What’s the Deal With #MetalBandCampGiftClub?

Since Wednesday, January 6th, a phenomenon known as the Metal Bandcamp Gift Club has swept through Twitter’s metal community. You may have seen the overly wrought hashtag #MetalBandCampGiftClub trending the last few days and wondered “Hey, what’s the deal with #MetalBandCampGiftClub?” Well, I’m gonna tell you right after the jump!

The seed for the idea was planted by Twitter user and metal fan @_jeremiahn (Jeremiah Nelson) who, after a particularly trying day, decided not to wallow in negativity, but to instead promote positivity through giving. He went to his Bandcamp page and went through some friends’ wishlists, bought a few surprise albums for them, and went to bed not thinking anything more about it. The next morning, Jeremiah discovered that his simple action of selflessness had sparked a movement within the online metal community. Nine Circles editor Manny O’War, one of the first recipients of Jeremiah’s gifts, fleshed out the Metal Bandcamp Gift Club idea and was the first to use the trending hashtag.

Since Wednesday, January 6th, Bandcamp has reported that over 250 albums have been given away due to this movement. If you consider that the average price for each album given away is around 5 bucks, that’s $1,250 worth of music purchased in a single week by a relatively small group of people. Obviously, Bandcamp is happy with this development.

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But it’s also a huge benefit to artists as well. Couch Slut’s debut album My Life as a Woman, for example, had such a huge sales spike on the first day of the trend that David Hall of Handshake_Inc. (the now defunct label that released the album) was led to ask if something had happened to someone in the band.

Handshake, Inc.

Pittsburgh’s own blackened hardcore outfit Slaves BC made enough sales in the first week to print up two new t-shirt designs to sell at their shows.

slaves bc

slaves bc

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.

What I’m saying is, it’s an all around positive thing for the metal community. You feel the joy of making someone’s day brighter through giving, the bands get paid for their work, and more often than not you receive a gift in return for your generosity and possibly make a new friend in the process. It’s win-win-win.

So how does it work? If you’re not familiar with Bandcamp, it’s easy to create a fan account. Once you’ve got that set up, start looking up artists or albums that you love but don’t yet own and click the little heart below the album art to add them to your wishlist.

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This ensures that anyone who wants to buy you music can do so easily and be confident that what they’re buying you is something you’ll like.

After you have your wishlist set up, it’s time to buy a gift! You can go to any user’s account that you want (here’s mine) and comb through their wishlist. Once you’ve found something you’d like to give, hover your mouse over that album and click the “send as gift” link.

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This will open up the album’s page. Most of the time, a dialog box will pop up that already has all of the information you’ll need filled in. If not, simply click the send as gift button on this page to open it up.

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As you can see, the fan’s email address is tied to their account, so you don’t need to enter it (which is good, because you probably don’t know it). Be sure to leave a message to at least let them know what you’re doing (I recommend using the #MetalBandCampGiftClub hashtag along with your Twitter handle, if you have one). And voila, Robert’s your mother’s brother! All you have to do now is pay for the album, and Bandcamp will send the user an email letting them know they’ve received a gift. Once they open the gift from that email, the album will be removed from their wishlist and added to their collection for all the world to see.

To learn more about the origin of Metal Bandcamp Gift Club, check out this episode of the As The Story Grows podcast, and the official Metal Bandcamp Gift Club website and Twitter account. Bandcamp themselves also posted a blog about it here.

I’ll be lurking in the comments below if you have any questions or just want some recommendations on who to follow on Bandcamp or who has the best wishlists. Happy gifting (and receiving)!

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Published on: January 15, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Hey christmas was last month, pal!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yes.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        GAH!

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Sweet girdle

        • The dude from Shitfucker rocks one out live as well.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I wonder if my boss will let me put spikes on my work polos

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Better to ask forgiveness than permission

          • If the answer is no, you’re working at the wrong fuckin’ place, bro.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      I prefer when you refer to it as “cunting Christmas” …thx in advance.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Noted, you son of a cunting bitch.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          ahhh yes….feeeels much better!

  • I’m pretty much finished with buying ONLY digital downloads of releases. Physical releases only for this bro. Bandcamp does do a good job of having the option of buying Physical albums though which is a nice feature. I’ve pretty much just stayed away from Bandcamp though for the past few months. Speaking of physical releases…

    http://i.imgur.com/KW8JKG9.jpg

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      I like getting physical from bandcamp because you can get the download immediately and enjoy it on the go before your album gets to you. Also, some bands only release stuff digitally, so i have to sometimes.

      • ‘some bands only release stuff digitally’

        Witchhelm. : (

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          Total buzzkill. I would love to have theirs and more Dopethrone physical releases.

