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For the third year running, I had the opportunity to mash up of all of the artists that performed at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London. The video was played at the beginning and toward the end of the concert. For 2011′s mashup, check out “Party on the Floor”, and for 2010′s version, see “Like OMG, Baby”
There’s a video interview where I talk a little about the process of making this year’s mashup HERE
The fifteen featured artists at the concert were Coldplay, Conor Maynard, Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran, Example, Flo Rida, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Lawson, Pitbull, Rita Ora, Usher and The Wanted
Every year, there are special unexpected guests appearing throughout the concert, and I have also included them in this year’s mashup. This year’s surprise artists were, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cheryl Cole, and Dizzee Rascal.
The first of many mini-mixes made for the 2012 Olympics, played throughout the sporting events.
(Capital FM Summertime Ball Mashup)
For the 2nd year in a row, I put together a mashup of all fifteen artists that performed at Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London. This video premiered during the concert. For last year's mashup, check out "Like OMG, Baby"
UK Artist EJ, along with some of her influences.
It's great when I get to do a mash up for an artist, because it allows me to really dig deep into a single act and really see what makes them tick. Nelly Furtado has gone through many transformations throughout her career, but she's maintained a spirit of independence and freedom throughout. That's what I wanted to highlight in "Free at Night", a mashup which features 13 hits from her album "The Best of Nelly Furtado."
Capital FM Summertime Ball Mashup)
I made this music video mashup to be shown as part of a concert at Wembley Stadium in London for Capital FM's Summertime Ball, where all fifteen of these artists performed. There's a mix of artists from the UK and the America's.
In a brief but impressive career, Sean Kingston has always had a knack for creating amazing hooks. At 17, he released the Ben-E.-King-inspired "Beautiful Girls", somehow managing to sing about suicidal thoughts without losing his trademark smile. This was followed up with "Me Love", a twist on Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker", and "Take You There", which pointed towards a more electronic futuristic sound. By the time he released this summer's inescapable euro-flavored infectious dance hit "Fire Burning", the sound had gone fully electronic, while remaining as catchy as ever.
So when his label approached me about mashing up his greatest hits, I knew I had all the raw material I would need to make an ultra hook-y mashup. And finding the actual words "mash up" in "Beautiful Girls" was just icing on the cake.
I mixed up these four hits, along with “I Can Feel It” from his last album “Sean Kingston”, and bits of “Tomorrow” and “Face Drop” from his upcoming album “Tomorrow”.
I've always held a deep respect for Annie Lennox and her music, so when she gave me her multi-track masters to mash up, I was thrilled. The task was to tie together all of her solo career into single song and video, and I could deconstruct it as much as I wanted! Woohoo! Her music expresses much hardship and sadness, but also defiance, joy and triumph, and I wanted the mashup to reflect that journey.
This Kanye West album was a real change of pace for him, veering more towards moody pop than hip-hop. I had recently done a mashup of his “Love Lockdown” with Radiohead’s “Reckoner”. When I heard The Fray performing this beautiful cover of Kanye’s “Heartless” on BBC’s Radio 1, it really seemed to capture the song’s melancholy feeling. The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” also fit the mood, and for the beat I used a sloooowwwed down “Boom Boom Pow”, the Black Eyed Peas’ inescapable hit.
Kanye based his original “Heartless” on a sample by the Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue”, so I grabbed that sample, and also added a little bit of 2Pac’s “Dear Mama”, where he talks about being “heartless”.
When I made this mashup, in pop music there had been this growing undercurrent of dysfunction and desperation.
Leona Lewis talked about love in terms of flesh wounds, Akon sings of girls being dangerous, Danity Kane complains of being damaged, Ne-Yo is unable to control himself, Rihanna is going crazy.
Meanwhile a burning hunger for more cries out: The Pussycat Dolls, Britney, and Lupe Fiasco all desire fame, attention, recognition, and they encourage the listener to feel the same way. All this, mixed in with Madonna’s pre-apocalyptic pop song plus Estelle and Kanye’s transatlantic lovefest, starts to paint a picture of where our culture is today, overwhelmed by our own raging appetites, even as we run out of what we need.
And you can dance to it!
They're all working together in thsi mashup.