For the addition of
release credits, Discogs allows you to add credit Roles and
artist Names, and assign the credits to particular
The guidelines are the same for all
: The role should be selected from the
, and should be chosen to match the credit on the release as closely as possible. Multiple Roles must be separated by a comma and space, for example: Written-By, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
: Only one name per field, apart from non-linked credits where multiple names and non-standard punctuation are
(Written By, Artwork By, Other [Whatever], Executive Producer).
font-family:Arial;color:black">Track Position(s): This field should
be left empty if the artist appears on all tracks on a release or when
it is unclear which specific tracks the artist is credited for. Track
positions entered into this field must be in exactly the same format as
the track listing. Multiple tracks must be separated by a comma followed
by a space. Groups of tracks are joined by the word to with a space
font-family:Arial;color:black">Two or more tracks: A1, A3, B3,
font-family:Arial;color:black">Several adjacent tracks: A2 to A6
font-family:Arial;color:black">Mixed: A1, A3 to A5, A7 to B4, B8
Crediting musicians, producers,
technicians, and others on a release can add depth to the database by
enabling users to 'follow a trail' from one
release to another, perhaps discovering new
music on the way.
The way credits are handled on Discogs is
currently going through a slight shift to enable us to try to list the
credits in as factual and organized a way as possible, whilst still
allowing the submitter room to add unusual instruments or other credits.
For this to work, it is important that two rules are followed:
color:black">All credits go in the main Credit section, or the
ExtraArtist credit section underneath each individual track. No credits
for human roles should go in the Release Notes.
color:black">Box brackets  should be used to give more detail to
existing instrument families, for example: Saxophone [Alto], Bagpipes
[Highland], Piano [Rhodes], Guitar [12 String]. Any reasonable
description of the instrument is allowed in the box brackets.
This list will probably never be fully
complete, but at the moment covers most instruments and roles. Roles
that are not listed and do not belong to sub categories of existing
listed roles should be entered using the common name (in English if
possible) of the main 'family' of the instrument, or the common name of
the role, using the brackets to describe more detail if necessary. If
in doubt, lists and descriptions can be found on the internet in such
places as Wikipedia
or by doing a Google search. If a role is
added that isn't in the list, please mention in the Moderator Notes that
this is the case, so the moderators can process it.
It is accepted that the current list is
already a little too big to be easy to use. We are currently working on
ways to make the selection of credits easier for the submitter, using
interactive fields in the submission form
The main Credits section and the
ExtraArtist section contain the same information, just displayed in a
The main Credits section must be used for
credits that apply to every track on the release. Otherwise enter the
credit in either the main Credits section, or the ExtraArtist section,
as you see fit. Try to place the credits in a way
that makes them easy to read on the release page.
Do not leave empty Credit fields behind, only add
as many as you need.
DJ Mix CDs should be listed with the main
artist as Various and a credit to the DJ name with the DJ Mix
Crediting members of a group: In all
genres, it is possible to credit all musicians involved in the
recording, including members of the band and the main artist.
Credits should not
be added where it is stated or otherwise known or obvious that the
artist in question was sampled rather than actually performed on or was
otherwise involved in the release, e.g. use of the “Amen break”,
recordings of speeches not created for the release, etc. Sample
information is classed as trivia and as such belongs in the Release
An indexed credit role
will create a link on a release and that release
will be listed on its own section of the credited artist's page.
For example: The Remix role will be listed under the "Remixes:"
section of the artist page. The Producer role will be listed under
the "Production:" section of the artist page. Any role that is not
indexed will default to the "Appears On:" section of the artist page
(for the time being).
Ideally, we will have all instruments and
roles in the indexed list, so being consistent in how the role credit is
used will ensure your entry will be indexed sooner.
We have a
short list of non-indexed,
Non-indexed roles should also be entered as on
they do not appear on artist pages at the moment.