Interview with BandCamp!

Zach, Jeremiah, and Seth were interviewed for this huge Bandcamp piece!

BC: What was the most exciting part for you as the hashtag started taking off?

Jeremiah: Seeing other people tweet about being excited to get an album from a relative stranger. There was already a small metal community on Twitter, and I kept seeing everybody pull together around this idea of making somebody else smile. It was just seeing everybody feel good about doing something cool. There’s the stigma with metal that everything needs to be dark and brooding and angry all the time, but even before this happened, we’d built a community of good people who try to help each other. So to see that cement around doing something cool for each other has just been huge. For me personally, it’s been a light in the darkness—a candle that was lit when things were pretty dark.

Read the interview all about #MetalBandcampgiftclub over on the Bandcamp blog!

XTAPOLAPOMETAL loves #MetalBandcampgiftclub

It’s great to see people covering #MetalBandcampgiftclub! This one from XTAPOLAPOMETAL, a blog that’s all about metal and The Simpsons:

“There have been some pretty amazing positives that have come out of this whole idea in the last week alone. A lot of people will gift albums from bands they are friends with when they see them in a wishlist. We actually got the Couch Slut album ‘My Life As A Woman’ into the top ten best sellers for about 2 days straight and a bunch of Slaves BC albums into the top ten as well. It’s extremely gratifying to see bands be like “Hey, we were able to fill our gas tank and buy ourselves dinner for the first time in a week!” all because of some metal fans being nice for once. Funny story: David Hall, the man behing Handshake, Inc., actually tweeted out about how he was worried someone from Couch Slut had died because of the spike in sales. Which in itself is a sad condemnation of the way the media in general works. “Oh, someone died? I guess I should buy their album now.”

Read the rest of the article here.

People Buying Music

Well, this is a beautiful thing. There were a lot of people involved in those gifts. Think about it, not just the person sending the gift, or the person receiving it. But the band members, the labels, the people who work at BandCamp, the designers who created the artwork, the producers who worked on the album, the duplication plants that pressed their CDs, the writers who wrote about the releases so they’d end up on a BandCamp wishlist.

When this happens – when people buy albums – wheels turn! Onward to 500!

What is Metal Band Camp Gift Club?

Lindsey over at Scrap Yard Zine was the first to write about it in ‘#NiceMetalTwitter and the creation of #MetalBandCampGiftClub.’

Using Bandcamp’s fan account, anyone can create a wishlist by favoriting artists, albums, labels, etc. MetalBandCampGiftClub members buy, at random, an album for a someone else. From there, you pay it forward, buying an album for someone else.

Make sure you have a Fan account on BandCamp (sign up here). Then find people to follow (here is a list of people I follow), check out their Wishlist (here is my friend Jeremiah’s wishlist), and then click the “send as gift” link from their wishlist (this way it fills in the contact info for you).

buy as gift 2

I also like adding “#MetalBandcampgiftclub” to the “Send a note to the band” field when making the purchase, so the band sees the love. Happy gifting!