Music Industry

by Mike Masnick


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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 @ 2:31pm

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    Nope, I judge musicians by their musicianship and to some extent why they are doing it. I like the dedicated ones, the ones who are doing it because they love music first, and everything else second. Think of someone like a Bruce Springsteen who loves the music so much you almost have to pry him off stage, he enjoys that part so much.

    These two may or may not be talented musicians, they are obviously capable of playing many instruments, which makes them talented in that way, I guess. But it would appear that they are allowing the money angle drive their art, making decisions based on making a living rather than the art itself.

    Making money doesn't make them great musicians, it makes them perhaps business people who play instruments.

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