Greetings my music minded friends and welcome to March. If you’ve been keeping up with our reports thusfar then you know that the month has already started off with a bit of force. Not only did we get the announcement of the Final KISS Tour dates ever but it was also the 50th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s amazing “The Dark Side of The Moon” album. Then we learned that Eluveitie founder and lead singer Chrigel would be missing the tour that is only just starting. Whew. The weather here in our Metropolis has been weird with some cool days and some warmer ones but we aren’t here to discuss those things and instead are on point to share that it’s another one of those Bandcamp Fridays and its the second one for 2023 which is cool. I’ve been doing these kinds of posts since the middle of last year in order to try and have said post help the artists out. Since that time I’ve also decided to keep them running on the PiercingMetal website. So what is Bandcamp Friday you might ask if you are one of our newer site visitors, let’s review just what this is shall we?
What Is Bandcamp Friday: Bandcamp Fridays allow artists and labels releasing music to take back 93% of the money earned through sales, with the other 7% being used for processing fees and charges. Launched on the first Friday of March in 2020, Bandcamp Fridays normally take place on one Friday a month (usually the first).
Here is how I like to work this kind of post and make it help the artist out. In our comments we welcome any musician, songwriter, spoken word artist and even comedians to share their Bandcamp as a link along with a brief note about their sound and style. Those who have entered comments know that you have to put your name and list an email that is not public but one of the things that isn’t mandatory is the entry of a website URL. If you are a performer you should use that space to enter your Official Facebook, Website, or YouTube Channel since those are the most popular ways to reach the masses. If you’re only using Twitter and Instagram or even TikTok for your art I guess put that main link in as well instead of the others. This way anyone that sees it might be compelled to follow their curiosity a little bit and lend you some love. Though I’ve been posting these kinds of alerts for a few months already, I have not seen much coming in as far as comments go and that’s a shame. Like I said, that’s not going to sway me from keeping this all in play because content is content. People tend to be comment shy when its not about my giving away free tickets or music I guess. Let’s keep hopeful that these kinds of posts help creatives make the most profit on this particular day. Remember also that in addition to enjoying the possibilities from our readership that you are also making our Editorial Command HQ aware of you as well. So I should also stress this one important side note. If you see this post after the Bandcamp Friday has passed you can still put in your comments with the subsequent links and information because a website post remains online for the lifespan of the site. Maybe someone will see that and click through and save you for the next Bandcamp Friday or just be spontaneous and purchase immediately. Wrapping this up I want to address one more thing once more. If you are an artist and are vexed by which link to place in the comment because you have too many, consider using the Linktree service. It’s free and I’ve got one for each of the websites I maintain. There is one for PiercingMetal, The Chronicles of Piercing Ken and Ken Pierce Media. They let you rundown a lengthy list of networks in one space and its super easy to use once you get started and did I mention its free!!! Free is good.
That’s all I have for now, so please remember to support your favorite artists if they are on Bandcamp. See you next time, please stay safe out there.