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My Rekindled Love for Music and The Joy of Bandcamp Friday in 2021



There was a time when I only used to buy music through one source. A time when I didn’t have websites to check to see what was going on in the scene. All I had was a list of new and notable albums and singles divided into multiple genres from pop, rock, electronic, hip hop and more.


This was a dark time for me in music because with just that one source I was missing out on a ton of music that I didn’t know existed. Also, many genres that I didn’t know of and musicians who were evolving electronic music.


Before the start of 2021, I started to use Twitter again which was a site I didn’t use since they first came out. I remember when everyone was starting to talk about who tweeted this or who tweeted that. Twitter quickly became the new social media of the next generation with a little blue bird as their logo.


While the lockdown was forcing us to stay home, I’ll never forget the day I spent time searching for new music on iTunes. During the lockdown, I had time to look through various genres and not just pick up the new and current thing. I came across a lot of interesting musicians and ultimately purchased the deluxe edition of Magic Sword’s Volume 1 album.


Magic Sword was a band I never heard of, and I decided to listen. This brought back a lot of what I felt was missing in music. There seemed to be more to electronic music than what I was used to. Down the rabbit hole I went. One of my first tweets while back on the bird app was mentioning how I would listen to Magic Sword while creating art, either by hand or digitally. This immediately threw me into a circle of really cool musicians and artists.


A few months after that I kept hearing about Bandcamp and what they were offering as a website. I tried to stay loyal to iTunes, which I still do as they house over 1,000 titles of my music collection since 2007. But slowly, I started to sway away and became more involved with Bandcamp.


Then, I found out about their first Friday of the month specials and thought it was great what they did for artists. I wanted to find more musicians that made what I like so I started to post about it on Twitter. Then I came up with a design to use for my po