Producing your own bootlegs and mashups has become one of the most popular forms of music production in the past few years. As the music industry becomes more aware of the phenomenal power of free audio file sharing, artists have become appreciative of their original work being reproduced in the form of bootlegs and mashups. We often have beginner DJ’s and producers email or message us on social media asking us if we mind if they upload a mashup of one of our own tracks and the answer is always, go for it. In this article I answer a common question I'm always asked 'what's the difference between bootlegs and mashups'. So what is a mashup or bootleg and how are they different to a remix? One of the most common misconceptions is that they are one and the same. They are actually three very different forms of production that can be clearly identified by the process the producer went through in order to produce the final product. Let’s start with a mashup.
WHAT IS A MASHUP
A mashup is a combination of two or more original works (or original remixes) that have been ‘mashed together’ to form a new track. Mashups are probably the most common and readily found forms of reproduction found on the internet today. From DJ beginners to the most elite headlining artists, mashups give DJ’s a unique edge over other artists that are playing the similar records from the producers within their genre of choice. With the right tools, learning how to make mashups can be a simple process. Some programs do most of the heavy lifting for you once you can find your way confidently around your digital audio workstation (DAW).
WHAT IS A BOOTLEG
A bootleg features a sample or segment of a single original work together with newly produced original elements of your own forming an entirely new body of work. You will often see bootlegs listed as ‘Artist Name Bootleg remix’ as a bootleg and remix only have one separating factor. A bootleg is an unauthorised remix that has been produced without permission from the original artist. The parts are most commonly ripped from the original recording, which limits the availability of the individual elements within the recording.
WHAT IS A REMIX
A remix is an authorised rework of a single original track in which the record label or recording artist has provided the stems (original individual audio elements) for a producer to make their own new version. Remixing an artists work is a great way to expand on your market. By sharing the credits attached to an official release, both parties will usually promote a record together, as they both have the shared interest in making the track a success. Record labels will often commission multiple remixes for a release in order to expand their market into different genres and styles as well as having the additional support from the remixing artist.
HOW TO NAME YOUR MASHUPS
If you are to be taken seriously once you get to the point where you’re making your own bootlegs and remixes, it’s important to label your work correctly. When naming your mashups, you should always credit the original artists. For the sake of this exercise we’re using one of our own mashups to demonstrate the various ways of titling your mashup correctly.
The two titles we have mashed together are:
‘LANGUAGE’ Porter Robinson
There are a few of ways you can do this:
1. ‘Alive Language’ (Stafford Brothers Mashup) Krewella Vs Porter Robinson
2. Krewella Vs Porter Robinson – Alive Language (Stafford Brothers Mashup)
3. ‘Alive’ Krewella Vs ‘Language’ Porter Robinson – Stafford Brothers Mashup
It doesn’t really matter which way you choose to name it as long as you give credit where credit is due and name the original artist’s work and clearly identify that it’s a mashup and not your own work.
HOW TO NAME YOUR BOOTLEGS
Naming bootlegs is as simple as naming remixes. All you have to do is credit yourself in brackets along with the original work like so: 1. ‘Language’ (Stafford Brothers bootleg) Porter Robinson 2. Porter Robinson – ‘Language’ (Stafford Brothers bootleg) You may have seen a particular remix that has been given a specialty name. This is usually decided by the remixing artist, providing approval is granted by the original artist and/or record label. In most cases, labels and artists respect the wishes of the remixing producer and honour their request for a special title. This is used to give a remix character or to separate it from another remix if the artist has supplied more than one mix as in this example from Henrix below.
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