Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"It Ain't My Fault" Remix Contest

Preservation Hall and Gulf Aid call on artists worldwide to create remixes of the Gulf Oil Spill Crisis anthem “It Ain’t My Fault”

On May 12th, 2010, Mos Def and Preservation Hall’s Ben Jaffe met in New Orleans to collaborate on a song to benefit The Gulf Relief Foundation, an organization providing relief for those affected by the Gulf oil spill catastrophe.

In an all-night jam session less than 12 hours later, they recorded the song at Preservation Hall with the newly formed Gulf Aid Allstars: Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The result: a remake of the New Orleans rhythm and blues classic “It Ain’t My Fault”.

Originally written and composed by legendary New Orleans artists Wardell Quezergue and Smokey Johnson, this exciting new version of the New Orleans brass band standard features poignant lyrics by hip-hop superstar Mos Def protesting the passing-of-blame for what is now the largest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. Backed by the horns of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, along with the deft guitar work of Lenny Kravitz, "It Ain't My Fault" sings as an anthem of dissent in the midst of this ever-expanding crisis.

The track and accompanying music video of the session are now available for download exclusively on iTunes with all proceeds to benefit The Gulf Relief Foundation. As an extra incentive, your purchase of the single gets you a free 1-year subscription to Spin Magazine, just enter your iTunes receipt number at SPIN.COM/PreservationHall

Since the release of the track, the collaborations continue. Response to the cause and the track have spawned remixes of “It Ain’t My Fault” by noted artists nationwide, including Mark Farina, Chuck Love, King Britt, and more.

Now it’s your turn to collaborate for the cause.

We’re now offering you the chance to engage the issue and the music artistically by giving you access to the music and allowing you to remix it with complete artistic freedom. Whether you are a singer, producer, dj, musician or all the above, make this track yours. All music must be 100% original content.


All you have to do is visit the site and grab the stems for "It Ain’t My Fault".When you are finished with your remix, upload it! You and other fans can then vote on your favorite. Spread the Word!

About the Gulf Relief Foundation(Gulf Aid):
Gulf Aid, a 501(c3) nonprofit corporation, has been established in response to what has been called one of the biggest oil spills in history just 50 miles off of the Louisiana Coast. The mission of the Gulf Relief Foundation is to provide relief to the fishing community of the Gulf Coast and their families, and to address the long-term challenge of restoring and protecting America’s coastal wetlands.


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