First Hangout was a Success

The very first Google Hangout happened tonight, filled with a wonderful cast of characters. We all shared our favorite albums, and fun #MetalBandcampgiftclub stories that warmed our hearts.

If you’d like to be on the next hangout, be sure to follow @_jeremiahn on Twitter, and he’ll send out information on upcoming hang outs.

Broken Amp Economics Lesson

Our friends at Broken Amp make dollars and “sense” (hah!) of the power behind #MetalBandcampgiftclub.

“To delve into some simple economics for a second, this has an impact on the wider scale. The more money circulating within the metal “industry”, the less squeaks in the cogs turning. The more fans invest in their bands, the more these bands can plow money into merch, into tours, into creating new music. If a band goes on tour, they can team up with other bands, which spreads the money further. It brings money to venues who book these bands and see a return on concert tickets, because more people know the bands coming through town. It brings money to labels who actually need it (many of the albums sold through MBGC are of smaller artists and labels). In short, this is what keeps music afloat.”

Read the rest of the feature over at Broken Amp.

Toilet Ov Hell explains #MetalBandcampgiftclub

Our pal CELTIC FROSTY (@CelticFrosty) has an excellent and nicely detailed write-up of #MetalBandcampgiftclub:

“Seeing the direct effect of your support for a band is a rare and exhilarating thing, and it’s motivating more and more metal (or just music) fans to join in on the fun every day. Since I’ve been participating, I’ve received twice as many albums as I’ve given, and quite a few of those have been from complete strangers that I’ve since gotten to know through social media.”

Read the rest of ‘What’s the Deal With #MetalBandCampGiftClub?‘ over at Toilet Ov Hell!

What #MetalBandcampgiftclub means to Frank

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.

Interview with BandCamp!

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!

XTAPOLAPOMETAL loves #MetalBandcampgiftclub

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.

People Buying Music

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!