Recommended Albums

Our favorite part of Filter Magazine is the band interview section in the front. Not for the interviews themselves (though those are plenty good), but for the little section at the bottom, where the band tells you about three albums that they love. It’s a reliable source of new discoveries, and each band’s tweet-length blurbs about their favorite records are always interesting and fun to read:

We see artists doing more or less the same thing on Bandcamp all the time. Danny B recommended Laura Shigihara, for example, but the link was in his liner notes where it was pretty easy to miss. Amanda Palmer recommended Tristan Allen, but did it by adding his album to her own account — not really ideal either. Better would be if any artist could make recommendations in a way that wouldn’t distract from their own site, yet would be impossible for their fans to overlook.

The recently-launched download page provides the perfect space to do just that. Fans only see it when they’ve decided they love your music enough to buy/download it (which also means they now consider you a trusted source), and while fans wait for their download is just the right time to send them off to do a little exploring. The download page also happens to be hit 1.2 million times each month and climbing, so recommendations there have the potential to drive a ton of new exposure to all the artists who use Bandcamp. Here’s what it looks like:

Setup is done over on your profile page, and looks like this:

We’re pretty excited to see how you guys use this. Personally, we’d much rather get a recommendation from an artist we love than, say, view an algorithmically-generated list of suggestions for a 30 to 39 year-old male who enjoys strawberry Pop-Tarts, recently listened to Friday from start to finish, and did indeed purchase /\/\/\Y/\, but for his brother. Enjoy, hope to see you at the SxSW meetup!

UPDATE November 15th, 2011: Thanks for all the great feedback! Per the suggestions of Makell, Allen, DJ Rotten HD and Creidieki, recommendations now not only appear on the download page, but on their own dedicated page as well (linked to from the sidebar). And as Martin proposed, we now notify you whenever your music is recommended.

80 Comments

  1. Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    great idea! we’ll definitely take advantage of this… most of the bands in our area have adopted bandcamp as the main destination for their music, and we all like to help each other out and cross promote, so this will make that even easier to do.

  2. Bill Goodman
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I’ll pass this along to the readers of my blog, The Soda Shop. Every Thursday I feature 4 bands of our genre in an article called Bandcamp Recommendations.
    http://www.thesodashop.us

  3. Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Alright. I was jealous that you chose Danny as the test dummy, but now I’m happily using it myself.

  4. T
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Great new feature! Innovative….

  5. Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Great addition. This is a great feature.

  6. Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    This is a great idea. Also, you should add a search function on the front page. I’ve come here several times wishing I could search for an artist by name.

    Also, if you could implement the “suggested albums” feature in more places than just AFTER someone makes a purchase that’s be cool. (like Amazon but each artist suggests it themselves)

  7. Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Guys, I’ve been with you for some years now. And I am not going anywhere! Keep it up!

  8. Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    You are it.

  9. Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Hey Guys!
    (are there any girls in the Bandcamp Crew…?)
    Just discovered you & S getting better and better here!
    :-)

  10. Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    This looks like a great feature. One thing – why did you decide to limit it to 3 recommendations? I know that 3 is a good number to have *displayed*, but it might be handy for the artist to enter more than 3 albums in their profile, and maybe you just pick 3 at random to display on the download page? And then you could have a “further reading” link to see the entire list of albums that they’ve recommended.

    It just seems like, at a given time, you might want to be recommending three particular albums, and then you might change one album for another for a short period, but should you have to lose the information you entered for that album you want to swap out?

    Does that make sense?

    Anyway, keep up the good work :)

  11. Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Honestly, the innovation of this site is truly inspiring. What a great feature to add to the huge list of others. Count me in!

  12. Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Useful that you included the WHY field — it helps personalize the recommendation and give focus to why a listener might enjoy it. Collaboration trivia is a connection goldmine.

  13. Posted March 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying to set these, but whenever I do, I get an error that my band’s location isn’t real, despite it being set to San Francisco, CA. I know this is sort of the land of fictional make-believe but it’s at least not entirely fabricated. What the hell?

  14. Posted March 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Im in. Bandcamp is a great platform and this is a possitive expansion.

  15. Posted March 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Great! These are the sort of features I love about bandcamp, innovative and simple!

  16. Posted March 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Fluffy, email support with your band URL and we’ll take a look.

  17. Posted March 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Super great idea. I love sharing music made by my friends. Also inspires me to get more of my friends on bandcamp.

    Thanks and love,

    Pato

  18. Kyle O'Brien
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea, anything to get people listening to music from us upcoming artists!

    I appreciate the help!

    kyleobrien.bandcamp.com

  19. Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Nice one!
    Already looking for good intimate folk artists to recommend.

