What has Bandcamp Done for You as an Artist?
Bandcamp is 10 years old this year, and I’ve been thinking about how prevalent it’s been in my own creative life and how many of my music-making friends have been able to easily distribute their work (in digital, cassette, CD, and vinyl forms) thanks to its long-standing support of independent artists. Now, with excellent products like the Bandcamp Weekly podcast and brand-new iOS and Android apps, it’s continuing to maintain its place as a superb source for music.
I think it’s time to look back in depth on what Bandcamp has done for artists and how their particular Open Web-centric priorities have made it possible. For my next column, I’m outlining Bandcamp’s history at large, and I’d like to include some sentiments from creative friends about their experiences and for that, I need your help.
You can respond however you’d like — via the Google Form I’ve created, responses here in Medium, my Twitter DMs, Extratone’s Discord , or by sending me an email — it’s up to you. Please do include any special preferences you may have about being quoted.
If you choose not to respond via the Google form, its questions are outlined below. Please take them as guidelines, only — any/all thoughts on Bandcamp are welcome and very much appreciated.
When did you first begin using Bandcamp as an artist?
How has Bandcamp performed for you as an artist differently from other online music distribution services like SoundCloud or Last.fm?
What do you like best about Bandcamp as a platform for music distribution?
How do you think Bandcamp could improve on its artist publishing tools?
How could Bandcamp improve editorially to best curate and distribute YOUR work?