Remix Contests

Information about Remix Contests and competing on SKIO

Can I collaborate with a friend on my remix?

Of course, collaboration is allowed and encouraged in remix contests as long as all contributors are properly credited in the contest details or remix title. Please note, you will only be able to submit the remix from one account, so you may choose to simply credit the collaborator in the remix title when you submit, or create a brand new SKIO account using both artists in the username for your collaboration project and enter then contest again to be able to submit with both artists on the account and remix title.

Can I distribute my remix on DSP's and commercial retail outlets like Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Tidal etc.?

No, distribution to retail outlets and commercial DSPs like Spotify are not permitted. Only the song owner has the rights to distribute the remixes for commercial purposes. Doing so is in violation of the Contest Terms and can result in suspension from SKIO Music and in legal action from the copyright owner.

Can I share my remix on Social Media?

In most cases, yes. However, the sharing platforms that have been approved for each contest may vary, so be sure to read the contest rules and guidelines carefully. Participants should read the contest details and rules for every contest they enter to know which sharing platforms have been approved for a specific remix contest.

Can I submit my remix if the contest is full?

No, unfortunately we cannot open the contest back up to accept late submissions. It sucks but you will need to wait for the next contest to try again. The good news is that SKIO contests can help you practice finishing songs and meeting deadlines which is super valuable when developing your craft.

Can I use samples in my remix?

If you are not using your own samples that you created, please make sure they are royalty-free or if you have properly licensed and cleared the sample. Having unlicensed samples in your remix will make you ineldigible and could results in possible legal action from the original owners of the copyright or publishing rights. If you want to be safe, you could always use samples from the SKIO Store which are always going to be royalty-free.

Can SKIO host a remix contest for one of my songs for people to remix?

Yes, SKIO can host a remix contest for an artist or label to engage with fans, promote their music, and discover new talent. SKIO will provide all the tools necessary to manage and run the contest, including a custom contest page, entry management, and promotion. Contact SKIO’s Artist Relations team for more information via email, make sure to include a link to your song (private is ok), your timeline, budget and some info about your project. Our team will review the request and get back to you if we think we are a good fit.

How are the winners selected?

The contest host, typically an artist or label, will choose the contest winners. For contests that include SKIO A&R’s in the judging process, the A&R team will rate each remix in various creative and technical categories, and the top-rated remixes will be shortlisted and sent to the contest host along with every single contest submission to be reviewed.

How can I run a remix contest for my song on SKIO?

Contact SKIO’s Artist Relations team for more information via email Make sure to include a link to your song (private is ok), your timeline, budget and some info about your project. Our team will review the request and get back to you if we think we are a good fit.

How do I download the stems for a remix contest?

You can download the stems for a remix contest by Entering the remix contest from the contest page, then clicking “Download Stems” button that will appear one the page once you have entered.

How do I enter a remix contest?

Create an account on SKIO and click “Enter” on the contest page. If you are not already a SKIO member, you will be prompted to create a free SKIO account to enter the contest and download stems.

How do I submit my remix to a contest?

You can upload and submit your remix for a contest on the contest page under the “Entries” section. You can also select “Upload Song” from the drop down menu in the navigation bar, pick the file you want to upload and choose your Contest from the “Upload To” menu which will show a list of all contests you entered.

How does SKIO contact the winners?

SKIO will contact winners through the email address associated with their SKIO account. Winners should make sure that their account information is up-to-date and that they are checking their email regularly to avoid missing any important communications.

How is the order of the remixes on the contest page determined?

The order of remixes in the playlist on the Entries tab of a Contest is determined by the amount and speed of activity, such as likes, plays and comments the submission recieves. This list will not determine the winner of the contest, since all submissions are listened to and ranked based on quality, and the final winners are picked by the artist or label.

How will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced on the contest page, on social media, or through other channels such as email.

I submitted my remix but it is not showing up on the contest page, what should I do?

Sometimes there is a 5 or 10 minute delay for remixes to show up on the contest page, especially if you do not have a strong internet connection or if there are lots of producers uploading remixes at the same time (near the very end of a contest). First be patient and try refreshing the page (CTRL+R) a few times. If you have submitted your remix but it is still not showing up on the contest page after 10 minutes, there may be a technical issue and you can contact SKIO support for assistance.

My remix is stuck in processing, what do I do?

If you are uploading a song or remix and it looks like it is stuck in processing, please wait a few mins and try refreshing your browser. Also to reduce the chance of any issues, make sure you are using a laptop or desktop computer and not a mobile device. If that didn’t work, try the following:

  1. Make sure your browser is up to date
  2. Restart your browser and try uploading again
  3. Upload wav audio files
  4. Wait a couple hours and try again (if there was an issue with one of our servers it would probably have been resolved if you wait a bit)

If none of that works and you are still getting stuck in processing, please contact support for assistance.

What are stems?

Stems are individual tracks or elements of a song that have been isolated or separated from the original mix. These can include vocal tracks, drum tracks, basslines, and other elements. Stems are often used in remix contests to provide remixers with the raw material they need to create their own remixes.

Who can enter SKIO remix contests?

Anyone who is at least 13 years old, has an account on SKIO and follows the contest rules and guidelines can enter a remix contest. However, please note that some contests may have additional eligibility criteria or restrictions, which will be specified in the contest rules.

Who will own the rights to the remix I created for a remix contest?

In most cases, the copyright owner of the original song will retain ownership of the remixes created for a remix contest. However, some contests may offer different terms regarding ownership, which will be specified in the contest rules. It is important to carefully read and understand the rules before submitting your remix to a contest.

Why can't I submit my remix?

If you can’t submit your remix, it may be because the contest is closed and the deadline has passed or becuase a submission limit cap has been reached. Check on the remix contest page to see if that specific contest has a submission limit or if the deadline has passed. If none of those reasons apply, check to make sure you are logged into SKIO with the same account in which you originally entered the contest and downloaded the stems.

Why do some contests have submission limits?

Some contests on SKIO have submissions limits, this means there is a cap on the number of submissions before the contest closes. Limits on submission are in place for either a strategic reason or simply because an artist or label running a contest on SKIO will want to ensure someone on their team can realistically go through every submission when picking the winners. SKIO, together with our contest partners, strives to run contests with a high degree of integrity and this means we don’t want labels getting flooded with too many songs they can’t possibly review them in a reasonable time. For this reason, most contests do not have a submission limit, and when limits are in place the amount of accepted submissions can vary.

Why do the contest winners need to answer a skill testing question?

Skill testing questions are required by law in some jurisdictions. It’s what the lawyers told us to put in our contest rules. Don’t worry you won’t be asked to do long division, we’re musicians not mathematicians my friend.

Why should I enter a remix contest?

Entering a remix contest is a great opportunity to gain exposure, develop your skills, and connect with other producers in the industry. Several producers who won contests or got their SKIO remix released have benefitted from the career milestone that our contests provide. Think of it like a badge of honour that the industry will respect. Not to mention, you could win thousands of dollars in prizes, studio gear, mentorship and more. Plus most producers on SKIO say they enter contests mostly to help them improve their production skills and for the challenge of finishing music and creative ideas. There are so many benefits, all you need to do is show up and be a part of our amazing community and you will see the results yourself.