Bandcamp has always been a brilliant model. Allowing customers to interact directly with artists, and in turn allowing artists to build proper relationships with their fanbase. Creating a community. In a world of music streaming, where the musician actually getting paid – allowing them to survive to make more music – appears to be considered irrelevant, Bandcamp also looks like the only platform with any foresight, compassion even. If you`re a music site – generating revenue from selling new music – surely investment and support of musicians is essential?
During the global pandemic and lockdowns Bandcamp have waived their fees on the first Friday of every month – putting more much needed cash in artists pockets. I have many friends who make music and / or run labels. I know that Bandcamp funds have helped them put food on the table. The musicians in return of course have pushed and promoted Bandcamp. And so that sense of community grows. And it grows outside of the established “music industry”. Bandcamp to me is like Karma’s poetry in motion – if you do good things, good things will happen.
Today, June 19th, Juneteenth, Emancipation Day, from midnight to midnight PDT, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their fees to NAACP Legal Defense Fund – who since the 1940s have fought for Civil Rights – successfully changing legislation in favour of racial justice and equality. You can find out more here.
So today more than any other day, why not invest in some new music?
If you’re looking for recommendations, well I’ve just done this month`s Looking For The Balearic Beat round-up, and Chocolate Milk And Brandy soundtrack. One of the beauties of digital and Bandcamp is that the releases never sell out – so if you want to dig deeper – if there`s something you might have missed – all the beats, all the cocktail hours, from previous months will still be available. Bandcamp buying links are in pretty much all of the reviews.
If you’re regular visitor to the blog – you’ll probably have guessed that those reviews take a little while to write – which means I might be the exact opposite of a news site. But since today is special, I`ll let you see my “To-Do” list – music you’ll read a lot more about later – but that I urge you to check out now, and perhaps purchase from Bandcamp in the next 16 or so hours……
Chilled / Ambient