Floss Mixes - Frequently Asked Questions
I play VQFs?
Assuming you use
Winamp (www.winamp.com) simply download and install the VQF plugin that
can be found in the "Input Plugin" section.
downloaded a mix by someone else and they sound exactly the same as
That's because they
are mine! I've found that some people are trying to palm my mixes off as
their own. I recall some Japanese guy claiming that he mixed the WWRY
christmas mixes... You have to laugh.
mixes are shit!
That's your own
opinion. Don't download them then. The vast majority of visitors think
they are very good mixes considering I don't have any professional
equipment or access to the master tracks.
did you start mixing?
(from the QFM site)
Well it all started after stumbling across a rarities FTP site run by
one Bart Lammey... I noticed that he had done a few remixes of his own,
"I want it all" I think it was and it kinda inspired me to try something
similar. I had in the back of my mind what I'd like to do with "Heaven
for Everyone", putting back Roger's middle bit while keeping the 1995
Made In Heaven feel to it. A few days later "Queen & The Cross - Heaven
For Everyone (Freddie Vocals)" was released on my website, then called
"Voyager" . "Voyager" then at http://members.xoom.com/rdr/ was one of
the first Queen mp3 sites giving Queenfans the then unheard of
opportunity to download rare Queen & related tracks for free which
previously could only have been heard by a few privileged few with
bucketloads of cash to spend! The site was very popular and I put my
Heaven mix for download and it was an instant success! :-) Because
people actually liked what I was doing with the music, I mean I never
got any hate mail, I continued mixing. I can't remember the exact
chronological order of my mixes but mixes of "Too Much Love Will Kill
You" and "Resurrection" being among my early ones. The reason why I
can't remember is because I was a busy student at the time (and still am
really!!) doing Radio production and one lazy afternoon listening to the
production music gave me an idea for one of my best mixes and the first
to use non-Queen music - "We Will Rock You - Christmas Mix".
As time wore on and my catalogue of mixes got larger, I moved my site to
it's current abode of http://www.floss.co.uk and changed the name to
"The Floss Mixes". I was still providing the Queen internet community
with rare material and in most cases enhancing the audio quality
significantly at the same time, but with other websites passing my files
off as their own, I descided to make my mixes the focus of my website.
Around the beginning of 2000, I was contacted by Greg Brooks, The Queen
Archivist, who wanted CD Audio copies of my mixes so he could catalogue
them and also to let Jim Beach hear them. Several phone calls later the
idea of professionally re-recording some of my mixes in the Queen
studios with Justin Shirley-Smith came about but I am still awaiting the
go-ahead from Mr Beach. He still hasn't gotten around to listening to my
CDs yet, but as Greg said, "This is normal for Jim...". Fingers
If there is anything else
that you think should be here, email me! :o)
And for more info on specific mixes, see my page on the