The musician’s life isn’t a simple one. That goes double for these final, oh, eight or so months. Most artists who haven’t risen the ranks to rock-star ranges make the lion’s share of their cash from reside reveals, and that’s simply not within the playing cards for now — and certain received’t be for a while.
Bandcamp has been one thing of a lifesaver for a lot of artists who make fractions of a cent on streaming income. Among different issues, the location has arrange the wildly well-liked Bandcamp Fridays, whereby it waves its charges for one week a month. Now it’s stepping into reside streaming, as musicians search for methods to supply distant performances for followers.
The service is fairly nicely positioned to supply the function. For one factor, it’s acquired goodwill going for it. For one other, integration with present providers means followers get notified when a present is arising. And all their items are supplied up on the market throughout the reveals as a type of digital merch desk the place they will purchase swag whereas nonetheless watching the efficiency.
The setup course of is fairly naked bones and there’s even an elective chat on board, if the artist desires to interact in a little bit of banter. Honestly, essentially the most interesting factor right here might be the low overhead. Musicians set their very own costs, there are not one of the standard shock charges and Bandcamp solely takes 10% off the highest — a payment it’s waiving altogether by March of subsequent yr.
The service has already lined up a bunch of high-profile indie acts, together with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Pedro the Lion and Cloud Nothings. The function is rolling out to customers beginning at present.
Bandcamp is waiving charges at present in help of artists