Lining 46th Street past Eighth Avenue, they were among the lucky fans who heard the announcement late Wednesday night: The new “Hamilton Mixtape” album — which brings together some of the biggest names in the music business spanning genres from rap to indie rock to cover the musical’s best-selling soundtrack — was having a preview concert with 1,300 free seats to fill.
Though no one knew what to expect from the half-hour presentation when the lucky few filed inside, many of whom had probably never made it into the room where it happens before given high ticket prices and the fact that the show’s been sold out for years. DJs !llmind and J.Period, who also produced the album, played a set (audience members danced in their seats) before the show began.
“The goal was to take the emotion of the original tracks and bump them up in terms of intensity,” !llmind tells us about producing four tracks for the album. “That’s kind of what I specialize in, and for each one of these, it was about studying the originals, really understanding the message of the original songs, and then the mood in the music, and then kind of doing my best to kick those up a notch without overpowering the vocalists.
“What ended up on the tape was probably about half of what we ended up actually making,” he says with a laugh. “There’s some really cool shit that we did, and what ended up on the tape is something I’m proud of.”