The interview is finally here!!! After much waiting and talking (and mainly jamming to music), the interview with
Mc Chubbzz, Bruneaux, abSRD, The Airport District, and a late add DJ Improper is complete. Couldn’t have had a better time with these guys. Some down-to-earth guys that got their music queued up in a private TT room, and we got the interview process underway. I’ve known these guys for about a week (most likely less), and the relaxed nature and camaraderie between us was evident. Jokes flying left and right, talking about music and mashes, couldn’t have asked for a better interview.
So I want to start off by describing what we believe a Home-Grown Artist is. A Home-Grown Artist is a masher that has great songs available, but doesn’t have the publicity as say Kap Slap, Girl Talk, The White Panda, etc. Whether they be a new masher, or one who has produced a couple of songs…a Home-Grown is an artist that deserves the recognition that they may not have received yet. Each of the guys interviewed above a certain style about themselves and have been well-received in the Mashup.fm room. So take a look at the interview after the jump. The Q&A session (with most jokes/banter) is posted, and at the end I’ll include the full transcript via Dropbox. Tell us what you think at the end, and keep showing these guys support. Thanks to Mc
Chubbzz, Bruneaux, abSRD, The Airport District, and DJ Improper for sitting down and getting this interview done.
(It’s Long…but so worth it)
Gutz: So first thanks for meeting up with me for this interview and DJ Mash Session
The Airport District: thanks for having us.
Bruneaux: no prob, man. glad to do it
DJ Improper: Thank you. It’s good to be here.
Mc Chubbzz: absolutely.
AbSRD: for sure, cool thing to be doing, glad you think I was worthy
Gutz: I guess the most obvious question to start off with is: Where y’all from?
Bruneaux: athens, georgia
AbSRD: Tulsa, OK
Mc Chubbzz: Charlotte, NC
The Airport District: Modesto, CA. Car theft capital of the US.
Gutz: lol Airport
DJ Improper: I’m operating from right outside D.C. I’m in Rockville, MD.
Gutz: So looks like the West Coast is underrepresented
DJ Improper: The actual capitol of the U.S.
AbSRD: and the midwest
The Airport District: I feel so lonely!
Gutz: True that abSRD
DJ Improper: That’s because it’s only 7:44 there. They’re still sleeping.
AbSRD: dont blame them, its hot as hell
Bruneaux: shit, its hot here too
Gutz: it’s hot everywhere right now, but that doesn’t stop us from mashing all day
DJ Improper: my room is nice and cool with the 6 fans running.
AbSRD: try 118 today
Mc Chubbzz: I keep my house at 32 degrees, I’m a freaking eskimo.
Gutz: ouch…abSRD, you best stay indoors then. The Mashup.fm room is good company
Mc Chubbzz: hahaha
The Airport District: They’re like my internet family. Except we’re not related and I only sorta love them.
Gutz: lol. I feel the same way. The camaraderie is amazing.
AbSRD: really is
Question: How’d you guys find the Mashup.fm room?
The Airport District: I searched mashup on turntable.fm, haha
DJ Improper: /mu/
Gutz: word of mouth, or it was once again overflowing with people? /mu/?
Mc Chubbzz: I was lookin through what artists were being played, and when I saw The White Panda, I had to join in the fun.
The Airport District: that’s 4chan’s music board (in reference to my /mu/ question)
AbSRD: when I first signed into turntable it was the first room I thought would be good, sure enough
Bruneaux: i saw a post on twitter about turntable, but it was a dead mashup room…so i searched for more mashup rooms and this one seemed to be the popular choice
Gutz: it’s one of the best rooms out there, for sure
DJ Improper: I originally came to the /mu/table room on reccomendation of 4chans music board… But Mashup.fm seemed like a more appropriate place to be because of my tastes.
DJ Improper: That and somone pointed me there when my first song in the /mu/table room was a mashup.
DJ Improper: OFWGKTA vs. NMH
Gutz: i don’t think i’ve heard of 4chans music board
The Airport District: Oh my god, that’s like /mu/’s fantasy
DJ Improper: 4chan.org/mu/
The Airport District: you been to 4chan before? it’s their music board
Gutz: nope, never been to 4chan…going now
DJ Improper: It’s a great place to find news about leaks and be on top of things that are trending
Bruneaux: im gonna have to check that out
Gutz: i’ll have to make sure to bookmark it
Question: So we know how you guys found the Mashup.fm room, but why mashups? What got you guys started in mashups?
Mc Chubbzz: My friend had me listen to The White Pandas (once again) and I was hooked.
DJ Improper: I play a ton of mashups at the events I DJ in real life, so this has been a really great way to find new music.
