DENVER–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Today, Beatport (http://www.beatport.com), the world’s largest music store for DJs, announced the launch of Beatport Play, a new remix contest platform. Beatport Play makes it possible for DJs and producers of all experience levels to use remix parts from original tracks by some of Beatport’s biggest artists to enter contests or use in their own performances. For the first time, Beatport, in partnership with sponsors, will offer the remix parts for free.
“DJs and producers are always looking for new ways to push their sound forward and to reach new fans”
Beatport has hosted more than 50 remix contests over the past two years with over 10,000 remix entries submitted. Beatport Play is the next generation platform creating more chances for DJs and producers to get their music heard.
Winning a Beatport remix contest has helped break the careers of numerous electronic music producers. As part of the prize packages, winners’ remixes are commercially released by the label hosting the contest. Since becoming a two-time contest winner, for example, 22-year-old DJ and producer Zedd has released tracks on some of the biggest labels and has collaborated with Skrillex, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Fatboy Slim, and P. Diddy. He’s also had five tracks in the Beatport Top Ten, with his most recent holding the number one spot for more than a week.
“I’ve created music my entire life but I had only dabbled with producing electronic music before I entered my first Beatport remix contest in 2010,” said Zedd. “I couldn’t have imagined that two years later I’d be topping Beatport’s charts and sharing the stage with Tiësto and Skrillex.”
Starting today, five contests kick-off at www.play.beatport.com. Launch sponsors include Pioneer, Ableton, Novation, Odyssey, and iZotope. In addition to having their winning remix released commercially, winners will receive prize packages including audio production gear and software. Remix contests launching today include:
- Beck & Charlotte Gainsbourg “Paradisco” (Because Music)
- Chuckie “What Happens In Vegas” (CR2/Big Beat)
- Steve Aoki “Ladi Dadi” (Ultra)
- Christian Smith “Indecent Exposure” (Tronic)
- Bingo Players “Rattle” (Hysteria)
“DJs and producers are always looking for new ways to push their sound forward and to reach new fans,” said Matthew Adell, CEO of Beatport. “I love playing with this music and hope these awesome tracks will inspire many more people to do the same.”
Founded in 2004, Beatport is the largest music store for DJs in the world. Beatport offers music in premium digital formats and provides unique music discovery tools created for and by DJs. Each week, Beatport’s music library is refreshed with hundreds of exclusive tracks from the world’s top dance music artists. Beatport is privately held and headquartered in Denver, CO, USA.
Beatport has more than 3,500 licensing deals with suppliers who represent more than 18,239 labels. In reflection of Beatport’s ongoing commitment to independent artists, 99 percent of all sales in 2011 came from independent labels.