‘Believe Inspiration’ Mash-Up

Posted on 14. Jul, 2009 by in Music Non Stop

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believe inspiration dakeyne mash upIt’s funny how a sequence of events, and a theme falling together shortly thereafter can lead to a ‘mash-up’ almost suggesting itself. Taking a January winter break at my good friend (and ‘BackTrax‘ partner) Stuart’s Egyptian apartment, we all trotted out one night to Hurghada’s ‘Hed Kandi’ club for a night on the dancefloor. As luck would have it, a damn fine DJ by the name of Chris Bailey was playing. Within his set he dropped into his mixer part of Barack Obama’s inauguration speech over some tracks. It worked, goosebumps ensued.

Back in the UK a week or so later, whilst just browsing through Facebook feeds, I saw someone had posted a link to an Erick Morillo set at Ministry of Sound showing him drop a bootleg mash up of Ministers De La Funk’s ‘Believe’ with the acapella of the Red Carpet classic, ‘Alright’. Even more goosebumps..

Despite plugging into the ol’ boys network, I was unable to find out much about the Morillo spun bootleg.. So, why not, I thought, make my own? The Obama speech still ringing in my ear, it became apparent that the whole content of these two musical and one oratory tracks were all based around subjects of ‘belief’, ‘inspiration’ and ‘positivity’. From there on,  it was simple to put the pieces together and the mash up almost made itself.

I really love this production, most particularly for the structuring of Obama’s speech and the way it interplays with Jocelyn Brown’s amazing, gospel style vocal.. “especially.. If you believe..” it’s almost a duet.. Ace!! No major studio techniques to reveal here other than to say the tempo and key matching were applied within Traktor Pro to the Red Carpet acapella to make it musically and bpm correct to the ‘Ministers..’ track. Mr President’s speech was arranged, eq‘d and effected in Logic 8 which carried the edited, filtered and remastered bed of ‘Believe’.

At the end of March ’09, Hed Kandi radio jock David Dunne played the track on his Galaxy Weekend show and since then there’s been a fair few requests to get it ‘out there’.. et voila.. MP3 below..


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14. Jul, 2009

quality track!


14. Sep, 2009

Nice tune like the mix, got a good uplifting vibe… Could do with a bit of didj though! ;-) Only jokin, Niks

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