Bandcamp

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Bandcamp, Inc.
Type Privately held company
Industry Online Music
Founded 2007
Founder(s)
  • Ethan Diamond
  • Shawn Grunberger
  • Joe Holt
  • Neal Tucker
Headquarters Sea Ranch, California, USA
Key people Ethan Diamond (CEO)
Shawn Grunberger (CTO)
Website bandcamp.com

Bandcamp is a privately held company founded in 2007 by former Oddpost[1] co-founders Ethan Diamond and Shawn Grunberger,[2][3] together with engineers Joe Holt and Neal Tucker;[4][5] providing an online music store launched in 2008, as well as a platform for artist promotion, that caters mainly to independent artists.[6] Artists on Bandcamp have a customizable microsite with the albums they upload. All tracks can be played for free on the website and some artists offer free music downloads. Bandcamp takes a 15% cut of sales made from their website (in addition to payment processing fees), which drops to 10% after selling more than $5000 worth.[7] Bandcamp is also free to join.

Bandcamp gained much attention in July 2010 when Amanda Palmer, Low Places and Bedhed gave up their record labels and started selling albums on Bandcamp, using Twitter for promotion.[8][9]

Bandcamp saw a rise in popularity in 2011 when several indie game developers published their game soundtracks on Bandcamp, including the creators of Aquaria, Bastion, Sanctum, Machinarium, Terraria, Plants vs. Zombies, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, To the Moon,[10] Fez and Minecraft.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy, Baio (Sep 16, 2008). "Oddpost Co-Founder Launches Bandcamp, Publishing Platform for Musicians". Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "PrivCo.com Private Company Financial Report on Bandcamp, Inc.". PrivCo.com. 
  3. ^ John, Tozzi (November 17, 2011). "Helping Indie Musicians Market Their Tunes". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Sam, Clearman (October 1, 2008). "An interview with Joe Holt". The HTML Times. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Ethan, Maffey (July 18, 2012). "The Best of Bandcamp: Get in on the ground floor with these sell-it-yourself bands". The Source Weekly. Retrieved 28 December 2013. "Web developers and friends Ethan Diamond, Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker launched Bandcamp in 2008" 
  6. ^ Jason Fitzpatrick (2010-10-10). "Bandcamp Catalogs Indie Music For Listening And Download". Lifehacker Australia. 
  7. ^ James Shotwell (2010-06-20). "Bandcamp.com changes business model". Alt Press. 
  8. ^ Caroline Klibanoff (2010-07-27). "Amanda Palmer Brings in $15,000 on Bandcamp in Three Minutes". Paste Magazine. 
  9. ^ Glenn Peoples (2010-06-22). "Amanda Palmer Sells $15K Worth Of Music, Merch In Three Min". Billboard.biz. 
  10. ^ Gao, Kan. "To the Moon <OST>". Bandcamp. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Minecraft- Volume Alpha". Bandcamp. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

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