Four From My Bandcamp Collection - 33

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I'm going to be going on a little vacation. I'll be ditching out on the English weather for a little bit, which means I will also be ditching out on the internet. So this 33rd edition of '4 From My Bandcamp Collection' —that weekly feature where I head over to my Bandcamp Collection and grab 4 albums to highlight on the blog— will be losing its 'weekly feature-ness' for the next few weeks. So go soak up these 4 gems (and if that's not enough for you, there's 33 of these post to check out… and even more Bandcamp gems over here).

You should get this EP. And their other one. And then click the 'follow' button and get whatever they put out next. Favorite track: Avenue Blues.

Front to back excellent. Favorite track: Leonie.

Not a bad tune in the bunch. In fact, I'll go even further and say that they are all really good. Favorite track: Holly Would.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I pressed the play button… turns out I should have expected an excellent 5 track EP. Favorite track: It Was The Wind

Remember to come back a few Fridays from now for the exciting re-continuation of this weekly —as long as you don't count the weeks it won't be running while I'm away— feature. You can also check out / follow my Bandcamp Collection and stay one step ahead of these posts (if that's your bag) AND/OR you can also listen to my Bandcamp collection as a big ol' playlist over on Minilogs (not to mention an even bigger playlist of ‘available on Bandcamp’ goodness). And finally, you'll hear the above artists (and a whole bunch more) over on my 24hr internet radio station 'Mix Tape Radio by HI54LOFI'.


Some Thoughts on 'On Soundcloud'

The other day, Soundcloud announced how creators were going to be able to start earning some money from their music getting played 'on Soundcloud'. It will be rolled out as invite only at first (aka bigger name artists at first) and surprise, surprise… it involves advertisements. It's also not entirely clear —as the details on how things work / cost / payout have not been elaborated on— but I imagine these Premier Accounts would also come with a similar yearly fee as the Pro Accounts do, but I'm not sure on that.

There was also this particular sentence from Pitchfork's post on the topic that was a little bit concerning:

“Some labels are negotiating with SoundCloud for equity stakes in the company as quid pro quo for not suing the streaming service over previous copyright infringements.”

So it sounds like the future of Soundcloud (or at least the future of artists earning money on Soundcloud - any track that is not trying to monetize on Soundcloud will not have commercials at the front) is going to involve the involvement of advertisements and the interests of major labels. If only there was another way that artists could make money from their music.

Oh wait. Bandcamp.

Can't we all just stop messing about and just put all the music up on Bandcamp (and by “we all” I mean all you artists and label that are not making your music available on Bandcamp)? And then could everybody else please get back into the habit of buying music again? That sounds so much better than listening to ads or low streaming royalties or really just every other option that seems to get thrown out there that isn't:

Artist puts music on Bandcamp. Artist sets price themselves. Fans can listen to and buy (and a whole bunch more) from whatever country they happen to live in. Artist gets a better cut of sales than from anywhere else.

At the very least, how about everybody tries the 'Bandcamp' model for a year or two and see if it is a better option than the 'splitting a pie between the big artists and labels and platform provider while letting the smaller artists get by on the crumbs' model. And if it turns out that the 'Bandcamp' model is not better, then by all means, we can always go back to the crumby model.