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In my past few posts on here as well as my FB page (run tell e'rebody!) I've been linking up and talking about this page that is new to me bandcamp. It's like the crazy love child of soundcloud, myspace, & iTunes.
It's not as feature rich as soundcloud's player is, as members of soundcloud can enter comments anywhere along the waveform timeline, but can still be shared to any number of social media outlets (FB, Twitter, Blogs, etc). You can create a band page that is comparable to myspace without all the spam/pedofiles that still lurch on myspace (does ANYONE other than bands use myspace still?) And lastly, you can set your price for music or allow the end user to pick how much they want to pay (ala In Rainbows model) which is much better for up and coming artist then having to shell out most of their money directly to Steve Jobs. While I believe it is still in its infancy, I really think that this has the potential to be a game changer. It has good parts of three, at one time, solid outlets all rolled into one. Some numbers directly from their homepage:
- On Bandcamp, albums outsell tracks 5 to 1 (in the rest of the music buying world, tracks outsell albums 16 to 1).
- On name-your-price albums, fans pay an average of 50% more than whatever you set as your minimum.
- We've driven 871,737 paid transactions and served 12,858,249 downloads to happy fans.
Below are some examples I have in my ever growing laundry list of shit to talk about:
yvynyl has been my go-to lately for happy music. He has been on point, not that he wasn't before, but as of recent I've really been enjoying the stuff he's sharing (see: Denver - Los Adolescents). Here he has a pop gem call After Cards by My Parasol. Enjoyz:
Next up is Niva. I've recently been doing a lot of music chatting with a buddy who's just getting back into it but has always had a great ear for good acts. Was on the Hot Chip and La Roux train well before anyone else I know just as two examples. He sent me a link for this awesome video and then the next day, awesome-sauce website Disco Naivete had a post about it. Below are both the bandcamp and video:
NIVA // the boy from the sun from Joseph Rodrigues Marsh on Vimeo.