As if the honor of being on Beyoncé‘s 4: The Remix EP wasn’t enough, Polish producer Radzimir Debski (a.k.a. Jimek), got a surprise Skype call from Bey herself this week to announce he’d won the competition to remix her song, “End of Time.”
The Los Angeles-based, Warsaw, Poland-bred producer’s version was selected from nearly 3,000 entries in the four-week competition. According to a press release announcing the selection, Jimek’s song was selected after initial voting by fans, DJs and remixers on the SoundCloud community, with an international panel of judges, including Beyoncé, Afrojack, Isabella Summers of Florence and the Machine, Polish DJ duo Wawa, New York DJ Jus Ske and Oscar-winning producer Giorgio Moroder selecting the winner.
The producer looked stunned when Beyoncé stepped in front of her laptop, exclaiming, “This is not happening!” The “Party” singer assured him that it was. “This is definitely happening … Thank you for staying awake, I wanted to congratulate you because you’re the winner of the ‘End of Time’ remix competition,” she said to Jimek’s disbelief, as he took a seat on the floor to settle himself. “Yes you are. You did a fantastic job.”
Jimek thanked Beyoncé and said, “That’s so cool. I’m so grateful that you found the time, because I’m sure I’m not the only one that … put their own time into doing it the best they could.”
Jimek, son of classical and film composer Krzesimir Debski, won a $4,000 prize in addition to appearing on the EP, which also includes: “Run the World (Girls)” (Dave Aude Club Remix), “Countdown” (Isa Machine Remix), “Best Thing I Never Had” (Lars B Remix), “Love on Top” (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Remix) and “End of Time” (Wawa Extended).