Shikey’s Sunday School: Mixes and Mixes and Mixes

Class is back in session!

Today, we venture into the wild world of mixes. You may have noticed that unlike most genres, house tracks almost always have something noted in parentheses after the title. So here is a basic walkthrough of mixes and remixes.

Original Mix– Exactly what it sounds like. A completely original creation by the credited artist(s). Original mixes are sometimes the same as an extended mix, which features full length intros and outros. All edits and remixes can be made from pieces of the original mix.

Vocal Mix– Usually released a short time after the original mix, the recipe of a vocal mix is simple. Original mix + vocal track = vocal mix.

Radio Mix– As most EDM tracks tend to be 6 or more minutes in length, radio edits are a way to make tracks more suitable for wider airplay. Intros and outros are edited out to isolate the meat of a track and form a more commercially pleasing product. Vocal mixes usually double as radio mixes, as the general public always loves a song to sing along to.

Remix– Pretty much all releases come with a remix, in which the original producer takes a new crack at their own track or has provided another artist with the track to put their spin on it. Remixes can be credited as simply as, (Avicii Remix), or something a little more clever like, (Afrojack Meaty Mix) or (Fedde’s Future Funk Remix).

Bootleg Remix– Just like a standard remix, an artist puts their own elements into an original mix. The difference in a bootleg is that the original artist does not provide the track files for the remixer to use. So in simpler terms, it is an ‘unofficial’ remix using just the released original track.

Club Mix– Club mixes feature changes that are more technical than musical. Adjustments are made to have a better sound quality in the club atmosphere, where room dynamics are in play.

Edit– Not every track fits into every artist’s style. Edits are made to adjust songs with little tweaks to make them more friendly for their set. The changes are more subtle than a remix and can even be made to other remixes.

Mashup– Mashups are made from taking two or more songs, then blending any and all elements together to create one seamless track. Masters of the mashup, like Girl Talk, can bring together some of the most unexpected mixes, and still force listeners to get up and dance. These mixes are almost like a snap shot in musical time, especially when an artist can bring small elements from top 40 songs into top tier EDM tracks.

Hope that helped explain some of the variations seen in tracks.

Questions, comments, and like below!

Until next time…party hard, play nice, and have fun.


  • October 31, 2011


    I think you should substitute “illegal” remix with “unofficial.” Sounds better and I am not quite sure what you meant by “illegal”

  • October 31, 2011


    Valid point.

  • October 31, 2011

    Joey Joey Joey

    How would you define a ‘dub mix’? I’m still thrown by that one.

  • October 31, 2011


    club mix is generally used to describe a pop song turned into a club record. ie- putting 4 on the floor onto like toxic by britney spears. i coulda taught you a bit if you made it past the opener friday joey :P

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