For all the times I’ve (unwisely) tried to force creativity, the mashup process is more beautiful when combinations come to me unexpectedly. For example, this latest one struck me while I was taking a shower.
It’s always a pleasure for me to take familiar songs into uncharted territory, but it’s even more gratifying when I can do it with one of my favourite artists. As you may know, Amon Tobin has occupied a cherished spot in my music collection for a very long time; I consider Permutation to be a life-changing album. With this mashup, I was able to use one of its songs and it was a thrill for me to do so. As for Fall Out Boy, I’m not exactly crazy about them, but they have a few songs which I like. “I Don’t Care” just happens to be one of them.
Forgive my bias, but what makes this pairing click for me is the swing tempo of each song. It can be a royal pain to match songs which don’t have the usual 4/4 time signature – for example, “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys (which I’ve worked with). However, when it’s done right, you end up with something quite astonishing.