Frequently Asked Questions
You end up in our Top 10 via the system Time + Sales = Top 10. This is how any other hitlist in the music industry operate. Read more about this in our blog.
Through HoT PICKS you can appear on the front page of one of the genres selected by HoT. By appearing on a front page, you get noticed moreand this will lead to an increased chance of selling. The HoT PICKS are selected by our HoT staff. You are unable to influence this. Or perhaps you can - by submitting high-quality tracks!
At this moment all financial transactions go via credit card, Paypal, Bitcoin, Ideal, Sofort, Bancontact, KBC/CBC and Belfius. The moment you want to pay with credit card, this will run via the Paypal-site, where you can select your credit card.
You can become a ‘label’ by auditioning. To ensure a constant quality we listen to every single track. When you get approved, you become a virtual label.
No. The quality of all music or vocals offered via HoT will be screened. We ask you to upload 3 of your best tracks, which will then be assessed by HoT-professionals. If we consider your tracks suitable to be released commercially, you will be given access to the site where you can offer your tracks to interested buyers. Please note: every new track that you want to submit, will be newly assessed. Therefore, it might well be the case that you will not be able to sell all your music via House of Tracks.
HoT is not a jury that assesses your tracks on genre or creative input. We do however want to ensure that the tracks offered are of a good enough quality to be sold. If everyone treis to sell their low quality demos, ultimately buyers will be less interested. This is not good for Hot, nor for you.
You need to create a virtual label via HoT. Technically, this is not an official record label, but a so-called imprint. The term ‘imprint’ is usually used when a label is strictly a trademark or brand and not a company. When we refer to label, we actually mean ‘imprint’. Through this label you will sell your music. The name of the label may not already exist.
Definitely. If you release tracks with more producers on one label you will sell more and so feature quicker in one of our Top 10 lists. This means that your label will get noticed faster. Bear in mind though that the person who starts the label, is responsible for everything sold through this label. This is one of the reasons why we always ask for an ID.
- Every sub-track must be rendered for the whole length of the track (in WAV 44.1 kHz, 24 bit)
- Every sub-track must be named: kick, top-kick, bass, hihat1, hihat2, clap, snare, percussion. (It's not sufficient to only fill in numbers)
- Include the Midi-files (Midi type 1) of all important elements used, e.g. lead/drops/bass/melodies, etc.
- Send a proper mastered and unmastered version in WAV (16bit and 44.1 kHz) and MP3 (320 kbps)
- If you use a vocal from a sample pack, you're required to mention this in your track description. Also upload the instrumental version WAV and MP3 format.
- Minimal track length must be 3 minutes
Artwork must be of good quality: a minimum of 320x320 dpi. Should HoT decide that the artwork doesn't meet our requirements, you will have to make adjustments. Artwork is for illustration purposes and is a way to get noticed more. The artwork will not be sold. The advantage of this, is that you can use the same artwork for other tracks, in the same style and shape, or with small adjustments. We do advise you to put the number or track name on the artwork: 001, 002, 003, etc.
No. We are very adamant about this. All tracks have to be unique. Submitting 3 tracks with the same melody is not allowed. The use of templates, construction kits and lead/melodies/drops or Midi from sample packs is prohibited. Of course, it's allowed to use a kick, hihat, snare, FX, etc.
Yes, all tracks and vocals must be unique if you want to offer them via HoT. Tracks that have already been played publically by DJs or uploaded on the web, may no longer be sold via HoT. HoT uses an extremely advanced system with fingerprinting technology. With the help of this system, it is easy to check if your track has already been played somewhere. Of course, you may test your own tracks. Should you, as a seller, try to sell something twice, your label will be banned from the site immediately.
Yes, of course you can. If someone wants to sell their music via your label, that is allowed. The original artist/label/author must give you permission in writing to sell. Always ensure that - on request - you can show proof, either that you are the owner, or that you are allowed to offer the track by the original producer. Demonstrating that you are allowed to sell someone else’s music is simple: you need to have a written and duly signed agreement between yourself and that third person. Beware: a verbal agreement is most of the times not sufficient according to the law!
Read our label fee schedules here
At HoT we like to be transparent. To read more about this, you can check our Label Fee Schedule in which all is explained in detail.
The money will be paid into the PayPal account that you have given us. Paypal automatically will transfer your payment within three days after the track has been sold.
An advertising agency may use it in an advert. A DJ can use it in his set, and even release it under his name as an artist. An event organiser can use it as a theme song, etc.
Yes, you do. You may not announce that you are either the composer of the tracks (artist of the performance) or the original owner of the work. The same confidentiality obligation applies if you are allowed to sell other people’s work.
No, this is not allowed. Why? Because it would be weird if a buyer could acquire the same track on two or more different sites. If you don’t stick to this rule, you will be banned from HoT and we will take legal action.
Uploading on House of Tracks is free. You can sell as many tracks as you want, as long as the quality remains high. HoT doesn’t start earning with your track until it’s sold.
There’s lots of information to be found on the internet.
Of course, you can always ask our HoT staff your questions by email.
Because we always put our clients first, we guarantee that you will get paid within ten minutes after we’ve received the payment from the buyer. To assure this, we set up an automatized system via Paypal. Paypal handles all the payments of House of Tracks. Some of our clients prefer paying by credit card (e.g. Mastercard, Visa). In that case they can also use Paypal.
You will receive a mastered and unmastered version. You will also receive all the Stems in the whole length of the track in of WAV, which means all the individual sounds of the entire track. Plus midi from all important elements of the track. When a track contains any vocals, we will also send the instrumental version. This is useful, because it allows a DJ to make a remix. A company can use a track or an element (such as vocals) for a commercial.
No. As a rule, we don’t send the project files. This had two reasons. First of all: in general most people use different VST/DAW. The second reason is that producers don’t like to share their secrets; a chef doesn’t just hand out his or her recipes either. We will send you all the Stems (WAV) though, of the whole length of the track. Plus midi from all important elements of the track. This way you can import them into your DAW.
An advertising agency may use it in an advert. A DJ can use it in his set, and even release it under his name as an artist (not: author!). An event organiser can use it as a theme song, etc.
Releasing and selling are two different things. You may not resell a track on any other producer’s platform. But of course you can release a track via Beatport, Spotify or iTunes.
Unfortunately this is not possible. On the HoT website you can listen to the track/vocal from start to finish. You know exactly what you’re buying. Because you already received the track with all Stems, you can't return it.
A track can be commercially exploited by you as a buyer in many different ways. A DJ can release a track under his own name. For example: when you sell a track via Beatport or iTunes, the revenues from the sales will end up with you. A label can buy a track and then further exploit it, an advertising agency can use the track when introducing a new product. Everybody is free to exploit the track as he sees fit. HoT has no further influence on this and does not want to interfere in this process.
No. The seller is responsible for the matching artwork and he has the rights to it. You will not automatically acquire rights to artwork.
No. When you hear vocals in the productions you buy, you may assume that 75% of these originate from a sample pack (100% legal) and are most likely not one-of-a-kind. We allow vocals from packs, and that’s why we also standardly supply the instrumental version.
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