A sound designer and electronic musician from Berlin, Germany, DJ Earlybird has been producing mashups since 2006. There are well over fifty unique mashups at his website... and not much else (in the way of information about the artist, that is). So, this is one of those Q&A's which is all the more valuable to the world wide web, as it appears to be the first in what will surely be a long string of interviews with this prolific mashup artist!
In addition to dozens of bastard pop songs, you'll find two special collections at his website - one is a mega mix featuring ninety songs in thirty minutes (DJ EARLYBIRD PRESENTS: Not Enough DJs, Volume 1.1) and the other is a disco-themed album titled Discobootism. You'd have to take an entire weekend to listen to everything on his website, so... the sooner you get started the better!
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with DJ Earlybird...
*Name: DJ Earlybird
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: I also have the aliases Beaufort Kissdrivel and the flying soccer moms.
*Do you use a pseudonym? Err, yes, as DJ Earlybird is not the name given to me by my mother.
*Members: My full name is Christian Nikolaus Conrad.
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Perhaps 'hard-disk creations?’ I see myself as a DJ, who does mixes not on a turntable but with the help of a laptop. Generally, the term mash-up is fine with me, I think that hits the nail pretty well, and I hate to use complicated words like recylicstialamagnetics or whatever...
*Location: I live in Berlin, Germany although for a while I was hoping to be able to make people believe that I was from Uganda.
*What is your creative/artistic background: I have always been involved in bands and projects, the most known being a German electronica-project called Rechenzentrum (www.rechenzentrum.org) with which I have released three CDs, some 12"s and done a fair amount of remixing for others to this day (check our page if interested). Professionally, I work as a sound designer for feature films, mostly German films, but have done work for some international productions lately, as for example sound design for the Oscar-winning feature film 'Last King of Scotland' starring Forrest Whittaker (that film got me into the whole Uganda thing, by the way. Beautiful country. Beautiful people...).
*History: I started publishing on the net as DJ Earlybird in March, 2006.
*Born: I am a diva.... so I will always stay 25 and I was born in a small town called Ulm.
*Philosophy: If you can't fix it, break it.
*How would you like to be remembered: Next question.
*Web address: http://ugandasfinestmashedpotatoes.blogspot.com