DJ Earworm

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DJ Earworm
DJ Earworm NYE Singapore 2009.jpg
DJ Earworm at the NYE Siloso Beach Party, Sentosa, Singapore, 2009
Background information
Birth name Jordan Roseman
Also known as DJ Earworm
Origin San Francisco, CA
Genres Mashup
Occupation(s) DJ, producer
Years active 2007–present

Jordan Roseman (aka DJ Earworm) is a San Francisco-based mashup artist who has achieved recognition for his technically sophisticated, songwriting oriented music and video mashups.[1][2] His annual “United State of Pop” mashup, features the top 25 songs of the year according to Billboard '​s Year-End Hot 100 chart in one mix.


Roseman was born into a big family of musicians and raised in eastern Iowa and Evanston, Illinois.[3] At the University of Illinois, Roseman started as a physics major,[4] before changing to music theory and computer science.[1][5]

Roseman started creating mashups in 2003, which he said "was a relatively unexplored art form," with most people doing "A vs. B mashups [that featured] an a cappella of one song and an instrumental of another."[6] He began by using ACID Pro, and after showing them to DJ Adrian at Club Bootie and receiving encouragement from him, Roseman created the moniker DJ Earworm ("earworm" referencing a song that repeats uncontrollably in one's mind) and began releasing his mashups online.[4]

DJ Earworm has a unique mashup style where he gradually layers song samples over each other, which add texture and builds momentum as a song progresses. This is a contrast to other mashup artists, such as Girl Talk, who has a more DJ-oriented approach, by stringing samples together in long chains, and then discarding them once he has used them. In 2006, he published Audio Mashup Construction Kit, a how-to manual for creating mashups.[5] Earworm uses Ableton Live and Adobe Audition to create his mashups and also DJs live with Ableton. For the videos that accompany his mashups, he uses Final Cut Pro X.[6] In 2010, Earworm started VJing in his live sets.[1]

Earworm's "United State of Pop" videos from 2008, 2009 and 2010 were featured in a FACT exhibit titled, The Art of Pop Video, that ran from March–May 2013.[7][8]

"United State of Pop" series

When creating the yearly mix, Earworm tries to find the top 25 songs from that year that represents the feeling of the year that he will use for the main track(s) in the song. He also takes into consideration if the songs he uses are "mixable" and are able to be transposed without taking away from it originally, to determine the amount of each he uses. Finally, he looks for an instrumental of a song to drive the mashup. To isolate each song for use in the mashup, Earworm looks for unmixed files from the studio on the internet or through connections. If those files are unavailable, he will process the full song with Adobe Audition or Prosoniq sonicWORX Isolate to isolate the vocals.[6]

Earworm's 2007 mashup, United State of Pop, consisted of the top 25 songs of 2007 according to Billboard.[9] The song was based on the beat from "Umbrella", while using hooks from Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and Fergie's two songs "Glamorous" and "Fergalicious".[9]

On December 25, 2008, DJ Earworm released another mashup called United State of Pop 2008 (Viva la Pop), prominently featuring Coldplay's song "Viva la Vida" as the backing track.[10] The mashup peaked at number 70 on Billboard '​s now defunct Pop 100 Airplay chart.[11]

DJ Earworm released a mashup called Blame It on the Pop in 2009, a mashup called Don't Stop the Pop in 2010, and another called World Go Boom in 2011. The sixth year-end mashup, titled United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter), was released on December 18, 2012.[12] The mashup was finished on December 15, 2012 and premiered on Virgin Radio in Canada. It is the second mashup not to follow the year-end chart, due to the fact that Rihanna's "We Found Love" and LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" both appeared on the chart, and they were both featured in last year's mashup. It used a combination of Kesha's "Die Young", Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and some whistles of Flo Rida's "Whistle" as the backing track.[13]

The seventh year-end mashup, titled "United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)", was released on December 3, 2013.[14] Earworm stated that this mix is "a little darker-themed" and considered making the mix a "no-frills ballad." He added that "The ballads seem to be a lot more present than they have been in many years, and the dance music is having less strong of a pull. And even the dance music that is there is more gentle, like [Robin Thicke's] "Blurred Lines" and [Daft Punk's] "Get Lucky," and not EDM bangers."[15]

Official mashups

"Hands-Only CPR Mash-up"

In May 2014, in conjunction with an American Heart Association's CPR campaign, DJ Earworm released "Hands-Only CPR Mash-up", designed to run at 100 beats per minute, the rate at which chest compressions in hands–only CPR should be performed.[16]


Champions League Twenty20

In 2010, Earworm created a mashup based on Enrique Iglesias’s hit, “I Like It”, for the Champions League Twenty20 showpiece event.[17] Earworm was asked again to make another mashup in 2012.[18]


  1. ^ a b c Scott, Linda (December 15, 2010). "DJ Earworm "Working Feverishly" to Complete United State of Pop 2010". The Global Herald. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (January 3, 2011). "DJ Earworm: Pop Music Had 'More Energy' in 2010". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Roseman, Jordan (2006). Audio Mashup Construction Kit: ExtremeTech. Wiley. p. 9. ISBN 0-471-77195-3. 
  4. ^ a b Catherine (January 5, 2010). "An Interview With DJ Earworm!". MuchMusic. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Hardesty, Larry (December 22, 2008). "Bootleg Battle Lines". Technology Review. MIT. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Behr, Alex (September 1, 2013). "DJ Earworm: Mashup Pop’s Top Chef". Mix. NewBay Media. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Amateur - FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)". Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Art of Pop Video". Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Party Ben (January 3, 2008). "Mashup Roundup: DJ Earworm Combines 25 Biggest Songs of the Year". Mother Jones. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ DJ Earworm. "United State of Pop 2008". Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Trust, Gary (December 15, 2009). "Best Of 2009: Part 1". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "DJ Earworm Mashup - United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)". YouTube. December 18, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (December 18, 2012). "DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2012': Watch Official Video". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  14. ^ Earworm (December 3, 2013). "DJ Earworm Mashup - United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (December 3, 2013). "DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop' 2013: Producer Talks 'Darker-Themed' Mash-Up". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ Geller, Wendy (May 30, 2014). "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life! Hear DJ Earworm's New Mash-Up for Cardiac Arrest Awareness". Yahoo!. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "DJ Earworm Creates CLT20 Mashup". Cricket South Africa. September 2, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "CLT20 OPENING CELEBRATION ON OCT 12". Champions League Twenty20. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 

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