A remix is a sound recording that has been edited or 're-worked' to sound different from the original song. A remix differs from a cover in that a remix uses the original recording, not a re-creation of it.
Unsure how to release a remix? Read up on how to get permission to remix, licensing and releasing remixes on platforms like Spotify.
What is a Remix?
A remix is a sound recording that has been edited or 're-worked' to sound different from the original song. A remix differs to a cover in that a remix uses the original recording, not a re-creation of it.
For example, if you take the latest track by Future and using the original recording (as opposed to your remake of it) put your own spin on it by changing any part of the song, that classifies as a remix.
How do I get permission to Remix a Song?
In order to release a remix of someone else's song, you must get permission from all copyright owners, which includes the owners of the copyright in the original composition (i.e. the writers and/or publishers) and the owners of the copyright in the original sound recording (usually record companies/labels). This permission is normally in the form of a remix agreement.
There’s no one way of how exactly to get the permission you need, but the place to start is to find out who the rights holders are and get in contact with them in writing. We have another article on how to legally release a remix and ask for permission you should check out.
Spinnup does not distribute any ‘unofficial’ remixes and will not approve any remixes that don’t have the proper documentation. You can of course remix your own tracks if you own all the rights to the music used.
How to Release a Remix on Spotify
When you use Spinnup to distribute your music you can release a remix to Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music and more – provided you do it correctly!
- When uploading your release and one of your tracks is a remix, please select this option when creating your release (see image below).
- Once you submit your release you will need to fill out this form with your details and send through the correct documentation.
- After you have provided this and it has been approved, only then will your release be reviewed and sent to stores.