Music library editorial standards
I have a quite large music library and I care about keeping it nice and clean. To do so, I use editorial standards — a set of few simple rules that helps to make all titles accurate and informative.
Today, I’d like to share some of these standards.
I write all words with a capital letter. This way all titles look cleaner and it makes them easier to read on CDJs small screen:
|A night in botanic gardens||A Night In Botanic Gardens|
|The Last of our Kind||The Last Of Our Kind|
|We come in peace||We Come In Peace|
Artists with a comma
When the track has several artists, I used to split them with an ampersand. Then I realised that if there are three artists (and sometimes even more), then things started to get messy. So now I simply use commas instead and put artists in alphabetical order regardless of how “big” his name is:
|Relativ & Yestermorrow||Relativ, Yestermorrow|
|Vini Vici & Avalon & Tristan||Avalon, Tristan, Vini Vici|
|John 00 Fleming ft. Sascha Cooper||John 00 Fleming, Sascha Cooper|
|Liquid Soul & Zyce feat. Solar Kid||Liquid Soul, Solar Kid, Zyce|
|Xerox & Illumination & Sandman||Sandman, Xerox & Illumination|
Look how the right column is easier to read. The bottom row on the right in an exception because Xerox & Illumination is a project name as a whole.
Version is mandatory
After the track title, I always add its version whether it’s an original mix, remix, bootleg, mashup, radio edit, extended mix, dub, vocal, etc. When I see another DJ playing before or after me has some track with the title “Rmx”, I can’t stand it:
|Model Reality (Rmx)||Model Reality (Nerso Remix)|
|Scorchio (Bootleg)||Scorchio (Activa Bootleg)|
|Existence||Existence (Original Mix)|
|Indigo||Indigo (Dub Mix)|
|Freakuencies||Freakuencies (DL Edit)|
Note the last row: DL Edit is my edit. It means that I cut the breakdown off, adjusted the structure to make it more DJ-friendly, or somehow edited the track to make better fit the mix.