News: Are DJ mixes safe on Soundcloud?

Soundcloud has been in the spotlight over the last couple of days around claims by Digital Music News that it was planning to remove / block all uncleared DJ mixes. There's been a statement issued by Soundcloud denying this subsequently but are your mixes still safe? Is this a good place to host your DJ sets?

With many high profile artists reporting content being removed / accounts being deleted, there's been a lot of interest in the future of the platform with music licensing becoming a real issue for both producers / remixers and DJs (who form a large proportion of the total user base and helped popularise the platform).

Since then, Soundcloud has announced a streaming subscription service "Soundcloud Go" in a bid to bring together the mainstream hits and albums many people look to other services for, with their underground, unreleased content bubbling up from the depths of their servers, continuing to be the platform for future stars - where internet music comes from.

Recently, Digital Music News leaked a story from "a source close to the company" mentioning plans for Soundcloud to remove DJ mixes that aren't fully cleared - something that has already been happening for a while but would affect a huge proportion of the user base.

Since this story broke a few days ago, Soundcloud has issued the statement:

"The story has no truth to it. At SoundCloud, we’re on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud’s creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us.” 

While it looks like there may have been a bit of a rumour mill brewing, DJ mixes are a notorious grey area for music licensing and walk a fine line between promo / copyright infringement. Until there is clarity around this once and for all, we'd recommend using a service that has known agreements in place with major labels so your content stays up!

Mixcloud is a great choice and also has some cool integration with Serato DJ. Read more about this here.

We are interested to see where the direction of this goes, and how Soundcloud plan to integrate DJs into their long term plans for the platform.

Where do you currently host your mixes? How do you think this will develop? 

Comments (19)

djdomohudson 2:14 AM - 18 May, 2016
Have had one DJ mix left alone on soundcloud, and every other one I uploaded there since was removed due to copyright infringement. I'm left to wonder why the former does not breach copyright, but everything after does. I will be looking for an alternative platform to upload music to, and will likely join Mixcloud to do this.
Dj Ed (jfsr) 7:00 AM - 18 May, 2016
mixcrate.com is also a great alternative.
DJ Frank Stallone 7:38 PM - 18 May, 2016
zippyshare works for me. Even has a built-in player for sharing
Dj Diamond Lee 7:32 PM - 26 May, 2016
Sorry Soudcloud but when you take down a Dj mixes, it means you dont appreciate the DJ. Sound cloud has been taking down my mixes for over 4 years now. Been on mixcloud and mixcrate and its much better. I dont get the same exposure but I make mixes that I would listen to. This process has helped me become more creative. No to sound cloud.
sullysull75 10:05 PM - 30 May, 2016
I left soundcloud, because they are notorious for removing your media. I have done remix mashups and they have removed them. I had mixcloud before soundcloud and now i upload everything to mixcloud. the ONE thing soundcloud has over mixcloud , is that they will let you download content.
ChrisNeon 2:11 AM - 31 May, 2016
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Sorry Soudcloud but when you take down a Dj mixes, it means you dont appreciate the DJ. Sound cloud has been taking down my mixes for over 4 years now. Been on mixcloud and mixcrate and its much better. I dont get the same exposure but I make mixes that I would listen to. This process has helped me become more creative. No to sound cloud.



Same here... I make mixes and listen to them in my car everywhere I go. Also, to be more creative on some changes I should have made or what I can do better next time.
ChrisNeon 2:13 AM - 31 May, 2016
One thing I always do is make my mixes downloadable and feed friendly. Also, never charge a penny. I don't want to make money via soundcloud. Exposure is key!
wildchild6907 7:53 AM - 31 May, 2016
YEP SOUNDCLOUD IS FULL OF CRAP...THEY TOOK DOWN MIXES I DID 2 YEARS AGO ALL OF A SUDDEN AND I TRIED TO UPLOAD A MIX AND I GOT HIT WITH THE NONSENSE....IM DONE WITH SOUNDCLOUD....THEY ARE FULL OF DOO DOO BUTTER!!!!!!
ChrisNeon 4:07 AM - 2 June, 2016
Did you guys not see what Deadmaus posted about them haha
seratodj1.6.2 8:46 AM - 6 June, 2016
Good site for posting your mix tapes , sets , podcast or single tracks.
DJ La Formula 2:59 PM - 6 August, 2016
MixCrate & MixCloud, FTW!.

I Had a Music App Back when i had the time to keep up with it.. not too long ago i deleted it... I used to upload my mixes to Soundcloud and from there stream them through my app.... All of the sudden the Mixes were taken down one by one.. And Notices after notices about Copyright bs.. Not like I'm selling them, that is crazy.. So talking to other djs, i was guided to use Mixcrate and or Mixcloud.. Both Worked Amazingly.. never a Problem..
seratodj1.6.2 3:32 AM - 8 August, 2016
Soundcloud is ok, ut all depends on how you get your tracks and how good of a DJ you are. Ive had a couple of my mixes removed. But nothing wrong w that. I just didnt get approval from the producer if i could play, mix , dj , or post a mix w there music in it.
Its all good.
Dj Slick E
drake nicholson 2:59 AM - 12 October, 2016
Sound is safe , but great article :)
seratodj1.6.2 4:57 AM - 12 October, 2016
SoundCloud has removed a few of my mix sets, 30 min - 2hr mix set. As long as I have permission from the producer. I've had no problem w SoundCloud. The ones that were taken down are the ones where I didn't get approval from producer.

SoundCloud works well for me . Dj Slick E
seratodj1.6.2 4:59 AM - 12 October, 2016
Quote:
Soundcloud is ok, ut all depends on how you get your tracks and how good of a DJ you are. Ive had a couple of my mixes removed. But nothing wrong w that. I just didnt get approval from the producer if i could play, mix , dj , or post a mix w there music in it.
Its all good.
Dj Slick E


True that
DJNikPopa 5:14 AM - 12 November, 2016
I had mixes/edits that even the label would distribute to other DJs from my various radio shows and all but 2 are down from over 20. . . .
diabolical 1:36 AM - 30 March, 2017
Anyone having problem with takedowns is welcome to upload their tracks at Mixolicious (mixolicious.com). We don't do automatic takedowns and are currently offering free accounts. I'm leaving a bunch of invites here...

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seratodj1.6.2 11:34 AM - 1 April, 2017
Thanks for opening or introducing a new place for me to drop my mixes, tapes, podcast .
amandaw 1:49 AM - 13 August, 2017
I had Soundcloud before because it was easy to use and I didn't have any problem uploading media. But they suddenly took everything down! Uggh! Those were memorable pieces, the first mixes I did with Spark DJ. A DJ friend of mine recommended downloading this app from party.dj and I started doing music mashups, most of I uploaded on Soundcloud. But they've been removed and it looks like the site did not appreicate my efforts.