In the wake of coronavirus, Bandcamp is waiving its fees for all musicians. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight has rounded up a list of artists to go and grab a tune or two from.
Those lovely folks at Bandcamp know the score, don’t they? In light of the coronavirus outbreak and the strain this is placing on so many artists, they are giving their share of any money a track makes straight back to the artist.
Here’s what Bandcamp themselves have said about the initiative:
“To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into artists’ pockets.”
Pacific time is seven hours behind UK time. If you are based here, then the initiative is live from Friday, March 20th at 7 am. It will finish on Saturday at the same time.
We want to do our bit to make this a success, so we’ve invited electronic Bandcamp artists to be included in a round-up of music you can splash a bit of cash on.
Let’s face it, you won’t be heading out anywhere apart from the supermarket. Get your (washed) hands in your pockets and help out the scene you love so much.
Check these artists out:
Wonderfully off-kilter acid with an IDM twist from the creative soul that is Upitup‘s Jacques Malchance. [Bandcamp page]
Zen the Sharpshooter
Leftfield hip-hop loveliness with a hint of Blackalicious/Solesides. Peppered with retro wrestling samples. Available via Black Beacon Sounds. [Bandcamp page]
A nice bit of hardcore techno to help you forget there’s no bog roll left. Pulverising and relentless, with a shot of acid. From Taro Records. [Bandcamp page]
Some stunning ambient acid in the vein of Warp‘s Artificial Intelligence series. Hints of electro on the percs. [Bandcamp page]
Obscuur Records drop their second VA—Withered tales— with a range of tracks loaded with industrial and rave sensibilities. [Bandcamp page]
Drew Miller hits Alumni Records with his glorious house number, Moon Bugs. Full-on summer vibes here – great for a chilled vibe. [Bandcamp page]
Red Rack ‘Em
Bergerac Records has plenty of house and disco delights courtesy of label owner, Red Rack ‘Em, along with a shedload of other great artists. [Bandcamp page]
Dogstare & Olaa
Some melancholic house fayre from an immeasurably talented Merseyside-based pair. Them pads, though!! Check out the Renee Lincoln remix, too…[Bandcamp page]
The music Dalham makes is soaring, dark and foreboding. Perfect for times of introspection. Music to soundtrack your mind-journeys. [Bandcamp page]
Brilliant, breakbeat-infused IDM oddball-ness from The Gasman over on his brilliant label. Is some of ‘that tune’ Dominator? [Bandcamp page]
Does DJ Food even need an introduction, here? Ninja Tune stalwart and producer of some of the finest beats this side of the moon. [Bandcamp page]
Antoine Kiim produces some rather dreamy, soulful house with jazzy leanings and a distinct Ghanain flava, all via Manchester! [Bandcamp page]
We’d never heard Preston’s Andrew Bunting before, but this is downright stunning. Expect a full review of this – it is A-MAY-ZING! [Bandcamp page]
Benji303, Al Mac & Nihilist Avinit
Kick everything in the throat with some blistering sonics from the mighty Skuxx imprint. Shout ‘fuck off’ lots when you play it. Loud. [Bandcamp page]
The mesmerisingly beautiful vocals of LUNA work perfectly across low-slung electronics on her latest EP, Hello Earth. Expect soul-tugs. [Bandcamp page]
Mad respect for this man. Emotion Wave‘s Lo Five produces stunning electronica and this is no exception to his steadfast rule. Totally atmospheric. [Bandcamp page]
Get your ghetto fix with some of DJ これからの緊急災害‘s flipped-out electro beat wrangling over on Barcelona imprint Planetario. [Bandcamp page]
Released on London label THEM, this is some skin searing acid and hardcore rave techno inna old school style from Wheez-ie. [Bandcamp page]
Stefanie Chew is one of our favourite DJs – catch her on Melodic Distraction radio. Check out her electro chops on this brooder, her brilliant Eyes on Fire. [Bandcamp page]
Steven Rutter of B12 fame was fundamental in the development of the 90s UK ambient techno and electro scene. His label Firescope is a goldmine. [Bandcamp page]