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What does “feat.”, “vs.” and “pres.” means

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Hi Daniel, I have a question from listener’s perspective. What’s the difference between “versus, &, feat” and other weird things in the track’s name? I mean, if I listening to something like “A vs. B & C feat. D (E Remix)”, and I would like to find similar tracks, which artist should I look into — A, B, C, D, or E?

To give a sense of context, here is what I’m talking about: Liquid Soul vs Zyce ft Solar Kid – We Come In Peace (Talpa Remix). I hope my questions is not too awkward for your blog :)

Laura 

No worries Laura, there is nothing to be ashamed of, I’m sure many listeners around have the same question. Let’s clarify those things:

& “And” is a collaboration between two or more artists with equal rights and contribution, i.e. they are co-producers. In other words, these artists made it together.
Vs. Pretty much the same as above, expect that versus also might be used for some sort of DJ battles where one DJ compete with another one.
Feat. “Feat.” stands for featuring, and usually it means a short or guest appearance. Most common example — a vocalist.
Pres. Often used when artists present his new alias to public, usually less known. For example, Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze – “Bliksem”, where both of these are projects of Sander.
Rmx A “remix” is a track altered by another artist, hence the name. That artist called remixer.
ID Sometimes you may see “ID” instead of a track title in DJs tracklistings. If you curious what does it mean and what it happens, I recommend to read detailed Max Graham’s explanation.

Now to the second part of your question.

If you like “Liquid Soul & Zyce ft. Solar Kid – We Come In Peace (Talpa Remix)”, then I’d suggest to check out more of Talpa. In general, remixer defines the mood of the track, so it’s Talpa in this case.

I hope it makes things easier.

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