I am willing to pay what I pay now for my BUY ON SIGHT artists. Mostly UK electronic, so their prices are usually 1 GBP per track, 2 GBP per EP of 2 tracks, 3 GBP for an EP of 3 tracks, and usually 6 GBP for albums. The highest end I’ve been willing to pay was the 12.25 Euros for the Skee Mask album last year.
The only hip-hop I’ve considered buying on Bandcamp was Madlib’s Pinata Beats but found $15 too much for me when the CD brand new was $8. Knxwledge sells his tracks for $18.88 which for me is too much, Alchemist and Budgie also are too high for me, Stones Throw has their prices correct I think. It’s not that the higher priced music artists don’t deserve it, of course they do, but I can’t pay that much and I’m not willing to when I’ve got BUY ON SIGHT artists releasing 24-bit/96kHz music for 6 GBP an LP. I can’t justify it.
I LOVE BANDCAMP because its paid millions to artists, and because I love to own the music especially in 24-bit, and because I do not like streaming; both personally and as a concept. However, artists like Four Tet have had their tracks played millions of times on there, even Midland had almost 5 million plays just for Final Credits. Floating Points had individual Spotify art for each track on his new LP, and Four Tet, Caribou, Joy O, Midland, they’ve all got Spotify playlists. No doubt for as much as Spotify doesn’t give artists a fair share (my opinion) it definitely gives them shine and increases their popularity, support for shows, and DJ sets. I remember Four Tet had 100k or so Twitter followers a year or so ago, and now it’s 250k or something. That’s a huge jump and I attribute that to the attention he got for his KH alias releasing the Only Human track.
Not sure what will happen to Bandcamp in the long run, will these bigger artists I mentioned stay on there when the specter of Spotify and streaming looms so large as a powerhouse? Will smaller artists charge more like the ones you’ve listed? It scares me to think about because I’ve been buying music for decades and don’t want that to change. The new Floating Points LP was in 1,000 collections last I checked, so 1,000 times 8 pounds is like 8,000 pounds, which is $10,285. That’s not that much money considering Ninja Tune is a larger indie lablel and heavily promoted the project at almost every major music publication, even an article in the NYT. That’s the highest end, along with the Yussef Kamaal project a few years back, that had something like 5,000 purchases.
I’m not an expert in any of this, but these have been my thoughts for a while, thank you for the post @criminiminal for sparking the space to write. Bandcamp is my go to purchase place and I love it a lot, maybe these high prices are justified by the artists, thankfully this doesn’t affect my purchases, but Bandcamp will develop in different ways and hopefully they are adaptable enough to survive the streaming giants that only seem to be gaining steam.