The #MetalBandcampgiftclub community is a generous one, buying albums for friends and complete strangers alike. If you’d like to experience that love, join the Birthday Club.
- Make sure you have a Bandcamp Fan account with a nicely stocked wishlist
- Contact us at MetalBandcampgiftclub@gmail.com or DM @Petkau on Twitter
- Send along your birthday and your Wishlist URL (it should look like this: https://bandcamp.com/USERNAME/wishlist)
When your birthday rolls around, we’ll Tweet it out to our crew on the @MetalBCgiftclub Twitter account. Be sure to follow and show love to other #MetalBandcampgiftclub folks – it puts smiles on their faces, and supports bands and labels! Everybody wins!
We got this email recently, and figured it’s a good question to share with everyone:
The Metal Bandcamp Gift Club is one of the coolest things I have ever seen hatched on Twitter. I’m definitely a metal head, but I also like stuff from other genres. I want to step outside of metal realm and gift people other genres of music as well, because I like the idea so much. My question to MetalBandcampGiftClub is: Do I still use the #metalbandcampgiftclub hashtag? Is that the metal thing to do, or does that undermine what you are trying to accomplish?
There’s really no rules, but it’d be fun to include the #MetalBandcampgiftclub hashtag just so people see where it sort of “came from.” And also, because fellow metalheads would probably like seeing the music, too! A lot of us listen to other genres of music, with metal being our “home,” but we still love so much other music!
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).
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!