Apple Music To Stream DJ Mixes, Unofficial Remixes, Mashups

Just announced today at South By Southwest Interactive, there’s news big news for DJs and producers alike: the Apple Music streaming platform will soon allow remixes, mashups, and mixes to be added to the platform. For DJs and producers, this means there’s a chance for unlicensed works to actually get higher profile exposure, while a partnership with Dubset will allow the original artists to still receive royalties from the use of their work.

Dubset + Apple Music

Dubset is a company which has a distribution process in place to provide and license previously unlicensed DJ/remix content to digital music services, and Apple Music is their first major streaming music platform partnership. This means that DJs and producers can provide their content to Dubset, and via an analysis engine (called MixBANK), they determine what original works are used within the content. If approved by the labels / rights holders, then DJs can have their works distributed out and everyone gets a slice of the royalties when they come in (yes, even the DJ).

Dubset is calling MixBANK a “derivative content marketplace” – meaning that rights holders can allow derivative works to use their original recordings if they approve it, and then the content can be sold/distributed.  Types of derivative content that DJs and producers might upload:

  • Studio remixes
  • DJ edits
  • Mashups
  • Bootlegs
  • Live sets
  • Podcast-style mixes

How Do I Get My DJ Mix On Apple Music?

Right now it’s a little bit unclear whether Apple Music will be streaming every single DJ mix, remix,  and mashup that MixBANK has on file, or if they’re exercise some level of creative control to limit the amount of content that ends up on the streaming platform. That being said, to give yourself the best shot at getting your content on Apple Music, you’ll want to sign up for MixBANK here. (Editor’s note: due to this announcement, it looks like registration takes some time at the moment) The registration process involves uploading an avatar, and linking to two DJ mixes – and then your profile gets reviewed.

You then can upload all of your content and wait to see if it gets approved by the detected rights-holders for distribution to streaming services.

Industry Reaction

In the article that Billboard has done on this announcement, it’s clear that a lot of big time DJs and labels have seen the potential of this derivative content as a new way to make money. Even professional cake-thrower Steve Aoki was quoted:

“Apple working with Dubset now is a really simple solution to something traditionally complex, and allows everyone to make money on this content for the first time.”

We suspect that even more content creators and streaming services will hop on – but if I were Apple, it would have made sense to negotiate some level of temporary exclusivity. Otherwise, odds are pretty good that Spotify will launch this exact same partnership in a matter of weeks…

Will you add your own DJ mixes to MixBANK and attempt to get them on Apple Music? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

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  • Soundcloud Se Prepara A Bloquear Todos Los Dj Mixes

    […] de cada centavo, van quedando pocas formas de mostrar tus remixes, bootlegs y mixes, se dice que Apple Music sería la gran forma, como sabemos es pagado para los usuarios, pero bueno si ya pagan por ver películas en Netflix por […]

  • Dj Richi AC

    oh hell yeah !!! why not? finally getting paid for the hours that we invest in our mixes… not only the “hey man that mix is crazy cool!!!” the question is … how much do you get paid and if you do get paid at all or if it’s like spotify that doesn’t pay shit to the small plp like most of us here without a big name as ean golden 😛


    YO! Audi 5000 Soundcloud. Instead of those one sided partnership$$$ with the devil. This is the kind of technology and partnerships you should have been investing in and championing for the DJs, remixers, and producers that made you. “We made that B#*CH famous, We made that B#*CH famous” RIP 🙂

  • Chris Cracknell

    Why not?

  • midiman

    we all know that artists hardly get anything for a stream on spotify. so i guess what you get on this new service will be even less and the only one who earns money is apple.

    • Spacecamp

      True, but artists and DJs/producers get $0 for unofficial remixes and DJ sets right now.

      • Mike Schembri

        Just having the recognition and captive audience while exposing people
        to your brand and sound is worth it. PS – I think mixbank has started
        receiving an overwhelming response as you can no longer log in. lol

      • midiman

        SO why should i give apple the oportunity to make extra money when i can do the same what i can do on the new service on mixcloud and other sites?