        • Yeah, it’s expensive to do physical shit if you don’t have a label to support you. My band is going to try and do a limited amount of cassettes on our new album to see how it goes. We’ll probably lose money but whatever.

          • Stockhausen

            I hear that. My band is projecting our out-of-pocket costs for studio time and pressings, and, uh, I need to get on the savings train.

      • Yeah, that’s a rad feature. I recently ordered a copy of Pyromancer’s demo cassette tape and got the digital as a bonus on Bandcamp. Killer!

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          Nice.
          Getting a digital gift of a physical copy that you want would be kind of a bummer

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Physical copies ’til death!

      • Stockhausen

        Death ’til death!

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Shipping sucks sometimes though. Having to double or triple the price of an album to get it shipped blows.

      • Stanley

        I was looking at getting an LP from Norway yesterday. 25 Euros for the DLP, 24 Euros for shipping. Fuck off!

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          Exactly. Euro and Australia to US shipping prices are really steep.

          • Stanley

            Thank Satan for US Media Mail!

          • Fuckin’ A!

          • Stanley

            That reminds me, where the fuck is my Mgla LP? Did anyone get their’s yet?

          • Not yet.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Ill have to wait for a repressing 🙁

          • Stanley

            It’s not limited. There are loads available.

          • I see a lot of U.S. distros sold out already. Glad I ordered mine from No Solace. Plus I know they are reliable.

          • Stanley
          • It’s out of stock there bro.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Its out of stock everywhere ive looked.

            Fucking posers

          • Yup, just checked Arcane Alter too. Sold Out.

          • RJA

            Ordered mine from them – that and the new Drowning the Light.

          • Well done sir! I got that Drowning the Light double LP too.

          • Stanley

            Ha ha. What a chump am I!

          • Is that where you ordered your from? I like that shirt they have on there. I may pick that up next week.

            http://www.salvationdistro.com/new-arrivals/genres/288-black-metal/mgla003/P1155-exercises-in-futility

          • Stanley

            Yes. That’s where I got it from. It’s currently somewhere between Greensboro and SF. Looks like I’ll get in on Tuesday.

            They had a white version of that shirt at the show that I went to. I took loads of money expecting to buy some stuff, but the only merch that they had was the white shirt. Either they sold all their stuff before they got to SF or they didn’t bring any. So, I brought all my money home with me. 🙁

        • Stockhausen

          There’s only one answer. Fly there and buy it in person. Maybe shriek at the midnight moon from a desolate mountaintop while you’re there.

          • He travels enough anyways. He can just ride his bike and pick it up.

          • Stockhausen

            This is very true. Actually, I wouldn’t mind watching a bike race between you and Stanley across the Atlantic.

      • Celtic Frosty

        My wife and I agreed on a music budget for me because I tend to get out of control (no shit!), so I decided to go digital most of the time for this very reason. I get 2 to 3 times more music for the same price.

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          I’ve noticed you pull in quite the haul on bandcamp.

        • Stanley

          I find that buying physical costs me no more as make sure I only buy stuff that I really like. I went through a brief phase of buying digital thinking “wow, this is cheap” and then ended up buying things that I didn’t like all that much and are now gathering dust on my hard drive. There’s already too much music out there, so buying physical helps me to filter out the not so good stuff.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I have to do the same thing most of the time.

    • I’m over the whole physical copy thing. I have ton of CDs that will never be used again. Need to sell them for exorbant amounts of cash to kids who still live with their moms and have disposable income.

      • Or just people that might appreciate the albums more than you.

        • Exactly, they’re material things to me. Less is more..

        • after seeing pics you post on FB/US/here, i completely understand why you do physical! while it’s not for me, your collection is totes impressive

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        I went digital for a long time, now to vinyl. If only for display purposes. My vinyl usually only gets played on game nights

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        Do you have a list for those that may be interested but don’t necessarily live with their moms but do have a few extra dollars?

        • I’d have to go to my basement and catalog it. There’s at least 300 down there.

          • El Jefe Ross

            Oh damn. Well, if you do ever get around to doing something like that, let us know. I’m sure there are a few interested parties around here.

          • Getting around to it is the hard part. Obviously I would price them fairly for my Toilet friends!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Hey, no family – no friends – no life. What else am I gonna spend my money on of not Music and booze?

    • sweetooth0

      Only physical is real

  • Someones birthday today…

    http://i.imgur.com/wWoI1HO.jpg

  • i have a question, CFrosty: what’s Tapir’s e-mail address? i have a few things to send him

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      I don’t want your dickpics!

      • You want #AllTheDickPics

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I do.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Ask and ye shall receive

    • He doesn’t have it. But IIIIIIIIIIIIII do….

    • Gift Tapir the new Sunn O))))). He loves drone.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        I already have it

        • Get another copy. play them simultaneously and double your drone!

