DeeJay Alias's... why?

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  1. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    So, why the different name on releasing tunes? ie rowney = bassline terrorist, hazard = dirty harry & sly = billy the kid...

    i heard it is something to do with tax, but i could see how you could use it to get tunes on multiple lables?
     
  2. DJ NUERA

    DJ NUERA 5HEAD

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    Yeah thats it mate.
    Artists get tied down to a label so make an alias so they can release other tunes on a different label. Or so im led to believe =/
     
  3. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    and djs just wana sound k00l and gh3t0 ya know
     
  4. CaptainBass

    CaptainBass New Member

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    I was chatting to Fatman D about this a while ago and he said the Hazard/Dirty Harry business is so that he can release tunes he doesn't think fit into or are good enough for his Hazard name. I guess there's loads of reasons cos bare heads do it. Dillinja/Capone TC/Tommy Boy Dj Die/monoman etc etc
     
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    ScottyEightSix HUGE EARS > COMEDY CHIN

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  6. dj-dusty

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    This is the main reason, if you are signed to a label, 9 times out of ten that label will want to own the rights to the artists name aswell as a percentage of profits, copywrite blah blah blah....

    So if you have an alias then they will not own the rights to that name, so you can now release tracks on different labels.
     
  7. rmbukk

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    i think most djs do it for the sake of it though dont they? just to release tunes under a different name as silly as it sounds....
     
  8. Thin and crispy

    Thin and crispy Active Member

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    Ive got an alias, Fat and Chewey.
     
  9. sam the dnb man

    sam the dnb man Variation

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    my other alias is mas the rnb girl
     
  10. Alexi

    Alexi Drench Audio

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    Not sure about the legal side, but some do it for branching out into different styles or side projects.

    Like Kromestar uses the name Ironsoul when producing grime rather than dubstep.

    And I think Chase & Status wouldn't get as much hate for producing their pop if they'd used an alias
     
  11. Rubs90

    Rubs90 KeyControl

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    fixed*
     
  12. chanty

    chanty Active Member

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    Not a personal dig at u but it bugs me wen ppl write deejay or emcee. It's DJ and MC. Disc Jockey and Mic Controller
     
  13. Alexi

    Alexi Drench Audio

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    I always thought it was Master Of Ceromonies
     
  14. thedjnifty

    thedjnifty Well-Known Member

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    Correct
     
  15. Moskit

    Moskit :rodigan: Staff Member

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    Isn't it also to do with Sample Clearance?

    If you can't clear something &/or don't want to pay for it...

    You use an alias & release it on a ltd edition white?
     
  16. Mr G

    Mr G Old Cunt From 19 Longtime

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    It sure is.
     
  17. MHC

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    that's what i thought,
    I've got a few bootlegs that i know who did it,
    but chemical records etc says unknown artist,
    probably just a loophole
     
  18. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    TBF i can see where your coming from... but it is master of ceremony!
     
  19. Blurr

    Blurr Wasted Selection

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    i really don't think it's down to legal reasons, i doubt Hazard gets the as much beef off Hype as Prince got from the Warner Bros.

    the names are all aliases anyway
     
  20. dj-dusty

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    it is alot to do with the legal side of things mate.

    Me and a couple of friends just signed a deal for a house track we made and one of the terms in the contract was 100% exclusive right to artist name, which means they get the tracks off that artist first before anyone else.

    If they turn down the tracks though then the artist is free to release them as he pleases (under any label)

    For example...

    Hazard might have a few tracks that he thinks are proper bangers but doesnt want to release all of them under one label because that would mean that label gets a percentage of the tracks. But if he releases a few under his own label and an alias, then that is ok because the previous label wont own the exclusive rights to that name (in this case dirty harry)