Uploading a DJ Mix to Youtube

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How to upload your DJ Mix to Youtube legally?


YouTube removed the music policies page! This is the link to Google’s official statement. YouTube is updating the new YouTube Studio and they decided to drop the music policies page because people weren’t using it. This is a big hit for the DJ community as there now is no way to figure out which tracks to use. 

The statement from Google says you should set your video to private when uploading a new video. But that doesn’t work if you’ve just spent hours making a new DJ mix only to find out that one track is blocked! I hope we can somehow convince YouTube to bring the policy page back, and if not, I’m afraid we’ll have to look at other platforms like Mixcloud.

I’ll keep you guys updated.

After Google, YouTube is the most used search engine in the entire world. If you have music laying around that you love, it makes sense to share it online with billions of people. Uploading content of which you own all the rights is never a problem. When you want to share your fresh DJ mix online, though, it becomes a bit more difficult.

Nobody likes to have their mix taken down by YouTube because of a copyright claim. You put a lot of hard work into your mix and are eager to share it. But if there is only one artist or record label that doesn’t allow his work to be uploaded, your video is doomed. If you aren’t careful, your whole YouTube account might even be banned completely.

Luckily the good folks at YouTube have come up with a system that prevents us, good online citizens, from getting copyright strikes. YouTube has a search engine where you can search for all kinds of music that are floating around in YouTube’s database. The next time you arrange a DJ set go to this link and search for all the songs you plan to use.

Uploading a DJ Mix To YouTube

Possible outcomes

There are 3 possible outcomes if a song shows up in this database.

  1. Fully copyrighted. The label doesn’t allow anyone to upload their music and your video is taken down immediately.
  2. The music is blocked in several countries. YouTube gives you the number of countries the content is blocked in.
  3. The song is copyrighted but uploading is allowed. Advertisements may be showed however of which the income goes straight to the original copyright owners.

Check if condition #3 applies and you’ll be fine. Checking the database in advance saves you a lot of time in the future and prevents your account from being banned.

This a mix I uploaded a while ago:


This Post Has 15 Comments

    1. Melvin Rijlaarsdam

      Thank you 🙂

  1. Siddharth Nayak


    1. egyptian Gods

      hy guys i like to upload my mixes help me how to upload it via here

      1. Melvin Rijlaarsdam

        Hey, you can upload your mix to YouTube, you can do it with any video editor.

  2. DJ Fatty Liver

    Your suggestions are good but not easy.

    I wish that YouTube would analyze a mix for the criteria you mention and then allow you to retract it without strikes.

    Alternatives such as Bittube.tv, BitChute.com, and LBRY.tv will allow mixes to be published without strikes. Also, there is a need for good DJ mixes there. One one of the sites, I got 50+ listens in just a couple of hours. On YouTube, that many listens would take months on YouTube for my sets.

    Good luck.

    1. Melvin Rijlaarsdam

      It takes some effort to check all the songs you want to use in the database first, that is true. But it is even worse if you spend time making the perfect mix and it gets taken down.

      There are more sites than YouTube of course and each one of them has a different audience. YouTube just happens to be the largest and is still a great marketing tool for a lot of dj’s and producers.
      But I agree they could make the process a lot easier.

      Cheers, Melvin

      1. DJ Sandy

        Hello Melvin,
        thx for great explanation about uploading music.
        But what if the DJ has all rignts etc. but Youtube won´t let him stream and gave him strikes or warnings?
        Ik there is option for appeal for uploaded vids but there should be something for streams as well isn´t it?
        Also will it help to this well known artist channel to have his channel verified or verified as artist channel to get over copyright strike which he doesn´t deserve cuz he has rights? I guess it can give him some tools isn´t it?

        1. Melvin Rijlaarsdam

          The YouTube algorithm sometimes wrongly accuses you of copyright, and when streaming live that could be a problem. But even if you have an official artist channel this can still happen and I don’t think there is a lot you can do about it to be honest. This is a problem with YouTube’s algorithm so if your live streams keep getting taken down you might want to look at another platform like Facebook live.


    I like it

  4. Prithviaj

    sir im not able to acess the link which you have given is not running

    1. Melvin Rijlaarsdam

      You’re right, YouTube decided to remove the music policy platform. I updated the article. This is a pretty big bummer for all the DJ’s using YouTube to upload their mixes.


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