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The Colloquial Remix Naming Convention: How to Title and Tag Your Remix

Over the years of my DJing career I’ve seen a hundred different ways of tagging and titling remixes. Some distinct trends in naming and tagging have emerged thanks to the popularity of remixing and posting music online. In this post I’ll outline the way I label my tracks, and distinguish between some of the common remix types.



Original Artist – Original Title ft. Featured Artist (Remixer Name RemixTitle Remix Type)

Example: Zedd – Clarity ft. Foxes (Balloonbear Remix) (Dj CUTMAN Edit)

Wow, that’s a lot of info. This is all typically stored in an audio files title tag, while the rest of the MP3 tags are optional. Let’s go over what all these elements mean:

Original Artist – As you might have gathered, this is the name of the artist who produced or released the original song the remix is based off of. This is not the name of the remixer.

Original Title – The name of the original song the remix is based off of.

ft. – Optional, short for “featuring”, used for included a separate artist who significantly contributed to the original song, like a guest vocalist. Occasionally appears as “feat.” or “featuring.” This field should only be present if it exists in the original song title.

Featured Artist – Optional, the name of the featured artist, if any.

Remixer Name – The name of the producer or DJ who created the remix.

Remix Title – Optional, a place indicate genre or project title for the remix. This remix title by Electric Children is ridiculous and also amazing.

Remix Type – Typically, this last part of the title tag is simply the word “Remix”, but there are many different kinds of remixes, so I will briefly overview some of the most common kinds of remixes

  • Remix – The catch-all term. Years ago this word meant an audio engineer literally re-mixed the song’s original multitrack recording (known as “stems”). Today, a remix refers to any song that contains a sample or direct reference of another song. Sometimes this is created from the song’s stems, other times just the vocal track. If no samples or stems are used, it is not technically a remix, but a cover song, but sometimes these are still referred to as Remixes for marketing purposes.
  • Bootleg – An unofficial remix created by sampling an MP3 or audio file of the entire song. Bootlegs are not created with stems.
  • Edit / Fix – An Edit or Fix is remix or bootleg that makes only minor adjustments to the original song. Changing a drum pattern, equalization, tempo, or the song’s arrangement all constitutes an edit. Edits are commonly created by DJs who would like to use a song in their  sets, but need to make adjustments to fit the format of their show.
  • ReEdit / ReFix – A ReEdit or ReFix is an Edit or Fix of another producers Edit, Fix or Bootleg.

Something I missed? Know a better way to title remixes? Let us know in the comments!

GameChops & Groupees present The Triforce Bundle, supporting Child’s Play Charity

UPDATE: Rewards and bonuses have been added! Get an unreleased Triforce of Bass track DEKU DEKU PALACE by dj-Jo!

GameChops and Groupees team up to offer you the new album, The Triforce of Bass and a chance to contribute to charity, all while gaining access to exclusive music.

Announcing the GameChops Triforce of Bass Bundle at http://groupees.com/triforce , officially launching Tuesday August 21, 2012. This digital bundle offers you the new Triforce of Bass album (MP3 & FLAC), a collection of 3 EPs that remix themes from several generations of The Legend of Zelda, as mixed by four unique DJ’s. Mykah is a DJ from Liverpool UK, bringing a tribal, moobah and drum’n’bass influences. dj-Jo is a FL Studio producer from Florida who wilds the heaviest synths and intense drum production. Dj CUTMAN and Spamtron remix and remaster their classic EP Bagu and the Riverman with DJ friendly edits with a new level of clarity in the mix.

Pay What You Want for the bundle, with no minimum, but everyone who contributes $2 or more will also get an unreleased Dj CUTMAN Zelda remix, “The Lost Bagu Beat”. A portion of all contributions to the campaign go to Child’s Play Charity, a game industry organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in their network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. If we can work together to reach our goal, all participants will get an unreleased Dj CUTMAN Chrono Trigger remix and a behind-the-scenes video into Dj CUTMAN’s Chiptune recording studio! Not to mention some really cool and unique prizes from GameChops! Check out this special opportunity at http://groupees.com/triforce