Spotify Launches DJ Mixes in Select Territories
Not too long ago, Apple announced that they were using their Shazam technology to compensate artists, labels, and other rights holders to properly distribute DJ Mixes on Apple Music. The genre was launched in 2018, and the announcement meant that an even larger swath of DJ mixes could legally live online. Spotify followed closely behind with their news of an all-new group of Spotify DJ Mixes.
Spotify DJ Mixes begins with a soft launch including mixes from heavy-hitters Noisia, Adam Beyer, AmyElle, Shingo, Nakamaram, and MOTi in eight territories. So, if you’re in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand - you get the first listen to the new format. The payout process for rights holders is still unclear.
UK House DJ AmyElle said on Twitter, "Really excited to announce that I have taken part in providing one of the first ever DJ mixes for @Spotify I’ve prepped you a club ready mix with some absolute gems of records. Enjoyyyy & let me know what you think."
Streaming services like Soundcloud, Mixcloud, and Audius have been the primary hosts of live mixes. However, seeing DJ mixes on larger streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music has been a slow road, as both platforms have previously struggled with effective ways to recognize content and pay rights holders.
Alec Prieto, co-host of Beyond The Beats Podcast, writes on Twitter, “very jealous of my ravers in UK, Ireland, NZ, Australia, and Japan - @Spotify will be rolling out DJ mixes from the likes of @realAdamBeyer for the first time. About time Spotify did this! Let’s hope it comes to the States soon.”