  20. Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Very very cool! Now if any other Bandcamp Artists knew who I was…hmmm… haha

  21. Posted March 18, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    @ Jeff Vaona
    that can be kind of a problem cant it? The way I look at it is just put the recommendations out yourself and believe in karma :)

  22. Posted March 18, 2011 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Excellent idea… =))
    Hope some will put us as favorites =P
    … as we surely do on our side…

  23. Posted March 18, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    This is a great idea.

    I’ve got an idea: I’ve found that I’m accumulating a lot bandcamp pages in my bookmarks. I could really use a way to keep up on these artists and their bandcamp releases. I thought it would be nice to have a way to “follow” artists on bandcamp so when they make new stuff available it would come up in some kind of newsfeed a la FB or Twitter. But then I thought that might run counter to the bandcamp concept, but I thought of a simpler way to do it: I think bandcamp has RSS feeds for albums, how about ones for artists so I know when they put new stuff up? Then I could stick a bunch of them in my Google Reader.

  24. bcshawn
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Chuck: you’ll be pleased to know that we already have artist-level RSS feeds, and have had them for some time. Look for the “feed from this artist” link at the bottom of any album or track page, or use your browser’s RSS button.

  25. gundi
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    nice idea!

  26. Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Inovador. Vamos ver se os grandes artistas não são tão egocêntricos e indicam outros novatos.

  27. Posted March 18, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Love this idea! It’s so nice to be able to point people in the direction of some hidden treasures. It would be great to be able to expand/rotate the recommendations though.

  28. Posted March 18, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Great idea, but I also struggle with finding other Bandcamp users. It would be nice if there was a way to find people on bandcamp, but then I’d hate for the site to become bloated with “social network” type additions.

    Also, do you get any feedback if someone puts you in their recommendations? An email saying “hey Mr.So&So recommended your album on his downloads page!”?

    sadfay.bandcamp.com

  29. Posted March 18, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    > do you get any feedback if someone puts you in their recommendations?

    Yep, traffic from a recommendation will show up in your buzz stats as a visit from “Bandcamp [artist subdomain].” It’d be cool to send a notification on first add as well, we’ll put on the to-do.

  30. Posted March 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    AWESOME!!!

  31. Posted March 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Great new functionality. One of the real strengths of bandcamp is the discovery experience and it’s good to see it continuing to develop. I also have a blog that collects bands I like on bandcamp:

    http://bandcamphunter.tumblr.com/

    and also on FB:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bandcamp-Hunter/133929093344214

  32. Posted March 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Nice! I’m glad I’m getting into this!

  33. Posted March 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    This is great stuff!

  34. Posted March 19, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Danny just told me about this feature today and I think it’s a great idea ^_^ Thanks for all the love towards us video game composers, it’s really great to have a place like this. Bandcamp is awesome.

  35. Posted March 19, 2011 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    Love it!

    I don’t think there exists any artist who doesn’t have at least some kind of influence.

  36. Posted March 19, 2011 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    This is really great idea! : )

  37. Posted March 19, 2011 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I think it’s a great idea and would go as far as to put in right on the main page for people who haven’t downloaded yet…right there in the right column underneath the artist’s other projects.

  38. Posted March 19, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    LOVE IT!

  39. Posted March 19, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Love that you guys keep taking the time/love to improve this site. You guys obviously care about the music and how people get to it. love & soul! -JM

  40. Taejon
    Posted March 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Wow you guys came out with this feature three days after my band scolded me for wanting to mention a friends’ band in our ‘newsletter’.

    Sweet vindication !!!

    wetyears.bandcamp.com
    netherfriends.bandcamp.com

  41. Posted March 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Just set this up on my page, and I’m happy to say that it wasn’t hard finding three very influential artists (for me) here on Bandcamp. It seems like everybody’s on here these days.

  42. Posted March 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice feature, thanks. Any plans to make it functional for single tracks, rather than just full albums?

    OJ

    jaisu.bandcamp.com

  43. Posted March 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Alright, just added my three recommendations. Let the karma begin! Wait, if I say that does it negate my positive karma? Crud…

  44. Posted March 21, 2011 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    You know what we call this back in my country? Really cool and a great idea. Job Good!

  45. Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Great idea guys! Thanks!

  46. Posted March 22, 2011 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Why is this limited to albums. I just tried to recommend a band camp single and it wouldn’t let me because it wasn’t an album. It seems to me you aught to be able to recommend and album, artist, or single if that’s what floats your boat. Am I wrong or missing something here?

