I’m Alive On Diamonds

Sup everyone, here is the opener for a new DJ on the scene, Young Stussy. He needs some feedback, so we were more than happy to oblige.

Alright, let’s break it down from start to finish. Press PLAY and follow along!

Right off the bat the vocals and music do not work together. Kate Elsworth needs to be played to a slower beat. Her vocals aren’t energetic enough for the beat that follows and thus is an inappropriate start. Then, the editing at :40…ouch. It is so obvious that these were all cut and pasted one after another.

But that’s just the beginning, trust me it gets better :)

Once Drake kicks in with that deep bass, the song becomes banging. I do like the little essence of Diamonds in the background. It kind of makes it seem like they are singing to each other…yet the lyrics seem to have moments where they battle pretty hard for the spotlight. Just as a word of advice for future mashes, make sure that the lyrics have a reason to be there. For instance at 2:02, there should only be music there. This is a moment for the musical solo…not to have this slightly audible annoyance in the background talking about diamonds in the sky…so take her out there. Another time this happens is at 4:05.

After that… the mash stays in the positive. Great beat, fun to dance to, has some great drops and climaxes.

A suggestion for future mashups. Remember that every moment is supposed to lead the listener to think one thing is coming and then to turn us on our head with a new, BETTER sound. Whether this inclines vocal battles, complementary progressions, or just something totally new and unexpected direction, each moment has to leave us on the edge of our seat wanting more. There are plenty of cases in here where the music does justice to the mashup, but of the aforemetioned problems above, I suggest tweaking and focusing on limiting those “mistakes”. Who knows, maybe you have stumbled on to the next big craze, but I doubt it. Sorry.

Overall I approve of this mashup. I listened to it and was engaged at every moment, just sometimes it was like someone put some lemon on my tongue and gave me that “bitter face”.

Keep practicing, keep mashing, bring us the new age of music!

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Call Me Maybe / Payphone

Check out this awesome video mashup of Call Me Maybe and Payphone. Produced by Kurt Hugo Schneider with three very talented and AWESOME musicians: Jessica Jarrell, James Alan and Jake Broido.

What I really like about this mashup is that everything is done in real time. The camera work, the different ways to make the music, the vocals, all combine together to make an awesome little mix.

This mashup is amazing all the way up till 2:33. Then all of the sudden it gets to be too much. The vocals start to fight with each other, and he music gets so “loud” and “intense” that everything seems to get crammed together into a jumble of music. But, to say one more thing, at 3:05 everything gets better again and the song ends with an awesome tone.

Great stuff!

Casual Romance

Casual Romance – created by King of Beats
Lady Gaga vs. Black Leotard Front – Casual Romance (King Of Beasts Re-Fix) by King Of Beasts

King of Beats gives us a pretty decent Lady Gaga mashup. ¬†What I like about this song is that KoB doesn’t annoy us with the actual music that Lady Gaga spews out to the social media, but he takes here somewhat catchy lyrics and layers them onto a very catchy instrumental music track by Black Leotard Front.

Let me know what you think of this Gaga mashup.

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Believe Starry Technology

Believe Starry Technology by Monster Mashes

Check out the first of many mashups to be featured here by Monster Mashes. I thought I would pick one of his “mediocre” songs just to get him off in the right direction. What I like about this mashup is the varying genres that he adds together. He starts out slow with a little “Starry Eyed” and then gets into some hard rap from 50. Ultimately this mashup just gets down to good music. As I listen to this song, there is never really a place where I think the music is bad. It builds up slowly at the beginning and then just bumps out till the very end. Great mashups come every once in a while, unfortunately this one doesn’t make the cut, but there are a few of his that I will be featuring in the future that have what it takes.

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Free Samples – Techie Mashups

Check out this set from Techie Mashups, definitely worth the 35 minutes of listening.

So let’s go through it. According to Techie,

I made called Free Samples. It’s 35:22 long. It’s got some cool stuff on it. If you’re going to listen to it at all, I recommend listening to the whole thing at once. The most interesting stuff is in the middle and at the end. So yeah, give it a listen if you feel like doing so.

I would agree with him in the fact that the more interesting stuff is more toward the middle and end of the song. With that being said, I gotta “hit” him a little here and say: Dude, you have to get the attention of the listener from the start, you can lose them at the end, but you need to capture them from the start. You have to assume they are going to give you 30 seconds of time to capture them, if you lose them then, you have lost them forever. Don’t expect people to listen to an entire 35 minutes hoping to find a good part.

Now, one more critique, make sure you balancing is consistent throughout the song. There are points where the music gets quiet and then gets loud and then finds a point in the middle. There are two reasons that this is crucial, one, you sound like you didn’t care to give the user a consistent experience, two, you cause the listener to adjust their volume throughout the song. What happens when the listener turns up a quiet part and then all of the sudden a loud part kicks in? They get blown away and want to turn it off.

Other than that, this mix has a great range of interesting combinations:

For those looking for the track set, see below:

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Save Little Whistle Talks Tonight

Check out this awesome 3 artist mashup! In this song we have a combination of Of Monsters & Men, Flo Rida, and Eagle Eye Cherry. This mashup is extremely well done. It is upbeat, fast paced, intricate, and interesting.

No matter how many times I listen to this song, I still feel like I am surprised at the direction that the music goes, which in my opinion, is how a mashup should make the listener feel.

So congratulations DJ Dumpz, you have created something that I feel is perfectly done. Good job!

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