“People are streamlined into thinking, oh, I am into new metal so I can’t be into Dolly Parton, but in reality people don’t think like that. There’s no one out there eating only Egyptian food everyday, y’know what I mean? If you only do one thing, you become a very boring person. So I think that if people are exposed to different things, then they’ll like it instantly. It’s in even the most dedicated of people.” — David Dewaele
This is the gist behind a new-old form of music that comes about by way of mixing isolated elements of one song with isolated elements of another completely different song. Boot Camp looks at this practice, called bootlegging, or bastard pop or mash-ups. The style “typically happens when the vocal track of one pop single is combined with the instrumental of another (usually without concern for copyright), creating a strange, twisted and insanely appealing pop music hybrid”. And surprisingly, it is getting considerable support from many record labels.
This magical world where Destiny’s Child and Dolly Parton sing side by side over the Cramps and Felix Da Housecat was created by Belgium’s Dewaele brothers (Stephan and David), otherwise known as 2 Many DJs. Their first mix CD As Heard on Radio Soulwax blends tracks by these and 34 other artists from disparate music styles, into an hour-long, party-rocking mix of “fucked-up pop culture.”
Although hip hop DJs have been mixing vocal tracks over different beats since 12-inch singles first included a cappellas in the 1980s, what sets these bootlegs (or boots, for short) apart is the dissimilarity between the vocal and instrumental tracks used. For example, “Smells Like Bootylicious” is a 2 Many DJs underground bootleg hit that sees Destiny’s Child join forces with grunge legends Nirvana. Likewise, their remix of Skee-lo’s “I Wish” features music from Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and the Breeders’ smash alt-pop hit “Cannonball.”
“If you ask me there’s a certain Grandmaster Flash-approach to the whole album. ‘Cause what the grand master did was nothing more than take all his favourite bits from his favourite records and put them together to create something new and special. The same thing is happening here. Only, Flash did it with a crew passing him his records and [2 Many DJs] did it on a mac g3.”