KCRW Exclusive: Z-Trip Soundtrack for Shepard Fairey’s Sound + Vision Exhibit

Z-Trip is a good friend to have. When artist Shepard Fairey was creating his new exhibition Sound + Vision, which opens at the Stolen Space galley in London this week, he called on the ““godfather of the mash up” to create the soundtrack. Z-Trip went to work immediately weaving together bits of music from multiple genres while giving all his unique Z style.

The exhibit, named for a David Bowie song, is very music focused and the mix features bands that have inspired Fairey’s work.

Z-Trip is performing at the opening tonight and the soundtrack will be piped in the gallery through the duration of the show.

Since flights to Europe aren’t cheap, we’ve got our hands on the mix so you can hear it wherever you may be!

Z-Trip — Sound + Vision Soundtrack

Shepard is actually displaying a ¼ of his own record collection as part of the exhibit, which also includes portraits of everyone from Bob Marley to Joe Strummer.

From Shepard:

“Music is visceral, but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics, with their content and politics, and the style, politics, and personalities of the musicians themselves. No matter how much I love art, or try to convince myself of its relevance in society, the fact remains that music is much more able to reach people’s hearts and minds.”

For those unfamiliar with Fairey, he is one of the most famous street artists in the world and has also displayed his work in some of the biggest museums, including MOMA, Boston ICA and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

He created the iconic the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” image while still in design school. That visual (which I discovered plastered to freeway overpasses when I first moved to LA 12 years ago) not only ignited the imagination of those who saw it, but evolved into the present day OBEY GIANT campaign – as his site says, “manufacturing quality dissent since 1989”. He also famously created the “Hope” portrait of President Barack Obama, which came to symbolize his 2008 campaign.

His love of music is obvious to us at KCRW. He filled in for our own Henry Rollins during his international travels a couple years ago and you can hear his Guest DJ set in the archives here.

As a producer, Z-Trip has worked with everyone from DJ Shadow, Bassnectar and Datisk to Public Enemy, Will.I.Am and Michael Jackson, naming just a few. As a performer, he is revered as one of the best live performance DJs in history, by both fans and peers.  (You also might have spotted him in DJ Hero as a playable character alongside Daft Punk, Grand Master Flash and Deadmau5!).




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  • Wow! How can I download it ?! Buy or something. Tks

  • That Dude

    Starting with The Specials and The Clash? Best start to a mix I've ever heard!

    • Anonymous

      Technically it begins with Jello Biafra's spoken word track "Message From Our Sponsor" laid over Black Sabbath, but I agree it's a great mix!

  • Jim Bolas

    This hurts! Why doesn't someone at KCRW or someone on their board fund to produce this? I love that y'all always play this fierce shit, but some of it is never released. I love you KCRW…I will never leave you…even though I'm in NYC…just please stop being such an aural tease. 😉 Kisses! xoboxo

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  • dave

    Download?! Quit being dicks.

  • Jeremy

    what the song playing under the guy talking at the beginning(first one)?

    • Eddy

      Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath. Sounds like a lil' loop of the intro. Ice T sampled it too it's a BELTER in'it! GOOOOOOOO Zed-Trip! So gutted I missed this gig. I live in the UK and got the e-mail about the gig the morning after!!!! Z's never in the UK =(

    • djoldschool

      Shut up be happy – Ice T (voiced by the guy in Smashing Pumpkins)

      • bofield8

        Actually, I think it's voiced by Jello Biafra from The Dead Kennedys

      • Anonymous

        The vocal is Jello Biafra (of Dead Kennedys) from his 1987 spoken word album "No More Cocoons". It's the opening track titled "Message From Our Sponsor". It was also sampled by Ice-T on his song "Shut Up, Be Happy" and "Message From Our Sponsor" also appeared on the soundtrack to the film "Terminal City Ricochet". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPhLDYVyK5Y

  • Bo Bolas

    The one with Jello Biafra…it was so good!

