Mashups: Hot or Not?

“Mashups: Hot or Not?”

Are you a fan of mashups?

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, in the music industry, a mashup is a song created by blending two or more songs together so that they work together seamlessly. This is not to be confused with a “medley” where a DJ will mix two or more songs together in a sequential order.

With a mashup, it’s like two songs are playing at once. Here is one of my favorite examples of a great mashup which blends together Madonna’s “Express Yourself” with “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga:

I’ve talked to some people who say they think that mashups basically take two great songs and make them sound terrible together and that they wind up frustrated and wishing that they could just hear the original tunes.

Other people LOVE them! Myself included, provided the DJ who mixed it does a good job of honoring the integrity of both tunes so that they enhance rather than compete with each other.

Recently I talked to some spinning instructors who say that mashups are all they play anymore and that their students are always begging for more.

How do you weigh in? Leave your comments below.

Here’s one of my favorite mashup mixes which pairs up 80s classics with some of today’s current hits. I ran to this mix the other day and felt like I was flying up and down hills.

Length: 44 minutes
Format: Continuous & square
Tempo: 130 bpm

Click here to download.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013

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