Bandcamp joins Epic Games

Bandcamp, one of the best independent music hosting platforms, has just announced that it is joining Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite and Unreal Engine.

In an announcement made this week (March 2, 2022), Ethan Diamond (Bandcamp co-founder and CEO) said:

Bandcamp will keep operating as a standalone marketplace and music community, and I will continue to lead our team.

Bandcamp Update March 2, 2022

I’ve been a part of the Bandcamp community for several years. It has always been an independent place for artists like me, and many others, to distribute music, without the influence of big corporations who want to make millions of dollars streaming music to the masses and offering a very poor return to the artists. The great things about Bandcamp, and the things that convinced me to sign up, were that they don’t take much in commission for selling your music, and you can charge what you like (even zero!). You can also sell vinyl records, merchandise, and offer complete discographies to your fans.

Why choose Bandcamp?

With Bandcamp, there’s never been any outside influence, and every part of the deal between an artist and the company is transparent. No having to work out how much you’ll earn based on some intangible algorithm. The only issue for me has been the more artists and bands signed up to it, the less chance there was of new listeners discovering my music. I’ve always felt a certain amount of trust and faith in Bandcamp and it’s owners, that they keep their independence, and put artists and bands first.

Now Bandcamp has joined Epic Games, I don’t know if they’ll be able to keep that independence, and keep putting artists first. I realise that operating such a big platform costs money, probably more than they earn in fees. I know they may want to expand into other areas, and offer more features. However, I’m concerned that despite Epic being “champions for a fair and open Internet”, that Bandcamp will have a responsibility to its paymasters. It can’t just be a joining of minds! There’ll be some sort of corporate and financial incentive for Bandcamp to deliver a return on Epic’s investment.

Bandcamp Community

As I said earlier, a big reason for my joining the Bandcamp community was that was free from corporate influence – free from the issues and demands of being just another streaming service.

I used to feel the same about Soundcloud, when it was a smaller independent community and platform. Now it’s dominated by big labels and established artists, and the little guy can’t get hard.

I just hope Bandcamp stays independent and does what it’s promising to do, and keep artists first. I’m not going to jump ship and take all my tracks off the platform. I’ll give the company the benefit of the doubt for a while, and hope I can get more plays and sales on Bandcamp Friday.

While you’re hear, please take time to listen and buy my songs on Bandcamp!

New Age Mistrust Remix is out on Spotify…

My new single “New Age (Mistrust Remix)” – a collaboration with Australian touring musician Rob.V is out on Spotify and all major music streaming platforms. The song was released on November 19th, 2021, and is already generating some interest and getting airplay on some online radio stations. You can buy or stream the song here on Bandcamp and Spotify!

Rob and I would love to get some feedback on the song, and hope you can all help spread the word about the song!

M-Audio M-Track Duo Review (Tim’s Tips #1)

Youtube video of my review of the M-Track Duo

I have done a review on Youtube of the new M-Track Duo 48-KHz, 2-channel USB Audio Interface from M-Audio, with 2 Combo Inputs with Crystal Preamps, and Phantom Power.

It’s the first time I have done a video review, so please bear that in mind when watching.

Links: M-Audio Duo Product Page: https://m-audio.com/m-track-duo

Buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Lcu8JQ

M-Track Duo Setup and Installation: https://inmusicbrands.force.com/maudi…

In this video, I review the M-Audio M-Track Duo, and explain some of the features and uses of this new USB audio interface. It is compatible with Windows and Apple Mac. I’ve tested it myself on Windows, using Ableton Live 10. The M-Track Duo is class-compliant on PC which means it works pretty much out of the box. It is very affordable and compact, and easy to use. It has two independent TRS/XLR inputs with M-Audio Crystal Pre-amps. I’ve bought and tried a few USB audio interfaces recently, and M-Track Duo is a lot more affordable, and clearer sounding, for some on a tight budget who wanting to make their recordings and podcasts sound more professional.

#maudio #mtrackduo #ableton #mistrustmusic

Equipment used in this video: M-Audio M-Track Duo: https://m-audio.com/m-track-duo Ableton Live 10.1: http://www.ableton.com Akai MPK Mini Mk3: https://www.akaipro.com/mpk-mini-mk3

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Listen to my music:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lkuY…

Bandcamp: https://mistrust.bandcamp.com

Soundcloud: https://ww.soundclound.com/mistrust

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Colour Coded by Soup

Here’s the first track of the album I mentioned in a recent post. It’s called Colour Coded, from the album called “Album” by Soup. Soup are, amongst others, Andy Whitaker and Oz Cooper, from Manchester in the UK.

There’s also a review of the album in SIC Magazine here…..

Soup Abum Review