MUSIC: DREAMREAPER – GOOSEBUMPS THEME REMIX
Some would say that the 90’s were the heyday for horror. With the internet being born in 1991, 90’s kids are really the last generation that had to get their horror in hard copy. You got your latest edition of GOOSEBUMPS at the Scholastic Book Fair (maybe just me), you begged your older sibling to rent THE CANDYMAN for you at your local video store (I miss you CAPTAIN VIDEO!) and you got your soundtrack to your favorite horror flick on cassette or compact disc. Well, break out that giant yellow Sony Walkman because Troy Dierke a.k.a. DREAMREAPER has released an 80’s horror movie score influenced remix of the GOOSEBUMPS theme that is rad as hell. Utilizing his signature retro-influenced synthwave sound, DREAMREAPER has turned this ’90s TV favorite into a club-ready electro banger. FEAR FOREVER had the chance to chat with this GOOSEBUMPS trading card hoarder and all around awesome artist about himself, his upcoming projects and his GOOSEBUMPS theme remix.
FEAR FOREVER (FF): What are your artistic influences?
DREAMREAPER (DR): I listen to all kinds of music, and I think it all has at least a little influence on my sound. The biggest direct influences would have to be Carpenter Brut and Justice.
But whatever I happen to be listening to definitely effects whatever song I’m currently working on. I’ll hear something in a song that catches my ear and try to think about how I could incorporate something similar.
I do read a lot and watch movies a lot but I’m not sure if they influence my music, maybe subconsciously. My favorite author is definitely Philip K. Dick and my favorite movies are ones that make you think or mess with your head a bit.
FF: Were you a big fan of the Goosebumps books and show as a kid?
DR: Yeah Goosebumps was my introduction to the horror genre as I’m sure it was for a lot of people around my age. I was even a member of the Goosebumps book club for a short time in elementary school.
My favorites were the Choose-Your-Own Goosebumps series, I’ve always liked the choose-your-own adventure style books.
I also rented VHS tapes of the show from the local video store in my hometown several times and caught them on TV when I could.
I watched a few episodes of the show recently… not quite as scary as I remembered haha.
FF: What inspired you to do this remix?
DR: I was randomly watching videos on Youtube and the Goosebumps Theme came up as a suggested video so of course I clicked it. I immediately remembered how awesome it was and knew I could do something really cool with it. The idea to remix it and release it for Halloween came to me all at once before I even finished listening to it.
This all happened like 6 months before Halloween but of course I didn’t start it until like a month before and was actually pretty rushed trying to finish it. I’m still happy with how it came out.
FF: What are your thoughts on the upcoming GOOSEBUMPS: HORRORLAND film?
DR: I actually liked the last film, it wasn’t really what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
I think the second one could be better if they included a badass updated version of the theme music…
Columbia Pictures, feel free to hit me up!
FF: If you could remix another horror theme what would it be?
DR: I’ve always really liked the SAW theme and think I could do something with that. Something about it just brings back the emotions I feel when watching the film every time I listen to it.
Also not a horror movie, but the MORTAL KOMBAT Theme has been on my radar…
FF: What is next for you?
DR: Currently spending every free minute I have working on music for my upcoming full-length album.
I think it pushes my sound to the next level, both heavier and dancier at the same time. Really excited for people to hear what I’ve been working on.
Don’t wanna give away too much more, but it’s coming!
FF: Where can people find more of your work?
DR: Facebook for news, Soundcloud for the latest music, and Bandcamp for major releases.
Check out the GOOSEBUMPS THEME remix!!