Fandalism is a community of musicians who share songs and support one another via video and audio uploads. The community allows users to choose an instrument specialty or style preference, then to interact with other musicians of a similar vein. Views are tracked and comments are supported. The application is intended to bring musicians from all over the world into one tight community.
Fandalism lets users follow one another and give each other “props,” which are an internal measuring system community members can use to rate each other’s work. Fandalism is similar to other video sharing websites, but dedicated exclusively to music.
Fandalism was created by Philip Kaplan and released to the public in January of 2012. In just four months, the sit skyrocketed to over 35,000 active users. Kaplan previously worked on TinyLetter and social shopping network Blippy. The site was created because Kaplan, a drummer, found it hard to hook up with other musicians via current platforms.
Fandalism is similar to other video-based social networks, but places a strong emphasis on music. Instead of a collection of strangers posting content to the same site, Fandalism encourages a community of interaction and support. The goal of Fandalism is to help musicians to promote themselves, while at the same time helping them to meet other musicians, collaborate and even form bands. Fandalism is also invite-only, which mitigates the impact of negative posters or non-musician interaction.
Fandalism works just like other social networks—users upload videos or songs, create profiles and share content directly with one another and the world. Users can private message one another and synchronize their Fandalism profile with their Facebook account. Additionally, Fandalism users are able to enter a list of musical influences, which other users can use to find musicians with similar interests.
Fandalism has no public registration. Instead, interested musicians must click the “Request an Invite” button at the top of the home screen, enter their email address, and wait for an invitation to arrive. Users cannot submit videos until their membership invitation arrives, but can still view and comment.
Fandalism is free for all users. There are no sign-up fees, contracts or membership dues.
Fandalism is an excellent tool for any musician looking to expand his or her social network. It’s also great for musicians attempting to raise their profile in the industry, as Fandalism has a much more specific niche market that larger sharing websites. Finally, musicians who simply want to create and share music with the world will find much to love about this application.