Shure Europe, and UK rock band Snow Patrol, have announced the three winners of their Fallen Empiresremix competition. After five months, and having received over 600 entries from all over the continent, the band selected the bronze, silver and gold winning remixes of their most recent album's title track from a shortlist of 20 chosen by Shure Europe. The third place (bronze) winner was Janusz Zalewski, who wins Shure equipment worth €500 for his remix, which slows the original and adds a funky feel. In second place was a remix by Peter Galaksikov, who impressed Snow Patrol with his tense, string-heavy take on Fallen Empires and receive a Shure voucher worth €1000. The winner was Juha-Matti Koppelomäki, a Media student (and former studio intern) from the University of Tampere in southern Finland, who won the band over with his hard-rocking, guitar-heavy complete rework of the track. Snow Patrol said it all: "This remix is massive… a worthy winner!" Koppelomäki said he was "very surprised" when he got the call to say he had won the competition. As the first-prize winner of the Fallen Empires competition, Koppelomäki has received a Shure voucher worth €1500, which may be redeemed against Shure equipment of his choice. Although he is still deciding what to buy, Koppelomäki mused: "I already own some Shure microphones, and my most recent discovery is the SM7B; I used it on a guitar cabinet and it sounded great. It's a very versatile microphone – I might have to get one of those at least!” Paul Crognale, marketing manager at Shure UK and one of the instigators of the Fallen Empires competition, commented: "This has been a hugely successful venture from start to finish, with remixes of a very high quality from all over Europe. We were amazed by the amount of time and effort that many of the entrants spent on their submissions and Juha’s amazing remix is a testament to this. We’d like to thank everyone who took part, and of course Snow Patrol and their management for their help and trust!" www.shuredistribution.co.uk
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