Bay area DJ performs in Vail for the first time
VAIL CO, Colorado
A mashup is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another. That’s what Party Ben is best known for. Samana Lounge welcomes remixer, producer and DJ Party Ben to the Vail Valley for the first time Saturday. Party Ben’s best known mashups was the Green Day/Oasis combo “Boulevard of Broken Songs” (2004), which received worldwide radio airplay.
For dance music enthusiasts, this is a show that should not be missed, said Samana talent buyer Ross Cohen.
“All types of music will be combined during his live set creating new dance hits unique in their own way,” Cohen said.
As a live DJ, Party Ben tries to put some extra effort into the experience, creating exclusive mixes just for his DJ sets, new versions of classic mashups, and a keen eye for new music, combining it all into a fast-paced party experience. He’s performed in cities around the world, including two European tours and jaunts to Canada and Mexico.
Originally from the small farm town of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Party Ben was already a “bedroom producer” in his pre-teens, creating tape-edit remixes and mix segues by switching around the inputs on his Sears stereo system. This was his introduction to the mashup sound that became popular in ’90s when he moved to San Francisco. Party Ben began a long career at the Bay Area alternative stalwart LIVE 105 as a producer, on-air personality and program host eventually ascending to the position of Image Director, in charge of the “audio personality” of the station. During this time period he realized the audio editing software he used to make station IDs could also be used to mess around with the music, which he soon did.
His blends, bootlegs, and remixes soon gained radio and nightclub attention, even before the word “mashup” was invented. In 1999, Party Ben reworked Fatboy Slim’s own Rolling Stones-sampling “Satisfaction Skank” into a local radio and club hit, and a sample-based 2002 remix of Eminem’s “Without Me” was a Bay Area phenomenon.
Fast forward a decade. In 2010, comedian Adam Sandler heard “Every Car You Chase” and tracked Party Ben down to feature some mashups into his next movie. Eventually, both “Every Car” and “Tender Umbrella” appeared in the 2011 comedy “Just Go With It.” Both mashups were fully licensed for the film, gaining rights from all the artists and songwriters involved, making it the first time mashups had been officially used in a major motion picture. Party Ben was given access to the original instrument and vocal tracks from the songs and recreated the mashups specifically for the film, along with two other producers. The mashups gained even more fans around the world as the film grossed more than $100 million.
In the last two years, Party Ben has focused more on original dance remixes, producing well-received versions of tracks by Martin Solveig, M.I.A., and Bay Area artists like Lyrics Born, The Limousines and Kreayshawn.
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