When Musicians Get Excited About Remixes, Cool Things Happen: Jay-Z, Nick Drake And Jason Parker Do Jazz
from the remix-it dept
A few months back we wrote about jazz musician Jason Parker, who was doing a variety of interesting experiments on the business model side, and also making some top notch music (his No More, No Less album has become a regular in my “albums to work to” list…). He’s been working on a new project of jazz interpretations of Nick Drake’s first album, funded in part via Kickstarter. Of course, lots of albums are being funded via Kickstarter these days, so there was nothing all that special about that (other than that it’s a cool idea).
However, he recently released a “remix” of a song from that upcoming album, mashed up with Jay-Z. You can listen to it here:
You may know that I play with an incredible rapper/hip-hop guru called Spekulation. Spek, as we call him, is super talented as a lyricist, performer, producer and beat maker. He also likes to cut shit up and stitch it back together in strange and wonderful ways.
Not thinking about any of this, I sent him some rough mixes of the forthcoming JPQ Nick Drake CD because I respect his ears and wanted to hear what he thought. What I got back was this remix. He cut up our take of “Day Is Done” with Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, and lo and behold it was magic! Spek then asked for more mixes, so I sent him all 10 tracks. He cut ’em all up with various Jay-Z tunes and we now have a full remix album, completed before the original tunes. Go figure…
So enjoy this little sneak-peak into not one, but two forthcoming CD?s! You’ll get to hear the rest sometime toward the end of March.
There are a few different things to note here. First, it’s pretty cool to see just how excited Parker is about all of this. He sent off a work to a friend, who sent back a very cool mashup with a different artist from a different genre and asked for more. Parker happily sent the other tracks over, and now he’s thrilled that he’s got a full remix/mashup album ready before he’s even released his new album. Thankfully, Jay-Z has also made it clear over the years that he isthrilled and “honored” to have his work remixed with others.
Of course, in a very traditional sense, there’s an awful lot of “infringement” going on here, but most of the parties are happily ignoring that because they realize that what comes out of it is something really cool. It might not match your personal taste in music, but it’s pretty cool to think that three very different artists all end up coming together to create something magical and enjoyable, and part of it happened just because a third party (“Spek”) decided to make it happen.