Today is Bandcamp Friday and once again musicians around the world will have the aid of one of the greatest music services this world has to offer. Since the COVID-19 hit the world, so far Bandcamp has helped artists sell $75 million worth of music during previous Bandcamp Fridays. All that money goes directly to the artists since Bandcamp waves their revenue share during these special days.
For hardcore and punk fans there is a fantastic compilation album being released this Friday featuring some heavy canons in the scene such as Minority Threat, Racetraitor, War On Women, SECT, Modern Life Is War, Sunn 0))), Jesus Piece and many more. All proceeds of the 46-song compilation will go to Movement for Black Lives (m4bl.org).
On their webpage Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond writes: “It’s a good reminder that Bandcamp Fridays are really an extension of what Bandcamp is about every day. Thank you to all the artists and labels who shared their music with us, and the fans who spent their hard-earned coins to support the artists they love.
Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year. A more detailed calendar is below.”
Bandcamp Fridays 2020 Calendar:
September 4, 2020 October 2, 2020 November 6, 2020 December 4, 2020
‘Diese Stadt gehört uns’ translates to ‘This City Is Ours’. This is the title of a protest song by German band Kamikazebra. The song centers on supporting activists and squatters of Grafi 10 street in the German city of Konstanz who inhabited a building that had been standing abandoned for years.
The squatters are protesting high rent and the inaction of the local government to help fill empty buildings with people. Apparently the owner of the building has been fined several times for letting the building rot but that has not changed the situation.
The squatters have proclaimed they want to renovate the building and create “a self managed café” on the ground floor and create low-cost apartments (with municipal help) and other social-cultural facilities.
The CEO billionaire of the music streaming platform Spotify, Daniel Ek, recently stated in an interview that:
“a “narrative fallacy” had been created and caused music fans to believe that Spotify doesn’t pay musicians enough for streams of their music. “Some artists that used to do well in the past may not do well in this future landscape,” Ek said, “where you can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.””
“What’s worth noting is that there is, however, a REALLY interesting conversation to be had about creativity, work rate, product vs process, aesthetics, the affordances of releasing stuff digital-only. It’s just that the billionaire who’s lobbying to pay musicians and songwriters less can fuck off out of it.
There are few people on the planet whose opinion on ‘what musicians should do’ I hold in lower regard than Daniel Ek. Like, Trump-level irrelevance as an opinion holder on anything.
Once again for the people at the back – fuck this guy.”
Some people weighed in on the matter emphasizing how the music industry is quickly turning into a world of quantity over quality:
As we wrote in a previous article here on Shouts it is “well known how badly Spotify and many other streaming services pay the creators for streamed or bought music. That is excluding though, a handful of services like Bandcamp, for example, who don’t charge a penny for streaming but instead make their money from revenue share on sales.”
Somehow though, when journalists make up graphs and images or write about streaming services they seem to always leave Bandcamp out of their ‘research’.