Following a super successful launch last month – which saw Bandcamp users spend 15 x times more than usual – Bandcamp has once again waved their fees for 24 hours, meaning that every penny spent on the site today will go directly to artists and labels.
consider investing in the artists that make music you love
With the global pandemic bringing the live music and events industry to a complete standstill, artists are now entirely reliant on music and merch sales. So if you have some spare pennies, consider investing in the artists that make music you love by buying something directly from them. Whether that’s a £1 digital single or comprehensive merch bundle, it all makes a difference.
If you want to focus your attention locally, you can browse the Bandcamp Bristol homepage or for some inspiration, here is a very small selection of recent releases that caught our attention, currently available on Bandcamp:
Bristol dream team Gardna and Kreed have teamed up again on new track Corona
We’ve been waiting a long time for new music from Bristol’s magnificent Poisonous Birds (which now includes the musical talents of Black Flies’ Jack Barrett) and today they’ve dropped the lead single from their forthcoming record, Mood Stabiliser. It follows a five-track collaborative EP Low Tide and the Dying Sun with Mark Holley from Black Foxxes, under his new Sunflower alias, which arrived last month.
Originally intended for release on Record Store Day 2020, despite it’s postponement, Gilles Peterson didn’t want to wait any longer to share this special live from Maida Vale compilation, MV4. Featuring a diverse cast of acts he’s championed in recent years, the album includes a double-track special from Bristol’s own Ishmael Ensemble.
Gilles Peterson didn’t want to wait any longer to share this special live from Maida Vale compilation
The Beginism EP from Bristol multi-instrumentalist and music producer Jonah Cracknell Daniels aka Unfoldance is stunning debut, drawing influence from the likes of Aphex Twin, Bonobo and The Cinematic Orchestra. We were thrilled to premier a track from the Beginism EP last month, but the whole project makes for a great soundtrack to your quarantine.
Or maybe you recently enjoyed the bonus tracks with our Nitelife supporter bundle and want to invest in the full releases, including: Walton’s Abyss EP released on Pinch’s luminary Tectonic Recordings in March, and Swindle’s seminal No More Normal. Or, if you’re as obsessed as we are with the exclusive digital release of Egoless’ Too krunk to fck, the Deep Medi affiliate has listed his Selected Works 2017 – 2020 on Bandcamp at Name Your Own Price.
the Deep Medi affiliate has listed his Selected Works 2017 – 2020 on Bandcamp at Name Your Own Price
A huge number of labels are also stepping up today with special offers and releases to help raise even more money for artists affected financially by Covid-19, including Rough Trade Records who are giving 100% of revenue to artists and Bristol-born Shall Not Fade, who have some exclusive new releases and 15% off with code: snf15.
Photo by Dominika Scheibinger