Alone Architect brings out emotion through orchestra in remixed Crywolf hit
Millions have heard the mesmerizing and unique sound of acclaimed music producer Jeff Feldman, known around the world as Alone Architect. As a producer, Feldman is a world builder, a creator of atmosphere, and of course, an architect of sound.
“Each and every one of us are the lone architects of our own lives and realities. We can each shape our realities to our will. We are the actors and directors in our own private movies. The architects of our realities,” he said.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Feldman was greatly influenced by his upbringing in this one-of-a-kind city. Montreal is diverse in culture, languages, and food; a blend of North America and Europe. That hybridization of the city translates to Alone Architect’s sound, spanning across genres and fields. This is evident with his work on many hits with many successful artists, including alt-pop artist Roniit, and with his work on the “Post Traumatic Tour” with Mike Shinoda of Grammy-Award Winning rock band Linkin Park.
“I think that my main goal as a recording artist and producer, whether it be working with another artist in a collaborative setting or on my own projects, is to tap into the truth of what the material is wanting to say. What it is trying to get across. My role is to help honor those elements, and expand on it and on its emotion, to enable it to be translated in the best way possible - as honestly as possible,” said Feldman. “At the end of the day, this is art, it’s expression, and all the technical aspects are just means used to help properly convey and translate that energy, emotion and vulnerability.”
Feldman aims to work with artists he admires, finding inspiration in the collaboration, which was just the case when he teamed up with Crywolf to remix the indie-electronic musician’s hit “Quixote”. The song was featured on Crywolf’s “Oblivion Reimagined” album, taking his album “Oblivion” and creating a new sound for each track. As “Quixote” was one of the more popular songs on the original album, Feldman knew the stakes were high, and was ready to put that Alone Architect approach onto the song. The result is a very organic sound, as opposed to more electronically geared, and was more of a cover than a remix, which created a different space for it to exist on the album.
“When youʼre already a fan of a project that youʼre stepping into - it makes the process just so much more free and immersive. When the world of another artist connects with you truly, then it’s just an inviting canvas for many interesting things to happen,” said Feldman.
As soon as Crywolf gave Alone Architect the go-ahead, Feldman began working immediately, immersing himself in the original version of “Quixote” and really getting to know the song and its nuances, ins and outs and feeling the emotion that was coming from it. He wanted to honor the palpable emotion present in the original. To achieve this, he began with a piano, playing the song over and over, figuring out his own interpretation of it from a musical and structural standpoint, and also thought of what parts and emotions really spoke to him. This allowed him to know what parts to highlight. However, wanting to add a unique twist, he created an FX chain with the piano that made the instrument sound as if it had a minor, subtle glitch that was just slightly audible in the background throughout the song. Once the piano was completed, Feldman went on to add the orchestra and invited Kassia Vera to sing the vocals.
“I love writing orchestral arrangements - so anytime I get to play with that kind of
arrangement, I get excited. Orchestral arrangements can convey such a wide breadth of emotions, and I felt that that type of sonic palette would be perfect for this reimagination,” he said.
“Quixote Reimagined” was one of Alone Architect’s first times approaching a cover or remix, and he strived for perfection. Feldman went into it wanting to honor the original piece, he also wanted it to be able to stand on its own merits, which he more than achieved, as the song has accumulated over 81,000 Spotify streams, over 12,000 YouTube views and over 8,000 Soundcloud streams respectively to date.
“The fact that Oblivion reimagined was so well received is definitely a cool thing. As an artist, the first purpose is always to make honest, pure art, something that moves you as an individual. Because, if it moves you, then it will undoubtedly move others,” he concluded.
Listen to Feldman’s haunting rendition of “Quixote” here.