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Play them slightly off sync for maximum drone pleasure.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            drO)))))ne x2

  • No Sacrocurse album in my collection, but it’s the thought that counts Frosty pants.

    • Celtic Frosty

      I was going to actually buy it while doing these screenshots, but I wasn’t sure if you would want the digital.

      • Good call, I’m probably going to get the 7″ eventually. Thank you though.

  • Broke as fuck. Otherwise I would buy everybody #AllTheThings.

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      I noticed you don’t have anything in your wishlist. What’s up with that?

      • if only controlled substances could be added to the wishlist…

      • Eh, nothing really. It’s just not a feature I use. Maybe I’ll put something there now for the hell of it.

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          I was going to surprise you with something around Christmas, but you didnt have anything there.

          • Thanks for the thought. Not to drop hints, but I’ve added stuff now that you’ve encouraged me to. ^_^

          • Thanks.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            No problem!

      • i was trying to find some doom that KJM wouldn’t already possess!

    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      Hermit as fuck. But I know your pain too.

      • Hermit, and I live in a ridiculously expensive city.

        • Salvador Dalí Lama

          I live in the Tax State. Were your earnings are deduced thanks to taxes, and purchase prices go up considerably thanks to 7% tax.

    • CT-12

      Just what I was going to say to you. I’ve been trying to buy a ton of people shit in their wishlist, but your boy here ain’t made of money. Couldn’t find a cheap enough album in your wishlist, but know that’d I’d snag you one if I could.

  • Celtic Frosty

    It is possible to send someone a physical copy of an album if it’s available, but you’d have to know their address. I think Bandcamp has room for a lot of improvement on the gift-giving feature of their site. If there was an option to add your mailing address to your account, this thing would get out of control.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    This is great.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Ed!

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Blackbeard! What’s up?

        I have a training shift today at noon, only for four hours. Then I’m off for three days.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          I have the opposite! One day off this week, but tomorrow should be short

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Next week is gonna be murder, but by the end of next weekend I’ll be on my full time weekend schedule.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I hate working on weekends.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            That’s gonna be my regular schedule until I change positions within the company.

            9:30 am – 12:30 am Saturday and Sunday.

            I won’t be scheduled for anything else but I’d like to pick up an extra day shift a week (for that funny money) unless I have trainings which I am actually more interested in than working, lol

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            How os it possible to only work 6 hrs.

            Fml

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Those are fifteen hour shifts, Blackie.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Oh snap

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Frosty I’m buying you an album now. The fun part will be seeing which one!

      • Celtic Frosty

        Lowgazers! Thanks, dude!

    • Hey! I missed you.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Link, same to you!

      • Paging Chris Hansen. We may have a problem here.

      • Stockhausen

        BURN IT

    • *rummages around music collection
      *finds the closest thing to power electronics
      *gifts a Hilary Duff album

  • Eliza

    Aww, this is so heartwarming!

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Are you on bandcamp, Eliza?

  • Dubs

    Frosty is the best Santa.

  • You wrote this whole thing hoping we’d buy you albums.

    Okay, enjoy your power metal albums

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      If you bought me a power metal album I’d listen to it. I’d have to! Lol

    • Celtic Frosty

      LOL it’s your money. I probably will enjoy them.

      • Apparently I need your email if it’s not in your wish list.

        So now I have to figure how to trick you all into giving me email addresses

        • Celtic Frosty

          Ayyyy, thanks for the Zealotry album, dude!

          • Of course! I get to support a friend’s band and give someone music away just because!

            You’ve also inspired me to get back on Twitter, so thanks I think? I’ll let you know if it’s a net positive later

          • Celtic Frosty

            Best of luck!

            By the way, can you give me a link to your Bandcamp page? I thought I was following you but I guess not.

  • All my Bandcamp records are gifts because… reasons..

    But, yeah, it was cool to receive killer releases on my last birthday so I could make the Fan Account and later add more music this december.

    Like Frosty said, receive the gifts was awesome and I felt honored. Thanks again to all 🙂

    • RJA

      Link – I was going to gift you something after you got married. Then I looked at your wishlist and it had over 400 items and I was overwhelmed!

  • I would get in on this if I hadn’t bought everything already. Think I only have have one wishlisted item right now. Great idea and it’s good for all involved.

  • COAL ROLL

    This just re-affirms the rumor that Joe is really the viral mktg director for Bandcamp

    • Heh. Y’all thought I did this shit for free.

      • COAL ROLL

        SPONSORED CONTENT ALERT

      • They bought him lunch this week as payment

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Any of you use Amazon Music? I have Prime so I use it. They have quite a bit of good stuff on there.

    • FUCK THAT PLAYER!

