The EDM Dictionary: Artist Album (n.)


The phrase “artist album” refers to an LP showcasing original work by an artist or group. This term is used to differentiate in cases where the artist has released albums that do not primarily feature their own work, such as compilation albums that include multiple artists on one record.


While in other genres the phrase artist album would be redundant, in the dance music world it is useful because many producers (i.e. artists) are are also DJs who build their reputations by playing other people‘s music. DJs sometimes gain notoriety by releasing compilation albums that they have curated and mixed, which are credited under their name, even if the album does not feature any music produced by the DJ. (Just as editors are credited for compiling anthologies regardless of whether the editor’s written work appears within the book’s pages, compilation albums are credited to the person or people who curated and/or mixed the collection.)


Consider for example the the Anjunabeats Volumes series of compilation albums, which showcase the work of artists on the Anjunabeats label. The albums are compiled and mixed by Above & Beyond, who therefore receive credit for the album, even though the albums typically only feature a handful of songs contributed by the group. Above & Beyond have released several artist albums, including Tri-State, Group Therapyand We Are All We Need.

The EDM Dictionary: Producer (n.)


Producer (n.): In EDM, a producer is a person who creates electronic music. Unlike in other genres, such as pop and hip-hop, in which producers (i.e. “record producers”) oversee the process of making music on many levels, in dance music a producer refers to the artist who creates, or “produces”, the music. Producer is a distinct term from DJ, although producers often are DJs.


A DJ is someone who plays recorded music onstage using decks; the term makes no claim about his or her ability to create music. A producer is the person who creates electronic music; the term makes no claim about his or her ability to play that music, or incorporate it into sets onstage.

Some producers, such as Nigel Good and Mikkas, are not DJs (or at least choose not to DJ), and many DJs are not producers. It is generally acknowledged that producing requires a much larger and more technical skill set than DJing.

These days, most producers are expected to DJ, and, increasingly, in order to get booked at decent gigs, DJs are expected to be producers. Because of this, almost every big-name DJ in the electronic music scene doubles as a DJ and producer. If a DJ is incapable of producing but still wants to achieve fame, he or she may hire a “ghost producer.”