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I made this for YouTube to help promote their latest Android app, which will stream music videos (from VEVO and elsewhere) to your phone.

The Only Time is Tonight
  • Enrique Iglesias – Tonight
  • Ke$ha – We R Who We R
  • Rihanna – Only Girl
  • Black Eyed Peas – This Time (Dirty Bit)
  • Chris Brown – Yeah 3X
  • Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
  • Avril Lavigne – What The Hell


United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)

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Yet another installment in what has become an annual New Year’s tradition. It’s the United State of Pop, which mashes up the Top 25 songs of the year, according to Billboard magazine.

In 2010, pop has gone into serious all-out party mode. In 2009 the music was encouraging us to pick ourselves back up after being knocked down again, and to rock out to some great dance music while you’re at it. This year’s music tells us to keep going now that we’re up and having fun. In fact, the fun seems to be in such overdrive that it borders on recklessness. Usher urges us to ‘dance like it’s the last night of your life”, and Katy Perry wants us to “run away and don’t ever look back”. Even the songs that aren’t about parties have parties in their videos, like this year’s entries from Mike Posner and Lady Antebellum.

It’s a great thing about music that you can leave your worries and lose yourself in the moment. In our current world of dance pop culture fantasy, this takes place at a club, where you can drink, meet the most amazing person you’ve ever met, and where as Ke$ha says, “the party don’t stop”.

Personally, as a DJ performing mostly at raging party-ish events, I can relate. My career path has been crazy lately, and I’m definitely not ready for the party to stop!

So with that in mind I urge you all please……

DON’T STOP THE POP

  • Ke$ha – Tik Tok
  • Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
  • Train – Hey, Soul Sister
  • Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
  • Usher Featuring will.i.am – OMG
  • B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams – Airplanes
  • Eminem Featuring Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie
  • Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
  • Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  • Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris – Break Your Heart
  • B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
  • Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull – I Like It
  • Young Money Featuring Lloyd – Bedrock
  • Jason Derulo – In My Head
  • Rihanna – Rude Boy
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce – Telephone
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  • Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
  • Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
  • The Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
  • Jay-Z + Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
  • Usher Featuring Pitbull – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
  • Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars – Billionaire
  • Eminem – Not Afraid
  • Iyaz – Replay

To support these artists, buy some of their music!
I made a video for this mashup and put it up over on youtube
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.

And if you want the lyrics, I posted them in a video:


Nelly Furtado - Free At Night

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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 latest album “The Best of Nelly Furtado”.
  • I’m Like A Bird
  • Turn Off the Light
  • Powerless (Say What You Want)
  • Try
  • Força
  • Promiscuous
  • Maneater
  • Say It Right
  • All Good Things (Come to an End)
  • Girlfriend in the City
  • Night Is Young
  • Stars
  • Manos al Aire

To support Nelly Furtado, check out her album here: bit.ly/bestofnellyf.
And here’s the video I made for it.
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.

Like OMG, Baby (Capital FM Summertime Ball Mashup)

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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, and the track list is here:
  • Alexandra Burke – All Night Long
  • Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
  • Chipmunk feat. Esmee Denters – Until You Were Gone
  • Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers
  • Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
  • Jason Derulo – In My Head
  • JLS – One Shot
  • Justin Bieber – Baby
  • Ke$ha – Tik Tok
  • Pixie Lott – Mama Do
  • Rihanna – Rude Boy
  • Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t a Love Song
  • Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
  • Usher feat. Will.I.Am – OMG
  • The Wanted – All Time Low


And here’s the video
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.

United State of Pop 2009

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Another year, another year-end mashup, once again consisting of the top 25 most popular hit songs of 2009, according to Billboard Magazine.

This is a follow-up to last year’s
United State of Pop 2008 (Viva La Pop)

and the original United State of Pop from 2007.

This year in the charts, so many of the pop songs this year seem to tell the same story: Yeah, we’ve been through a lot, but right now we’re gonna celebrate with music and dance, and it’s gonna be ok. With that spirit in mind, I invite you to…BLAME IT ON THE POP
  • The Black Eyed Peas – BOOM BOOM POW
  • Lady Gaga – POKER FACE
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis – JUST DANCE
  • The Black Eyed Peas – I GOTTA FEELING
  • Taylor Swift – LOVE STORY
  • Flo Rida – RIGHT ROUND
  • Jason Mraz – I’M YOURS
  • Beyonce – SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
  • Kanye West – HEARTLESS
  • The All-American Rejects – GIVES YOU HELL
  • Taylor Swift – YOU BELONG WITH ME
  • T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake – DEAD AND GONE
  • The Fray – YOU FOUND ME
  • Kings Of Leon – USE SOMEBODY
  • Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – KNOCK YOU DOWN
  • Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain – BLAME IT
  • Pitbull – I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)
  • T.I. Featuring Rihanna – LIVE YOUR LIFE
  • Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie – KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
  • Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne – DOWN
  • Miley Cyrus – THE CLIMB
  • Drake – BEST I EVER HAD
  • Kelly Clarkson – MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU
  • Beyonce – HALO
  • Katy Perry – HOT N COLD


And here’s the video
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.
The complete lyrics are HERE, along with a guide to which song all of the words and music came from.

Sean Kingston - Beautiful Mashup


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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”.


And I made a video for it as well!
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.
Download the full version here.

I also made a shorter radio edit of this mashup which you can download here.

Annie Lennox: Backwards/Forwards


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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. Here’s the tracklist:
  • Why
  • Walking on Broken Glass
  • Little Bird
  • No More I Love You’s
  • Waiting in Vain
  • Something So Right
  • Dark Road
  • Sing
  • Shining Light
To listen to the streaming audio (sorry, no downloads on this one), click HERE
And here’s the video for it:
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.

 
 
 

My Life Would Suck Without You in My Place


  • Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
  • Coldplay – In My Place
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Coldplay’s “In My Place” reveals the power ballad lurking within Kelly’s recent hit.

 

To view the video in full screen, click HERE.

Heartless (In a Bottle)


  • The Fray – Heartless (Kanye West Cover)
  • Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
  • The Police – Message in a Bottle
  • 2Pac – Dear Mama
  • Alan Parsons Project – Ammonia Avenue
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Kanye West’s latest album was a real change of pace for him, veering more towards moody pop than hip-hop. Recently, I did 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”.
And here’s the video for it:
To view the video in full screen, click HERE.
An even higher quality version can be seen on Facebook HERE.

Love and Wonder


Maroon 5 recently released a remix album entitled Call and Response, where they got various of remixers to radically re-interpret their greatest hits. I commend them on their spirit of experimentation, especially since they opened up their entire archive for me to destroy interpret! I basically had the Pro Tools digital recording sessions for all their songs, so I could go in and grab whatever instrument or vocal I wanted. This is the first time I’ve gotten such a depth of data to work with.

As I picked apart the recording sessions, the thing that really stood out to me was the level of musicianship buried in the many layers. What sounded like a simple guitar riff was actually made up of many guitars, carefully layered and ordered to get just the right tone. Background vocals revealed themselves to be beautiful melodies in their own right.

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Club Mix

This version has an electro house club feel.. I added some guitars from “Goodnight Goodnight”, “This Love”, and “Makes Me Wonder”, and brought in the piano from “She Will be Loved”. Other little bits from other M5 songs are found scattered in there. Click on the buttons to the right for a radio/ipod-friendly version, and for the DJs, here’s an extended version.