It’s official — Go Home Productions will be performing at the next Bootie! This guy is a production genius in my book, and I’m looking forward to seeing him perform live! If you need some convincing that this is a night not to miss, then read on …
Widely-regarded as the best mash-up remixer in the world, Mark Vidler, a.k.a. Go Home Productions, has quickly risen to the top of the bootleg scene. It was only 2-1/2 years ago – in May 2002 – when Vidler created his first mash-up. Since that time, Go Home Productions has been working overtime, producing over 100 bootleg mash-ups, including his infamous ‘Ray of Gob,’ which mashed up Madonna with the Sex Pistols, ‘Rebel Never Gets Old,’ his collaboration with David Bowie. Many of these tracks have received substantial radio airplay (including San Francisco’s Live 105 and LA’s Indie 103.1) or have become underground club hits around the world.
His unique and amazing mash-up work has been attracting the attention of not only major labels, but several forward-thinking artists as well. In fact, Go Home Productions is almost single-handedly responsible for the rising legitimacy of this burgeoning artform, with several artists clamoring to have their songs mashed-up by Vidler. Some artists — such as Blondie, the Sex Pistols, and the Doors — appreciate his work so much, that their illegal GHP bootlegs are now in the process of being legally cleared for release!
That’s quite an achievement for a bootleg DJ, yet it’s obvious that it’s only the beginning. This past March, Go Home Productions released Pistol Whipped, a 5-track 12" on Half Inch Recordings, that included not only his infamous ‘Ray of Gob,’ which combines Madonna with the Sex Pistols, but also ‘No Feelings 4 Cher,’ a mash-up created after Steve Jones of the Pistols and pop diva Cher requested it. (This track is also the inspiration for this month’s Bootie flyer.)
In May, Vidler produced and remixed David Bowie’s most recent single, ‘Rebel Never Gets Old,’ which fused ‘Rebel Rebel’ with ‘Never Get Old’ from Bowie’s latest Reality album. This, in turn, inspired a worldwide "mash-up competition," sponsored by Audi and Sony, which attracted quite a bit of press attention.
Most recently, he produced a couple of remixes for the Doors, along with remixes for the hit London West End show, Jerry Springer The Opera. He also played the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, to over 18,000 people in the Main Arena, right after Franz Ferdinand, Muse, and the Scissors Sisters.
Obviously, it’s been a busy year for Mark Vidler, and it continues with his upcoming appearance at BOOTIE, San Francisco’s monthly mash-up party, on SATURDAY DECEMBER 11, at the CHERRY BAR, 917 Folsom Street at 5th, in San Francisco. Cover is $8. It’s a special holiday Bootie party, which will also include DJs Adrian, the Mysterious D, Party Ben, Dada, and Earworm. Princess Kennedy will perform the Go Home Productions holiday mash-up, "Christmas On The Block," which combines J-Lo with Paul McCartney. Santa will be there handing out gifts (free Bootie CDs) and Ms. Claus and her slutty go-go elves will keep the crowd in the holiday spirit.
The night before, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, Go Home Productions will be spinning at Live 105′s sold-out Not-So-Silent Night concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. He’ll be headlining the Budweiser True Music Mash-Up V.I.P. Room.