Some Tracks I’m Diggin’ Right Now

Every once in a while I plan to share some tracks with you that I’m really diggin’ at the time. Most will probably be Mashups and Dubstep.

The following tracks are all Mashups from two different artists: Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM) and Mashed And Confused. One thing I really like about some Mashups is not just when two songs mash together well for a great sound, but also when the lyrics complement each other as well.

For example, the first track I’m sharing takes a Katy Perry song where she is reminiscing about a boyfriend who was ‘the one that got away’. Along with that theme, DJ TM brings in a throwback track from Maxine Nightingale (a great track from 1975!) in which she sings about getting a relationship back to the beginning so they can start over. What a perfect blend!

DJ TM does it again in the last track I share. Beyonce has a very popular song where she encourages single women to dance. So DJ TM pulls in a Billy Idol song where he sings about dancing by himself! Ha! And both songs have a riff of “oh oh oh” that get blended so cleverly.

Enjoy!

[MASHUP] Right Back to the One That Got Away (Katy Perry vs. Maxine Nightingale) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)
Right Back to the One That Got Away (Katy Perry vs. Maxine Nightingale) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)

[MASHUP] The Joker One Of Us (Steve Miller Band Vs Gladys Knight & The Pips) by Mashed And Confused
The Joker One Of Us (Steve Miller Band Vs Gladys Knight & The Pips) by Mashed And Confused

[MASHUP] Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance Naked with Dad (George Michael vs. David Bowie) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)
Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance Naked with Dad (George Michael vs. David Bowie) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)

[MASHUP] Canned Low (Flo Rida Vs Jamiroquai) by Mashed And Confused
Canned Low (Flo Rida Vs Jamiroquai) by Mashed And Confused

[MASHUP] Dancing With(out) My Single Ladies (Billy Idol vs. Beyoncé) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)
Dancing With(out) My Single Ladies (Billy Idol vs. Beyoncé) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)

Awesome Alaska

I loved my trip to Alaska a few years ago. It’s an amazing place. Maybe I’ll share some of those photos with you later. But what I want to show you now is this great video that is making the rounds online.

The Camelot Harmonic Mixing Wheel

This is quite interesting to me. If you are into music theory, a DJ, or just a fan of music mashups (like I am), a guy named Mark Davis created this chart to help figure out what songs go with other songs based on their key.

Camelot Harmonic Mixing Wheel

From the site:

On the Camelot wheel, each key is assigned a keycode number from one to twelve, like hours around a clock.

For the first mix, we recommend mixing two songs that have the same keycode, like 8A and 8A. It will sound like a professional mash-up made in the studio, even if you are mixing on live DJ equipment.

Many professional DJs move around the Camelot wheel with every mix.

To select a compatible song, choose a keycode within one “hour” of your current keycode. If you are in 8A, you can play 7A, 8A or 9A next. If you are in 12A, you can play 11A, 12A or 1A. This mix will be smooth every time.

You can also mix between inner and outer wheels if you stay in the same “hour.” For example, try mixing from 8A to 8B, and notice the change in melody as you go from Minor to Major.