I'm a mixtape DJ, a playlist curator, whether I'm spinning live or recording at home; nothing more, but nothing less, too. I'm also a firm believer that you can connect any two songs if you find the right bridge between them.
Rolling Stone wrote about Quentin Tarantino's soundtracks like so: "It's a signature Tarantino trick: He excavates a pop artifact widely maligned as trash, champions its coolness and reveals its beauty. What more could you ask for from a DJ?" I love that idea.
A mixtape is a collection of songs that create a context for those songs to thrive within. Every song benefits from inclusion in the mix in addition to manufacturing and enhancing the concept and purpose of the mixtape as a whole.
To put it more simply, you don't need to know why these songs fit. You just need to enjoy that they do.
I live on the west coast, but I was born on the east coast. The influences of both are evident.