Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith have found brilliance in the combination of disparate music, separated by an ocean and a continent.
I think that a huge part of creativity is being able to take different ideas and see or build new relationships between them. There are very few completely original complex ideas in the world; almost every complex concept is birthed from other complex concepts. The iPhone was imagined from the combination of the phone and the computer. All art, including music, is viewed in the context of its predecessors. We stand with no choice on the shoulders of history. Much of what we know comes from what has been known.
I therefore think that you need to know the world in order to be creative. Sometimes I get caught up in the screens of my computer, my iPad, my iPhone, my TV, and I forget that even though the wealth of human knowledge is in those screens, there is more than virtually recordable knowledge that is valuable to understanding our place in the world. I forget sometimes that you can learn not more, but different, things from just walking down the street outside your front door, instead of reading article after article about things going on in foreign lands that you cannot truly believe you might ever understand.
As long as you are watching, watching anything, then there is no such thing as a waste of time.
Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith watched – or rather, listened, both near and far. They opened their front door to the street and heard Flume, one of the most talented producers in music right now, from their home of Australia. Then they listened to Brooklyn, the home of The Notorious B.I.G, forever one of the greatest rappers of all time. Jaymee and Jeremy were creative. They put 10 and 10 together. And they produced some of the best mashups I’ve ever heard.
Check these tracks out! They’re unbelievable. The whole album, called “B.I.G. Flume,” is available for free download here: Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith – B.I.G. Flume