Your Mix Fix: Kay

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The word mixtape has plenty of different interpretations. It used to be that mixtapes were actually DJ sets recorded on cassette tapes, but with the coming of the digital music age, the name remained the same, but the definition expanded. Nowadays, people call mixtapes many different things, some of which are not necessarily mixed and most of which were never taped. Here we try to cover them all. In this column, Juan Data gives you a worthy one every week.

DJ: Kay
MIXTAPE: The Master Mix Symphony

Here’s one for the music nerds out there. Kay put together this master piece of sonic collage in the downtime between his work with NSM PSM and Wagoner, and after listening to the first five minutes of it you’ll understand how come it took him over a year of tedious, meticulous work.

Like all genius ideas, it started as an crazy experiment, trying to mix together loops and breaks of his all-time favorite songs. Then he realized the real magnitude of said project: there were way too many of those songs that deserved inclusion and these songs came from a wide variety of genres and styles.

The result is like a autobiography of the author in the form of a 50-minute mixtape, or as he calls it, a symphony. A total of 440 songs had their instrumental parts severed to form this synergic monster. Listening to it can be exhausting, it can drive you crazy, it can bring you overlapped memories of different moments in your life with contrasting emotions or it can be an entertaining exercise to do with your friends: how many songs can you name before the next one starts?

Kay says that this is, for him, the equivalent of having his life flashing before his eyes in fast-forward during his last minutes alive. Only that instead of his eyes, it’d be his ears. I say that I want a mix like one this to be played as a loop in my funeral. And every other music lover out there deserves one as well.