During the mid 80s I became involved in a lot of remixes of well known Danish artists plus a few international ones, too, In those days it was called a “maxi single” or “dance remix”, later known as remix or 12-inches.
The record companies wanted dance floor friendly versions of their artists’ hits, and that involved taking the songs apart and adding or replacing stuff, especially to the beat. At the same time the song structure was expanded to 6-7 minutes with a long DJ-friendly intro so it could be easily mixed in on a disco.
Artists included Bifrost, Sanne Salomonsen, Kasper Winding, Lars Hug, Back to Back, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mek Pek, Dr. Baker, TV-2, Yoyo, Glashus, Michael Falch and more.
On some of them I worked alone, on others together with DJ’s like Kenneth Bager, who later started Flex Records and Music for Dreams and his own Dr. Baker music project. One of my own remixes (Back to Back – “Som De Andre Gør”) was even mentioned by Madonna producer Patrick Leonard as “Remix of the Year” in 1986.
Especially for these remixes I acquired one of the very first Hard Disk recorders – The PPG HDU, which was able to capture 6 minutes of stereo music on its 185 MB (yes, MEGAbyte) disk.