The mash up is the most quintessentially democratic music form going today. You don't need to learn an instrument. You don't need to form independent compositions on a computer. You just need a record collection/mp3 file folder and the ability to mix two records that ordinarily wouldn't belong together.The trick is to dig tracks from the back of the audiences' cerebrum -to mix the uncool with the cool - the guilty pleasure with the hot track and make the musical salad into a melting pot.
For the last 10 years, DJ Z-Trip has been the mash up king, circling the globe with his Serrato kit and taking prisoners. He's mixed 808 Handclaps to Nirvana, mixed Queen and Black Sabbath, put Bad Brains and Booker T and The MGs in one phrase and managed to get hip hop kids all over the world to sing classic rock songs.
While Z-Trip isn't quite as fun to watch with Serato as he was when he mixed vinyl live back in the day, you can bet your overpriced bottle of vodka that his hump-day party at LIV tonight will go off as soon as he plays "Walk This Way."