Although casting FatKidOnFire’s net a bit wider with his series of FKOFING METAL posts, Matt is here turning his hand to something completely different. Today’s post sees him have a chat with a rising star of teh internetz. You may have heard his most famous ‘release’, a bizarre but brilliant mashup of Justin Bieber vs. Slipknot, but there’s so much more to our interviewee than that…
I’m very excited today to introduce Vancouver’s Isosine, one of the busiest and most exciting mashup artists producing at the moment.
With millions of hits on YouTube, three Mashup Manifesto albums and a freshly-dropped EP combining NIN and Trifonic, Isosine is busy making his mark in an already busy and flourishing scene.
With such a prodigious output, I couldn’t resist getting in touch…
Hi there Isosine, thanks for your time. For those of us who don’t know you, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Thank you for having me! I am Isosine. I like long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners.
I confuse people and make mashups! I don’t know else what to say really.
I think it’s fair to say you’re well-known now in the mashup world, just releasing your third album. What was it that first got you involved in this music? Yeah, I’m real happy about how well Mashup Manifesto III launched! I remember I first started getting involved with music in a high school band where I played the trumpet. I was absolutely terrible but I really enjoyed it. Throughout high school I was briefly involved in a number of bands and musical projects; they really helped me figure out what I wanted to do with regards to music.
Fast-forward a few years, I’m still involved in music but mostly with production. Mashups have always intrigued and interested me so I gave it a shot and people seem to enjoy what I put out so I keep it going.
How do you approach a mashup? What is exactly is it you listen for – do you know instinctively that certain tracks will go together, or is there a lot of hit-and-miss before you settle on something which works? I’ll be honest with you and say that there are very few times where I’ll think of a combination and they’ll go together like I expected. There’s always a lot of audio-mangling going on for me. Maybe the songs don’t even fit together and I end up throwing away the idea.
The best results came from constant fiddling and trial and error. I come into a mashup with an idea or direction in mind but the details are never certain. I just go with the flow and don’t try to force anything too much if it doesn’t work.
Can you describe to us your set up? What’s your preferred programming/equipment? My setup is pretty simple. Decent pair of headphones, decent pair of speakers, and Ableton Live 9. That’s actually it. I do have an Akai APC40 because I’d eventually like to do a live set, but it’s not something I use in the creative process.
You’re probably most well-known for your Slipknot vs. Justin Bieber ‘Psychosocial Baby’. How fair is it to say that mashups rely mainly on the effect of novelty? Though some mashups are just novelty, there are really good mashups out there and I don’t think it’s a fair statement. As far as mashups and sample-based music, look at Girl Talk. His stuff is amazing and it goes to show that a mashup can be more than just two songs on top of one another.
Any other mashup artists you know of we should listen out for? Other than big names, off the top of my head, I’d look out for Ricky Cervantes, Bruneaux, Flipboitamidles, and DJ BAHLER. They put out solid mixes and are all definitely worth checking out.
If you could see any two artists work together, who would they be? People are gonna hate me and this is gonna be real biased but… Justin Bieber and Corey Taylor. Taylor has already expressed his willingness to collaborate with Bieber too! How cool would that be? I’d definitely go to that show.
Any musical plans for the future – where do you see yourself in say 5 years? Also – have you had any copyright issues with artists’ original material? Can you see the genre becoming profitable? In 5 years? I’d like to be at least doing some live shows. That’s my number one thing I have on the horizon and I’d like to make it happen. The only copyright issues I run into are from YouTube. Both the automatic content ID system and labels putting up copyright claims. Totally sucks too because you’re pretty much blocked worldwide except for six countries you’ve never heard of. Antarctica is even blocked! No one even has permanent residence in Antarctica! That’s messed up.
In the current copyright climate, I can’t see the genre being profitable in a traditional sense. Maybe live shows?
As far as traditional releases on physical mediums, I’d imagine it would be very difficult. In recent years the genre has been gaining more exposure which I hope leads to its acceptance among the public and most importantly those who govern our outmoded copyright model.
Finally, before we go – any last words/shoutouts to anyone? Thank you again for having me on FatKidOnFire!
Shout out to the mashup.fm crew (you know who you are). Thank you to S for doing my graphics recently. I know you didn’t want any credit but I really appreciate it and want to acknowledge that the work you do is fantastic. Most importantly, thanks to everyone who is listening because I wouldn’t be doing this without you guys. If I forgot anyone, you know I didn’t mean to!
If the above isn’t enough to pique your interest, here’s a little FKOF Promo of one of Isosine’s upcoming projects!
“Here’s a preview for a song I’m still working on…
“It’s a mashup of ‘Castle of Glass’ by Linkin Park and the Pendulum remix of ‘Stay Too Long’ by Plan B.”
Then there’s Isosine’s recent summer mixtape, which you can stream from YouTube or grab the direct download from Isosine’s website. Enjoy!
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- AC/DC – Thunderstruck
- “Let’s get ready to rumble!” said Michael Buffer
- Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
- Zedd – Slam the Door
- Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Jay-Z – Clique
- B.o.B ft. Nicki Minaj – Out of My Mind
- DVBBS ft. Hayley Gene – DRVGS
- Michael Jackson – Black or White
- Daughter – Medicine (Sound Remedy remix)
- Ed Sheeran – The A Team
- Ludacris ft. Mystikal & I-20 – Move Bitch
- UZ x Baauer – Untitled
- Tyga – Rack City
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
- T.I. – What You Know
- Trinidad James – All Gold Everything
- 50 Cent – In Da Club
- System of a Down – B.Y.O.B.
- Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX- I Love It
- Justice – D.A.N.C.E