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Fess up: how much music have you sold (or not) on bandcamp?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by hemingway, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. adjason

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    Hey thanks rze99- I really appreciate it!
     
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  2. rze99

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    A pleasure.
    I’m always surprised on this and other forums how little members music features. A bit strange but Inthink it is likely fear of criticism.
     
  3. telestratosonic

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    I'm with cdbaby.com and the song is up on Spotify, iTunes, etc. Not on Facebook though. I don't do FB. However, not one sale yet. I'm a member of a co-op called Ampled (ampled.com) but don't have an artist page up yet.

    I'm a Rumble member. Rumble says it offers better monetization than YouTube so I'm checking it out. I have a couple of other tunes I'd like to get out there.

    I have no illusions of getting rich from this. As always, it's about the music for me.
     
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  4. telestratosonic

    telestratosonic Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm still waiting.
     
  5. don

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    Music has become a commodity expected to be available for free. And there is a ton of good music out there so even a great song from a band no one outside of your local music club or circle of friends has heard of has a close to zero chance of being discovered. Your friends and family are happy to tell everyone how cool you are but they won't ante up a few bucks to own your music. Try this - send out a free download code for your best song to 100 people (band camp provides these) and see how many even download it for free - I think my success rate was 10%. If your objective is to make money - start gigging, if your objective is to just get people to listen try YouTube or I really like Noisetrade which is owned by Paste Magazine. I get lots of streams and downloads but very few tips but at least people are hearing what you are creating!
     
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    Here,it's a bit like a forum for tools,quite a few just like collecting the tools and don't use them to actually make anything.;)
     
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    I don't promote my music, but I like bandcamp as a place where I can store my catalogue, as a kind of quasi-cloud backup. The site looks good and has the tools so I can be visually creative. There seems to be enough traffic on bandcamp that I can get up to a dozen listens per week (or as few as zero), and maybe a couple of times a year someone makes a purchase. So far this year I've made about $130.
     
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    As mentioned, there’s already an abundance of music out there. I very rarely go looking for new music.

    I’m sure I’m not alone in this but I already own more than enough music on CD than I have time to listen to. Then I also have one streaming service I can turn to IF I want to listen to anything I don’t already own.

    I enjoy writing my own songs, and even recorded a few in a proper studio, but I’m past believing that I’ll ever make any money from it.
     
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    Band camp is where lonely awkward high school guys hook up with lonely awkward high school girls from other high schools.
     
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    What is the percentage per sale on Bandcamp vs other other platforms that goes to the artist?
     
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    Has anyone tried or looked into using UnitedMasters to release music? Might be worth considering.
     
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    I'm old fashioned I guess... I still can't get my head around paying for a download. I'm listening to your tunes now and I'm quite enjoying them, different and interesting. If you were playing a pub/club near me, I'd happily give you £8 for a CD or 7"...

    but can't bring myself to pay £5 for a download, a digital album doesn't feel like it has any value, it feels 'virtual' and it can be copied perfectly with a click of a mouse. I know this is the way of the world but it's not something I can get used to.

    I would pay to see you play live too. :)
     
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    I wonder how Juliette is doing.
     
  14. hemingway

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    On bandcamp you get about 75% of the sale price.
     
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    Dear Google...
     
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    For distribution to AppleMusic, Spotify, Amazon etc I use Amuse.io. Its all done thru a phone app and they give you 100% with no annual fee. Its a pretty slick operation and if nobody is really gonna stream or download your music then its a great way to have your music available just in case someone might stumble on it and enjoy it. As mentioned previously - Bandcamp is great for a place to store your music and send or embed your music and I have made more there than off Apple Music, Spotify etc.
     
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    I purchased my friends latest 7" on bandcamp. It was a one off 20 copy hand-made etc etc release so I had to grab it. I don't think many people are buying digital these days, mainly physical stuff...
     
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    Yep. Every single thing was DIY.
     
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    We just use an iPhone and tripod and have fun. Seem to get good engagement. In this one we decided to wear masks that John and his daughter made for a party just to weird it out a bit.

    Bascially its the band in my sitting room miming wearing silly masks with a pal shooting it on the iPhone. But it's got over 1.5k views so someone likes it.

     
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