Covers and Remixes

pic: Anthony Verrilli

After asking readers last week to define ‘banger’ and ‘mixtape’, let’s kick off the week and ask the audience,
What’s the difference between a cover and a remix?
I’ve picked the following three jams to help spark some discussion.
Honestly, no surprises here but a solid remix nonetheless.



11 Responses to Covers and Remixes

  1. Anonymous says:

    a remix is any alteration of an original song – there is no limit to this, and the remixer can change as little or as much as he/she chooses.

    a cover is another rendition of a previously released song

  2. DeezNasty says:

    well said…

    looks like its about time to throw up some mashups

  3. matt says:

    i've always been under the impression that a remix utilized at least some original component or sound, whether big or small, from the original mix. i feel like this holds true for almost every remix on my computer and makes sense since normally for remix competitions they distribute the original components or vocals. covers i generally assume are entirely reproduced with no sampling. in other news i'm really disappointed with this effort by jack beats after the youtube videos made it look so epic. the the major zero remix i copped from the fellas over at ilictronix definitely delivers tho. and dave, please no.

  4. troy! says:

    no. mashups. ever.

  5. mr. whiskers says:

    What matt said. Seems to me like Sleepyhead is a cover since it doesn't use any elements of the original song as far as I can tell, the Boy 8-Bit Mars track is a remix since it does use elements of the original, and Night Vision is a cover since it doesn't use any elements of the original. And the Jack Beats remix is a remix of course.

  6. Cam Francisco™ says:

    All bangers, no mash.

  7. murki says:

    you forgot Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)

  8. Ubbs says:

    boy 8 bit isnt a cover.. was an official remix that made the promoooooo

  9. Cam Francisco™ says:

    His MySpace player identifies it as a 'cover version'.

  10. Stacey says:

    Find Major Lazer @ iTunes here:

  11. AlexanderSadler says:

    I don't know, I'd say that a remix is a song that samples the original track.
    A cover may use attributes from the original like riffs, lyrics etc but not samples.

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