Over the past few decades, remixing has transformed from something delegated to side projects, DJ set fillers or wanton sonic brutality into it's own art form. A marvellously refreshing beast, remixes have the potential nowadays to easily overshadow the originals; take R Kelly's 'Ignition' – when was the last time you heard the original?

Broken beats jangling and crackling through ambient drones; spruced-up bass whomps that pirouette with pizzaz-y brass stabs and juddering juggernaut vox; a filthy matrimony of en vogue hooks and crumpled smoosh of dancefloor rhythms. Remixes channel the essence of the original track – however good, however bad – and make something entirely new. It's like that Jeff Goldblum flick, The Fly. Sort of.

To help give clarity to the process (and a little advice), we spoke to the mesmerising Dewy Sinatra, who releases his debut EP today (September 1st), entitled Wasted Youth, and has provided us with an exclusive remix, which you can listen to after the interview.

Can you briefly tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm 24. I'm from London and I like long walk in the park. I'm an electronic artist/producer/writer.

Is there any equipment you're particularly fond of using?

I work pretty much solely off of my Macbook and Axiom 61 keyboard; it's pretty simple set up, 'cause I like to be able to work on the go.

What could you not live without?

My iPod… My worst nightmare is having to go on a journey with no music!

What do you look for in a good remix?

For me a good remix has something that reminds you of the original but gives the song a whole new feeling.

What's the most important thing to do when remixing a song?

Make the song honest and true to who you are as a producer/remix give it your own spin make it sound like your own song.

What's your favourite remix? Why?

My favourite remix would defo have to be Four Tet's remix of Sia's 'Chandelier'. I loved the original, but he just gave it this gritty hip-hop feel without losing the pop sensibility in the vocal... it's just epic. I would love to remix Kanye West's 'Love Lockdown'. I absolutely love the melodies in that song, and I'd make it into some kind of futuristic R&B/pop mash-up with a heavy bass line.

What do you think remixes can do that the original tracks can't?

I think a remix will have a totally different take on the lyrics, because the remixer is usually from a different genre, so might just go in a direction the original artist wouldn't have even thought about going. Take Justin Timberlake's 'My Love' – it was this bright, energetic pop song, but there's this awesome remix by Bear//Face, and he turned it into this dark moody electronic track. It just has this totally new dimension.

Why do you enjoy remixing?

I love it because if allows you to paint a song you enjoy with a new brush. You get to see how a song would sound with your stamp on it. For me it allows me to play with ideas and melodies I would never think of myself, and bring it into my world.

What's the first thing you do when remixing a track?

When I'm remixing a song I always strip away everything and just leave the vocals looping around to see what they make me feel, and then build from there. I try not to listen too much to the original instrumentation so I can go totally my own way, based on how I feel the lyrics and melody affect me. I do usually tend to swap the arrangement of lyrics around and maybe make a bridge the chorus or just loop a particular vocal over and over to give it the feeling I like.

When creating/selecting a beat, what, for you, is the most important thing?

I'm super into bass so the bass has to be right, then the drums, then start building up from there.

If someone was to rework a track off your Wasted Youth EP, what would you hope for?

I'd love Jamie XX to remix 'Questions'. His remixes are awesome! I'd love for him to make it sound like an xx song or something with a lot of space and reverb.

Do you have final any advice for budding remixers?

Just to keep every song you remix true to your sound as an artist/producer. Don't be afraid to put your stamp all over it, and move things around to fit your vision. Experiment. Go crazy!

Top 40 invaders Rudimental have recently opted to tear apart iconic disco anthem 'Le Freak' by Chic, assisted by the guitarist/general legend Nile Rodgers himself. Threshing the original, they're rebuilding it block by block to create something utterly fresh – and they want your help. Rodgers and Rudimental have joined forces with GoThinkBig (O2 x Bauer – Bauer media, not the 'Harlem Shake' dude) to help give creatives aged 16-24 the chance to get a firm foot in the industry.

GoThinkBig are hunting for up to a hundred young people with massive imaginations to jump on board and join the supergroup. They're looking for hands to help out with every aspect of the production: from directing and filming a music video, mixing the track and hosting a secret gig where the track will be debuted. So if you're aiming to get behind the camera or in front of it, dive into styling, ignite a stage management career or fancy yourself the next Quincy Jones, GoThinkBig are offering you an opportunity that'll make your CV look like the Holy Grail. Work experience doesn't come better than this.

Apply here. Listen to Dewy Sinatra's remix below (it's not full mastered yet, which makes the track even more impressive.)