Who are you: A Plus D, aka DJs Adrian & Mysterious D – creators of Bootie, the world’s premiere mashup dance party.
Ages: Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!
Where are you from/reside: San Francisco
Motto when it comes to life: Adrian: Whatever you wanna do, just do it! Mysterious D: Work hard and play harder.
What do you do: Adrian & D: Produce, promote, perform and DJ at Bootie: the world’s biggest bootleg mashup dance party and international club brand.
How did this ‘mashup’ come together: We met at a San Francisco nightclub, go figure! We were both club kids before we fell in love and started DJing and throwing our own parties.
Why the name ‘Bootie’: Adrian: ”Bootie” is a play on the word “bootleg,” which is what mashups used to be called back in the early days of the scene in the UK around 2001. Since nearly all mashups use unsanctioned, uncleared, copyrighted music, technically, they are pirated “bootlegs.” So our name is a nod to the mashup scene’s roots. D: But it also has other meanings: pirate’s “booty” (like the free mashup CDs we give away) and of course, when you come to the party, you shake your “bootie!”
What was your initial feelings after your first bootie party: We thought it was either going to be a momentary fad that would last six months, or that it was the future of music, and had the potential to grow and evolve and turn into something much bigger and long-lasting. Obviously, we are very pleased it was the latter.
Which cities/countries do you think MashUp is starting to get popular in: Adrian: We’re seeing a big explosion in Germany these days. And Southeast Asia has really taken a liking to mashups in the past year. D: There are many other cities in countries where mashups are popular with many people in the region, but it’s still at an underground level, where fans and DJs/producers aren’t yet connected. These are the kinds of places we bring Bootie, to bring the fans and artists together, creating a new mashup scene around the party.
What’s the oddest MashUp you have ever mixed: D: No genre of music is safe with us! Adrian: We love to mash up popular internet memes, like Rebecca Black’s “Friday,’ which we mashed up with Daft Punk, or the “Can’t Hug Every Cat” girl, which we mashed up with Deadmau5.
Favourite musicians/DJs to mashup: Adrian: All over the map, really – every genre and era is fair game. Our favorite stuff to mash up, though, is always what’s the most current. Right now we’re digging Kreayshawn, a young white female rapper from the Bay Area, California, who is blowing up right now. D: We love mashing up something fresh with something classic. Or turning a rock song into dance music, or putting thuggy hip-hop against something completely silly. Anything that takes a song you know and makes you hear it in a new, fun way.
Best ever party you’ve thrown so far: D: This year’s Bootie San Francisco parties, many of them! Can’t choose a favorite! The parties have really blown up this year, so they’re, epic, massive parties, where we spin the best in bootleg mashups all night, and also have a live mashup band, performers doing all kinds of mashup shows, and a crazy audience that is up for anything that is thrown at them, and devour the music like mad. Adrian: Our Bootie parties at the annual Burning Man festival (in the Nevada desert in the U.S.) are probably our favorites. It’s outdoors, the crowd is incredibly open-minded, and we can play EVERY kind of mashup till dawn!
This will be the second time you will be coming to Singapore; are you looking forward and should we expect anything different from last year: Adrian: We LOVE Singapore … especially the food! Expect a few more surprises where I’ll sing live mashups while Mysterious D mixes, and some secret tracks that we save for our DJ sets and don’t post to the Bootie web site.
Will it be your first time in Vietnam and Bangkok: We’ve been to Bangkok once before – loved it! And we LOVED the venue we are playing, BED Supperclub, which is great venue with a very good vibe. But this will be our first time in Vietnam, and we are definitely looking forward to it.
Say something to your fans in Vietnam and Bangkok: Adrian: If you thought the mashups you download from the Bootie website were fun, just WAIT until you hear us jamming them live in a club. Definitely be ready to party with us! D: We’re going to take you on a musical journey, mashing both the newest tracks, and the best classic tracks, in fun new ways … hearing twice the music in half the time, music for the A.D.D. generation!
In another lifetime, what would you like to be: Adrian: As the singer of a rock band, I always wanted to be a rock star. I guess I actually am … but in a different way than I was expecting! D: I have to be honest, I’m pretty happy RIGHT where I am. This has been an amazingly fun ride.
Mashup is like….: Adrian: If done right, always greater than the sum of its parts. The inevitable cultural synthesis of everything! D: The most fun form of music, the future of remix.
Check out what what went down last year at BOOTIE HERE.