This is a must read for every producer out there, a lot of people label their tracks wrong. Understandable. it can be confusing. There are so many tags. Check this list and determine if your track is a remix, bootleg, edit, mash-up, reboot, demo, promo etc.
Please see below a list of all possible tags I could come up with. If there’s one you like to add, please leave a comment below.
You’re asked by a label or artist to create your own version of their song. Bootlegs are often wrongly tagged as remixes.
You’ve made your own version of an existing song without the permission of the original artist, it’s basically an unofficial remix.
You’ve did some subtle changes on an existing song like for example a change in the arrangement, added some samples or made some changes in the mixdown. For example compare some originals and edits of Laidback Luke on MixMash and Hardwell on Revealed. They changed the track to their own standards and styles.
A mashup is a combination of two (or more) songs. Sometimes you’ll find the acapella of a song on the instrumental of another. It can add some unique asset to your live sets. But make sure you’re tracks are in key. If you aren’t able to determine this by ear (which is pretty hard for me) you can use software tools like for example Mixed In Key to determine the key of your tracks.
You’ve this track which you signed to a label and you’re trying to promote (promo-te, see what I did there?) it. You call this a promo, this track is finished and ready for distribution, that’s the difference with demoes.
Demo as in Demonstration. It’s a unfinished track or track you’re sending out to labels to get it signed. It’s not the same as a promo although you’re trying to promote it in a way.
Please use these use these naming conventions and make this world a better place. Source: Chocolate Puma Facebook Article.