BEheard had the privilege to interview mash-up artist Doug Bogan, the electric engineer major from Bucknell.
Here is our online interview: A few sample tracks are below.
1. What sparked your interest in creating mash-ups?
I learned how to DJ the summer before my freshman year of college from my fellow mashup artist (and friend from home), Greg Golterman. At that time, I owned my own sound company, so I would tour with Greg for his shows, providing sound/lighting at venues that didn’t have adequate in-house installments, all the while learning the basics of DJ’ing by looking over his shoulder. Up until attending Bucknell, I had played keyboards in an indie/jazz/fusion band for ten years – this had literally defined me as a person, both musically and socially. However, with no defined “band scene” at Bucknell, I realized upon arriving freshman year that I needed another way to express myself musically. That’s when I decided to develop my own sound as a mashup artist, building upon the fundamental principles I had acquired through touring with Greg. I soon began producing tracks, performing at Bucknell frats every weekend, which led to touring all over the east coast, and the rest is history.
2. What was your first mash-up and how did people respond to it?
My first “big” release was “Like This AllStar”, throwing Like This (Mims) over AllStar (Smash Mouth) (still work this into the set list for every show). Because of the familiarity of its constituent tracks with pretty much my entire generation, this track was (and continues to be) well received in the college/blog world.
3. What are you studying at Bucknell and do you plan to keep DJing in the future?
I am studying both electrical engineering and music here at Bucknell. Although I am not seeking to make this my full-time career after school, I will definitely continue working as a mashup artist/DJ post-college on the weekends, if possible.
4. If you could do a show with anyone else in the world who would it be?
I would love, more than anything, to play an experimental mashup set opening for Bonobo. If that happened, my life as a mashup artist would be complete, hands down.
Check Out Doug’s Latest Release “I Can’t Let You Go” “Like This AllStar” as previously mentioned in the interview