  47. Posted March 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Good goood,….

  48. T05O28I19N90E
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    BEST SITE EVER

  49. Posted March 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    good job bandcamp, you guys are the gold standard, nice to see more thoughtful innovation. xoxo, hamburgers

  50. Posted March 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, it´s a great idea. We all win.
    best,
    Matt

  51. Posted March 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a great way for artists to be found. I like how this opens the doors for many artists like my self. This is technology evolving in to a unique form of promotion!

  52. Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    smart idea!

  53. Posted March 27, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Love this. Hope there will be more of a push towards encouraging discovery on here in the future too, there’s a lot of potential but I’ve never discovered a new band on bandcamp – each band’s page is very separated from anything else.

    Also agree it’d be good if you could link to singles / artists rather than just albums. Great start though. :)

    Dave

  54. sugarnthunder
    Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    You mean people aren’t checking my top friends on Myspace anymore??

  55. Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    really great idea, perfect place to put the recommendation too

  56. Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Awesome idea guys! It’s a very tasteful way of doing it. Please don’t get too into the whole “social networking” aspect, we have facebook and myspace and a ton of other websites for that, but this is a good subtle addition.

  57. Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Not sure it’s the best place to put the recommendation, I’m afraid people will think it’s kind of generated, no matter how hard we try to put personal messages. It’s a great idea though, and connections is what most lacked to bandcamp.

  58. Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    “I’m afraid people will think it’s kind of generated, no matter how hard we try to put personal messages.”

    Which is why mine now says “This is what I listen to in my own time (not autogenerated, I swear)”.

    :P

  59. Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Brilliant. This site just got better :D

  60. fendija
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    nice

  61. Posted April 3, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Love it, guys. Keep up the good work. It’s so nice to be able to recommend friends.

  62. foto sendija
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    jeah!!!

  63. Posted April 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I love this feature, but I wish there was an easier way to view the recommendations we’ve made.

  64. Posted April 4, 2011 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    This is awesome, is there some way that we could put more than one header?

    I understand the desire to keep it simple, but i would like to be able say a bit about each recommendation (i.e. i mastered this album, i am also in this band, these guys and i toured, etc.)

  65. Posted April 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    bcshawn : thanks for pointing that out to me! don’t know how I missed it :D

  66. Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Haha, that kicks ass.

  67. Posted April 5, 2011 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Great feature! Social networking and independent artists need to embrace their communities more rather than feel like they are facing competition! This is a perfect feature.

  68. Posted April 30, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    This is a prime example of why I’m coming to love BandCamp so much. It’s an awesome community. Not only can fans get music from their favorite artists, but the artists are given a legit chance to become fans of one another, and not only be fans, but to also support each other in a logical and viable manner. The only thing I think is missing from BandCamp right now is a forum of sorts, where the artists can interact, fans can interact, and fans and artists interact.

    Either way, I’m glad I found BandCamp and I’m loving the community around here!

  69. Posted May 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    AWESOME NETWORK SOLUTION!
    LET THE MAGIC BEGIN!…..

  70. Posted May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Hey, this feature is quite interesting…

    Anyone out there with good Alternative – Indie music? If we like each other´s stuff, we can exchange a Recommended Album link.

    http://www.theneverendingalbum.bandcamp.com

    Let me know!

  71. Posted May 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    `I like the idea of this because I am an artist that works way too much to get out to promote my work. Thank you band camp.

  72. Posted May 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Supremely ingenious!Well, going by this i’m really enthused to know that yu guys are on yo toes tryin out ways to make it better for us artists and bands.
    OK,tha feature is gr8 but i’d like to reach out to other artists and/or bands to holla @me and lets see how we can merge and form a formidable network using this insanely awesome tool.
    cheers mates! Holla!!!

  73. Fred Scalliet
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I totally second MT’s remark about the number limitation. It would be great to recommend more than 3 albums, given one or another way for the site to display only 3 at a time.

    Cheers ! I’m new on Bandcamp and still find hard to believe it is true :-)

  74. Fred Scalliet
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    … and, while we’re at it, while recommending numerous albums, it would be even greater to group them in different groups, with one heading per group.

    (Like: “Check out other projects i’m involved in”, “Check out other artists i revere”, “This is what I truly hate” ;-), etc.)

  75. Creidieki M. Crouch
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    So if I’ve already bought all of an artist’s albums, is there an easy way to see their recommendations?

  76. Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Not just yet, which is silly. We’re going to fix that soon.

  77. Posted November 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    The future is now, see the update to the post, above.

  78. Posted January 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    thanks bandcamp. your site has helped me organise my tunes and hence my personality

  79. himwork
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    gracias por todo Bandcamp,ahora empieza la era de la musica

  80. Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Briliant networking feature. This is the future of music distribution.

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