In his over 16 years as DJ, Scott Melker has shared stages with the likes of DJs and acts like DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ AM, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh, Kanye West, the Wu Tang Clan. Q-Tip, Ne-Yo, T.I. and a list of others – thanks to the fact that as a DJ he has developed a reputation for having wide ranging, crowd pleasing tastes and a skills on the 1s and 2s.
As the Melker Project, Melker has released four EPs focusing on a mashing up the work of a specific artist – released in November his Ballin’ Oats EP, which mashed up the work of Hall and Oates was critically praised. Trill Collins is not only the follow up to Ballin’ Oates, it’s Melker’s love letter to Phil Collins (who had a period of a couple of years where he was like the hottest shit in pop music). And the first single is an incredibly slick mash up of Nas’ “One Mic” with Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” titled “In the Air ToNas." It works because both songs manage to possess an inner sense of anxiety and dread in their own right.
Interestingly enough, unlike most mashups there’s a bit more nuance as Melker plays every single instrument, using modern synths and production, followed by using the original vocal samples – it winds up subtly modernizing the song while retaining the feel of the original, sort of. In any case, the mashup is remarkable bit of production work that will probably melt your mind a bit.