Dave Curtin and partner Brad Colerick—the duo who form DeepMix—contributed two remixes to the Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. For the soundtrack, Curtin remixed the title song, “Game Over,” and the title song from Spy Kids 2, “Isle of Dreams.”
All three Spy Kids films were written, directed and edited by Robert Rodriguez, who also scored the film and wrote the two songs remixed by DeepMix. Curtin received the original Pro Tools sessions on which Rodriguez created the tracks. “We were able look at all the tracks and then handpick what we liked about each thing,” said Curtin. “We thought the vocal was a great element, which wasn’t featured as much in the original versions, so we brought it way up in the mix and filtered it.”
Curtin’s main task was to ensure that both remixes, while having a vibrant life of their own, remained true to the film’s spirit. Working alongside engineers Jim Goodwin and Weston Ganucheau of Eggchair Music, Curtin crafted two pulsating, invigorating and youthful tracks. Both songs feature the vocals of Alexa Vega, who is the teen star of all three films. “We had to walk a fine line,” explained Curtin. “It’s the kind of thing that Radio Disney would really like, but it could also be played in the clubs. It appeals to a wide demographic, where a 15-year-old is going to like it, as well as a 25-year-old. It was challenging to achieve the right balance: If it sounded too much like bubble gum pop, not everyone would like it, and if it sounded too mature, then the kids wouldn’t understand it.”
For “Isle of Dreams,” Curtin added a more energetic drum loop and created a pulsating rhythm. He and his team of engineers rearranged the song, added new elements, such as records scratches and vocal effects, and created a more contemporary sound.