    • i haven’t paid for it, but i’m amazed that i can stream any album that i’ve purchased since the beginning of time.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        wiat wut?

        • i can stream right now a CD i bought in high school, they retroactively applied them to all physical purchases!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            gtfo…how do they know about the old purchases? Did you have to provide them? (please forgive my stupidity). Of course I am assuming you did not purchase them on amazon in high school. I was not able to do that for a variety of reasons: no internet, no pc’s, no cd’s…etc.

          • no worries m9! just download their music app (if you can) and log in, it has your entire purchase history cocked and loaded

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            sweet..thx

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I have one album from Holy Grail on there I bought god knows when and I can stream it.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      I dont but AMAZON PRIME is the shizzznitz!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It really is. Free 2 day shipping is thr best.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          ++++++++++ <3

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    I’ll get you all Mr. In Your House 4 albums.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    RIP Tera Wray Static. I guess she didn’t want to live without Wayne.

    http://loudwire.com/wayne-static-widow-tera-wray-static-found-dead/

    • Arhys

      Oh my god. This is so awful.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It really is.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        GOD FUCKING DAMMIT THIS DREAM THEATER SHIT HAS TO STOP

        • Arhys

          We can’t stop until we unlock all the characters.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Is Arhys the latest one? Because I can see characters after him.

          • Gorp Smuggins or GTFO

          • i hope we’ve got all the characters covered and then Dream Theatre casually visits the terlet and sees what we’ve done

    • Waynecro

      That’s some dark shit.

  • Arhys

    I’ll get you all an ASSHTONISHING SOUND.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Not to detract from Frosty’s excellent article and all the gift giving and metalness going on here, but, the 2015 Sufjan Stevens album Carrie & Lowell is fuckin’ good.

    • RJA

      I wasn’t a huge fan unfortunately. But I will give it some more attention in the future.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        This is my first experience with his music, basically. I may have listened to a song or something before. I’ve had this b on repeat for days.

      • I’m with you. I dug the hell out of Illinois in college though.

        • RJA

          I loved Illinois and I dug Age of Adz quite a bit also. Like I said, I will probably give the new one a few more listens.

          • Celtic Frosty

            The new one is way more stripped down than most of his stuff. It’s more in line with “Seven Swans” than “Illinois”

  • RJA

    I will be buying albums for whoever I can find (I enjoy the idea and I have some disposable income)- started with Edward first – It was easy, he had one of my favorite albums on his wishlist.

    Edit: so get your wish lists in shape guys – don’t want to buy you anything you don’t want.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      MITOCHONDRION, thanks!

      I’ll browse your wishlist this weekend when I have some downtime!

      • RJA

        I should add that I don’t expect anyone to return the favor – that’s not what I’m after.

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          What is your page?

    • HORRENDOUS!

      Thanks so much. That’s great, I wanted to listen that one!

      • RJA

        I have played track 5 (acolytes) probably 100 times – no exaggeration.

    • Stockhausen

      You rule, RJA. Thanks for the AoP!

      • RJA

        That one was a no-brainer. I love that fucking album.

    • El Jefe Ross

      Thanks man, can’t wait to give Mitochondrian a proper listen.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays
    • are you on bandcamp sir?

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        No sir but probably soon I’ll be on Bandcamp!

      • Scrimm

        I tracked you down.

        • i’m a clandestine one!!

        • what’s your e-mail address? non-wishlist item incoming… (don’t worry, not limp bizkit)

          • Scrimm

            incoming

    • CT-12

      Hell yeah dude, this is awesome.

  • Stockhausen

    Just opened my email and saw a gifted album, and got the warm fuzzies. I’ve neglected to join in on the fun since my wife has an excellent budget laid out for us, and it rules when we stick to it. But fuggedaboudit, I’m buying some jabronis some albums now.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the informative article, Mr. Frosty. I was completely unaware of this phenomenon. I may have to bring this up at work, because one of the company’s services tracks interesting trends in social media. I like to interject metal news whenever I can.

  • JWEG

    I’m going to get in on #metalbandcampgiftclub eventually. I’ve promoted the hashtag a bit on Twitter, and got a few new Twitter followers because of it – though oddly, only one of them also followed on bandcamp (the link to which is on my Twitter profile).

    I was also thinking of gifting once in the spirit of MBCGC with something from a person’s wishlist, then a bonus pick from my wishlist. That wouldn’t be deviating too far from the plan so long as I include the first gift, right?

    Considering it’s all doom I might only do that latter thing for the fans with similar genre interests. I don’t have to make too much effort. I’ve only got 8 followers, total.

    • El Jefe Ross

      Your bandcamp choices are excellent, sir.

  • Scrimm

    I gotta start using bandcamp more