, Terra.

Shell released his follow-up to “Victorious” in 2015 titled “Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning”. The music on the album was conceived over a 15 year period. During this process, over 200 songs were created and scratched before this final version of 11 songs were picked to be recorded and release as part of this project. Shell’s wife, Terra, inspired the completion of this concept album which goes from two destined souls being alone, to meeting, to growing in love, to protecting each other, to finding true love that lasts a lifetime.

As a freelance audio production engineer, Shell has produced for several other artists including Kenny Wesley, Gerald Albright, Greg Adams, Paul Jackson Jr., Wouter Kellerman, Rocio Marron, Vicu Schek, Kenny McNeil, Collin Brooks, Substantial, Rafael the Drummer, D2D, Kolten Perine, Javier, and Marcus Johnson, has remixed for Selena Gomez, assistant engineered for Philip Lawrence, engineered for O.A.R., and mixed for Free, Jeff Lorber, Ricky Kej, and Marcus Mitchell, among others.

CEO: MTS Music Producer: The Opportunity Engineer: The Sweet Spot, Assembly Line Studios, Blue Room Productions and DJ Flexx’s “The Pocket” Adjunct faculty: Omega Studios

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