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Bandcamp To Launch Vinyl Pressing Service
Set to launch this year, the streaming platform's service aims to streamline the "financing, production, and fulfillment of vinyl records"
Streaming platform Bandcamp is already a major destination for artists to upload their music for all to hear. Now, Bandcamp has announced plans to launch an in-house vinyl pressing service for bands who use their platform.
Not only that, but bands and artists can even crowdfund for vinyl releases, according to Pitchfork. And, should they cover the minimum cost of creating the records, Bandcamp will press the vinyl, print the packaging, then ship it to customers.
"The new service eliminates risk, since fans' orders finance the pressing, rather than the artist or label," Bandcamp says on their website. "It eliminates hassle, since we press the records, print the packaging, and ship to fans (and fulfill digital too). It offers complete control, with the design and pricing up to the artist, and Bandcamp taking no ownership of the record. And it produces a quality result: our manufacturing partner has over 60 years experience pressing vinyl, so the records look, and sound, great."
So far, four artists have utilized the service: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who released Astral Recall, Juliette Jade, who released Constellation, Mesarthim, who released Ghost Condensate and Jim Guthrie, who released Below (Original Soundtrack).
Additionally, a few bands, artists and labels have taken to social media to express their thoughts on Bandcamp’s latest development in vinyl.
The service is set to launch later this year. Get more details on Bandcamp's website.
Musicians Earn $4.3 Million From Bandcamp With Nearly 800,000 Items Sold On Friday
"On a typical Friday, fans buy about 47,000 items on Bandcamp, but this past Friday, fans bought nearly 800,000, or $4.3 million worth of music and merch"
Last Friday, March 20, in an effort to help artists impacted by coronavirus-related concert cancelations, music discovery and streaming platform Bandcamp waived its revenue shares for 24 hours, with a number of independent record labels following suit.
Now, according to a statement from Bandcamp co-founder Ethan Diamond, the streaming platform has reportedly had its biggest sales day ever, with nearly 800,000 items sold.
Last Friday, fans spent $4.3 million—15x a normal day of sales—in support of artists on Bandcamp https://t.co/ElpCIN3s4f— bandcamp (@Bandcamp) March 23, 2020
"The numbers tell a remarkable story," Diamond wrote today (Monday, March 23). "On a typical Friday, fans buy about 47,000 items on Bandcamp, but this past Friday, fans bought nearly 800,000, or $4.3 million worth of music and merch. That’s more than 15 times our normal Friday, and at the peak, fans were buying 11 items per second.
"We don’t yet know the long-term impact of Covid-19, but we know that we all need music—to uplift and inspire us, to heal us, and to give us hope,” the message continues. “We’ll continue working to make Bandcamp the best place for fans and artists to come together and sustain each other in the challenging times ahead. Thank you again, and we wish you all good health!”
In support of keeping the music community alive and thriving, you can also donate to the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund here.
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Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference "Making Vinyl"
The 12-time GRAMMY winner's label Third Man Records is a major sponsor for a new pro-vinyl industry event
It's no secret that vinyl is riding a continuing wave of resurgence in sales and popularity. Just this year, it's been reported that vinyl sales are currently at the peak of a 25-year high, after rising 26 percent in 2016 alone.
Even as far back as 2014, indie labels like Asthmatic Kitty, home to Sufjan Stevens, were already reporting a minimum 3-month wait list for getting their artists' records pressed and ready for distribution, due to rising consumer demands for the once-dying format.
On top of his ongoing contributions to the format, DigitalMusicNews.com is reporting that White's label has become a major sponsor involved in launching a new two-day business conference called "Making Vinyl," which will aim to bring together industry giants to discuss and promote the future of the pressing physical records.
Details are still forthcoming, but White is officially signed on as the opening keynote speaker, with Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz onboard to deliver an additional keynote. DMN has also hinted that White will provide attendees with a multi-hour tour of the Third Man pressing plant.
Registration for the conference opens on Aug. 21, with the event slated to take place in Detroit on Nov. 6–7.
Mexican Summer Continues Looking Glass Series With Latest Nappy Nina "Weight" Release
The single is "a song is about being confident in uncertainty," the emcee explains
Oakland's own Nappy Nina continues Mexican Summer's Looking Glass digital music series with a reflective track that gets comfortable with unpredicatibility.
"What day is it?/ Whose say is it?/ Some delay in it/ Come pray a bit," she raps over an emotive piano in "Weight." The single is "about being confident in uncertainty," the emcee explains in a statement.
Recording the track was the first time Nappy Nina, who also produces, was in the studio with others in months. "It was inspiring to see some of my favorite folks feel free in the space and for them to create things we could pick apart and put back together again to build this song," she continues in the statement.
The second round of songs will continue this fall with never-before-released music from Lucy Gooch, CMON, Dougie Poole, and more.
The first Looking Glass series launched earlier this year to support the indie Brooklyn-based label's artists during the COVID-19 aftermath. All proceeds from Bandcamp go directlty to the artists or to a charity they choose.
Check out the Looking Glass series on Bandcamp here.
(L to R) Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck of R.E.M.
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R.E.M., Hayley Williams, Tegan And Sara, My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers And More Contribute Unreleased Recordings To All-Star Compilation Benefiting Voter Rights
The 40-track compilation, available exclusively on Bandcamp for 24 hours only starting Friday (Sept. 4), will benefit voter rights organization Fair Fight
R.E.M., Hayley Williams, Tegan And Sara, My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers and many others have contributed unreleased recordings to Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, a newly released all-star compilation benefitting Fair Fight, a voter rights organization founded by former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams that "promotes fair elections around the country through voter education, election reform, and combating voter suppression," according to a press release announcing the album.
The 40-track compilation, which features never-before-heard new songs, covers, remixes, live versions and unreleased demos, is available exclusively on Bandcamp for 24 hours only starting Friday (Sept. 4) as part of the online streaming platform's Bandcamp Fridays initiative.
See the full track list and artist roster below.
Highlights from the Good Music compilation include a newly discovered Beverly Glenn-Copeland song from 1977; a cover of U.K. experimental rock band Broadcast by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams; a demo collaboration in progress between Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Tycho; and a cover of The Cure's '80s classic "In Between Days" by The National leader Matt Berninger. Other artists featured on the compilation include Flume with Eprom, Sudan Archives, Helado Negro, Jeff Tweedy, Sharon Van Etten and many others.
Author Dave Eggers, along with artist managers Jordan Kurland, Darius Zelkha, Christian Stavros and Barsuk Records label head Josh Rosenfeld, executive-produced the compilation; Good Music marks the fourth fundraising project around a presidential election from Eggers and Kurland.
Acclaimed street artist and fashion entrepreneur Shepard Fairey created the compilation's cover art. Bandcamp is also selling limited-edition signed screen-prints of the artwork; proceeds from the sale will benefit Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization.
"It's going to come down to bringing out and protecting the vote this fall, so the work Fair Fight does is crucial," Eggers said in the press release. "Jordan and I figured a painless way to raise some money would be to ask musicians to donate unreleased tracks, people pay a few bucks for them, and maybe we can edge toward a functioning democracy again."
"As in our previous election-based projects, Dave and I were looking for a relatively simple platform for artists to get involved in the political process," Kurland added. "Seeing how impactful Bandcamp Fridays have become, we felt this was the perfect way to create urgency by releasing new music from a collection of amazing artists for a very short window of time."