Posts tagged Afrojack
I mentioned Plexx a few days ago for introducing me to SkyFi and look at this, he sent me a mashup. I should really start just mentioning random DJs more often and see if they share more music with me! Can’t Stop Us includes four samples: Can’t Stop Me Now by Afrojack, Spectrum by Zedd, Take Over Control by Afrojack featuring Eva Simmons, Sexy & I Know It by LMFAO. This is a full 6 minute mashup, he tricks us at about 3 minutes, making us think he is wrapping up his mash. Psych! Not quite, you’re only halfway through. Plexx is from Hong Kong and is only 17 years old!
Keeping with this International Tuesday theme, Jus-Jay (of Christ Church, Barbados), recently reached out and shared a mashup with us. The initial submission didn’t go over to well, but I haven’t featured a DJ from Barbados yet, which really intrigues me. I listened to his other songs available on his SoundCloud account and found one I really enjoy. What Love We Found takes samples from Rihanna and Haddaway (plus some minor cameos by Danzel and Lil Jon). It’s a fun bootleg from Barbados (which I’m having a lot of fun saying, “bardados” – if you can’t tell. Vacation time yet?).
The final International DJ to feature is DJ Doing of Trondheim, Norway (aka Espen Nordberg), we’re really getting all over the world with this one feature. I Want You Back Without You (think about that title, ‘you want me back… without me?’ wait, whaaa?) is his ‘a’ versus ‘b’ mashup of David Guetta and Cher Lloyd. Cher Lloyd should be included in more mashups! This sounds great.
It’s been far too long since our last DJ Burnout feature. About a month ago, he dropped an eight track ‘party pack’ filled with mashups, called “#BOOBS“. I have a few easy favorites from the set list, starting off with Phat Girls which takes samples from Ludacris, Steve Aoki, and Dimitri Vegas. It flows great into another favorite of mine, Collapsing Crush, which showcases Eminem’s lyrics over a Knife Party remix of Nero’s Crush on You. But the track that really draws me in is the mega mashup that Burnout calls Beef Samples. It has eight samples over the span of three and a half minutes, including the likes of Afrojack and Steve Aoki, Pitbull, Ludacris, Dada Life, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, and Empire Of The Sun. It’s got that great intro from Teenage Crime by Adrian Lux too.
More recently, 2 days ago – to be exact. DJ Burnout dropped a few more mashups. Three different mashups, one with the Beastie Boys, another with some heavy Rihanna influences and then my new favorite (even though, I was initially annoyed by the song Put It In My Video) which places the spotlight onto Childish Gambino. If it was his acapella alone, it wouldn’t do anything for me; but it’s the Kill The Noise – Alvin Risk remix that takes it over the top. That is the beauty of the mashup, taking two or more samples to heighten each other to their true potential. Or using the strengths of one to boost another.
And now for something a little different, or a lot different depending on your perspective. There is a new quartet of DJs in the industry and they go by the name of FourMore. It’s your classic barbershop quartet, except no one is singing (I hope), they are just making sweet sweet nectar in the form of music bootlegs and mashups. Currently, they are DJing from four different cities and four different time zones. We can appreciate that concept, we try to share good music from all over the United States (and the world, because we seek world domination – no, not really, though it would be cool, just saying). But they are able to produce music from four different areas in this country. FourMore is made up of brothers Kyle & Jared, plus their college friends Eric and Alex; currently representing the Bay Area, Honolulu, Texas, and Boston. We’re already familiar with Kyle’s work, or should I go by his stage name, T.Ski, a guy that we’ve featured in the past.
I discovered this new Fantastic 4 (only with musical powers instead of the ability to ignite into fire or form a rock wall) through T.Ski’s SoundCloud account and liked what I heard! Spectrum of Love is not another Zedd knockoff, rather it is a mega mashup of major mixing proportions. I takes samples from Zedd, Justin Bieber (we can overlook this if you can), Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Akon, David Guetta, Afrojack, and Will.i.am. This mashup meets their goal of sharing EDM music that makes you want to party and rage. I need a few more rage tracks though, it’s hard to rage to just one song, so FourMore, keep pumping them out and we’ll keep listening!
Hey everyone, welcome to episode #24 of Trax Certified. It’s a pretty special episode for me today, because starting this week I am now a resident DJ on The Music Phoenix and I will be bringing you the new episode of my podcast right here every week! This week’s episode is chock full of bangers from around the EDM world, including a brand new remix by Lazy Rich, and a HUGE remix of a Tritonal track by Seven Lions that I made into a custom edit for my DJ sets. Now let’s get right into it, crank it up to 11, and LET’S GO!!!
