Or how I crash/mashed the Sydney New Years Eve celebrations...
So here's what happened...
I've been paying the bills by going back to my old job as a sound engineer at the Sydney Opera House and I ended up being rostered onto new years eve. Although you're working (without penalties I might add) on the biggest party night of the year, at least I was right in the middle of it.
My job was going to be operating the P.A. for the outside of the Opera House - and specifically to play the simulcast music for the 9pm and midnight fireworks shows.
Ching!!! (The sound of an idea)
Some of you might know there's a bit of a gybo meet-up coming up and I and the other gybo'ers going were roped into making a set. So I'd already given some thought to making a mashup set - but this was way too good an opportunity to let go. I had a lot of time at work, and started putting the mix together.
My original plan was to create a killer hour long set of breathtakingly original and kickass mashups that would redefine the genre and silence the NAGAIUTB naysayers forever. In the end I made an OK 15 minutes and fleshed it out with all four tracks of my extensive back catalog and the whole thing ended up being 33.33.
I mentioned my plan, and played it to some other people at work. Some gave me that look and the "that's cool, but why would you spend time making it" comments. Philistines..
The main idea was to make a mix that I'd get away with playing out at about sunset, as perfection descended on Sydney Harbour. So it needed to include tracks most people would know, I wanted an Aussie skew, and I wanted to toy just a little bit with people's brains. I must admit I also picked easyish stuff so I could get it done quickly...
It's a long mix, but I also chopped it into morsels for y'all.
Silverchair - Straight Lines (My absolute favourite song at the moment)
Somebody Come and Play - Sesame Street
Who Knew - Pink
Together in Electric Dreams - Moroder/Oakley
These Words- Natasha Beddingfield
99 LuftBaloons - Nena
Hit Me Baby One More Time - Britter- knee
Barbie Girl - Aqua
My Humps - Black Eyed Peas
Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
Hollaback Girl - Gwen
Catch My Disease - Ben Lee
...and from there it was some of the back catalog including ...
Under the Milky Way - The Church
Black Betty - Spiderbait
Short Skirt Long Jacket - Cake
Beautiful - Christina Aguleria
So with the mix made, I headed up to my operating position and decided the best move would be to put on the usual stuff you'd hear, and then drop the mix at about 8pm. I was operating outside an Opera Gala event and waited till they went inside and then dropped the mix.
Well - I was paranoid about turning up too loud - but there were plenty of people having a boogie to it, and apart from one Indian man, no one asked me to turn it off.
Sitting there watching the sun set as my mix bounced across the harbour was an amazing feeling. I've had a difficult year in a lot of ways, and this just made me happy to do and get away with. The highlight for me was a boat with a huge Aboriginal flag, with everyone on board dancing and whistling along to my mix.
All in all by the time the fireworks fired at midnight, I was feeling amazing, particularly as Straight Lines played and fireworks danced across the city and harbour. Happy New Year !!