No Limit

I’ve never competed in a remix competition before. If you asked me 10 years ago if I’d be living in New York and have a chance to have Usher review my music, I would have thought you were crazy.

I got into producing through spinning records, way before it is how you see it today. In 2006, I started working as a DJ using two turntables and real vinyl I got from local record stores and radio stations. My first introduction to producing was in a basement in North Oakland, working in Fruity Loops. Many of my friends used to rap and produce and because I was DJing throughout the city, they wanted to involve me in what they were working on.  I never got the opportunity to focus on my own productions until about a year ago when I was teaching music production in New Orleans.

I actually found about the No Limit Remix Competition on Indaba through an old roommate, OVER.AMPD. I heard his trap remix and at first I didn't think I would compete. It only occurred to me to participate after I starting planning for my shows in New Orleans. All of a sudden, it made sense and I was inspired to remix a track influenced and named after the New Orleans record label, No Limit Records. I worked for hours trying to figure out the original key and chord progression. I listened to a few other submissions to get an idea of what others were doing.  I went through many of my own renditions from Trap to House, but nothing struck me as outstanding. It was only after I breathed in the southern humidity of New Orleans that I remembered the up-tempo remix of Birthday Sex that ended up more popular than the original slow jam.

I started working with the piano chords again and making sure that I let Usher's vocals take the lead. My goal was to create a dance version without changing the core structure. After long hours mixing it, checking it on different speakers, then mixing again, and rechecking, and so on, I am very proud of the final product.

Whether I win 1st place or not, it isn't as important to me as much as what I learned about my own sound by completing the remix and submitting it for others' criticism.

I look forward to hearing the results September 15th and what comes with that.

Play it cool,


Luke Joachim

DJ CoolHand, New York, New York

CoolHand is a DJ/Producer like no other.  His roots are in Oakland, California, where fresh diverse sets, smooth fades, and crisp cuts are required. He is one of the few young DJs who truly started by lugging turntables, digging for vinyl, collecting old crates at radio stations, and blasting home speakers at various events. By the end of high school, he was spinning regularly at night clubs in San Francisco.

When CoolHand moved to New Orleans, he started by spinning Fridays at the “#1 college bar in the nation” (USA Today), touring with international artists, and performing at industry leading festivals like A3C and SXSW.

His sets are spontaneous and interactive because CoolHand vibes with the party and depends on the energy in the room for his selections. His mixes include multiple genres, remixes, key blending, wordplay, and creative concepts. Whether he is playing for an exclusive event or packed arena, come ready to feel the groove like you never have before.

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