Believe it or not, but better do, Usher is one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States and over 65 million records worldwide which makes him one of the Best selling music artists of all time. He also has won numerous awards including seven Grammys. At the end of 2009, Usher was named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Honestly – but hell yeah, I’m just so dumb! – listening to his music, I would never thought so. For my un-Billboarded ears, Usher sounds like a black, diluted (commercial) version of… Prince. And as a reiteration of Dali, the difference between Prince and Usher is that Prince is Prince… Think of what you want.
Somebody had the marvelous idea to promote Usher’s upcoming seventh studio album “Looking 4 Myself” which will be released on 12 June, 2012, on Indaba by putting to remix Usher’s “Climax”, his latest collaboration with Dildo, sorry for that! with Diplo, considered one of the most influential music tastemakers in the industry. If that’s true, now I actually understand how the mainstream is populated exclusively with shitty music! 😆
BUT, the funniest thing is the grand price: a flyaway trip to meet Usher! 😆 😆 😆

Seriously now! To quote Frank Zappa: what kind of girls do you think we are? 😆
Next time, if it’s possible, please try to set up a meeting with Jesus – appreciate it and thanks in advance! And by the way, Jesus have a Facebook account? I’d like to give him a like, eventually add him as friend and maybe he can vote for my remix….
Usher…. or pusher? 😆 No! No! No! Kosher!
Still, this one seems one of the busiest Indaba contest so far, 1394 persons (so far) submitted remixes, so it seems they all desire to meet Usher… What’s wrong with this world? Really!

I actually build up a totally different song, throwing away everything, except Ushers’s vocal track. While the original was a minimalist and quite static, mediocre R’N’B track with pseudo-psychedelic after-taste, I go for a live, breathing, Jazz “down in the club” version, and once again, my friend, Rich Prewett bring life into my mix by delivering an extremely groovy guitar contribution to my work. I added a very raw, pounding drum track which definitively not for the taste of the four on four club junkies, I combined a classic bass track (adding some overdrive 🙂 ) with a wobbling bass line and not at least, I played the piano changing the mood from sad to a warmer and much friendly tone. The whole track got a totally different taste and that upbeat actually symbolize that love is rather struggle, then sadness – at least that was my concept.
And why “Jasm”?
Well, according to Wikipedia, the origin of the word jazz has had wide spread interest – the American Dialect Society named it the Word of the Twentieth Century — which has resulted in considerable research, and its history is well documented. The word began – under various spellings – as West Coast slang around 1912, the meaning of which varied but did not refer to music. The use of the word in a musical context was documented as early as 1915 in the Chicago Daily Tribune. Its first documented use in a musical context in New Orleans appears in a November 14, 1916 Times-Picayune article about “jas bands.”

Listen and if you like and you can, VOTE for Climax [Jasm RMX feat Rich Prewett on Guitar]

Indaba became an appendix of Facebook lately, in a quite pity attempt to avoid responsibilities regarding their incapacity to ensure clean voting, Indaba has connected with Face-fucking-Book. If it only affected the non-members, it would be – maybe – acceptable, but not, this so-called “new voting system” affects both members and outsiders and votes will be authenticated with Facebook credentials. They justify this measure by “this helps ensure votes are legitimate and makes it even easier for your fans to vote for you”, but for members that means that if one have no Facebook account, can not vote anymore, so, members singed up and payed membership on Indaba, but have no right to vote now! Beautiful democracy!
And once again, Indaba proves they only interested in making money out of musicians and care exclusively for the interest of the sponsors and not it members. Rip off big time!


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