I’ve taken some time to write this as I wanted to fully see what was going to happen and to really allow things to sink in. The end of ‘Get your bootleg on’ a.k.a. GYBO has happened, (See the announcement here).
Looking at the landscape of the mashup community online I’m seeing a bit of disturbing trend. Mashup-Charts appears to have gone dormant, What the Mashup has stopped posting, Mashuptowns forums are kaput and now GYBO.
I wonder if this is this more of a shake up of the mashup scene and people moving onto to other projects? Or is it something else? I know there is an underlying fear in this genre of lawyers, governments, corporations laying down a legal ass-kicking to any and all of us. I know that sites like MashDex shut down specifically for that reason as it grew too big, too quickly, and just the fear of a potential lawsuit was enough to stifle innovation. I don’t think they had been threatened, but seeing what music industry, corporate media and laws are doing around the world, it’s definitely on a lot of mashup producers and communities minds.
When I started MashupCiti in 2007, it was really to try and get DJs to send me their mashups instead of me going out and searching the interwebs for those tasty rare mashup treats that I enjoy so much. GYBO was a place that I would go to frequently in those days.
GYBO was friendly, inspiring and supportive community but mostly it was safe, or at least if felt that way. It was a place where all manner of people could go and learn, talk and share their mashups and ideas. There had been lots of great discussions, competitions and of course mashups. It’s a sad thing to see it come to an end.
At the same time, I remain hopeful. I know that in this genre, sites pop up and down a lot. Mashups are attracting more and more people every day but more importantly, mashups are inspiring more and more people every day. I believe that there are more great things in store for mashup culture and those who contribute to it.