One of the side effects of the pandemic is that musicians who make their money from touring and commissions — which is most of them, in these days of streaming and easy piracy — are suddenly without any income:
Like many others all my work has been cancelled. I’ve had zero income for the past month and absolutely nothing for the foreseeable future, so even the smallest purchase helps out. And of course bills keep coming in!
That’s a message from Robin Rimbaud, better known as Scanner, who makes experimental music using modular synths, radio scanners, and other found sound. I’ve been a fan since 1995 or so. Not only do I love his music, he also seems to be an amazingly nice guy, and constantly uses social media to boost other artists. He has started a fan club via Bandcamp to try to get some steady income going. Check out his YouTube channel and if you like it, consider subscribing to the fan club or buying something at his Bandcamp site. If you like low key ambience appropriate for the end of the world, I recommend “The Great Crater”.
If there’s an artist you like who has a Bandcamp presence or similar, take a few minutes to post about them on social media.