Gutz: Ahh White Panda
DJ Improper: Mashup.fm allows me to find music that works for what I need by just sitting around and chit-chatting rather than digging through blogs and listening on my own.
Bruneaux: My friend gave me girl talk’s night ripper a few years back, and i was so fascinated by it that i had to try it for myself
Gutz: White Panda got me started on listening to mashups too
AbSRD: Well when that Jayz vs The verve came out years ago I thought it was the coolest, then after Kap Slap started disappointing my roommate and I with some of his songs, he told me ‘to make better ones’. And yeah night ripper was definitely inspiration as well
Bruneaux: It’s like the bible of mashup albums
DJ Improper: My first mashup experience was Dean Gray.
Gutz: I think that’s the first time i’ve seen someone say something bad about Kap, lol. And night ripper = classic
AbSRD: first for everything, dont get me wrong, we love his stuff but there were two or three releases in a row we were disappointed by
Gutz: ahh gotcha
Bruneaux: im not a fan of his too much
Gutz: is it just me, or did Bolles leave? His internet cut out. He just fb messaged me, lol…and he’s back
Bruneaux: i tend to not favor electronic/dance/dubstep mashes that much
Gutz: Come on Airport…fix that internet, lol
The Airport District: sorry lol, what did i miss?
Gutz: how’d you get started in mashups
The Airport District: ah
Gutz: or why did you choose mashups?
The Airport District: Girl Talk, of course. I was downloading every random album I could to fill up my ipod, and he had Feed the Animals up for free, so I downloaded it. I didn’t like it at first, but it came on shuffle once and I was amazed.
AbSRD: See thats where I differ, I make EDM based ones because they’re my way to get the kids that my club residency is at to dance to that kind of music, they like the familiarity of their favorite lyrics (referencing Bruneaux’s last comment)
Gutz: true…but i think we can all agree that mashups bring something new and different to songs
DJ Improper: I think it’s a way fo reinterpreting a song.
Bruneaux: they really do. i like to see what kind of song i can put with another. pull from different decades and genres to make something unique
Gutz: can’t agree more with you Imp
DJ Improper: Like you can take someone elses song, and give it a completely new meaning by mashing it up. I mean…great example…Kick Push by Lupe Fiasco is obviously about skateboarding.
DJ Improper: But if you listen to Viva La Kick Push (Coldplay vs. Lupe) it transcends the original meaning and has so much more depth to it.
The Airport District: Samples are kinda like instruments, to me. Make something completely new out of something that already exists. And the familiarity of the samples gives it a unique twist. (References Imp’s last statement here à)Definitely agree. I’ve heard mashups where the original song takes on a whole new meaning. Shooting Superstars by The White Panda is a good example.
Bruneaux: i just like to spark people’s intrest. everyone wants to hear someting familiar, so i try to bring this thought of “oh i never thought these songs could go together”
DJ Improper: Yeah. A great one for that is Beethoven’s 5th Golddigger. A real classic that makes you go, WHAAAAAT?
Gutz: Bruneaux, that’s something i’m always surprised with. Yes, there some songs that are sampled lots of times but there are plenty of times where i’m like well that’s a nice choice of paired songs
The Airport District: Jessie’s Girl + I’d rather get some head did that to me. Classic combination by Girl Talk.
Gutz: We won’t ask where that song led you too.
Question: What’s your favorite popular/”mainstream” masher?
DJ Improper: A+D probably.
Bruneaux: Girl Talk
Gutz: yeah he’s good
DJ Improper: A+D and lobsterdust and ElectroSound are all high up for me. There are too many!
AbSRD: Kap Slap, still cant get over 151
DJ Improper: CAn’t pick 😦
Bruneaux: if The Airport District was here, he would say Bruneaux, lol
DJ Improper: no.
Gutz: there’s that shameless promotion
Mc Chubbzz: WHITE PANDA Mc Chubbzz: hahhaah
Bruneaux: hahaha, thats what i do
Gutz: haven’t heard A+D…i’ll have to check it out
DJ Improper: You’ve heard it. You just don’t know you’ve heard it.
Gutz: you see, even in the interview…we’re finding new songs
Gutz: oh and i’m liking this Hot’N’Cold mash
DJ Improper: ElectroSound 🙂
AbSRD: +1 for it
Bruneaux: i think we should all just find hot n cold mashes and only play those tonight lol
Gutz: yeah….about that
Gutz: if there’s 3 artists i can’t stand…it’s Lady gaga, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha, but in mashups, i can stand them for the most part. oh and Beyonce I can’t stand too
AbSRD: I’m going to make you a mash with all of them
Mc Chubbzz: No Justin Bieber?
Mc Chubbzz: Or do you just not consider him an artist, hahaha? Cause that’s how I think of him.
Gutz: like i’ve ever listened to the Biebz
AbSRD: oh the Biebz
Mc Chubbzz: I could put JBieb to shame if I got in front of someone who could promote me, hahaha
Bruneaux: see, i try to use a good bit of perry, gaga, and kesha because thats what everyone knows right now. but i’ll put a twist on it like putting the who behind kesha
Gutz: yeah, but you also sample a lot of songs in your mashes
AbSRD: yeah I tried to make mine fluid and not jumpy like GT
Bruneaux: Same here, i try to make mine like a less ADD version of GT
DJ Improper: Yeah. The mashes I work on are very old school. Very N vs. X with little or no sampling or alterations.
Question: So we know what your favorite mainstream masher is. But what’s an artist that you like, that we may not have heard before?
DJ Improper: *opens mashup folder to take a look*
AbSRD: I’m not really big on mashups, I try to stay away so I don’t copy
Mc Chubbzz: I just started gettin in to mashups.. so I know close to nothing about artists besides I like the white panda. hah
Bruneaux: to be honest, i really like airport’s stuff. he has some good stuff for his first album and its going to be interesting to see what he does next
AbSRD: yeah I have been impressed with airport
DJ Improper: You should probably check out DJ Axel
Gutz: alright, we have some votes for Airport
Gutz: too bad he can’t be here to thank ya
DJ Improper: and Quickie Mart (if you haven’t already)
Gutz: and I’ll have to take a listen to DJ Axel
Bruneaux: i mean, i would vote for myself as part of my shameless self promotion, but i decided against it lol
Gutz: i’ve heard Quickie Mart
Gutz: well all you guys have my votes
Gutz: and you have been well received in the mashup.fm room, that’s for sure
Bruneaux: awwww, thanks gutz
DJ Improper: You’re the man, Gutz.
Mc Chubbzz: Preciate it. haha
Gutz: i’ll shamelessly promote you guys
Gutz: just make sure you guys send me your latest stuff
Bruneaux: of course
AbSRD: you know you’ll be the first
Gutz: thanks Sam, lol
Question: You’re in high school
Chubbzz, right? Mc Chubbzz: Yessir.
Gutz: how about everyone else?
AbSRD: year 2 of 5 in college
The Airport District: High school, yay! Junior next year.
DJ Improper: I would have just finished HS… had I not started college like a year and a half ago.
Bruneaux: 5 of a million years at university of georgia
Gutz: wow Airport…you’re young
The Airport District: Public high school’s a bit of joke, so I have loads of free time.
The Airport District: Yeah, I know haha. Started when I was 14.
Gutz: how do you guys balance mashing/dj-ing with your everyday life?
Mc Chubbzz: See I go to a private school, that gives us 5 hours of hw to do.. so I dont do it.
Gutz: i just finished my undergrad over at UA
Bruneaux: roll tide
Mc Chubbzz: and I play ball on top of that
AbSRD: Yeah I’m studying to be an engineer and playing soccer, so my DJing/Mashup time typically comes at 12am-3am
Gutz: yeah, i think that’s when i heard your stuff abSRD
Gutz: late at night
AbSRD: haha yep
Bruneaux: other than class, all i did these past months was work on 2H2H
Bruneaux: once i got home, i just sat down at the laptop and went to work
Gutz: and it was damn good album
Bruneaux: thanks man…it was a long time in the making. I dont tell many people that its my 2nd album, because i hate the first one
Question: Any new tracks, or albums, you guys are coming out with?
AbSRD: I’m working towards a mixtape: W.M.D.
Gutz: Weapons of Mash Destruction?
AbSRD: yeah, real original right?
DJ Improper: Trying to make an entire album of rap vs. old time music and Appalachian fiddling.
Bruneaux: im waiting about a year or 2 until i start the next album
The Airport District: Working on a 2nd album. Not sure of the direction yet. It’s probably going to be different. Closer to Endtroducing era DJ Shadow than Girl Talk.
Mc Chubbzz: Haha Mine is called “One and Done, a tribute to John Wall”, except not really.
AbSRD: hahaha, do the john wall
Gutz: lol Trey…i’d download that
Bruneaux: im mainly doing a few side projects with some dj friends of mine and maybe a collab with AD sometime
Bruneaux: but for the most part, im working on my live set for gigs
The Airport District: What gigs? haha
Bruneaux: potential gigs
DJ Improper: I have a gig this coming Thursday.
