Lenlow is Luke Enlow, a mashup luminary (according to the Toronto Star!) from New Hampshire. The first time I heard Lenlow was one of the first times I'd heard a mashup which stretched beyond the traditional A+B bastard pop track. Now, I'm not saying he was the first to do that, just that his was one of the first I heard, and enjoyed. It was a track featuring at least three references, among which I was able to pick out "Last Nite," by The Strokes, "Last Nite" by Kid N Play and "Last Night" by The Travelling Wilburys. I think that mashup made my "top 7" one year at Radio K, in fact.
Lenlow is also one of the founders of a mashup night called "Mash Ave" which takes place in Boston, Massachusets. He's currently a resident DJ at the Independent in Somerville, where he plays his own mash ups along with favorites by other bastard pop producers. To learn even more, check out Lenlow's myspace page and his website.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Lenlow...
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No.
*Do you use a pseudonym? Just Lenlow.
*Members: Just me.
*Founding Member: Luke Enlow
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I would classify myself as a mashup producer.
*Location: Massachusetts, but now I live in New Hampshire.
*Original Location: Massachusetts.
*What is your creative/artistic background: I don't have much musical history personally, except that my family's quite musical. I just started messing around with music on my computer in early 2004. I never played any instruments, but music has always been important to me -- I've always loved listening to music, and have appreciated almost every genre. I think having a wide variety of musical influences has helped me in my mashup-making. My infatuation for all the sampling of hip hop probably played the largest role in what I do now -- I loved hearing creative reappropriation of classic tunes like that. I started a regular mashup night in Boston with DJ BC back in 2004, and we've been going strong since. Our aim is mostly to spread the mashup love... get people hearing great mashups and hopefully turn people onto the genre. I'm also working with my sister Katie Enlow on a project that should be released in 2007 some time. They're basically mashups, but she is providing the vocals.
*History: Since Feb 2004.
*Born: I was born in 1976, in Illinois.
*Motivations: It's loads of fun to turn existing songs into new ones, and hear them in a brand new way. And it's even more fun when they sound better than the original tunes I've used.
*Philosophy: Uh, I don't really have one, that I know of.
*How would you like to be remembered: As a quality mashup producer, I suppose.
*Web address: www.lenlow.com