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Premier: The National Parks – At The Heart (Saint Blank Remix)

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The National Parks‘ single, At The Heart, has been streamed over 500k times on Spotify. Saint Blank made a remix of the original, which will be included in The National Parks’ upcoming release of Places Deluxe, out February 9th. I loved the remix on first, second, third, and now 10th listen. The harmonies between The National Parks’ indie vocals and Saint Blank’s electronic, future bass vibe is ON POINT.  Saint Blank took the more melancholic original and turned it into a celestial, uplifting vibe. The sounds on the remix remind me a bit of something Marshmello would do. Super happy, synthy stuff.

The National Parks are an independent band dubbed a Billboard Regional Heatseeker. They are a folk/pop band from Provo, Utah.

Saint Blank sent a quote about the remix…


“Honestly, I heard “At The Heart” and heard a great hook that I felt could fall nicely into a drop. I’ve been friends with The National Parks for a few years now and seeing how we exist in different worlds musically I figured a collaboration like this would be super fun.”


We also had the opportunity to interview the remixer below. You know the drill, play the song and read the interview below for the FULL Saint Blank experience.

INTERVIEW:

Tell us the story of how you started creating music on the computer?

It started in high school on a PC messing around with guitar loops in Cubase. I was trying to make hip hop beats out of failed attempts to play guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughan.


What was your favorite studio moment when producing the remix for At The Heart?

I did this remix over the course of two days and at the end of day two, I realized I had something I really liked.


What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?

Besides stuffing my face with cereal or hanging with Roxana, my wife, I’ll go find a pickup basketball game, I can’t go long without playing.


Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

I teach music production from time to time, which has allowed me to help younger artists figure themselves out musically and has been really rad to be a small part of.


Who are your musical influences?

On the electronic side, I love how Disclosure and Flume have blazed their own trails with their sounds. Going further back I was raised on classics like Earth Wind and Fire, James Taylor, and Michael Jackson. Those guys were the blueprint for pop music today in so many ways.


Who is one of your favorite acts right now to watch live?

I curl up in a ball when I hear anything live from Bruno Mars and his touring band, so so good.


Do you have a favorite NEW artists that doesn’t have much of a following?

Watch out for Belle Jewel, she’s got some serious talent and her creative instincts are spot on. She’s got some incredible new stuff coming this year.


What DAW do you use and why?

I do everything in Pro Tools. The way it’s set up with signal flow and how it just feels right to me.


Do you have a typical music production process? If yes, can you explain it?

I like how my friend Stuart Maxfield of Fictionist puts it “I am constantly looking for a point of entry.” That could be a synth patch, a lyric, anything.


What is your favorite MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?

My Arturia Keylab 49 has been great, I work on the fly and it works well with all my virtual instruments, I love the Roland JX-3P


What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?

The Arturia V collection is rad, Serum has been a go-to for me lately though.


Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?

Drag those claps back baby. 5-20 milliseconds.


Where has been one of your favorite places in the world to travel to?

Tokyo is my favorite place on earth. I need to get back out there and do some shows.


Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?

I’m next door to a bakery so that’s not good. I’m 7% snickerdoodles.


What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Instagram, I don’t ever feel the pressure to post something glamorized or fake. Mostly, I just like memes.


If you were a Spotify playlist, which one would you be?

Somewhere between Mint and Soul Lounge is my happy place.


What is next for Saint Blank?

Lots of collabs and remixes coming up. Also working on a plan to get my face on the box of Lucky Charms before I die. I’ll dress like leprechaun if I have to.

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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