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1. Weekend Heroes – Slide (Original Mix)
2. Avicii – Silhouettes (Lazy Rich Remix)
3. Nicky Romero & Calvin Harris – Iron (Original Mix)
4. Tritonal, Nicky Romero – Still With Me (Molly’s E) (Seven Lions Remix, Travis Trax Edit)
5. Dyro – Magno (Original Mix)
6. LowKiss feat. Ryan Riback – Work Money Party Bitches (TON!C & Joel Fletcher Remix)
7. NOVASPACE feat. Djoir Jordan – Control (Original Mix)
8. John Dahlback – Comet (Original Mix)
9. Stereotronique – Heya (Original Mix)
10. TJR – Same Old Fool (Sonik Remix)
11. Digitalism – Zdarlight (Fedde Le Grande & Deniz Koyu Remix)
12. Electric SoulSide, Fast Foot & Mike Wave – Terminate (Original Mix)
13. Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Kill The Noise, Felix Cartel – Tornado (Kill The Felix Travis Trax Edit)
14. Firebeatz, Schella – Dear New York (Original Mix)
My mind is blown after listening to James Illusion’s latest bootleg. Collide Into Baba Bong takes The Who against Deniz Koyu against Avicii (Fade Into Darkness – the original mix and the Albin Myers Remxi) against Leona Lewis (Afrojack’s Festival Mix of Collide). It’s the unexpected Baba O’Riley that gets me from the beginning, I haven’t heard a DJ use The Who in a mashup in such a long time or in such an iconic way. It’s impressive and leaves me wanting more as it comes to an end every time. If I were in a club and this came on, I would be 100% dedicated to that DJ from then on.
So I’m not sure how many people saw the twitter thread about Hardwell who was given grief for releasing mashups ‘for free’ for Facebook likes by Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Eric Prydz. But it reminded me about why I enjoy mashups so much. I mentioned to DJ Burnout on his post about it that mashups are a great way to expose people to multiple songs at one time. It gives a variety of artists exposure in a short amount of time. Could it be that some of these artists are as popular as they are due to some of the mashups and bootlegs they are in? They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Why can’t artists be happy that DJs enjoy their music so much that they want to give their own interpretation of it? Hardwell’s gimmick is his Facebook account, it’s a part of one of his songs; plus he’s not the first to lead people to his account for an exchange of Likes for a Free Download – I see DJs who do that all the time. I think it’s a creative way to market your account; let’s face it, people will go where the incentives are, they want something for their Likes nowadays.
The perfect example as of last night with discovery through mashups for me is Mitch-Mash’s new mashup Asheville. It starts with Hello My Old Heart by The Oh Hello’s; a single I have never heard before, but I looked it up and have probably listened to it 20 times since. That is a song that I might not have otherwise found and I would have missed out on a great song. Mitch-Mash has exposed me to it, so he gets the credit. Asheville gives the listener a chance to enjoy 7 different samples at one time, he made a mega mashup featuring The Oh Hello’s, The Ying Yang Twins, Dead Prez, Lil Jon featuring Three 6 Mafia, Snoop Dog featuring Pharrell, Currency featuring Lil Wayne & Remy Ma, and Miner.
As long as we’re talking about mega mashups, you also need to hear the bootleg by t.ski called Crank Dat House. This one also includes 7 different samples including: Afrojack, Soulja Boy, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, JLo, C+C Music Factory, and Krewella. Granted this song has more of the familiar to me, but it is a new interpretation to all seven artists by t.ski that enables the listener to also have a new experience with the songs.
Ultimately, I don’t see what the big issue is; if you get more exposure, people will be more inclined to see you perform live. This just reminds me of the days when Napster came out and bands complained about how they can’t make money from album sales anymore. That issue is long gone and musicians discovered that they need to perform to make money. If you don’t perform you’re not going to make as much money. Now we have Producers complaining, it’s the same issue but now we have new players in the game.
It has been a while since we’ve done a DOSVEC (DJ Whatt) feature and now that well, Summer Is Over, as he put it on his latest mashup; I figured it was time to let him take us into the new season. The season of test taking and parties, last-minute cram sessions and weekend benders, the decision to attend class or not and which house party to drop in on. Yes, we are getting underway with college courses again; let’s just hope you pass more classes than you did at the end of last semester and to the Freshmen, let’s hope you make it past the first semester without being placed on Academic Probation. The music video above the previously mentioned track by DOSVEC which includes samples from the Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull (featuring Marc Anthony), Kelly Clarkson, and Carly Rae Jepsen (I know, last time you heard from me I was hoping to be done with her for the day… I just can’t avoid it, sorry); all of these samples flow interchangeably over Calvin Harris & Ne-Yo’s Let’s Go.
