The Making Of Pop Danthology 2014


Pop Danthology is a huge project that requires about 180 hours of work.


The first and least exciting part of making Pop Danthology is gathering all the different instrumental and acapella tracks, audio stems, and full songs. I search all over the internet like a determined chef searches different markets and grocery stores for his ingredients. Mashup artists like myself, however, are “chefs” who live in a world full of many deceitful grocery stores that mislabel their produce as “fresh” and “organic” when they really are far from those descriptions. It makes me angry when people misuse the word “official” to promote their instrumental remakes and acapella covers. I am one “chef” who will not be deceived. I instead take the time to visit every “grocery store” in order to get ingredients of the highest quality. I usually end up with around 200 audio files.


Organization is so important when working with 200 audio files. I organize all my files by their bpm (tempo) and key. This year, I used a DJ software called MIXED IN KEY to find out all of my tempos and keys. Watch the video above to see me working with it. It greatly increased my efficiency.

Mixed In Key

check out Mixed In Key DJ Software

Pop Danthology 2014 Organization

(How I organize my 200 audio files)


If you change the tempo too drastically, instrumentals sound too different. If you change the pitch more than 3 semi-tones, voices lose too much of its original quality and begin sounding less and less human. In order to preserve the highest quality, I do an extreme amount of planning.


I use Logic Pro X to arrange all the music. I start with laying down the foundation of the mashup by mixing all the instrumentals together first. I love dance music so I feature mostly upbeat instrumentals. I then arrange all the vocals on top.


I edit the video in Final Cut Pro. I set aside only the clips that I need – if my music only features a 3 second section in a song, I will set aside only that section of the music video to work with. I then change the speed of the clip by the exact percentage of the change I made to its music. During this time, my computer lags so much because I am doing so many things at the same time. I will be simultaneously downloading large video files, converting those files into even larger files that I can work with, and editing the music video. I also try to use good judgment when it comes to video clips that may not be suitable for my younger audience. I am not a fan of videos that appear to objectify women. For the past few years, I have toned down a lot of music video clips from Enrique Iglesius. Sorry Enrique.


  1. Noora
    December 15, 2014 at 11:01 am — 

    can you make a one direction mashup

  2. Flying Fries
    December 15, 2014 at 11:37 am — 

    Can you make a mashup using 2014’s top KPOP songs? :D

  3. DJ Rider6
    December 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm — 

    You should establish a DJ school because you are on the top of Mount Deejay for me
    You made this miracle in 180 hours and I made mine which is much worse in 1 whole month XD

  4. Shaif
    December 16, 2014 at 12:28 am — 

    What controller is that in the back and do you use it at all during production? It looks like a DDJ SX but I’m not entirely sure. Reason I’m asking is because I’m looking for different controllers as I want to get into DJing, but having prior knowledge and experience I wanted a controller capable of using 4 decks.

  5. Bem
    December 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm — 


  6. joshua
    December 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm — 

    wow! that was great! beatiful mashup! ilove

  7. jony
    December 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm — 

    NICE JOB!! CONGRATSS!! I Dear you to do something with brazilian pop music!!

  8. Tomer
    December 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm — 

    What exactly do you mean by planning? Do you actually plan which vocals are going to be on each instrumental and how?

  9. KAMBA
    December 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm — 

    jst bloody nyc selection

  10. Azhar Chaudhary
    December 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm — 

    Daniel: You DA MAN! Amazing work. I play with audio files a lot and that’s hard enough. What you’ve done with the videos is incredible! Keep it up. BTW: I wanted to show some of your videos in my gym class – mainly to show off your skills. Is it possible to get or download them from somewhere please? Thanks.

  11. Tomer
    January 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm — 

    Please delete all of these spam comments!

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