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The law regarding remixng
Old 18th October 2016
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The law regarding remixng


There has been a growing trend over the past few years of electronic "bedroom" producers finding acapellas of popular songs, remixing them and uploading the remixes to soundcloud or youtube.

I'm sure a lot of these remixes are not authorised by the rights holders of the original recordings but maybe some are. If I did want to obtain a license to remix a popular song, is there a system I could use for doing this? Would I just have to contact the label directly?

Also, is it possible to obtain a license to actually put the remix on itunes, spotify etc for sale/stream under the remixer's artist name?

Finally, are there any serious repercussions that could arise as a result of doing an unlicensed remix?

Old 3rd November 2016
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Personally I've just finished my 20th or so remix, and all of them have been cleared/officially released by the original artist. The most recent one was for a remix contest, so that example is kind of a moot point.

My point though is that unless you are trying to remix some insanely famous artist (Bieber, Adele, etc) you may be surprised how easy it is to get artists/management to send you stems. Obviously not everyone will do it (or even respond) but if you can build at least a small following and have some examples of high quality work, you'll get a decent number of positive responses.

Keep in mind - if you're cold-calling them and asking for stems, don't expect to get paid... But you couldn't legally sell your unofficial remixes anyway so...

BUT if making some money (long-term) is a goal, then doing unpaid-but-official releases for some mid-level artists can help to get you ACTUAL exposure and you'll start to get emails from smaller artists asking you to remix them.

I'm about to start my 3rd remix like that... Where an artist I didn't know sought me out to remix their song. The budgets aren't huge, but I've been doing this for only a year and a half. If you're smart about it, it's totally possible.

I know that didn't DIRECTLY answer your question but I hope it helps you to figure out the next steps in your career.



Last edited by carlbahner; 3rd November 2016 at 04:32 PM.. Reason: added link
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