Interview Questions

Here is a list of questions we will be asking our stars of the show:

– please state your name and what you do
– where are each of you from
– where and when did you meet
– how did ‘Bootie” begin
– what was your first mashup
– what is your favorite mashup
– what is mashup music
– what is the difference between a mashup and a remix
– how often do you travel for ‘Bootie’
– when did you realize this club night became a success
– what is the craziest or best experience you have ever had at an event
– you work so hard, do you party hard as well
– what awards have you received
– what vibe does ‘Bootie’ have, is it different from what you WANT it to have
– what do the artists think of you mashing their music
– have you ever received praise from an artist
– have you ever received backlash from an artist
– what is the best part about your job
– are you like this all the time, or is there a normal life after the party’s over
– what is next for ‘Bootie’
– what is next for A+D?

Documentary Approach

We wanted this documentary to speak to any and all who love to dance, or love music in general. So our approach in making this film was to keep the music flowing throughout, and to keep it fun. That was our main goal. Originally, we were concerned, because we had heard all term that a good documentary needs some kind of conflict, which our story did not have. In the end, though, we decided as a group that the vibe our documentary gave was perfect. The group also agreed that we wanted to paint our stars, A+D, in the truest, most honest light. We edited the film to get their absolute best pieces, and then we went from there. As a group, we approached the work in a break-down method. The four of us rarely worked all together in the post production process. What worked for us was meeting and discussing who was willing to do what, and when. Then we would take lab time to look over the changes and tweak whatever needed adjustments. Overall, each of us turned out happy with the finished product.

Want to Make a Mash-Up of Your Own?

I found quite a few websites dedicated to teaching people how to make their own mashups.  The problem with most of the websites was that they simply TOLD you what to do, rather than TEACH you.  This website attempted to TEACH, which I appreciated.  However, I believe that a large part of making a successful mashup is pure-born talent.  Some have that gift, some simply don’t.  But it doesnt hurt to try!

Please visit the website below if you’re interested in giving it a try!

http://www.mashupciti.com/how-to-make-a-mashup/

An Interview With Girl Talk

I just read an article about a popular mash-up DJ named Girl Talk.

Photo Credits to blastro.com

He claims that he is NOT a DJ, because he doesn’t play other people’s music…technically.  He recreates completely new songs using pre-recorded music.  I guess that’s up for debate.  I would consider him a digital DJ.  He mixes, that’s what DJ’s do.  I do, however, understand him preferring the term, “artist”, because he does great work, and in a sense, he’s right, he doesn’t simply play other peoples music.  But he doesn’t sing..or play any traditional instruments (at least not on his tracks).  I think he falls somewhere in between.

The article was interesting, and I found his explanation for naming his “band” Girl Talk.  Here’s an excerpt:

“I picked the most flamboyant, over the top name so people would feel like ‘this name or band is completely inappropriate’ for the contemporaries I was playing with at that time. What can I call this to make this sound like a ten year old girl’s band?”

I also found it EXTREMELY interesting that he uses a PC on stage!  Through this article, I perceived this DJ Artist as a very down to earth person who is quite confident in his strangeness.  I must say, he is really talented and his music is so catchy!  If you’re interested in learning more about Girl Talk, read the full article by visiting the website below:

 

http://dancemusic.about.com/od/remixersproducers/a/GirlTalkIntervi.htm

Copyright Issues in the Mash-Up Music Community: Who’s REALLY Against the Music?

I found an article from back in 2009, touching on the issues that the music industry professionals have with underground artists and DJ’s using copyrighted music to create a new song.  The article brings up a few good points on some of the reasons why, eventually thanks to technology, copyright  laws will be minuscule, just a small barrier between mash-ups and the public.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“In the digital age, copying and spreading music is a much easier task.  Every time a music file is downloaded illegally, a new copy of it is made which can be shared in turn.  “Basically, the music industry is slipping towards anarchy, and the record companies are trying to keep control of their revenue streams,” said Professor Sam Howard-Spink, professor of music copyright law at Steinhart School of Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University.”

The most interesting thing that I learned form the article was that it seems like the actual artists writing and/or singing these songs…the people who made the song popular in the first place…don’t seem to care one bit if their music is being recreated. In fact, some artists love and embrace it!

To read the full article, click the link below:

http://genyu.net/2009/11/24/bridging-the-gap-mash-up-artists-and-copyright-law/

Enjoy!  Let me know what you think.