Remix contests are one of the great ways for up and coming artists to get their music heard and gain some connections. On the other hand Remix Contests are one of the biggest things that help contribute to music for fans. Every time a contest occurs the web is usually flooded with remixes for the track especially those that are just made to give away for free. When we came across this version of “Rolling in the Deep” only one word could come to mind, and that is WOW! The use of the original vocals to contrast the melodic phrases and filthy basslines is nothing less than genius. One thing can be sure this remix is going to be on REPEAT! REPEAT REPEAT! For those who don’t know Minnesota a.k.a Christian Bauhofer at first glance comes off as the unassuming dude yawning next to you in class, a kind of lumberjack-nerd fusion in his glasses and scruffy facial hair. However, wait until the sun goes down and add a couple drinks and a whole lot of bass — and quiet, smiley Christian assumes his party-crushing alter-ego: Minnesota. Minnesota tracks are heard in dubstep/glitch sets all over the world, including those from PantyRaid, Marty Party, Blackheart, and Rastatronics, to name a few. His latest and greatest remix of “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas & the Papas has been getting tons of play — most notably by dubstep trailblazer Bassnectar a.k.a. Lorin Ashton, on his current U.S. tour. “Quickly becoming a staple in my sets,” Ashton said about Minneosta track “Push It,” “Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hype.” One of the best things about Bauhofer is his incredible diversity in both his production and DJ sets. Any promoter can be assured that a bill featuring the name Minnesota on it will be pleasing to any crowd. He has opened for a wide range of acts, from Flying Lotus to Ghostland Observatory, Rusko to Benny Benassi, RJD2 to Excision, and many more. The future looks bright for Bauhofer, so much so that he is taking a break from UC Santa Cruz this spring to focus strictly on music. With multiple EPs coming out on MalLabel and Simplify records in the next few months, this might be Bauhofer’s smartest move yet.