488 votesAndy MetroSubway commented
Hi Valdo, so true, this does happen from time to time (much more frequently these days with a lot of comps), unless a mind blowing unknown artist uploads a remix, then that will create possibility... Some remix websites are a great tool for cheap advertising costs for the artist/band/their mgmt etc (consisting of the artists sign up fee to the remix comp organiser and also the cost of the prize). At the same time, some fake/new accounts are created by pro-remixers as a pseudonym in alliance with the artists mgmt company, (this allows them to plan the winner well before the comp starts, also eliminating any possible backlash or brand damage towards the predetermined pro-remixers original name/brand identity with other labels etc).
Ball in the other court: At the same time, if you were the artist, you want your mgmt company to promote you the best way that they can. Remembering its a business and a mind field out there! Also the mgmt team have a certain direction and strategy that they are looking to send the artist towards. So in a way, I don't blame them for doing it. A little frustrating, but no surprise to the industry. I guess we as amateur remixers need to view the entering of comps as free advertising for us, networking and raising our profile, sub consciously pushing us to improve our next remix.
**Light at the end of the tunnel: Keep in mind, a lot of music label scouts/A&R managers etc, visit Indaba along with the other remix comp websites, so hope is not lost ;)