Bandcamp is a free music platform for artists to upload albums, EPs and singles (and when you’re ready, you can sell physical merch). All you need to do is sign up for an account and upload your music to listening fans!
To start, select the sign up found on http://Bandcamp.com and a popup window will appear asking what type of account you wish to open. Select the Sign up as an artist button and Bandcamp will redirect you to the Bandcamp for Artists page, as seen below:
Creating an Account
Bandcamp has always had it’s fair share of unique artists and bands. From the deepest depths of dark metal to the lighthearted sounds of kawaii disco, there’s room for all forms of (legal) expression. What’s great is Bandcamp also allows Artist/Band name’s to be as unique as you want it to be. That includes using foreign characters, numbers, emojis and more, there seems to be no limitations!
After you’ve picked the perfect artist name, set a normal username. This is the username you’ll log in with, so you’ll have to use an alphanumeric name here. Next you’ll set a password and email. The email you enter does not need to be the same as your Paypal.
Tip: If you are worried about
picking the perfect Artist/Band name, it’s ok! Bandcamp allows you to change it at any time.
Initial Account Setup
Now you have a Bandcamp account for your band/artist! Bandcamp welcomes you with a few initial account setup questions. First you’ll be asked about what kind of music you plan on releasing and where your location is. All of which will be used as a way for people to find your great sounds!
Although Bandcamp allows you to use tags to be very specific with what your music fits into as a genre, they do require you to select a generic genre. Current the genres are as follows:
- Spoken Word
Selecting your generic genre is as important as setting tags as Bandcamp uses it as a way to introduce your music to new listeners. The top level most basic way to search is from one of these 27 different genres, then from there tags are used for people to search for more specific and niche genres.
If you select inside the search bar on Bandcamp it’ll show a list of these 27 genres, as seen below:
And if someone visits the discovery page, (https://Bandcamp.com/?t=undefined&g=all#discover) they can refine their search results:
Regardless, selecting a generic genre and then specifying unique genre tags will be the easiest way for new fans to find your music. Use it appropriately!
Lastly, Bandcamp asks for a location to tag your music under. This doesn’t mean where you are from, but where you want your music to be from. For example, in the Vaporwave scene a lot of people use Japan as a location because they want to use location as an aesthetic. If you are an artist trying to tour your local city, putting your real city might be your best option. Use this field as needed.
Save it all, to set your Bandcamp URL next.
Setting a Bandcamp URL
Just like social media, Bandcamp lets you customize your url so fans can easily find your music. It’s recommended that you use the same name as your band. If your Bandcamp URL is already taken, don’t worry, i’ve seen artists put “official”, “music”, “band” or other terms at the end of the prefix to get something close to their name in the url.
After you press “done”, your Bandcamp page will now exist and is ready for you to add singles, albums or EPs.
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