During my research into selling music on Facebook, I came across Rootmusic’s ‘Bandpage’, and it is brilliant! Bandpage provides artists with the opportunity to create a professional looking fascia which can be added as a tab on their Facebook fanpage. This can definitely been seen to represent a real movement away from Myspace music profiles, but could even be possibly, due to Facebook’s standing, be a movement away from artist’s own websites. As Bandpage is immediately providing artists with an easy and significantly cheaper way of creating an eye-catching and very professional looking profile.
Setting up the page could not be easier, plus there are great video tutorials to help. Switching between ‘content’ and ‘appearance’ it is easy to see where you can add an image/ add text or change the background colour. Bandpage even automatically connects to SoundCloud, finding already uploaded tracks, whilst also automatically uploading biography information. One problem I had was that I had real issues sorting out the tracks that showed up on bandpage, and it’s worth knowing that if you end up deleting a track on bandpage it will also delete off SoundCloud (and so could ruin your current track orders). If you can I would say delete the tracks you have on SoundCloud that you also want on bandpage and start from scratch uploading (on SoundCloud) and then hopefully bandpage will pick up your tracks straight away. [I had a real nightmare with all of this - is it just me?] I also have to point out that to get a large banner image on your bandpage you have to pay $1.99/month. So if your just starting out you might not want to pay-out but if you’ve got people talking about you and are on the cusp of something huge, I would definitely recommend it. It’s another way of showing your professionality and that you’re ready for the big time!
Bandpage is Brilliant, below are some shots of my creation. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to set one up for another artist.