Here’s a quick post to introduce an awesome looking service to help bands promote and sell their music online called Bandcamp. Now for those of you who don’t know the website, let me just warn you that this isn’t your usual social-network / band platform / online store – its falls into those categories but it’s really something else due to its simplicity and soberness.
First off, a band’s page is customizable enough to make it look like it’s really theirs – so no more awful looking ads, and no more implemented website designs you might not like. With Bandcamp you set your banners and art-work as you see fit. The main structures of the page stay the same for all profiles but everything is so sober and nice that I can live with it, as will most bands.
Bands can also easily decide how they want to distribute their songs. They can choose from a multitude of different ways to sell or give away their tracks for free (all sales are managed via PayPal).
Bandcamp understands the importance of sharing your music online, so they came up with very easy ways to let you share your stuff on all major social platforms (blogs, social networks and micro-blogging platforms) in just a few clicks.
And last but not least, your profile comes equipped with some analytic tools. By going to your ‘stats’ section, you can see the total number of plays your songs got, the buzz they generated (showing you all the link-backs to your tracks), and the quantity of downloads and purchases your fans made.
http://bandcamp.mu seems like an awesome place to start distributing your music. What I particularly like about it is that it doesn’t overwhelm users with too many features, and this renders its interface very intuitive. I got a hold of it in a matter of minutes, and not once did I feel I had to dig in deeper to get something done.
I had stumbled upon Bandcamp a couple of times in the past, but only when I saw Ben Walker’s new profile did I choose to do this write-up. Check it out at http://music.ihatemornings.com.
I also encourage you to check out Bandcamp’s very nicely done and comprehensible tutorial video on their home page: http://bandcamp.com