AbSRD: I also have another side project with a bud of mine, abSRD Clipz, we’re actually producing original works
Gutz: speaking of gigs, you guys DJ live at clubs? or just come out with mixtapes?
The Airport District: Haven’t played live yet, but I’d love to sometime.
Mc Chubbzz: …I’m not old enough to get into clubs… *tear*
AbSRD: Yeah, I am a resident at a club in town
Gutz: well you’ll get there
AbSRD: I’m actually here right now
Mc Chubbzz: hahaha 6 months.
DJ Improper: I have a monthly gig and I do other stuff on the side… but being a student with no car can makes DJing difficult sometimes.
Bruneaux: ive distributed my album to a few bars/clubs downtown. but im mainly gonna spam the hell out of sororities and frats once school rolls around in the fall
Gutz: frats and sorority parties are a good way to go
The Airport District: I’m going to give away my CD when school starts again. And possibly hide it in library books and other places
DJ Improper: Yeah. By the end of this year I’ll have played NC, VA, MD, DC, NY, PA, and MA.
Bruneaux: i think so too. thats more of my target market
AbSRD: I’m going to play at Arkansas, Texas A&M, my school, Mizzou, Ok State, any others that want me this year
Gutz: i know White Panda came down here to T-Town before. They were well-received
Bruneaux: i have a bunch of greek friends here and im just gonna give them all my stuff…live shameless self promotions
Gutz: you got to promote somehow
DJ Improper: Yeah. I just pass my facebook along by word of mouth.
Gutz: well Boom!!!NewMusic, SoSimpull.com, and MashupMixtapes will promote for y’all
Bruneaux: super like
True Final question…fave mashup song??? Go!!!
The Airport District: of all time!?
Gutz: or all time or recently
Gutz: which one has stuck in your head?
The Airport District: The White Panda – Shooting Superstars. Definitely. So good.
AbSRD: Snap it Up by Kap Slap
Mc Chubbzz: Hot N Cold Rain – The White Panda, or Escape Day N Night – The White Panda.
AbSRD: Dirt Off Your Shoulder vs Bittersweet Symphony
Bruneaux: once again – girl talk
AbSRD: either that or Snap It Up
DJ Improper: Could never pick a favorite like that. The Mashup scene is way too diverse for this kind of question.
AbSRD: not sure
Gutz: well regardless, mashups is a evergrowing genre
Gutz: and one that is looking bright with guys like you
AbSRD: awww thanks
Gutz: so I want to thank you guys for coming out and sharing your music/thoughts
The Airport District: Thanks!
Bruneaux: it’s nothing without people like you guys who promote it for us
The Airport District: I love you, Gutz.
Gutz: link me up with your latest albums/sites
The Airport District: and sorry about my internet, haha
Gutz: or tracks
AbSRD: yeah you are a huge help!!
Gutz: so i can make sure to post it up
The Airport District: http://theairportdistrict.tumblr.com everything should be there
AbSRD: you got it boss
AbSRD: take it easy guys
Gutz: Sam, if you told me 2 months ago that my blog would be where it is now
AbSRD: abSRD, out like a fat kid in dodgeball
Gutz: i wouldn’t have believe you
AbSRD: really? well thats because of you
DJ Improper: http://tinyurl.com/dJimproper
But that first link is the only vital one. Thanks so much for the interview, Gutz.
Gutz: but Simp, Eep, and I are starting up the Mashup Mag
The Airport District: can’t wait for that
Gutz: and we got the mashup room going
Gutz: and my site is booming
Bruneaux: you guys are revolutionaries
Gutz: so i’m all for it
Gutz: yeah…and i’ll continue to do this as long as possible
AbSRD: yeah keep it up, cause we appreciate people like you
Gutz: abSRD link me up with your latest stuff
The Airport District: Until death do you part?
AbSRD: it really is a big help
Bruneaux: its the biggest help
Gutz: until law school possibly, but even then i’ll still be active (hopefully)
AbSRD: okay for real I’m out, take it easy and I’ll see you on TT
Bruneaux: one man cant shameless promote himself this much
Mc Chubbzz: pc guys
Bruneaux: later guys
Gutz: laters all
The Airport District: peas out yall
Gutz: see ya back in mashup.fm
For a copy of the full transcript, and I know you do, click on this link to my dropbox: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22779483/Home-Grown%20Artist%20Interview.docx
Info on All Artists:
Main Site: http://bruneaux.tumblr.com/
Facebook/Main Site: http://www.facebook.com/abSRD
The Airport District:
Main Site: http://theairportdistrict.tumblr.com/
Facebook/Main Site: http://tinyurl.com/dJimproper