The New Bandcamp.com

brand new bandcamp home page

Today we’re launching a brand new home page that’s focused on promoting all the incredible music on Bandcamp. The centerpiece is the Bandcamp Weekly show, hosted by Andrew Jervis. Andrew joins us from the renowned Ubiquity Records, where he headed up A&R for 14 years, and the Friday Night Session, which he hosted and produced at KUSF for the past 17. Every Tuesday he’ll bring you an hour’s worth of the best tunes on Bandcamp – exclusives, previews, recent faves, classics, and obscurities from around the world.

We’re not only excited about the music Andrew will be playing, but also by the way we’re presenting it. Unlike my car stereo, which coyly revealed that I heard MACKLEM this morning, the weekly show displays the current track’s cover art, album name, related merch, artist name, bio image and location, and of course lets you buy or wishlist all the music on the spot. Each week we also highlight a gorgeous illustration of a featured artist, starting this week with Helado Negro, rendered by the talented Oliver Barrett. We’ve got a batch of our favorite illustrators lined up and can’t wait to share their work with you.

Continuing with the editorial focus, you’ll see that we now have a regular feature (Andrew interviews R&B beat-making supremo Shlohmo this first week), a steady stream of all that is new & notable, and curated Bandcamp collections by special guests (courtesy of Bandcamp for Fans, and kicked off by eccentric Seattle MCs THEESatisfaction and Portland’s heavy-rocking Red Fang).

We’ve also moved Discover front-and-center and added wishlisting, staff picks, and the ability to slice by daily sales. Discover has driven more than 30,000 record sales in its previously somewhat obscure location, so it was high time we gave it front page placement.

Thanks, and hope you enjoy the show!

35 Comments

  1. unexpectednectar
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Ah! You guys! Always making things prettier. Love the illustrator collaboration too. High five.

  2. Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Looks cool. Where do I go now to hear music by artists from a particular location?

  3. Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks Sam. You can still go directly to http://bandcamp.com/tags, or click the “browse by tags” link on the home page.

  4. Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Awesome! Just please, please make sure of the following things:

    -That the site remains cross-browser compatible forever (no problem so far)

    -That the front page doesn’t become overly commercial, favoring big name artists and mainstream genres such as pop at the detriment of unknown artists.

    -That the design remains easy to use, unlike Facebook and Youtube after some changes in the past.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    It’s fantastic. So happy you guys have done this. And double thumbs for starting a weekly. Great idea.

  6. Posted April 10, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    YES! Yes yes yes. Yes, yes yes. Yes? Yes!

  7. Mart Anthony
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Big ups for launching the curated collections with Red Fang! Love Discover being on the homepage too – great move.

    Do you guys have any plans to allow seperate artist/fan sign-ins? Reason being is that I’m permanently logged in to my artist account, so wishlisting/following always involves two rounds of logging in and out.

    Mart

  8. Posted April 10, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    King Felix Loves BandCamp. Thank You for Keeping It Awesome!!1

  9. Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Mart, sounds like you want to be logged in to your fan account and artist account at the same time? You can set that up at the time you create the fan account, but if you missed that chance you should write in to support and we’ll do what we can. (You can also add add’l paypal emails to your fan account if your band account sells from a different one.)

  10. Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Looks interesting; how might one make a musical contribution?

  11. Posted April 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant idea, guys. Glad to see you’re so actively promoting artists. I still love this site.

  12. Posted April 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Good Stuff! Keep on supporting the great unknowns!!!

  13. Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey from Seattle. Great work on the updated design and site changes!

    Say – how would one submit their BandCamp album / page for consideration for Andrew Jervis’ show? Would love to submit some of my stuff and stuff by other killer local artists here in Seattle.

    Thanks – keep making things groovy on the interweb ;-)

  14. Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Josh (and this is to Chandler too): there’s no formal submission process for the show or editorial features – simply being on Bandcamp is enough. Andrew will be digging through the site and listening non-stop.

  15. Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I keep a big torch lit for all things Bandcamp!
    A flawless oasis that even a Neanderthal like meself can figure it out.

    Peace through music & high quality guacamole.

    B.E.B.

  16. sesay
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Great work an updated design and site changes, I would like to submit some of my stuff. how I can submit?

  17. Bobby Romance
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I ain’t never goin’ back home..I’m hangin’ out at Bandcamp with all the cool cats n’ kittens long after Saturdays gone. Yes, yes… Romance is lovin’ him some Bandcamp.

  18. Realaze
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Really nice, this really take bandcamp to a new level. hope to be featured one day, it would be a great honor :)

  19. Posted April 11, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Great news !

  20. Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Any advice on how we can get our music into the ears of Andrew Jervis or staff members to review?

  21. Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    C’est génial ! j’avais oublié que j’avais une page ici. J’ai eut du mal a la retrouver en fait !

  22. stevechab
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    This is great! I’m excited to browse new music!

    Questions: is there a way for artists to apply to be featured on the homepage? How’s that work? Is it staff picks and also data driven?

  23. Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks Steve (and this is for Sesay and Hoopy too). Answer for you up there.

  24. Posted April 11, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Nice! good move folks, love the way you are building out the future of bandcamp! check me out, by way of The Bay Area!

    http://jendor.bandcamp.com

  25. Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    always improving, I’m glad I can watch this website grow! keep up the great work guys!!

  26. amschiar
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Really good news! I’m on Bandcamp mainly because it’s not ruled by a few famous artists. The weekly is a great idea but could be ruined if it ceased to be independent from the artists: you should never allow artists or some fan to submit their music!!! The promotion should only come from original selection by the Bandcamp staff.
    Thanks for developing this exciting music platform!

  27. futuresushi
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I’m gonna miss seeing 20 Minute Loop in 100% of your promo material

  28. Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Ha, me too. Four and a half years was a pretty good run though.

  29. Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    digging the updated site! nice changes and new features.

  30. Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    very VERY impressed and pleased with the new look+ideas, specially regarding “Discover (as) a central component”, you’ve hit the nail on the head!

    loving bandcamp even more,
    Max.

  31. zioexcel
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Awesome new site guys, very beautiful and love the new features. Bandcamp weekly is an amazing idea especially with the coupled illustrations! Are there plans to make this a podcast or download able feature to listen to on the move or offline? That’d be amazing!

  32. Posted April 15, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    great new look. this site keeps getting better for indie musicians. great stuff

  33. uiopp
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Great redesign guys! Love your site

  34. rachelaustin
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Hey! I loved Bandcamp Weekly No 2 so much that I want to listen again. Is there somewhere I can hear it? Rx

  35. Posted April 28, 2013 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks Rachel – on the homepage, just above the track list, are arrows that let you select which weeks show you would like to listen to, including Bandcamp Weekly No 2.

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