Support your favorite artists in this troubling time!
Earlier this week the music distribution website Bandcamp announced that due to the Covid-19 pandemic they would be waiving their usual revenue share for 24 hours on Friday, March 20th. What does this mean? This means that any purchase made on the website from midnight Pacific Time tonight to midnight PT tomorrow will give 100% of the profits from said purchase to the artist themselves, without Bandcamp taking their usual cut. This is their attempt at helping relieve the financial strain the often independent and freelance musicians that make use of their service are experiencing due to the ongoing crisis.
If you don’t know what Bandcamp is, Bandcamp is a site that provides musicians with a storefront on which their music can be sold without having to go through the big names like Apple or Google or Spotify. They also write columns and such about music, and have generally been a very good resource for independent musicians around the world. Why am I writing about it here on a video game news site? Because Bandcamp also happens to be the best place to find and purchase high quality versions of some of your favorite video game soundtracks. Here is a list of some of the video game adjacent artists I recommend you check out and support on Bandcamp during this period of need!
NOTE: As many of these artists make their living from home studios, some of the artists I list below have stated that they would rather people go and support artists on the platform who are losing revenue due to being unable to play live shows. This is a respectable position, and while I don’t personally have many recommendations on that front, I implore you to please do your own digging around Bandcamp to find some for yourself. Who knows, you may even discover a brand new artist to love!
Austin Wintory - Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, Journey, flOw, ABZÛ, Absolver, Tooth and Tail, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, The Banner Saga, The Banner Saga 2, The Banner Saga 3, The Bradwell Conspiracy, Erica
Ben Babbit - Kentucky Route Zero
Bryan Gibson - Thumper
Christopher Larkin - Hollow Knight
Grant Kirkhope - Yooka-Laylee
Kristofer Maddigan - Cuphead
Seth Parker - Octodad: Dadliest Catch
WeiFan Chang - Detention
And as a bonus, here are a few gaming adjacent bands/artists you might enjoy:
Know of anything I missed? Know any artists sorely in need of support? Please let us know in the comments, and go support our artists in this trying time!