How it began …

Welcome, it’s nice to have you on my site! My name is Louis Woodmill, I am a composer and music producer.

In 2016, I asked myself whether it would be possible to mix dancehall tracks with old songs from blues, country and more. So I started looking for a track that didn’t have that much rhythm so I could mix it with a dancehall beat. I came across the song “Landslide”, composed by the singer of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, this specific version was performed by the Dixie Chicks. Then I started to search for a suitable dancehall track that could fit in key and tempo. Oh my god, I thought, finding a needle in a haystack is not much harder!

I scoured a dancehall playlist of my daughter, who listened to a lot of dancehall music in those days, probably the reason why I even got that idea. Pretty soon a track came up: “Miss Fatty” by Million Stylez, and it felt like this track would fit with the “Landslide” track well. I then put these two tracks on top of each other with a bit of time stretch and was amazed that the vocals fit together perfectly, especially in the chorus. And since I needed a name for that first mashup as well as for this new adventure, I called both „Fatty’s Landslide“.

Then I created a new account at Soundcloud and uploaded my mashup …

The bug bit me, I was suddenly in the mood to create more of these mashups, this was the beginning of something new and led to some amazing stories. For example, there was a mashup with two songs that perfectly ran together from start to finish, I didn’t need to cut anything, the tempo was almost identical, one track was a whole note higher, but that was okay too! Unfortunately my mashup hit a wall…When trying to upload it to Soundcloud, the track was detected by an upload filter.

I did not expect this, as Soundcloud is a popular platform for remixes, DJ sets and many other musical stuff. Should I ask the Mavericks? How would they react if I even found a way to contact them?

I click on YES.

Soundcloud wants to know from me: Tell us who created the track you uploaded.
„Dance Jah“ is:
My creation, but I used tracks from other artists (ie in a DJ mix, mashup, radio show, or podcast)
I click on this. And get the following selection:

You are allowed to upload “Dance Jah” because:

  • I have written permission from all relevant rights holders
  • The original work is not protected by copyright
  • My version is an official release, authorised by the copyright owner.
  • Some other reason

The first three reasons are not true, remains only: Some other reason …

Invalid and insufficient reasons…

Then something else happened. Five months ago I recorded additional drum tracks for the “Fatty’s Landslide” mashup, it sounds a lot more groovy now, but ultimately Soundcloud’s upload filters caught up and blocked the Dixie Chicks track.

Let no one tell that the freedom of art has passed away in music