Friday, July 25, 2008
The EDM scene here in Corner Brook is . . . well . . . pretty much non-existent. All the dance-bars (all two of them) consist of hack-DJs who only play the same Top-40 requests over and over again. It's pathetic.
Thankfully, I've teamed up with a couple of guys to try and change all that. E.M.P. will consist of four DJs including myself, MD (Mark Adams), "That Mexican DJ" (Manuel Gutierrez), and special guest DJ Jim Bones (James Coffin). It's being hosted at the Backlot (the SWGC campus bar at the end of University Drive) at 10:00 PM. Cover is only $2.00 and ID for 19 is required (sorry kids - we'll do an all-ages show next time).
Since this is the *only* EDM event in the area, the collection of EDM styles will be diverse. I'll be playing a lot of mash-ups and some Electro(clash), possibly some French House as well.
We might even have a merchandise booth - in which case I'm going to attempt to have a new EP ready! No promises, but keep your eyes peeled!
Posted by Andrew Bowers at 2:37 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The World Went Down On Rock & Roll (Fatboy Slim vs. Garry Glitter)
The World Went Down On Rock & Roll (Fatboy Slim vs. Garry Glitter) by DJ Dain
Garry Glitter is a horrible person. Frankly, I had little to no idea to who the man was until I started tracking down "Rock & Roll (Part II)" a.k.a. "The Hey Song." All I know is that Fatboy Slim's track suddenly resurrected memories of a catchy rock song that had been played to death at sporting events (particularly Hockey). I think I was finally able to track down that track name while looking through "Jock Jams" albums.
I'm still not sure if "The World Went Down on Garry Glittler" would've been a wittier alternate title, or just completely inappropriate.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Crank & Release Dat Robot Rock (Daft Punk & Soulwax vs. Soulja Boy vs. Breakwater)
Crank & Release Dat Robot Rock (Daft Punk & Soulwax vs. Soulja Boy vs. Breakwater) by DJ Dain
This is probably one of my favourite mash-ups, even though I hate Soulja Boy with a passion. It proves that Daft Punk makes everything sound better. I also thought it was only appropriate to toss in Breakwater's "Release The Beast" to balance the rap with more rock, as well as flesh out more of what Daft Punk had sampled from them.
In the end, I like to think I achieved a balance of of both rock and funky groove in this one.
Also, "Beat Repeat" + "Stereo Paning" = Fun times!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Don't Look Any Further Than My Buttons (Dennis Edwards & Seidah Garret vs. The Pussycat Dolls & Snoop Dogg)
Don't Look Any Further Than My Buttons (Mash-up) by DJ Dain
I went back and tweaked this one to really give the new drums some punch. I was really amazed how well the two songs matched up in terms of key, chord structure, and harmony. I only had to drop the vocal pitch by one unit in a few spots. Mark 3:04 really does it for me when the combined breakdowns meld together.
I like how this mash-up gives the Pussycat Dolls a sexier sound. The original always sounded more... well... skanky/slutty to be honest. The deep grooves of Dennis Edwards & Seidah Garret really bring out a more intimate side to the lyrics.
But hey, that's just me.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I Want You Back Under My Umbrella (Rihanna vs. The Jackson 5 & DJ Z-Trip)
I Want You Back Under My Umbrella (Rihanna vs. The Jackson 5 & DJ Z-Trip) by DJ Dain
Another fairly old mash-up that I figured was good enough share. This went through a lot of revisions, mainly due to the fact that Rihanna's vocals kept key-clashing with the instrumentals. Eventually I stumbled upon DJ Z-trip's remix of "I Want You Back" and things finally started to shape up. I kept a few samples of the original Jackson 5 song with some filter effects to keep everything nice and funky. I'm tempted to go back and try and edit the vocals again, but there are a ton of other projects and things I'm focusing on right now.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sexy Satisfaction (Benny Benassi vs. Justin Timberlake)
Sexy Satisfaction (Benny Benassi vs. Justin Timberlake) by DJ Dain
I'm in the process of uploading my mash-ups and remixes. This is an older one that has probably already been done. I cut out the "yeah" parts because a friend of mine couldn't stand that part of the song. I also spaced out the "you ready?" bits around the vocals from Benassi's track.
Rather than try and upload everything in one huge post, I'm going to try to release about two tracks a week until I run out of material and have to slow down.
Monday, July 7, 2008
4 Minutes To Midnight (Justice vs. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
4 Minutes To Midnight (Justice vs. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) by DJ Dain
I've heard that there are hundreds of remixes and mash-ups using "4 Minutes." That's all well and good, but I just hope no one else has jumped on this particular idea for a mash-up. Justice's debut album "Cross" is one of the best I've heard in a long time in that I enjoyed the album quite throughly. I'm happy that the last track from it worked so well as their more popular tracks like "D.A.N.C.E." have been mashed to death with everything else.
I've noticed that the songs I consider mashing usually work out best when I choose songs that create cute/witty title combinations. Maybe it's just a fluke, or maybe the title's reflect similar themes that exists musically as well.
Or maybe I'm just CRAZY?! :D
Edit: This song wasn't meant to be released until later this month, but the interweb's gone all haywire on me. Oh well, that just means more music for you!