THE SUFFERS INSPIRE COLLEGE MUSIC PROGRAM, LEADS TO NEW REMIX Student collaboration brings new remix of “Take Me To The Good Times” - OUT NOW!
HOUSTON, Texas - Widely popular Gulf Coast Soul band The Suffers has a new twist on hit single “Take Me To The Good Times”, thanks to a dynamic group of college students. Even more feel-good than the remix, is how it came to be.
Friend of The Suffers, Craig Bettinson, is Director of Cooperative Education for the Music Business program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Bettinson paid close attention to The Suffers as a prominent independent band navigating unprecedented times to create music outside a traditional studio setting. It inspired him to bring to life an educational experience for his students to collaborate across the nation with the Houston-based band. Northeastern students, Felisha Cabral and Sanah RoyChowdhury, knocked the opportunity out of the park with their idea to organize a remix competition for The Suffers’ single, "Take Me To The Good Times”. The remix contest was open to all students at Northeastern University, with the top four submissions sent to The Suffers to crown the winner.
“Boston holds a very special place in the band's heart. We’ve been touring there since our first year on the road. Having the opportunity to collaborate with Northeastern for this special contest fills my heart with joy,” says Suffers’ front-woman Kam Franklin.
Co-op student Craig Short produces under the moniker Lighted Like. His submission was chosen as the remix contest winner. Lighted Like made an impact with The Suffers through his shape-shifting sound that fuses indie rock, deep poetry, and electric vibes. He recorded the remix by himself in his home studio in late November.
“Having the opportunity to remix this song has been an unexpected pleasure. I want to thank The Suffers for supporting me and giving me new creative directions that I wouldn't have otherwise. I'm excited to see how the world likes the remix!” says Lighted Like.
The new remix brings “Take Me To The Good Times” an entirely new identity and the desire to dance has only been increased.
"The opportunity to work with the next generation of artists is a gift. Lighted Like won the contest, but all the submissions were incredible. We know this is only the beginning for him. If these students are any indication of what the next generation of musicians sound like, we are in for a treat,” says Kam Franklin.
“Take Me To The Good Times” REMIX by Lighted Like OUT NOW on all digital platforms Click here to download now
Remix Contest Winner, Craig Short - Lighted Like
Interview Availability: Kam Franklin, The Suffers lead vocals Lighted Like, Remix Winner Craig Bettinson, Northeastern University
More about remix winner, Lighted Like Lighted Like is the songwriting vehicle of Craig Short, an Albuquerque-born musician and producer. Though he’s been making music his whole life, Craig only began releasing music under the Lighted Like moniker during the spring of 2020, in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that period of isolation, he completed two albums of spectral, reflective indie rock that spoke to the uncertainty of the time. Lighted Like Instagram
The Suffers Third Album Coming Soon! June 7, 2021 marks ten years of The Suffers! The band is currently in the mixing stage of its third studio album. They're narrowing songs down for a live album, and recently started to demo songs for what will eventually become a holiday album.
More about The Suffers: The Suffers are an American soul, funk, and R&B group from Houston, Texas. The band consists of Kam Franklin (lead vocals), Juliet Terrill (bass guitar), Kevin Bernier (guitar), Jon Durbin (trumpet), Michael Razo (trombone), Jose Luna (percussion), and Nick Zamora (drums). They were formed in 2011.
The Suffers define their sound as Gulf Coast Soul, a term they define as resulting from the mixture of the different cultures and musical styles present around the Gulf coast and the city of Houston, including Cajun, African American, Mexican, Caribbean, which all come together and mix in the port city. They have said that their biggest influence is their environment and all of the musical styles they encounter (blues, soul, country, Caribbean music, cajun styles, and hip hop, among others). Associated Acts: Bun B, Los Skarnales, Fat Tony, Khruangbin, Lake Street Dive, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, La Mafia, Nick Gaitan and Umbrella Man