Josh Raskin’s 2007 Oscar-nominated short I Met the Walrus Toronto-based filmmaker has now turned his attention span to music via his mash-up project Kids & Explosions, available as a pay-what-you-can download at here. The project evolved from DJ gigs Raskin was doing, when he employed a computer instead of records or CDs, and cut up a bunch of his favourite songs into digital loops. “I took all the songs I’d normally play at a party, cut the loops and put these beats over top of them,” he says. “That was the first show.”
Raskin uses the familiarity of the source material to draw listeners in. “I was interested in figuring out how far you have to push or manipulate something before it becomes new,” he says. “After a while that became less important and I became more interested in making songs that I liked.”
The challenge in creating his debut, Shit Computer, was “narrowing it down and creating something song-based out of those live drunken sketches.” The result pushes the boundaries of what a mash-up album can be. “This kind of music hasn’t been around for that long,” he notes. “It still sounds like an epileptic cat throwing up, but that wasn’t necessarily the goal the whole way through.”
Notable samples include Drake, Feist, Iron & Wine, 2Pac, Biggie, M.I.A., The Strokes, Cindy Lauper just to name a few.
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