The Differences Between Bootlegs, Remixes and Mashups

The terms bootlegs, remix and mashups are very familiar to DJs. But not everyone understands the slight differences between them. In this post, we are going to attempt to distinguish between these terms.

Bootleg

In simple terms, a bootleg is an unofficial mashup or remix. The original copyright owners do not authorize it. It could be a teaser or a full song mixed from the original.

There are different types of bootlegs. It could involve taking vocals of a song and playing on top of an instrumental from another song. It may also include playing two sounds together to produce a new song. Of course, it takes a fantastic pair of ears to create something spectacular from mixing two different songs.

It is important to note that most bootlegs lack real production qualities. Most bootlegs are not put together in studios. Sometimes the artist can use their laptop to create something quick and different. They are then distributed online for promo or as a teaser.

Remix

A remix is a piece of media. In our case, music or song that has been changed from the original version. This change could be by adding, removing or changing specific items of the song such as vocal, beats, verses, chorus etc. The unique thing about remixes is that something has been changed from the original version. Of course, there are several reasons why an artist may want to remix a song. Here are a few:

    To create a unique version of the song for a particular event or audience such as clubs, parties, weddings.

    A producer may create a mix to improve the fidelity of an old song, especially if the master is lost or damaged.

    Sometimes it could just be to create another artistic vision of the song. It could be the case for a hit song.

The truth is there are so many reasons why an artist might want to create remixes from simply experimenting to improving the original version. However, do not confuse a remix to edit, which is a change in the music, no matter how small or insignificant. But usually, it is a shorter fine stereo master that could be used for marketing or podcasting.

Mashups

Mashups are blends from two or more songs. It usually involves placing vocals of one of the songs over the instrumentals of another to create a unique sound.

It is a trend that has been around for a very long time and is only gaining popularity. Artists like Niki Romero, who is massive in the EDM arena as well as others like White Panda, Hardwell have seen incredible success in mashups and bootlegs.

(Video : White Panda )

I’m not a legal professional, but you might want to tread carefully when it comes to creating bootlegs, remixes, and Mashups. There could be copyright issues to deal with. Hence, always make sure you have permission from the copyright owners before using their materials. It is better safe than sorry – as they say.

How to Make Money as a DJ Outside the Decks

It is fun to make money doing what you love. For most DJs, DJing is their passion, and they cannot imagine life without doing it. Therefore, being able to make money DJing is just icing on the cake. Most people don’t do it for the money. They do it for love. But they have managed to make a full time living doing it and even gain fame and influence.

A good example is Calvin Harris, whose real name is Adam Wiles. They started as a grocery worker but kept putting in the work, and today he is amongst the highest-paid DJs. Okay, I’m not saying you will become the next Calvin Harris, although nothing is impossible, you could end up making a full-time income from your DJing gigs. So to help you get there, here are a few ways you can make money as a DJ outside the decks.

Teach people how to become a DJ.

Many people would love to DJ, whether professionally or just for fun. If you can identify people interested, you could make some cool cash teaching people how to become a DJ. Who better to teach this than a DJ. You can promote yourself on social media as well as using word of mouth to get the word out.

Find work in the music industry

It is a route that can help you gain experience while also providing a steady income and job stability. If you’re still starting, you could apply to clubs and local radio stations as a DJ or in the office. It would be an excellent learning curve, plus you could grow and own a slot as a mixing DJ, which could land you bigger and better gigs down the line.

Get a sponsor.

If you’re able to build a brand, you can leverage this by finding a sponsor. Find a local DJ-store and ask them for sponsorship. It could be an excellent way of gaining publicity. They could also provide financial sponsorship, and in return, you could help them market their brand as well by including their name in your mixes and marketing materials.

Monetize your blog.

It can be quite a fulfilling thing running a blog — both personally and financially. Sharing your experience and tips as a DJ on your blog can attract a lot of followers as well as make you some real money if you know how to monetize your following.

There’s a lot written on how to monetize a blog or social media following. Just Google it. You will find strategies such as running Adsense, selling merchandise, getting endorsement deals, and so much more.

Be a mobile DJ.

Not everyone is cut out to be a bar or club DJ. Some people enjoy the idea of exploring and going where the action is. Mobile DJs don’t have a particular spot where they play. They play everywhere such as in weddings, birthdays, clubs and more. It is an excellent way to make some extra income.

Sell merchandise to your followers.

Okay, following from the point about monetizing your blog. You can create branded merchandise and sell it to your fans. Yes, it could be anything from t-shirts to branded headsets. You could create an e-commerce site for selling your merchandise.

There are a few ways to earn money outside the deck as a DJ. Did we miss anything? Well, go ahead and tell us what you think. Are you a DJ? How are you making extra money? Please share.