Friday Roundup: How To Beat The SoundCloud Trap

Friday Roundup

These artists don't want you to sample their music! Find out who they are (all 2500+ of them) and more in this week's Friday Roundup...

In today's Friday Roundup, see which artists you definitely can't get away with remixing/featuring in your mix on SoundCloud, get the lowdown on how A-Trak makes an impression in even the most EDM superstar-packed festival lineups, and learn how simply removing junk from your DJ area can make you more prolific. All these and more in our weekly roundup of the best DJ bits from around the web. Have a great weekend!

  1. Don't Remix These Artists! - These artists don't want you messing with their tunes at all, according to Do Androids Dance. Prepare for that instant RIAA takedown the second you upload to SoundCloud... Read more 
  2. A-Trak On Festival Scratching - DJCity finds out how he sets himself apart from the growing throng of "me-too" DJs Read more
  3. Three Steps To Being A Really Productive DJ - Productivity for DJs, or why you need to mix daily. If you're stuck in a creative rut, then you really need to check this Beatport blog article out... Read more
  4. Zen And The Art Of DJing - More productivity stuff, this time from Traktor Tips. How simply clearing your DJ area can give improved focus on what matters: The music Read more
  5. Gain Attention ASAP: Make A Remix - These days, remixes aren't just pieces of music; they're marketing and promotion tools. JustGo shows you how to leverage them to gain more listeners Read more
  6. Twitter Tips From The Best In The Biz - Give your Twitter a rocket boost with some great ideas from these top artists, via Music Think Tank Read more
  7. How NOT To Use Social Media - Make sure you aren't this guy in your online accounts! Amusing YouTube video... Watch it
  8. 14 Summer Essentials - Evoke the Summer Solstice wherever you are in the world with this smattering of sun-drenched tropical tunes, via EDM Sauce Read more

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  1. DJ Hombre says:

    That list of artists is huge. Basically any high profile big name artist/band with a recording contract, label deal or guaranteed money-earner is listed.

    That won't stop people sampling or remixing though, some non-legit remixes in the past have surpassed the official ones in terms of quality and creativity.

  2. DJ Vintage says:

    There was a newsflash on, a Dutch news site, that claimed that soundcloud has struck deals with the three major record companies in orde to "maintain being able to publish their music". Wonder how that sits against last weeks nitice that universal can now take down what they like without even consulting or notifying SC.

  3. I think the important words are "unsolicited remixes." If you want to remix a song, you can contact the record company for a remix kit, and comply with their wishes or... you can make your own song which is inspired by some elements of the original. No one can sue anyone for making a generic Techno song, where the trouble lies is in getting the rights to use something in your song. If you make everything yourself, you have all the rights. If you use some sample from something else, it's probably best to seek out approval for the rights (unless it's like birds chirping, or some machine making a noise).

    I think it's a great idea to be inspired to make your own music. If you take any music classes, your teacher will probably have you play known-good music (like Classical), so you not only learn how to play (using your body), but so your "ear" gets trained as well.

    Gear to make music isn't very expensive today, and everything is infinitely scalable/replaceable. Start small, pump out your own simple tune, you can always add complexity as you get better and make new songs. If you're already a DJ, there are some great music authoring tools out there that aren't excessively expensive which you can use to do "fills" in your DJ sets with. A lot of DJs I know who "got bored with DJing" were really trying to say "I want to make music my own way" and showing them that they don't have to be stuck in traditional roles has been liberating for them.

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