Create Vinyl with Bandcamp

Create Vinyl with Bandcamp

Sales of vinyl records on Bandcamp have grown 600% in the last five years, and every month another 3,500 unique vinyl albums are added to the site. The format’s resurgence—once dismissed as a niche byproduct of hipster affectation—is now firmly established, and seen for what it truly represents: a mainstream desire to connect more deeply with music, free from digital distractions; an important expression of fandom that was mostly lost in the transition from physical media ownership to unlimited music rental; and a growing appreciation for what is often amazing, collectible art.

And yet most new music is not available on vinyl. A mere 9% of the albums with sales on Bandcamp in 2018 offered a vinyl version, and thousands of those are sold out and appear unlikely to be pressed again. The reason for this situation—and the growing pile of untapped artist revenue it represents—is that producing vinyl remains challenging. It’s a costly and risky undertaking, and dealing with fulfillment and returns can be incredibly time consuming. Layer on top of that the mystery and complexity encountered by many trying to press vinyl for the first time, and it’s no wonder so few people do it.

Today, we’re offering a first glimpse of an initiative from Bandcamp that aims to address these challenges. Our new vinyl pressing service streamlines the financing, production, and fulfillment of vinyl records. With no up-front investment, an artist or label can create a vinyl campaign and start taking orders almost immediately. Once they reach their minimum goal, we press their records and ship them to their fans.

The new service eliminates risk, since fans’ orders finance the pressing, rather than the artist or label. It eliminates hassle, since we press the records, print the packaging, and ship to fans (and fulfill digital too). It offers complete control, with the design and pricing up to the artist, and Bandcamp taking no ownership of the record. And it produces a quality result: our manufacturing partner has over 60 years experience pressing vinyl, so the records look, and sound, great.

The Bandcamp vinyl service will open to all artists and labels later this year, but today we’re launching four pilot campaigns that provide an idea of what’s possible:

 

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Vinyl Campaign

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter and composer, is offering a vinyl edition of his most recent album, Ancestral Recall, on a double LP in a gatefold jacket. 10 signed test pressings are also available.

 

Jim Guthrie Vinyl Campaign

Jim Guthrie is well known to Bandcamp audiences for his acclaimed game soundtracks for Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery and Indie Game: The Movie. In late 2018, Guthrie released the soundtrack for Below, an epic and moody masterpiece. For the first time, fans will be able get Below on vinyl, in a beautiful triple-gatefold, color double LP with die-cut foil-stamped inner sleeves. An hour of bonus material from the soundtrack is also offered, as well as a limited-edition 11″ x 17″ velvet poster.

 

Juliette Jade Vinyl Campaign

Shredders worldwide know French guitarist Juliette Jade, who has built a cult following for her cover videos on YouTube and original albums on Bandcamp. Juliette’s music has never been available on vinyl before, but her new campaign for Constellation will remedy that, complete with signed copies, and hand-numbered, limited-edition custom guitar picks.

 

Mesarthim Vinyl Campaign

The mysterious Australian black metal artist Mesarthim has just released a new album, Ghost Condensate, as a color vinyl gatefold LP. A limited edition fold out poster and 10 test pressings are also available.

 

32 Comments

  1. Posted August 28, 2019 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Jaw-dropped.

  2. mongkong music
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    i read your article this is great ! We were signed to 3 Labels so far. We did Bandcamp since 6 Jears and it works very well. Rhytm Police, Das Hobos, and new Preorder for Supporters Vinyl Handmade with love.: https://h-music.bandcamp.com/album/h

  3. Posted July 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Nice BC! :) Yeah

  4. Kodama
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Excellent move BC! This definitely sounds like a win for everyone involved, and if done right, an amazingly ethical use of the platform for the advancement of art. Kudos!

  5. Joe Reilly
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Interesting concept

  6. rubyredriver
    Posted May 11, 2019 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing what you guys have to offer the artist/label come year’s end; got a lot of things that need to be vinylized!

  7. Posted April 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Looks dope great idea. Much props to Bandcamp

  8. Glenn
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Great idea! I rarely buy an album unless it’s on vinyl. I also love the digital option to play on my phone, but vinyl is priority.

    I’m hoping to release my album in a year two, and vinyl is a must!

  9. jm2c
    Posted April 20, 2019 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    WE WANT 7″ PLS

  10. Posted April 18, 2019 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Looks good, Would love to get some of our tracks on vinyl this way. X

  11. Lars Behrenroth
    Posted April 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Yes!

  12. thewitchpolyglot
    Posted April 18, 2019 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Vinyl is ok as long they release the music in digital format, something that some bands don’t understand. Turntables are expensive and you must take care of them unlike a CD player. I had to buy an used cassette player 5 years ago because the band released the album only in cassette. This is what I fear from this vinyl/cassette revival.

  13. Posted April 18, 2019 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Interesting!

  14. Posted April 18, 2019 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I’ll be happy to cut master lacquers for this ;)

  15. Posted April 18, 2019 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Great News ! What will be the minimal order

  16. Mr. anonimous
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    gamechanger

  17. Cameron Crawford
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Exciting News, Thanks Bandcamp

  18. Igor Krol
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    This is the best product/service idea I’ve heard in a long time

  19. Unknown Artist
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    win-win

  20. Posted April 17, 2019 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    very, very interesting….been wanting to do a Keep On Techno vinyl for some time now…

  21. Joseph A Popp
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    what will be the minimum possible order?

  22. Posted April 17, 2019 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Talk to me about mastering for vinyl…is this part of the service?

  23. DangerM0
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Up there with Blutroniq: what will be the technical specifications for eligible material to press? Any possibility for analogue material to be sent? What about the packaging (paper/cardboard weight and finish)? Other than that, great idea, especially since most of my favorite new bands are on BandCamp ;-)

  24. Posted April 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Cool idea my new album is ready to go. I was and aim for july / Augast release. How long til this launches

  25. elox_
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    This is beyond amazing

  26. Posted April 17, 2019 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp! I was already planning a vinyl pre-order for my latest release. I might hold off and use this instead of dealing with multiple platforms, etc.

  27. Posted April 17, 2019 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Ouuuuuh intéressant tout ça

  28. Posted April 17, 2019 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    OH YEAH

  29. nwh
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Could you offer a 7″ program? 7″ singles are accessible, collectible and a lot of fun.

  30. blutroniq
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear! Who is your pressing partner and what are the file specs that you send to press with.

  31. Posted April 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Finally, East Coast New England Boy will be on the medium it was written for.

  32. Posted April 17, 2019 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    This is very exciting.

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