We got this email recently, and figured it’s a good question to share with everyone:
The Metal Bandcamp Gift Club is one of the coolest things I have ever seen hatched on Twitter. I’m definitely a metal head, but I also like stuff from other genres. I want to step outside of metal realm and gift people other genres of music as well, because I like the idea so much. My question to MetalBandcampGiftClub is: Do I still use the #metalbandcampgiftclub hashtag? Is that the metal thing to do, or does that undermine what you are trying to accomplish?
There’s really no rules, but it’d be fun to include the #MetalBandcampgiftclub hashtag just so people see where it sort of “came from.” And also, because fellow metalheads would probably like seeing the music, too! A lot of us listen to other genres of music, with metal being our “home,” but we still love so much other music!
Frank Santorelli shares his story with Inhale the Heavy, and how he was almost ready to quit Twitter!
“You want to know my favorite part of #MetalBandcampGiftClub? It’s the regular, daily interaction with many of these new people who I am now following. The metal community on social media is becoming closer. In real life I am a loner. I have very few friends. Twitter has become my hangout while I’m drinking a glass of scotch and petting my puppy, JD. You all have become my friends. That may sound silly to some, but to me, it’s been a great experience.”
That’s how #MetalBandcampgiftclub started – lots of conversations, meeting at shows, going out to dinner – and that’s how it’ll keep going. Read the rest over at Inhale the Heavy.
Great job, #MetalBandcampgiftclub! Purchasing 30+ albums in a day is amazing! Remember, if you’d like some Bandcamp goodies for your birthday, follow @Petkau, and DM him your birthday (DATE/MONTH).
Zach, Jeremiah, and Seth were interviewed for this huge Bandcamp piece!
BC: What was the most exciting part for you as the hashtag started taking off?
Jeremiah: Seeing other people tweet about being excited to get an album from a relative stranger. There was already a small metal community on Twitter, and I kept seeing everybody pull together around this idea of making somebody else smile. It was just seeing everybody feel good about doing something cool. There’s the stigma with metal that everything needs to be dark and brooding and angry all the time, but even before this happened, we’d built a community of good people who try to help each other. So to see that cement around doing something cool for each other has just been huge. For me personally, it’s been a light in the darkness—a candle that was lit when things were pretty dark.
Read the interview all about #MetalBandcampgiftclub over on the Bandcamp blog!
Shayne Mathis from Full Metal Hipster talks about #MetalBandcampgiftclub in his latest episode! Go listen to episode #31, starting at the 5:14 mark (after the Hush song) to hear Shayne talk about its beginnings, and his experience with gifting people music!
It’s great to see people covering #MetalBandcampgiftclub! This one from XTAPOLAPOMETAL, a blog that’s all about metal and The Simpsons:
“There have been some pretty amazing positives that have come out of this whole idea in the last week alone. A lot of people will gift albums from bands they are friends with when they see them in a wishlist. We actually got the Couch Slut album ‘My Life As A Woman’ into the top ten best sellers for about 2 days straight and a bunch of Slaves BC albums into the top ten as well. It’s extremely gratifying to see bands be like “Hey, we were able to fill our gas tank and buy ourselves dinner for the first time in a week!” all because of some metal fans being nice for once. Funny story: David Hall, the man behing Handshake, Inc., actually tweeted out about how he was worried someone from Couch Slut had died because of the spike in sales. Which in itself is a sad condemnation of the way the media in general works. “Oh, someone died? I guess I should buy their album now.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Well, this is a beautiful thing. There were a lot of people involved in those gifts. Think about it, not just the person sending the gift, or the person receiving it. But the band members, the labels, the people who work at BandCamp, the designers who created the artwork, the producers who worked on the album, the duplication plants that pressed their CDs, the writers who wrote about the releases so they’d end up on a BandCamp wishlist.
When this happens – when people buy albums – wheels turn! Onward to 500!