First off, a track should be always listed with the artist first, a dash, and then the title of the track. Including any mention of “Original Mix” is unnecessary and extraneous.
PPK - Resurrection
Arnej - We Need Them
Punctuation should follow the artist’s preferred standard, and should match with the format they use with their record label for their various releases.
Tiësto - Traffic
Marcus Schössow - Alright
When artists choose to simplify their names or titles for the mass audience, the simplified and non-punctuated version should be used.
Orjan Nilsen - So Long Radio (instead of Ørjan Nilsen)
Sometimes, producers choose to create alternate mixes of their originals for different purposes or to add more energy in mixes for the purpose of filling empty space when playing in a club environment. Radio edits or mixes typically cut the track into a 3-4 minute version that is appropriate for modern fast paced radio DJs and our societies lack of attention span for a full extended cut. Radio edits usually lack a building intro, but instead jump right into the core of the tune. Variations can include: radio mix, radio edit, extended mix, club mix, club edit, vocal mix, intro edit, or any name given directly by the artist.
deadmau5 - Strobe (Radio Edit)
Wippenberg - Pong (Extended Mix)
If a track is taken in the hands of another producer and given a complete reboot beyond simple edits and cuts, the new track is a remix. A remix is tagged as the exact same format as the original, with the appended remixing producer’s name followed by the type of remix or name of the remix in parenthesis.
Armin van Buuren - Face To Face (Martin Roth Remix)
If the remixing producer names the remix, or typically remixes in a set style, they may include the type of remix in the track title.
Dinka - Elements (EDX’s 5un5hine Remix)
Cosmic Gate feat. Aruna - Under Your Spell (Mÿon & Shane 54 Monster Mix)
Credit for a vocal should always be present, and the format is listing the name of the vocalist after the producer of the track and after an abbreviated ‘featuring’.
Nitrous Oxide feat. Aneym - Follow You
Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto - Hands to Hold Me
For simplification and statistical accuracy, these names can be shortened to the entity who had more influence in the track’s production (usually the producer, however exceptions exist, such as Susana’s latest Album)
Susana feat. Rex Mundi - Nothing At All
If a vocalist has joined a team of producers and created a new band name, the vocalist credit can be dropped from the title of the track.
Oceanlab - Lonely Girl (a collaboration between Above & Beyond and Justine Suissa)
Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes (a now defunct collaboration of producers Gabriel & Dresden and vocalist Jes)
Artists frequently combine their talents to manufacture an infused blend of sounds and style. Some combinations have become so intertwined that the collaboration becomes more or less permanent. There are two methods for naming these collaborations, the first of which is using an ampersand, and the second is using the versus abbreviation. When the collaborating artists choose to release a track under the title as an ampersand, it is typically understood that the artists actually collaborated at the same time in the same studio to create the track.
Mÿon & Shane 54 - International Departures
Kyau & Albert - Once In A Life
Super8 & Tab - Black Is The New Yellow
The ‘versus’ abbreviation should only be used when the artists explicitly call for it, or if the collaboration was bounced back and forth between producers, each adding their own bits and pieces until a final product is formed.
Above & Beyond vs. Kyau & Albert - Anphonic
Tiësto vs. Diplo - C'Mon
Some artists make their whole career based on combining tracks from various other producers (see Girl Talk, Danger Mouse...). It is a tried and tested method used constantly in the realm of turntablism. However, in EDM, artists can mashup vocals, melodies, drum beats, even the smallest of riffs to construct a single track that calls on a listener’s fond memory of two or more different tracks for a combined feeling. If done well, the mashup can become as notable as a sanctioned remix. Since mashups are typically inter-label, and not done by the original artist, they are typically not officially released due to copywrite. To indicate a mashup, the artists should be separated with a ‘versus’ and the title of the track should either be wittily combined, or be separated with a ‘versus’ as well, in the respective order as their artist. Since the act of combining the two tracks is sometimes as much a production as creating the track, the mashup artist will typically append their name to the end of the track title.
OceanLab vs. Mike Shiver – If I Could Fly On The Surface (Daniel Kandi MashUp)
Moguai vs. Origene - Oyster Sanctuary (Mÿon & Shane 54 Mashup)
Many producers tend to produce under various guises. These alternate aliases serve to represent the artist’s different flavors of production. If the producers themselves want to draw attention to the aliases, but still benefit from the popularity or recognition of their main alias, they may choose to use ‘presents’ in the artist name.
Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze - Bliksem
Marcus Schössow pres. Progresia - Galandia
However, some artists choose to only use the alias if the alias has enough fame of it’s own.
Dakota - Sinners (an alias of Markus Schulz)
Gaia - Tuvan (an alias of Armin van Buuren)
Pryda - Glimma (an alias of Eric Pyrdz)
If a producer chooses to remix a track without the original group’s consent, and the remixing producer does not have access to the stems for the track, this is called a bootleg. Typically, less well known EDM artists remix pop hits or out of genre tracks that normally would never see a dance floor, but a bootleg remix allows for a complete genre shift by sampling sections of vocals or melodies and creating a brand new track. Bootlegs usually are not released due to copyright infringements, however some become wildly popular due to their rarity and the original song’s fame.
Michael Jackson - Stranger In Moscow (Jerome Isma-Ae Bootleg)
When a track gains unparalleled fame from it’s original release, and the original artist feels they can remake it in a newer, rejuvenated sound, the artist can release a track with the same name, same melody, with a year appended. Many long time EDM fans appreciate classics, and re-releases never surpass the initial track’s popularity, but they do give the track new life.
Paul van Dyk - For An Angel 2009
Slusnik Luna - Sun 2011
If an artist has changed names or labels, using their new name is appropriate only if an official release has been made. The original tracks should remain the same. Redirects can be used to congregate alternate spellings.
iio - Rapture
As in the world of other music genres, when a producer completely remakes a particular track, sometimes they are known to change the title, this however is frowned upon. The issue here is how to correctly credit all affiliated acts under the artist name and title. If the vocalist changes, the new version can be considered a ‘cover’ and the original artist can only be mentioned in liner notes.
Markus Schulz feat. Justine Suissa - Perception a cover of Cass & Slide - Perception
Filo & Peri feat. Aruna - Ashley a cover of Marla Sokoloff - Ashley
Cosmic Gate - F.A.V. a cover of Veracocha - Carte Blanche
Laura Jansen - Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Bootleg) a cover of The Killers - Use Somebody
In rare circumstances, a producer will remix an already remixed track. The second remixing producer should be listed in a second set of parenthesis.
Aruna & Mark Eteson - Let Go (Nic Chagall Remix) (Mÿon & Shane 54 Refill)
Names of festivals, or events
Some tracks are made specifically for events, and the event can be included in the title of the track at the end.
Rank 1 - Symfo (Official Sunrise Festival Theme)
Gaia - Status Excessu D (ASOT 500 Anthem)
Brackets should never be used.
When abbreviating, always use periods for ‘pres.’ ‘feat.’ ‘vs.’
If unsure of the format, use the record label’s format when the track was released.
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