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Remixing an existing sound recording into what is often called a Remix is a common way of creating new music. Remixes comprise of significant portions of the existing (“original”) recording, augmented by new material. Remixing is a common way to rework original recordings often seen in contemporary dance music and is also widely used in hip hop and rap music. 

There is no one way of communicating such remixes but there are three different common approaches, depending on the contractual relationships between the two artists (the remixer and the remixed artist) and the record company/companies releasing the music:

  • The remixed artist (i.e. the artist headlining the original recording) is considered to be a main artist whereas the remixer is not;
  • The remixer is considered to be a main artist whereas the remixed artist ist not; or
  • Both artists are headlining the remix.

 

Below are the key data points for these three cases for a hypothetical original recording called “She Loves You” and recorded by Desmond Jones. The remixing is done by Martha Dear. The data below is using the ERN-4 structure but the principle also applies to other DDEX standards.

The three approaches are presented here with the most common case first.

Approach I: Remixed Artist as the main artist

TagData to be providedComment

DisplayTitleText

She Loves You (Remixed by Martha Dear)

The title also needs to be provided, split into title and subtitle in the DisplayTitlecomposite 

VersionType

RemixVersion

 

DisplayArtistName

Desmond Jones

 

DisplayArtist

Desmond Jones

 

DisplayArtistRole

MainArtist

 

ArtisticRole

RemixedArtist

 

Contributor

Desmond Jones

 

Role

any role Desmond Jones performed on the original recording

 

Contributor

Martha Dear

 

Role

Remixer

Plus any role Martha Dear performed on the original recording

Approach II: Remixing as a collaboration

In this case the remixer is contracted to create a collaboration and therefore (s)he needs to be highlighted as a DisplayArtist – alongside the original artist

Tag

Data to be provided

Comment

DisplayTitleText

She Loves You (Remixed by Martha Dear)

The title also needs to be provided, split into title and subtitle in the DisplayTitlecomposite 

VersionType

RemixVersion

 

DisplayArtistName

Martha Dear vs. Desmond Jones

Other conjunctions are also used: “and”, “&”, “with”, …

DisplayArtist

Desmond Jones

 

DisplayArtistRole

MainArtist

 

ArtisticRole

RemixedArtist

 

DisplayArtist

Martha Dear

 

DisplayArtistRole

MainArtist or FeaturedArtist

 

ArtisticRole

Remixer

Not all record companies signal whether a re-releasing artist is a Remixer if the new recording is deemed to be a collaboration

Contributor

Desmond Jones

 

Role

any role Desmond Jones performed on the original recording

 

Contributor

Martha Dear

 

Role

Remixer

Plus any role Martha Dear performed on the original recording.

Not all record companies signal whether a re-releasing artist is a Remixer if the new recording is deemed to be a collaboration

Approach III: Remixer as the main artist

In this scenario the remixer is a main artist on its own. In this instance (s)he is the “brand”.

Tag

Data to be provided

Comment

DisplayTitleText

She Loves You

The DisplayTitle composite also needs providing.

VersionType

RemixVersion

 

DisplayArtistName

Martha Dear

 

DisplayArtist

Martha Dear

 

DisplayArtistRole

MainArtist

 

ArtisticRole

Remixer

 

Contributor

Desmond Jones

 

Role

any role Desmond Jones performed on the original recording

 

Contributor

Martha Dear

 

Role

Remixer

Plus any role Martha Dear performed on the original recording

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