DJBooth.net Exclusive Preview: DJ Hero 2

Posted 5 years ago by
Tags:
San Francisco, Calif. -- Last year, our friends at Activision and Step-3 invited us to San Francisco to attend an exclusive preview for their brand new DJ Hero video game. A year later, with the release of the game's sequel on the horizon, DJBooth.net was invited back (we didn't spill any red wine on their carpet) and we are happy to report that our readers will have plenty to be excited about come October 19.

Unlike the original version of DJ Hero, which had a very distinct and pronounced hip hop feel, DJ Hero 2 incorporates a heaping amount of pop, electronic and house music. The change is subtle, as rap music still populates most of the soundtrack, but the overall musical experience of the game has improved as a result.

According to the Director of Music at DJ Hero 2 co-creator FreeStyleGames, Dan Neil, the decision to expand the soundtrack beyond its hip hop foundation and incorporate a wider variety of genres stemmed from the feedback the company received after the release of the original. "We wanted the game to represent where the DJ is headed, which naturally includes a more eclectic mix of material," said Neil.

Among the newer, more mainstream artists to find their work in DJH2 are Flo Rida ("In the Ayer"), I.Y.A.Z. ("Replay"), Estelle ("American Boy"), New Boyz ("You're a Jerk"), and Pussycat Dolls ("Don't Cha"). These selections are an accurate representation of today's indistinguishable crossover sound and demonstrate the need to appeal to an ever-widening fan base.

Other highlights include DJ Jazzy Jeff and Busta Rhymes "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" mash-up with former Jock Jams classic "Pump Up The Volume” by M|A|R|R|S and RZA's inventive mix featuring Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock" and Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

In their pursuit of DJ gaming happiness the team at FreeStyleGames reached out to a who's who list of DJs and producers for guidance, wisdom, experience, and, of course, their incredible musical skills. This talented group of individuals includes (but is certainly not limited to) A-Trak, Deadmau5, David Guetta, DJ Qbert, RZA, and Tiësto. In order to be the best you need to feature the best, and that is certainly the case with DJH2.

image

DJ Blakey Interview at DJ Hero 2 Event by djbooth


Comments

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

Chance The Rapper & Donnie Trumpet Unleash Unreleased “Surf” Snippets

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of their acclaimed free mixtape, Trumpet has released an 11-minute mix. Read More
Posted one day ago by DJ Z

The Irving Plaza Shooting Isn’t a Rap Problem, It’s an America Problem

"People don't get murdered at Jazz, Classical, R&B, EDM, etc shows. This is a rap thing." Read More
Posted about 3 days ago by Yoh

In Which I Convince You to Listen to Lecrae, Hip-Hop’s Overlooked Elite Rapper

Don't be scared by the "Christian rapper" label, bar for bar Lecrae's just as dope as elite rappers like J. Cole. Read More
Posted about 3 days ago by Nathan S.

Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear This Bernz & Jarren Benton “Outta My Brain”

Strange Music's Bernz just came through with the rap anthem to set your summer off right. You need to hear this. Read More
Posted 3 days ago by Lucas G.
Sample Text - Sample Link
0:00
3:00
Shrink
Hide

TRENDING NOW



Flame

TOP 20 MUSIC CHARTS


Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.