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Happy Fourth Birthday To my Bandcamp Subscription!

October 23rd, 2018 | 4 Comments | Categories: Uncategorized |

Today is the fourth anniversary of the launch of my subscription!

It’s easily been the best decision of my entire recording career to move away from the idea that each 45-60 minute chunk of recorded work requires me to press 1000 CDs, do a massive marketing campaign (‘massive’ is a relative term 😉 ) and then ‘tour’ those tunes.

steve lawson bandcamp subscription releases from 2018


As an improvisor, the result of 20 years of continuous revision of my approach and the equipment that makes it possible, as well as the opportunities I’ve had to play with some truly world class, astonishing musicians, means that I have hours and hours of remarkable music piled up that needs an outlet. And the subscription gives me the ‘headroom’ to release it all.

Click here to see everything that’s on offer in the subscription!


The number of subscribers who avidly consume everything I put out the moment it’s released is pretty small – people’s lives don’t accommodate that, which is why it’s only £30, not some £200 a year uber-exclusive club for obsessives. It’s pitched so that people who want to dip in and out can do so at a price that makes it easier than buying individual albums, that gives them access to video and the occasional eBook or transcription that otherwise aren’t available…


The subscribers are a truly amazing and beautiful part of this experiment to see another way of making and sharing music in a sustainable way online. What does the internet make possible that previous models didn’t? This is one exploration of that, and I want to give a massive thank you and a virtual hug to everyone who’s been a part of this so far – every collaborator, every subscriber, current or lapsed (I explicitly chose Bandcamp so people had the choice to unsubscribe and still keep all the music – this is not a ‘rental’ scheme to trap people, I’d rather feel the motivation to continue making it valuable for existing subscribers year on year…)


Here’s to the next four years!!


(massive shout out to Andy Edwards, Phi Yaan-Zek, Bryan Corbett, Corey Mwamba, Robert Logan, Rich Brown, Poppy Porter, Pete Fraser, Julie Slick, Jem Godfrey and Michael Manring for their contributions/collaborations and general awesome musical magique! 🙂 )

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Jerry

    I could go on and on about how I play bass and how impossible it is to do what you do, how your music has been the soundtrack on family road trips, late night mood music at home, helped get me through a boring day at work..And with the volume of stuff you put out, although every single one doesn’t resonate with me, I know there will be one right around the corner that I love.

    I’m proud to be a subscriber . Never stop!

  • Marcel Rocha

    Hi, Steve! You’ve created a marvelous model to be followed by other prolific creators (I’m bold enough to put myself in this category).
    Thank you very much for being a model musician and entrepreneur! Will follow you always! All the best from Brazil!

    • Steve

      thanks Marcel, I REALLY appreciate the encouragement. And you’re absolutely right to identify that this is of particular interest to prolific artists. This is our time 😉


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