Don’t let the past dictate your future
It’s been a fun ride, but I’m sorry to say that I won’t continue to release new tracks as mover shaker.
To give you some background, I started mover shaker as a creative outlet a couple years back when I moved to DC to attend grad school. I left all of my instruments back at home to minimize distractions, but that left a huge void in my life. I missed creating music. Music was my entire life up until that point and I couldn’t give it up. I decided to download some free (super low budget) programs to cut up music to create mashups as a temporary solution until I could afford equipment to make beats/electronic music.
After about a year of making terrible mashups, I guess they got better. I started posting them online and blogs were taking notice. I released about 30 mashups and few of them hit #1 on Hype Machine. Then I took a bunch of music I cut up over the course of two years and released a full length album, The Fortress of Steezhood. Sunset in the Rearview supported the release and tens of thousands of people downloaded the album. Even though my style of production has completely changed, I’m still so proud of that album.
Around that time, I graduated, got a decent job, and could afford the equipment needed to start producing the music that I had floating around in my head.
The first remix I released was of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games. The song blew up. Like, way bigger than I would have ever expected. It hit a quarter million plays (currently 350k+), NY Times wrote about it, MTV applauded it, Prabal Gurung used it during a fashion show (which Nicki Minaj & Lana Del Rey attended), and so much more. It was tough to create music after that as I always compared everything to the success of that remix. I probably remixed 100 songs since then, but only released a few of them.
The music I created over the past year is so different than what mover shaker was originally all about. It’s way closer to my personal style, but since you only know me as mover shaker, it may seem too different and disconnected to what I released previously. That’s why I’m going to release my new stuff under a new name. It’ll make sense that way.
Promise to stay in touch. Thanks for all of your support. I’ll leave you with my remix of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games.
Full screen Emily Bock and Evan Prosofsky’s newest creation. Genius. 2:56 - 3:29 gave me goosebumps.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
A rough clip of something I did for Prabal Gurung. Never got to finish it - Bjork wanted serious $ to clear the sample.
Bjork :: Unravel (//Mover Shaker)
is it shallow|superficial if i want to be surrounded by only beautiful things?
Chromatics - These Streets Will Never Look The Same (Recycle Culture Night Bus Mix)