October's Monthly Mix-Up proved to be one of our most diverse and creative months in terms of overall entries. By giving Linkin Park fans the challenge of converting Linkin Park's hard rock stadium anthems into heart-pounding dance pop tracks, musicians were forced to take Linkin Park's music in an unconventional direction, with many experimenting with this style of music for the first time ever. While some found the genre too difficult to participate, we managed to get quite a few amazing entries and we're very encouraged by the amount of diversity shown by participants in our October challenge, which proved to be one hard month to judge. However; without further ado we would like to name October's Official Winners (and Runners Up!): Winner: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN m_macdonald - "Given Up" Many positive things can be said about m_macdonald's absolutely incredible re-imagining of Linkin Park's "Given Up". By creating a fresh new sound for Given Up, and through completely re-inventing some melodies in the song, Mac created a track that's not just "winning entry" good, but good enough to be considered one of our favorite entries in the LPA Monthly Mix-Up series thus far. Featuring intricate layers, new vocal harmonies, synth lines and strings, and superb mixing, Mac's remix is a creature of beauty. Not only did he adhere perfectly to the genre, but he also scores kudos for remixing a very unexpected song, instantly proving that Given Up can exist as more than just a hard rock track. Runners Up: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Blackdonut - "Blackout" With a wondefully chaotic buildup that eventually segues into a nice club beat, Blackdonut's re-interpretation of "Blackout" (which also features demo lyrics in parts of the song) gives the A Thousand Suns favorite a great dance-pop feel, making it easy to imagine this song blaring on the dance floor. This track won high praise by our forum members, and even a stamp of approval from our August winner "Best Asian Ever". CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Jason39 - "Burning In The Skies" All of us on staff really appreciated the creative liberties that Jason39 took with his remix of "Burning In The Skies". Originally created just as an instrumental, Jason39 reworked his instrumental into a full remix, creating an entry that is as atmospheric as it is catchy. Great job Jason! Special Mention: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Glen Orpheus - "Waiting For The End (Downright Nasty Remix)" We simply could not finish this post without taking the time to feature and comment on Glen Orpheus' highly unique and creative re-imagining of Linkin Park's "Waiting For The End". Featuring highly synthesized vocals, over breakbeat drums with a dirty bassline, Glen Orpheus' remix not only showed immense skill, but a creative spark and imagination that we felt worthy of showcasing on our front page. Ultimately, because of it's Drum N' Bass feel, we felt it did not match the theme enough to be considered (although it was still dance worthy!) so a special mention was in order. Hopefully this isn't the last we've heard of Glen Orpheus, as we'd love to hear what he brings to the table in future months! Stay tuned within the next hour or so, as we officially launch next month's contest, as we will be putting all of your skills on a collision course to greatness!