Yesterday, I bought some great music on Bandcamp by Civil Civic, and then I made it today’s ‘Bandcamp du jour’. The music’s available on some very cool collectible cassettes, but I just wanted the digital version.
Anyway, I’ve had quite a few comments from people saying how much they like it too, which is cool. Actually, I’ve had good feedback from people on all of the music I’ve posted so far – but the enthusiasm for Civil Civic has been especially high.
But this morning I received a really great email from the band which absolutely made my day – and I thought I’d share it with you.
When the always welcome Bandcamp ‘Cha-Ching!’ email pops up in my inbox, it always pegs my mood up a notch (picture: ‘Oh the labour and struggle of the unsung artist, is it all worth it? *Cha-Ching!* Yes it is). But this time when I poised my typing fingers to shoot a quick reply to thank the purchaser for their impeccable taste, I recognised the name, and actually laughed out loud (there should be an acronym for that).
Not an evil or smug or nervous laugh, a joyous one, because I have absorbed your ebook and have been applying a fair amount of your advice in floating my band out into the virtual abyss, and I thought it thoroughly befitting (and the ultimate endorsement of your wisdom) that by practicing your lessons I have managed to sell a record to the teacher!
A handful of sales came through yesterday actually so I checked up on the bandcamp stats and sure enough there is a new alp on stat mountain that popped up on April 1st (April fools day, shit I better check it hasn’t disappeared!) So doing some sleuthy clicking I quickly attributed its creation to your blog post and endorsement on your new Bandcamp Du Jour page.
So thanks for everything. The music industry tends to petrify artists, and with your alternative logical forward thinking (and now direct cash investment!) it helps guys like me realise that it has never been better for new independent artists. I thoroughly believe that.
UPDATE: Another artist I featured on Bandcamp du Jour has also been in touch. Ollie from Ithaca Trio commented on my Bandcamp du Jour post about his album.
hi andrew, thanks for this!
haha this is actually pretty surreal that i read your blog (and NMS) then to suddenly see this?! cheers!
take it easy mate,
I think that’s plenty enough to encourage me to continue to choose and post about music that I love in a way that you can listen to, and perhaps buy – or even share with friends through your own blog or whatever.