What is a mix? What is a megamix? What is a remix? What is a DJ-Set Mix? What is a Live Mix? How live is a live mix? What's a Studiomix
The way I see it. You have LIVE mixers and Studio mixers. Live mixers are those DJ's who mix tracks together in a club or on Party's, Studiomixers make technically and qualitative (sound, not originality) better mixes because they are made in a studio. A DJ can be both. Live Mixing And studiomixing. Look at Ben Liebrand, DJ Erick E, The Klubbheads, Mental Theo, Olav Basoski, DJ Armin van Buuren, Paul Elstak (and I could go on forever). In the 80s and early 90s most mixes avaliable on CD where Studiomixes. Usually Yearmixes or Summermixes/Winter Editions. In the second halve of the 90's and the beginning of the new millennium, more DJ-Set/Live Mixes came popular.
A DJ Set mix is a mix like they are played in a
club. 20 tracks without intro and outtro, but mixed together like one big track. Sometimes
with a lot of creativity, but sometimes with very rude cuts. The DJ sets are usually
studio made mixes.
A remix is a mix of one track, with added samples, sounds, beats, vocals and instruments. The purpose of a remix is (apart from making money :)) to make a version of the track in another style. Remixes can make a track more trancy, housey, soulfull, latin, more funny or just more danceable. You can also see a remix as a 'tribute' to the original artists. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't and offcourse everyone can have his own opinion about that.
A megamix is a studiomix with more than one track.
There are megamixes of one artist, one year, one 'theme' or just megamixes with tracks
that fitted together.
Allmost all of these mixers have had megamixes released on LP's and CD's. Dutch recordcompany's RamsHorn (the early years) and Arcade (the 90s) released lots of megamixes in Holland. Titles like 'Turn Up The Bass Megamix', 'Turn up the Bass Houseparty' where the 1st ones, later a lot of other recordcompanies joined in and flooded the market with lots of other megamixes.