How Mash Ups have Mashed Us

If you have come out to see one of Lost Wax’s public shows lately, you might have noticed that we have unabashedly embraced the “Mash Up” philosophy as what sets us apart from other bands.  For me, coming up with the names for our new mashes has been almost as enjoyable as creating the structures and tracks. For instance:

Macklemiley – The rhymes from Ceiling Can’t Hold Us over We Can’t Stop.  This is my way to not feel so embarrassed about playing Miley Cyrus.

Bruno’s Bottles – Message in a Bottle over Locked out of Heaven.  Right away I felt like that song had to have been influenced by The Police (one of my all time favorite bands).  Then I saw Sting sit in with Bruno Mars on an awards show and my suspicions were confirmed.

Bittersweet Symphjayz – Bittersweet Symphony and Dirt off your Shoulder. Somehow, Jay Z’s Dirt off your shoulders works incredibly well over The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony.  And I love watching people’s faces when the hook starts in.

Holy Gorilla – Holy Grail by JT and Gorilla by Bruno Mars – This is my favorite one we do at the moment. It originated as a special birthday present for Lyndsey Lou who had been bugging me daily to add “Gorilla” to the set for her to sing. 

I’ll go ahead and save you all the nerdy names we have and get to the real point of the blog, which is this: Lost Wax has spoiled the way I listen to and enjoy music.   Because of the mash up mind-set we have now grown into, I have begun listening to music in a new and annoying context.  Instead of hearing grooves, melodies, tones, lyrics, and all the things that make music great; I now only hear pirated progressions and marauded melodies.  When Get Lucky became the quintessential cover band song of 2013, I didn’t think along the lines of how to play this song and sound like Daft Punk, but instead couldn’t help but to hear all of the different songs that would fit over that chord progression. Lost Wax currently does Billy Jean, All Night Long, KIDS, and Never Gonna Give You Up over the Get Lucky structure… and we could do so many more if we really wanted to showcase our musical A.D.D.  But listening to the radio these days has become a way different experience for me.  When I hear a new song come on, all I hear is what song it reminds me of, what artist they stole that from, and immediately begin to think how I plan to use that in a Mashup.  And since I can’t blame this sickness and cynicism on getting “old” (which I’m not), I choose to blame Lost Wax.

-CDBEATS 2.17.14

Captain’s Log…

Hey there folks! It’s time for the first blog of many to come. Each LDub member is going to take turns updating our blog and this week is all mine. So, in true nerd fashion, I’m gonna to get all Trek up in this piece.

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Bass…the final frontier. These are the voyages of Lost Wax. Our continuing mission: to explore strange new venues, to seek out new fans and new friends, to boldly go where no band has gone before.

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Okay, this is sounding super nerdy already but it’s too late to stop now…

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First Officer’s Log: Stardate 66928.4.

This is our maiden voyage into the abyss that is the blogosphere. The captain has ordered all senior officers to lead weekly expeditions to the interwebs so that we may explore the outer limits of the casual browser’s attention span. As First Officer it is my duty to conduct an initial test of everyone’s patience so that we may gain a greater understanding of how to prepare for future expeditions into this strange new world. I am confident that our crew of highly skilled musicians will use this blog to chronicle our continuing endeavor to kick ass and have fun while adhering to the prime directive: No interference with the development polished live performances.

Senior Officers:

1)     Captain Beats

  1. a.       Collates performance parameters and engages in inter-client diplomacy

2)     First Officer Lopan

  1. a.       Commands execution of rhythmic alien linguistics

3)     Chief Engineer KPRNDN

  1. a.       Initializes melodic protocols and ensures sound support systems operate at maximum efficiency

4)     Chief Communications Officer L Lou

  1. a.        Interacts with hostile alien life forms using sensual choral tonality

5)     Chief Medical Officer Beardo Weirdpants

  1. a.       Treats the hollow vacuum of space with modulated harmony while treating the crew’s spirits with plucky comic relief

As indispensible members of an elite crew, these individuals were chosen for their ability to entertain and inspire. I can only hope that those who we encounter enjoy the experience as much as we do.

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See, that wasn’t that bad was it? Okay, maybe it was. Actually, I think I can already hear Beardo cracking on my blog post. Oh well, that’s alright. I’ll just fart into the windscreen on his microphone later. #boom

 

-Lopan