DJ Earworm's "United State of Pop 2009" on CNN.com ... and Bootie gets name-dropped!
DJ Earworm's utterly epic United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It On The Pop), his year-end masterpiece that mashes together the top 25 songs of 2009 (as ranked by Billboard magazine) into one insanely brilliant, 4-1/2-minute pop creation. This is now Earworm's third year in a row doing this, and it's by far his best yet.
For one thing, he doesn't simply mash up unrelated bits and pieces of songs together into a big sonic stew. Instead he has taken individual words and phrases from the lyrics and has intricately crafted entirely new verses and choruses. In effect, he has created a NEW SONG, one that carries a message of hope and perseverance in tough times -- "No need to worry, just pick back up when you’re tumbling down, down, down (down, " It's uplifting and beautiful, and we'd be lying if we didn't say that we actually get a little choked up sometimes when we hear it!
Earworm recently posted a color-coded lyric sheet, so you can see just how cut up and manipulated his work really is. It's seriously Type-A!
The video he posted to YouTube went viral within a few days -- which probably explains the extensive FAQ in the "more info" section of the video's page -- and right now it's fast approaching 10 million views. He's been written up by major media outlets the world over, and two days ago, CNN.com ran a major interview with him.
Check out the DJ Earworm interview here -- and notice that Adrian from Bootie gets name-dropped in the fourth paragraph, answering the "how did you get started" question! Thanks, Jordan! :-) We vividly remember meeting him for the first time at Bootie, back in April 2004 when we were just a monthly Wednesday at the tiny Cherry Bar in San Francisco. We became fast friends and introduced him to the wider world of mashup culture on the internet ... and the rest, as they say, is history!
Needless to say, we are incredibly proud of Earworm, and his newfound wider popularity is much deserved and long overdue! And yes, he'll be playing feature sets at Bootie SF and Bootie LA very soon!