Digital DJ Tips member Phil Sledge writes: "Someone has audio ripped one of my mixes off Mixcloud and uploaded it to his own, saying 'welcome to my new mix' and so on. Firstly should I be annoyed or say 'that's life'? Secondly do you think adding 'DJ drop'-style effects will help? Furthermore I have contacted him and he said 'everybody does it on here' which I would be shocked if true. Anyone else had something similar happen to them?"
Digital DJ Tips says:
Wow. That guy won't last long, that's the first thing. Second thing, yes, adding professionally produced drops to your mixes would help stop this. Thirdly, you could try reporting him to Mixcloud.
More importantly though, a mix is only a small part of who you are and what you do. Your performance at gigs, your website, the way you respond to emails from potential clients, the relationships you forge in your local scene, your track record, your genuine followers (I could go on, by the way) all form your personal "brand" and your personal set of selling points.
That all adds up to something unique, and some chancer stupidly, shortsightedly and weakly trying to pass your mix off for his own is not really going to change that, trust me.
I hope that helps, but also, I'm going to throw this one open to the readership as well, to see if anyone else has something to add.
So has this ever happened to you? How did you deal with it? What do you think Phil should do? Please share your thoughts below.