Bandcamp has hit a new milestone. Thanks to our blog brother MaxR of Metal Bandcamp, we learned this morning that there are now 80 labels who have established beachheads on Bandcamp, with a total of 3,715 albums featured.
No one follows metal happenings on Bandcamp like MaxR. In addition to publishing reviews by a growing cadre of writers, he has methodically been assembling a list of all the metal labels who have availed themselves of the platform. Even better, he has compiled all the labels, alphabetically arranged, into a table with links that will take you to each label’s offerings. We’ve reproduced that table after the jump. This is a work in progress, and if you’d like to be notified by e-mail when he updates the listing of labels, go HERE and click the “Subscribe by email” link at the bottom
I suppose every true metal fan knows about Bandcamp by now, but I’ll say again what I’ve said many times before since discovering the existence of Bandcamp when it was in its infancy: Every band and every label needs to be there, at least for the purpose of streaming music, if not for selling it. Doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t have your music available elsewhere — it’s not an exclusive option. But it’s a very good one, and in this day and age, if you’re not giving fans a chance to hear your music before they buy, then you’re going to miss sales (wherever you sell your releases) and you’re inviting piracy even by some people who consider themselves scrupulous.
Many bands and labels don’t want to sell their music digitally — they’re going the vinyl-only or tape-only route. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t give fans a chance to hear the music first.
As for bands and labels who do want to sell digitally, Bandcamp will take a cut of the sales proceeds and you do have to be able to receive payments via PayPal (which is an option that’s foreclosed to some people and in some countries). But the last time I checked, the Bandcamp cut is less than what iTunes and Amazon MP3 take. Bandcamp also offers fans the option of following bands and labels and receiving e-mail alerts whenever new releases are added.
And creating a Bandcamp page for your releases is easy. I’ve done it for NCS (yes, we do have one release that’s available for free download), and if I can do it, then anyone over the age of 12 can do it. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration. But seriously, it’s not that difficult. It would probably be even easier if someone would create a short step-by-step tutorial; I suspect someone already has, though I haven’t looked. And there are places on the net like this one with useful tips about how to make your Bandcamp presence even more effective.
Okay, enough with the promo pitch for Bandcamp. Here’s MaxR’s current table of labels on Bandcamp: