Recently, Kaskade took to tumblr and wrote about the ethics of mash ups, DJs use of others’ materials, and the changing musical landscape in general. It’s a very well written piece, and is all a response to a recent squack fest on twitter, where Axwell and Ingrosso lambasted Hardwell for using one of their song’s in his Bootleg Pack and giving it away for free. There’s a huge gray area when it comes to the politics of mashups, and its a debate that will not soon be resolved. As an avid music lover, I see a mashup as beneficial to all parties involved – its a refreshing new take on a song, and gives all artists involved additional exposure and notoriety. But, as Kaskade said best, “it all comes down to intent”
Opinions aside, Kaskade’s mashups are widely considered as some of the best, and after seeing him live, I couldn’t agree more. Here’s a selection of his best bootlegs and remixes
One of the most recognizable drops in dance music, Kaskade adds hauting vocals to the build, making the drop just that much more anticipated
Tommy Trash’s Ladi Dadi Remix is one of the best beats out there, and Kaskade layers his own song, “Be Still” so perfectly over it. Audio magic
Another example of a vocal so perfectly mashed with a beat that a listener with no prior knowledge would assume its an original song. It’s that perfect.
Finally, not one of Kaskade’s mashups, but I had to find a place for this one on the site. Can’t believe we’ve never posted this song, but better late than never. If you’ve never heard this, you are truly missing out. This song has the unique ability to make you want to move your entire body, and hearing it played live brings out an animal you never thought you had in you. To put it in Kaskade’s own words, this song SLAPS