  • Toni

    oh F^C%N' $#!T yeah! Dope, bring the Exhibit global… yes you know you should!

  • KooJii

    Cool cool cool! What is the second track?

  • Anonymous

    No reason to call people names, it's really quite simple to download it if you desire to. Just follow these steps:

    1. Install the livehttpheaders extension for firefox here: http://livehttpheaders.mozdev.org/
    2. Once your browser has restarted, go back to this page.
    3. Click on Tools>Live HTTP Headers
    4. Click on the Generator tab, and check the box next to “request”
    5. On the music player, click on the play button.
    6. You should see the mp3 show up immediately on the Live HTTP Headers window. You might have to look through the list, but the file extension is .mp3
    7. Navigate to the mp3 location and hit File>Save As. You have your mp3.


    • Eddy

      "it's really quite simple to download" !!!!! Say WHUT!!

  • Eddy

    Epic, epic, EPIC SET!!! Loved the Flight of the Navigator sample at the end, Z never fails to deliver. Encore…!

  • Wendy

    I just did everything u said above & I cant get it to download. Im not seeing MP3 anywhere in what is coming up, & when I try to save what is there it just says All Files. Love this mix, please help!

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  • Atrak


    Paste "http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/audio/soundandvision.mp3" into offliberty.com and right click save as!

    Its that simple

    • Anon E. Mouse

      or just right click the link and hit "save link as" 😀

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for this info. Following this instruction it was simple and fast. Too bad the artist doesn't make it available for purchase or I would have bought it. If it becomes available I will.

    • Pablo

      Thanks! This worked. =)

    • job done and at good speed. thank you very much.

    • tronvondoja

      awesome!! offiliberty is the *ish!!!! thanks bro!

  • It was a good run

    Usually Z puts his mixes up on his site for download. Give him a minute.

    Z Tears it up again.

    DJ SAG
    60 Miles N. of Detroit

  • Mandelbrot

    Does anyone know what interview or lecture that last bit of spoken word was from? About creating your own space in the world.

    • McMike

      Utah Phillips speaking about his song "I Will Not Obey"

  • McMike

    List of songs and samples (feel free to reply with mistakes/additions):

    Jello Biafra "Message From Our Sponsor"
    Black Sabbath "Black Sabbath"
    The Prodigy "Ghost Town" (The Specials cover)
    Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full"
    Madness "One Step Beyond"
    Big Audio Dynamite "Bad"
    Mr. Williamz "London"
    The Clash "London Calling"
    The Clash "London's Burning"
    Time Zone "World Destruction"
    Ice-T "Body Count"
    Sex Pistols "Anarchy in the U.K."
    Public Enemy "Timebomb"
    Public Enemy "She Watch Channel Zero"
    Public Enemy "Can't Truss It" Live
    Public Enemy "Don't Believe the Hype"
    Shiner Massive "Waiting Room" (Fugazi cover)
    Liz Martin "Sound and Vision" (David Bowie cover)
    David Bowie "Sound and Vision"
    Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
    Metallica "One"
    David Bowie "DJ"
    Led Zeppelin "Immigrant Song"
    Public Enemy "Bring the Noise"
    Public Enemy "Night of the Living Baseheads"
    Public Enemy "Louder than a Bomb"
    Public Enemy "Public Enemy No. 1"
    LL Cool J "Rock the Bells"
    Trouble Funk "Go Go Girls (Ladies Love Cool Z-Trip Breakdown)"
    Joan Jett "Bad Reputation"
    Blondie "Heart of Glass"
    Bob Marley "Get Up Stand Up"
    SBTRKT "Wildfire"
    Frank Sinatra "My Way"
    Sid Vicious "My Way" (Frank Sinatra cover)
    Thomas Newman "American Beauty"
    Utah Phillips "Utah on "I Will Not Obey""

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      WERK ME, DAMMIT!! Thanks for that, McMike! 🙂

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