by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 9th 2009 4:35pm
A month or so ago, a friend started sending me the Pomplamoose videos on YouTube, and now I keep seeing them. It's basically two people -- Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte -- covering famous songs by playing and singing all the parts themselves, and them cutting them together into very well done videos that, in some cases, have millions of views. Quentin Hartman writes in to let us know of a WSJ blog post about the band, noting that despite having been contacted by a bunch of major labels, they're leaning towards staying independent, noting that "We're making a living off our album sales and we don't even have a physical CD." And, yes, this is even though you can watch all the band's music for free, such as their covers of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" or Michael Jackson's "Beat It:
Now, of course, there will be some who will insist that there is nothing creative in covering someone else's songs, and those folks will never be convinced that this is incredibly creative, but for the rest of us, why not enjoy some incredibly creative song making -- and the artists who are making a living even without going down the path of having to deal with fictional royalty statements from a major label.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Early YouTube Musician Explains How Signing Major Label Deal 'Nearly Destroyed My Career'
- Universal Music Has No Sense Of Humor, Takes Down Hilarious Twitter Profile Pun Parody Of Nirvana Song
- LMFAO, The Band, Sends Cease And Desist Over LMFAO, The Beer
- Split Works Debate Raises Thorny Issues For Music Companies (And For The Rest Of Us)