I’ve been adding some essential mix recordings I have over the weekend and having reviewed what others had done I see a lot of inconsistency so I was wondering if I could get some consensus on how the should be done.
For some background here’s some links I’ve been digesting for this:
- DJ Mix tracklist for mixes released as a single track
I don’t think reviewing existing entries is much use because they’re all so inconsistent so I’ll try break down my understanding and I’m hoping for some feedback on whether people agree this is the right style for the tags:
Release (Group) Name: YYYY-MM-DD: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, [: Location]
(based on broadcast notes)
[Edit 28/2/21 - removing DJ, [DJ] from the name as per discussion below]
Some mixes have multiple DJ’s and some are special events from a certain location. Here’s the full list of episode’s from Wikipedia so I think this matches up nicely with the information there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Essential_Mix_episodes
Artist: DJ Name[, DJ Name] or DJ Name[ btb DJ Name] or DJ Name[ / DJ Name]
[Edit 28/2/21 - Adding alternative separators as per comments below - typically if a live set then
btb make sense, otherwise the
/ should be used, unless explicitly stated as something else.]
I’ve seen some people set it to Various Artists, but this is a DJ performance by this artist, so I don’t think Various Artists makes sense. It sounds to me like all DJ Mixes should have the artist as that DJ unless the DJ is not known or a prominent feature of the release.
Primary Type: Broadcast
Secondary Type: DJ-Mix[, Live]
[Edit 28/2/21 - Updating to include Live when the show is performed live in a club/venu.]
[Edit 28/2/21 - So after a lot of back forth and discussion it seems like this should be set to Bootleg, since there’s not an official “Release” - but there is an “Official” Event, the broadcast.]
Country: United Kingdom
As per https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/History:Continuous_Mix_Style_Proposal it shouldn’t be Worldwide, even if the broadcast is now also streamed online
Both should blank.
[Edit 28/2/21 - Updated based on discussions below]
There should be one release for the broadcast. The format should be “Digital Media”, unless there is a clear physical copy that has been more officially released.
It should be one track and the title and artist credits should be the same as the Release Group. Length should be 2:00:00, unless it was an extended show, in which case it should match the time.
On the Release Group add it as a part of the following series:
On the Release:
- Add the Show Notes -ideally should be a link to the official BBC page, but for some older ones that are no longer online uses MixesDB.com link instead.
- Add Streaming/download online to any soundcloud/mixcloud/youtube/etc links
- Add all DJ’s as DJ Mixer
- Where possible add a link to the recordings using the DJ Mix of AR like here: https://musicbrainz.org/release/ddd9e59d-e32e-4de0-bf5f-109005465c9e
Old notes for tracklist - not applicable, but kept for historical purposes, see comments in thread below for why.
Reading the guidelines here: https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/History:Continuous_Mix_Style_Proposal
It sounds like there should be 2 releases in the release group. One of them is the full tracklist that the DJ played.
The second is a single track of the digital media version and a link to the stream/download if available.
So that leads to 2 releases for each Essential Mix. The full tracklist version named the same as the Release Group Name above: YYYY-MM-DD: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, DJ Name[, DJ Name][: Location]
The second one: YYYY-MM-DD: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, DJ Name[, DJ Name][: Location]: Continuous Mix
The second one would also have the the track titles and respective artists entered into the annotation.
Thanks for reading this far and I’d love to here any feedback on the above!
 Reference to what this show is all about if you’re not familiar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_Mix