Why (and How) did I cover Visage’s “Fade To Grey”?

Visage - Fade to Grey 12 inchBack in 2016 I was playing around in the studio, noodling on synths with rhythmic support from my Boss DR-110 “Dr. Rhythm”, a very simple drum machine from 1980. After about 5 minutes of riffing on a simple little syncopated 4/4 pattern I had programmed, I had to hit “STOP” when I realized my beat was almost exactly the same as Fade to Grey by Visage. This inevitable moment, when you realize the riff you’ve been working on is actually something from someone else’s song, is something that happens periodically in every songwriter/producer’s life. When it happens to me, I usually just try to remain cool and start over from a clean slate, or delete the stuff that sounds like the other song and keep exploring.

But in this case I started thinking about that lovely, ghostly melancholy of Fade to Grey, and instead of erasing my work, I decided to trudge onward and see if I could make an instrumental version of the song that would sound great as part of my modern techno set. Within a few hours I had largely recreated the original tune, without vocals, but it took just a few more days of sporadic work before it took on the Steve Coen fairy dust.
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Steve Coen (nebula) – Music Download, Information, Contact Links

(Steve Coen is a recording and performing electronic music artist from Toronto, Canada. He is also known as “nebula”.  His music can be found on such labels as Maloos Music, Techno Kreis, Bompi-Hani, Vertigo Records, Ten Tec Stuck Foundation, Tekkno Records, etc)

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Steve Coen “Anomaly” now available on Beatport!

Anomaly is available as part of the Maloos “Playground 2017 Sampler”. If you want to find music from me on download services, you must search for “Steve Coen” (not Steven … hmmm … and not ‘nebula’)

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