I love Bandcamp. I also love exfm. And since they both play so nicely together, I decided to create something that combines what the two sites do so well.
That ‘something’ is called Bandcamp Radio. So what is that?
Well, in a nutshell, I’ve created an exfm account where I only ‘heart’ songs that are available on Bandcamp. This creates a radio station that is not only made entirely of music available on Bandcamp, but all songs have direct links back to the Bandcamp page they come from. I personally believe that the greatest way to support an artist is to purchase their music through their Bandcamp page (as that is the place where they’ll get the biggest cut). I also believe that not everybody is as aware of Bandcamp as they should be (which isn’t helped by the fact that most internet radio stations always create buy links to iTunes or Amazon). And… finding new music on Bandcamp can sometimes be more labour intensive then your average music consumer is willing to put in. So I hope that Bandcamp Radio can help with that (as long as you have a similar taste in music as me).
Now Bandcamp has already created a great tool for discovering music on their site (called the Discovernator), but the one thing it doesn’t currently allow you to do is to put things on shuffle and discover new music through osmosis (i.e. like having music playing in the background while you get your Excel on). So hopefully you’ll find Bandcamp Radio as a nice alternative to listening to the radio while you’re at work or on the bus or wherever (and hopefully when you hear something you like, you’ll click the source link and support the artist… a lot of the times they are free downloads anyways).
IMPORTANT: The best way to listen to Bandcamp Radio is to scroll down until you hit the last song (or at least scroll down a ways so you load more songs) as soon as you arrive on the Bandcamp Radio exfm page. If you don’t scroll down before you push ‘Play All’, then exfm only loads the first 20 songs. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page before you push ‘Play All’, then exfm will load all of the songs that have been added. So - at the time of this blog post - you’ll be putting 151 songs on shuffle instead of 20 (which is the difference between an hour long playlist or an afternoon long playlist).
I’ll continue to add new songs every week to Bandcamp Radio, so keep tuning in and discovering how much great music is available on that extremely artist friendly service called Bandcamp (and don’t forget, exfm has a great and free iPhone and Android app, so you can take Bandcamp Radio with you in your pocket).