DJ Earworm

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DJ Earworm
DJ Earworm NYE Singapore 2009.jpg
DJ Earworm in Sentosa in 2009
Background information
Birth name Jordan Roseman
Also known as DJ Earworm
Origin San Francisco, CA
Genres Mashup
Occupations DJ, producer
Years active 2007–present
Website djearworm.com

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.

Biography

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]

"United State of Pop", 2007

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]

"Viva la Pop", 2008

On December 25, 2008, he 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]

The mix includes the top 25 songs from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2008:[10]

"Blame It on the Pop", 2009

On December 27, 2009, Earworm released a third year-end mashup, titled "United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)".[12]

The mix includes the top 25 songs from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2009:[12][13]

"Don't Stop the Pop", 2010

On December 28, 2010, the fourth year-end mashup was released, titled "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)".[14][15] Earworm stated he had difficulty finding a cappella versions of the songs, as well as finding a universal theme between all the songs.[1]

The mix includes the top 25 songs from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2010:[14][15]

"World Go Boom", 2011

The fifth year-end mashup, "United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom)" was released on December 25, 2011. This was the first time the songs used were not based on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 chart, but by the weekly charts throughout the year, which "ensure[d] that all the late-breaking hits [were] included in the 2011 mix".[16][17]

The mashup included the following songs:[16][17]

"Shine Brighter", 2012

The sixth year-end mashup, titled "United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)", was released on December 18, 2012.[18] 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.[19]

The mashup included the following songs:[18]

"Living the Fantasy", 2013

The seventh year-end mashup, titled "United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)", was released on December 3, 2013.[20] 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."[21]

The mashup included the following songs:[20]

"Capital FM's Summertime Ball" series

"Like OMG, Baby", 2010

"Like OMG, Baby", released on June 7, 2010, was shown as part of a concert at Wembley Stadium in London for Capital FM's Summertime Ball, where all fifteen of the featured artists performed.[22]

The mashup included the following songs:[22]

"Party on the Floor", 2011

On June 12, 2011, Earworm released another mashup for Capital FM's Summertime Ball in 2011, titled "Party On the Floor", where all fifteen of the featured artists performed.[23]

The mashup included the following songs:[23]

"Fly", 2012

Once again, Earworm released another mashup on June 9, 2012 to coincide with Capital FM's 2012 Summertime Ball, titled "Fly".[24] This is his first mashup with video footage from music videos whose songs were not used in the mashup.[24] On creating this mashup, Earworm stated, "I noticed there was some words about flying and looking at the videos there's a lot of imagery about flight, and so I wanted to make something about soaring and just lifting off of the earth."[25]

The mashup included the following songs:[24]

The video mashup included additional footage from:[24]

"Music For Sport" series

DJ Earworm was asked to make a series of short mixes to be played at various Olympic venues during the London Summer Games.[26]

Volume 1: Victory Mix

Volume 1 of the "Music For Sport" series, title Victory Mix, was released on October 18, 2012. The following are the parts and songs that were included.[26]

Part 1: “Don’t Stop Feeling Good”

Part 2: “Gold”

Part 3: “All Champions Do Is Win”

Volume 2: Faster/Stronger

Volume 2 of the "Music For Sport" series, titled Faster/Stronger, was released on November 29, 2012.[27] The following are the parts and songs that were included.[28]

Part 1: “Bulletproof Titanium”

Part 2: “What Makes You Born To Run”

Part 3: “Speed”

Part 4: “Power”

Official mashups

"Together As One"

On March 15, 2008, Earworm released a mashup called "Together As One".[29]

The mashup included the following songs:[29]

"No More Gas"

On August 15, 2008, "No More Gas" was released.[30]

The mashup included the following songs:[30]

"Heartless (In A Bottle)"

On May 20, 2009, "Heartless (In a Bottle)" was released.[31]

The mashup included the following songs:[31]

"Backwards/Forwards"

On July 13, 2009, Earworm released a mashup called "Backwards/Forwards" that featured a retrospective of Annie Lennox's solo career.[32]

The mashup included the following songs:[32]

"Beautiful Mashup"

On September 12, 2009, Earworm released a Sean Kingston mashup called "Beautiful Mashup".[33]

The mashup included the following songs:[33]

"Free At Night"

On December 10, 2010, Earworm released a Nelly Furtado mashup titled "Free At Night", composed of 13 of her greatest hits.[34]

The mashup included the following songs:[34]

"Jessy Mash J'Adore"

On January 27, 2012, Earworm released a mashup of Jessy Matador songs, titled "Jessy Mash J'Adore".[35]

The mashup included the following songs:[35]

  • "Allez Ola Ole"
  • "Bomba"
  • "Ca C Bon"
  • "Dansez"
  • "Mini Kaoule"
  • "On Dit Quoi?"
  • "Tout Ce Que Je Veux"
  • "Selecao"
  • "V'La Les Fauves"

"Mama"

On March 14, 2012, Earworm released a mashup called "Mama," that included UK Artist EJ, along with some of her influences from the 70's, 80's and 90's.[36]

The mashup included the following songs:[36]

"SummerMash '13"

On July 2, 2013, "SummerMash '13" was released that featured songs Earworm felt were the "hottest tracks" of summer 2013.[37]

The mashup included the following songs:[37]

"Kangaroo League"

On October 9, 2013, "Kangaroo League" was released, a mashup of artists Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities, using their songs "Out of My League", "Safe and Sound" and "Kangaroo Court".[38][dead link]

Collaborations

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.[39] Earworm was asked again to make another mashup in 2012.[40][41] Both of the Champions League T20 mashups have never been released publicly from Earworm, but versions can be found on YouTube.[42][43]

The Sing-Off

On the third season of The Sing-Off, one episode was themed "Group Mastermixes" in which DJ Earworm created the groups' opening number, as well as the first song performed by the remaining five groups.[44][45]

The following are the different medley's used in the episode:[44]

Group performance:
Master Mix:

Pentatonix performance:
Medley of:

Urban Method performance:
Medley of:

Afro Blue performance:
Medley of:

Dartmouth Aires performance:
Medley of:

E! Television Network

For the 2013 Grammys, the E! network had DJ Earworm create a mashup to open their coverage for their special, "Live From the Red Carpet".[46]

YouTube

"The Only Time is Tonight"

To promote YouTube's Android app, Earworm released a mashup called "The Only Time is Tonight" on May 31, 2011 on YouTube's official account.[47] The audio for the mashup is available for download on DJ Earworm's website.[47]

The mashup included the following songs:[47]

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  2. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (January 3, 2011). "DJ Earworm: Pop Music Had 'More Energy' in 2010". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
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