Music Industry

by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
music, pomplamoose

Pomplamoose On Making A Career While Making Music They Like

from the nicely-done dept

We've written a few times about the band Pomplamoose, who has become something of an internet sensation, but the bigger part to us (not surprisingly) was the fact that they had turned their success (mainly on YouTube) into a sustainable business model as well. Hypebot points us to a fun video interview with Jack Conte and Natalie Dawn, who make up the band, going into a bit more detail and noting that their goal is to have a sustainable business for as long as possible while making music they love without others telling them what they "have" to do:
It's difficult to think of a better, more succinct summary of what's so great about what technology allows in the music industry today. The old gatekeepers are no longer gatekeepers, and the real opportunity is in the platforms that enable others to avoid the gatekeepers, who would have kept them out in the past. Pomplamoose is a perfect example of this... even if they admit in the video that they have no hardline internet connection where they live and do all of their internet work with a 3G wireless setup (though, I do wonder how they get around the typical 5gig/month limits on most 3G connections).

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jan 2011 @ 8:45am

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    You got that wrong. They are real musicians, and they are really talented. But their goal isn't to be great musicians, their goal is to make a living. They aren't there specifically for the art and the money will follow, they are there for the money and the art will follow.

    If anything, it is everything that people here try to pin on the label system.

    As for backhanded compliments, you got that all wrong too. For people who love music, music isn't hard work. All the hours put in is for something they love, not something they hate. They aren't filling in TPS forms and arguing with a printer than never works right, they are doing what they love, what they would choose to do with they were entirely free of any responsiblity in life. It may appear as a lot of work, but if they really love music, it isn't work at all.

    Finally, "More power to them,let's just hope the whole music world doesn't turn into this.". is my personal opinion. I hope the music industry doesn't degrade down to this level, because their music isn't seemingly as important as their too cool for school 3G lifeverse and quest for a paycheck from it.

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