Another mashup that brings me excitement for what’s to come is the latest from the Catalina Rhyme Mixers. They are planning on releasing their new album on Sunday, September 30, 2012 (mark your calendars now). It’s the followup to their “Mash-Stache” mixtape; this one will be entitled “Mullet Mash;” business in front, party in the back! Rocking Horse is the first preview we are getting of their latest project; I’m glad they decided to give us over five minutes of a taste instead of less! This thing is sampling Ellie Goulding, Afrojack and R3hab from what I can tell.
Jonathan Gering reached out to me today to bring this mega mix he calls Mystical Mountain Mix, and boy have I been jamming out to this all day. He’s from St. Paul, and if you remember, we brought you his remix to The Band Perry’s If I Die Young earlier this year, which was a huge hit! The track list is incredibly well put together, and brings you a little bit of everything in the scene of electronic music. Jonathan show cases his talent mixing this massive 21 track list together, and even provides you a download link below for a free download!
*Listen to more of Jonathan Gering’s music on his SoundCloud page.
1. Artificial Bong (Jonathan Gering Intro Mashup) – Deniz Koyu, Metric
2. Acting Crazy (Tom Fall Remix + Edit) – TyDi, Sarah Howells
3. Language (Original Mix) – Porter Robinson
4. One Last U&I (Jonathan Gering Mashup) – John Dahlback, Tommy Trash, GTA
5. Longest OMG (Jonathan Gering Mashup) – Jordy Dazz, Morgan Page
6. Go Deep (Torro Torro Remix) – Neoteric, Wax Motif
7. Redline (Original Mix) – Wolfgang Gartner
8. Silenced By Mr Brightside (Hardwell MashUp) – The Killers vs Keane & Alesso
9. Rage (Original Mix) – Ralvero
10. Louse Bottle Down Low (Jonathan Gering Mashup) – R3hab, Nicky Romero, The Cataracs
11. Happy Polkadots (Jonathan Gering Mashup) – Dada Life, Afrojack, Oliver Twit
12. Trolltanium (Hardwell MashUp) – David Guetta & Sia vs Qulinez & Sick Individuals
13. Some Militia That I Want (Jonathan Gering Mashup) – Denzal Park, Gotye, Lucky Date
14. Ah! (Edit) – Trampboat
15. Nowhere To Go (Tom Fall Remix + Edit) – W&W, Bree
16. Let You Go (Edit) – Jonathan Gering
17. Quasar (Edit) – Hard Rock Sofa
18. Give It Up for Love feat. John Williams (Mysto & Pizzi Remix) – EDX, John Williams
19. Neon Lights (Kryder Remix) – Vada
20. Brightness (Edit) – Walden
21. Fun (Balearic Club Mix) – Sharam
Compson Sound has done it again when it comes to mashups. This time he’s done something a little different, he’s created two different mashups with the same sample of Florence and The Machine’s Spectrum (Say My Name). The reason the duo of mashups was given the name ”Spectrum of Dance,” is because one is filled with that high energy dance flow while the other is more of a cool down, mellow vibe. We’ll start with Take Me Anywhere, because you’re meant to party before you cool down. It has samples from Hardwell & Dannic (Kontiki original mix and the Dyro Remix), Daniel Bedingfield, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, and Afrojack & R3hab (plus Florence & The Machine – of course). It is just what you’d expect from the lineup of samples, a lot of energy and just a fun track to dance around to. Illuminate, which samples from Eric Prydz & Andreas Postl, One Direction, Suzanne Vega, and The Temper Tramp. I really like that Compson Sound chose to incorporate Tom’s Diner and Sweet Disposition on this, it translated well!
I had the privilege of seeing a few great acts at Summerfest this year with Tiesto headlining. Though, admittedly, the person I was most interested in seeing perform was Steve Aoki. I have been following his music for some time now and haven’t been to too many EDM shows yet (Milwaukee doesn’t really give me the opportunity, at least not until this summer). The biggest surprise had to be the new music played by many of the DJs, but outside of that, I never thought I would see a producer throw cake out into the crowd. Steve Aoki did just that, he threw not 1, not 2, but 3 different cakes out to the crowd; I was definitely jealous of everyone in the pit.
Prior to the show, I hadn’t heard Steve Aoki’s remix of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness; it makes sense, especially since he collaborated with him and Travis Barker in the past. It’s one of those songs that when I heard live I just found myself really getting into. It’s a chill song to begin with, then add the EDM vibe to it and it’s gold. The one song that I had stuck in my head at the end of the night (and I heard over eight hours worth of music) was his production with Afrojack featuring Miss Palmer, No Beef. Hearing this one live just gave it so much more life than it could ever possibly get from playing it at home with my own stereo system. Plus, the atmosphere of a couple thousand fans helps get you into the moment.
Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki remix)
Purchase on iTunes: Afrojack & Steve Aoki (ft. Miss Palmer) – No Beef