Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music. The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme. (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along).
Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic: Free for all! Make a mix, any mix! Whatever speaks to you is AOK with me. Maybe you have a theme in your head, an idea to showcase. WHATEVER YOU WANT!
Really?? I need rules! I need structure! Its going to be chaos, I tell ya! What happens when I have no guidance? You get a truly twisted mixtape…of MASHUPS.
What exactly is a mashup? In its very basic form, Its the combination of two or more songs to create something new. It can be as simple as using the lyrics from one song to the music of another or some of the really talented artists may use 30+ songs combined together in a five minute masterpiece. There are no genre boundaries and the only limits are in the creators’ imaginations, as you’ll see in some of my choices this week.
The mashup genre did actually exist before Glee drug them kicking and screaming out of the shadows and I’ve been a fan and collecting the “good” ones since about 2006. PartyBen, Aggro1, AplusD are just a few of my early favorite artists, though most of those don’t have anything from their early works on YouTube to link to. (I’m ignoring the legality issues of copyright infringement surrounding the creation of mashups because I’m a rebel like that, though I do have mixed feelings about it.)
1. Dirty Rockk – Robin Skouteris. Something I learned early on with mashups is to give them a chance and listen all the way through on the first pass. I’m glad I did or I wouldn’t have given this one my full attention and I would have lost out on what is now my favorite. I love listening to this one cranked up with headphones on to really hear some of the nuances of the mix.
2. Whole Lotta Sabbath – Wax Audio. This artist has compiled so many that I love that it was difficult choosing just one, so I included another in the Bonus section. Wax Audio isn’t afraid to play with the classics or mix genres that at first don’t make sense, until they do (see song in bonus section for example).
3. Mash Me Amadeus – DJ Schmolli. Confession time, I actually like Falco’s Rock Me Amadeus to begin with. When DJ Schmolli combined it with modern day (at the time) hip-hop, I loved it at first listen.
4. Dirty Daft Queen – Loo & Placido. Most mashup artists can be separated into studio artists and live performers, such as Loo & Placido. They’ve been around and doing shows for several years, though I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing them live.
5. Waiting for Bulletproof At First Sight – Marc Johnce. Sometimes, mashups are the only way I can enjoy modern pop. This is a good example of that. On their own, I wouldn’t listen to any of the songs that went into making this choice.
6. Hot K-Pop 2009 Part II – DJ Masa. Gimme a good beat and music and I don’t even have to understand the lyrics to enjoy a song.
7. Maiden Goes to Bollywood – Wax Audio. This is a fantastic example of mixing two genres that most people would be horrified at the thought. But somehow…it works.
8. Like, OMG Baby – DJ Earworm. Here’s another pop monster mashup that I wouldn’t even consider listening to the songs on their own (like Ke$ha and Bieber). DJ Earworm has a talent for combining massive mixes of pop songs that would intimidate many artists.