The Mashup started in the beginning of the twentieth century and was known as Musique Concrete. Songs such as “Central Park in the Dark” by Charles Ives (1906) and “The Flying Saucer Parts 1 and 2” by Buchanan and Goodman pioneered in an attempt to form a new genre. In it’s beginning, the music’s rules were not yet established and songs often consisted of knitting together classical music and overlaying instrumentals with news reports. This changed with the release of the song “Do it again Billie Jean”(1983) by the Italian House Music Group Club House.
The record seamlessly combined two hits “ Do it again” by Steely Dan and “Billie Jean” by the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. It defied all the rules of what a song should sound like and electrified the public in the process. The effects were revolutionary and enabled a first-time nation wide recognition of a Mashup. “Do it again Billie Jean” was played in clubs all around the country from Miami to Los Angeles and cracked the U.S Billboard 100, reaching spot 75. From that moment, a new genre was born. Works like “Stroke of genius” (2001) (combining The Strokes' “Hard to Explain” with Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in the Bottle”) by British Producer Freelance Hellraiser, and “ The Grey Album” (2004) (combining vocals from JayZ’s “ Black Album” with instrumentals from the Beatles “ White Album”) by American Musician Danger Mouse went a long way in guiding the genre away from the currents of the unknown and into the main stream.
Recently, artists such as DJ Earworm and Mashup Germany have continued the upward trend with individual mashups as well as sensational “ Top of the Pop” songs where the best songs of the year are compressed into one. Now you might ask yourself, what makes a mashup so special? It is the combination of experiencing already heard songs in a fresh, unexpected and completely different fashion that makes a mashup so unique. Often delicately stitched together like a pair of hand crafted Italian shoes, a mashup is more than just a song, or a music style- It is art in its most complimentary form.