Published Apr 17, 2019After announcing plans to open its own record store earlier this year, Bandcamp has now revealed its entry into the world of vinyl pressing.
A new service offered by the platform will allow artists to crowdfund for vinyl releases, in an effort to streamline "the financing, production and fulfillment of vinyl records."
The platform will allow artists to begin taking orders immediately, and once the minimum campaign goal is met, Bandcamp will press and ship the records to listeners themselves.
As the company explained in an announcement, "The new service eliminates risk, since fans' orders finance the pressing, rather than the artist or label. It eliminates hassle, since we press the records, print the packaging, and ship to fans (and fulfill digital too). It offers complete control, with the design and pricing up to the artist, and Bandcamp taking no ownership of the record. And it produces a quality result: our manufacturing partner has over 60 years experience pressing vinyl, so the records look, and sound, great."
Bandcamp has launched four inaugural vinyl campaigns alongside the announcement, headlined by a 2xLP pressing of Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah's recent album Ancestral Recall. The service will open to all artists and labels later this year.
You can find further details on Bandcamp's vinyl initiative here.