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How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

DJ Vibe began what would be a ten year residency at Kremlin. In the nineties, Kremlin was considered the third best club in the world and under Vibe’s advice started hosting international appearances.
It was 1992 when Vibe was finally flown to New York City. By that time Lisbon had found a place on the world map of clubbing.
Vibe’s memory of New York was still vivid in his mind when he started producing So Get Up.
The Underground Sound Of Lisbon, a collaboration between Rui Da Silva and Vibe, started of with a track featuring an original poem by hip hop lyricist and vocalist Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas.
The song, So Get Up (a remix of an earlier elctro-esque spoken word track by Ithaka of the same name So Get Up (original by Ithaka) was destined to become a perennial dance floor smasher, transforming the career of Vibe and Underground Sound Of Lisbon and the entire music economy of Portugal indefinitely.
Vibe had just come back from the Big Apple, where he’d see Junior Vasquez play at the epic Sound Factory. He sent a test pressing of So Get Up to a friend in New York City and the record magically arrived in the very hands of Junior Vasquez who started playing the track at the Sound Factory.
One year later, Tribal America, a subsidiary of EMI Records released the single and it soon became a national anthem of Portuguese dance music.
The song climbed to 1st Place on the Billboard U.K. Independent Dance Music charts and the first international edition sold over 50,000 copies.
By the mid-90’s, Vibe had become an international ambassador for Portugal’s dance music scene.
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Songwriter Ithaka Darin Pappas holds Guinness World Record  For Most Remixed Vocal Acapella (song: “So Get Up”)

Songwriter Ithaka Darin Pappas holds Guinness World Record For Most Remixed Vocal Acapella (song: “So Get Up”)

In 2016, with at least 1029 documented remixes to its credit
“So Get Up” a vocal spoken-word poem written and recorded by
Californian artist and songwriter Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas)
was the Guinness World Record holder for
“Most Musical Remixes Created From Single Acapella”

Ithaka initially penned “So Get Up”,
(first titled, The End Of The Earth Is Upon Us)
in mid-1993 for a daily segment of a program he regularly hosted
on Rádio Comerical Lisbon called “Bairro Quatro”.
It was recited the first time live on-air
just an hour or two after it was written.

In 1994, also in Portugal, he re-recorded it with
a house music duo called Underground Sound Of Lisbon.
It was distributed nationally and later on Tribal Records (NY)
with an a capella version, incredulously without a vocal credit.

It is this a capella that has been remixed, robbed, sampled, remade
and covered to a degree unseen in the history of modern music.

In 2016, at last count there were 1029 released remixes
of the vocal “So Get Up” (often under different titles such as;
The End Of The Earth, Get Up Go Insane, Forget The Past, etc).
Guinness World Record now recognizes the SO Get Up vocal poem
as holding the title for “Most Musical Remixes Created From Single A Capella”
bypassing #2, Turkish pop-vocalist Evrim Tuzun, by more than 800 mixes.

Because the first release of So Get Up was not vocally credited,
this seemed to green-light all other remix users
of the acapella to not credit it as well (most producers
thought the vocal and lyrics were public domain, perhaps from an old film).

Although some mixes were legally licensed,
many EDM artists simply made their own electronic music tracks
and place Ithaka’s vocals and lyrics on top of it,
and called it entirely their own without requesting permission
or paying royalties.

Among the more known mixes of “So Get Up” there are versions by such all-star groups/producers as; Cosmic Gate (Germany), Danny Tenaglia (USA), Junior Vazquez (USA), DJ Vibe (Portugal), Mert Yücel (Turkey), Eric Kupper (USA), Fatboy Slim (UK) and Miss Kittin (France).

An incomplete list of DJ/producers who have remixed, reworked, covered or sampled the vocal poem “So Get Up” by Ithaka Darin Pappas since its first recording in 1993 include: Cosmic Gate (Germany), Danny Tenaglia (USA), Junior Vazquez (USA), DJ Vibe (Portugal), Mert Yücel (Turkey), Eric Kupper (USA), Fatboy Slim (UK) and Miss Kittin (France), Pelarli, Alex Di Stefano, Public Domain (Holland), Pagano (Italy), Mirabeau (UK), Damaged People (UK), Mowree (Italy), Stretch & Verne (UK), Sarasite, Orion’s Voice, Bob Ray & Van Dyuk, Igor Carmo, JJ Mullor, Dani Sber, Swing Kings, Atlantis IT, Ben Gold, Nixu Zsun (France), Ricardo Diaz, Peter Bailey (USA), DJ Kingsize, FuturePlays (Mexico), Derek Marin, Oxia (France), Domino, DJ Diego Mendonça, Mauro Ferno, Maik Ibane, Ce Ce Lee (Italy), Dj Kryst-Off Aka Zornéus (France), FRANKYEFFE (Italy), Branko & Club Atlas (members of Buraka Som Sistema), Alex Page (Portugal), Nell Silva (Portugal), Alex Farolfi, Fargetta, GianLuca Mens, The Ventura 87, Dimas Carbajo, Christo Z (Greece), Ronni King,Terry Lee Brown JR., DJ Theo V (Greece), Djz Rom (Cambodia), DJ Beg, Lexicon Avenue, DJ Screw (Thailand) etc etc.

Labels that have released “So Get Up” mixes include: Tribal (USA-UK), Twisted (USA-UK), Forensic, Kaos (Portugal), Plastic City, Bosphorus Underground Recording (Turkey)