Blurring Beats, Blurring Borders

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The increasing prevalence of the concept of ‘remix’ across a variety of facets of society, has seen an overall increase in the interaction between individual cultures themselves. One of the most easily identifiable today is within the music industry, where the traditional ideals of individual genres of music are becoming more and more faded/blurred.

Koda Kumi, a Japanese singer from Kyoto, shot to stardom following the release of her 7th single – which was then used in the video game Final Fantasy X-2. Her initially quiet and conservative image has developed significantly from as early as 2003 (3 years after the release of her first single), with Koda adopting a sexier and more provocative style. This has made her something of an icon within the Japanese pop-music scene, and as a direct result, on an international scale also – being compared to Western pop stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Within recent times, Koda has gained further popularity with the annual release of her DRIVING HITS remix albums, featuring remixes of some of her most known songs.

On this year’s release, Sydney-based DJ duo Starfvckers (Kristofer Hutchison and Tom Nash) take on Koda’s track Money In My Bag. As icons of the Sydney club nightlife for over a decade, the duo now resides on the rooftop of Darling Harbour’s Home Nightclubwith their self-titled club Starfvckers. As someone who’s not a stranger to this iconic location, their remix is something that I can definitely see ‘blowing up at Church on a Saturday night’.

Check out their remix below.

Nate

“A Trump Sympathiser? Me? No!”

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Many people seem pretty shocked by the creation of content like this, regarding Hilary Clinton. However, despite emphasising facets of her campaign that weren’t necessarily such major issues, everything is based on facts.

Therefore, it’s not the actual information (or rather an event) that is causing this shock to the audience, but rather the frame in which it is being presented.

With the ongoing comparison of President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, would finding a common ground with him be seen as the equivalent of being a Nazi sympathiser.

Am I a ‘Trump Sympathiser’?

I don’t think I am. But I can’t help but bring to light the frame/s in which Trump has been presented across both his campaign and now within his role as leader of the free world. Most of the information that has been presented to the world surrounding Trump isn’t necessarily that bad, it’s the preconditioned view of these actions that ultimately make them appear bad – Trump could come out tomorrow and claim he saved 60 people from drowning with his bare hands, but this would still be talked down significantly, ‘what about that 61st person?’.

It raises the question; if Trump was ‘framed’ in a more optimistic way from the get go, would he seem more successful in his role as President now?

Nate