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62 - Pomplamoose Interview w/ Jack Conte & Nataly Dawn - Part 1

What could you learn from a musical duo with more than 300,000 YouTube subscribers and 60 million total video views who sell more than 100,000 downloads a year?

You're about to find out as Bob interviews Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn of the successful duo known as Pomplamoose.

This is an indie music success story that will inspire you. Listen as they reveal the steps they took and the strategy behind it. Plus, Bob's starts off with an embarrassing screw-up ... and at the end of this episode, Jack admits one way that Pomplamoose messed up with their marketing.

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Running time: 23:41 minutes. File size: 21 megs. Format: MP3 (128 kbps).

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Stuff mentioned on this episode: The music at the beginning and end of the episode is "Aware Awake Alive" by Soul Massage (which happens to be Bob's electronic music project with his significant other, Pooki). Visit for more info.

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posted by Bob Baker @ 2:15 PM   5 comments


At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Dave said...

Great interview -- I agree with the cover thang -- having experienced it myself with my 1st 2 YouTube vidz. As well as being an artist, I teach guitar and I did how-to's of a cover -- got over 120,000 views without lifting a finger!!! I hadn't subscribed to anyone or friended anyone. 2nd video came close to that. YouTube still asks me for partnership. But they aren' MY songs so...

Here's the crux: I earn a large chunk of my living teaching guitar and a music lawyer I once consulted with about this issue said I have to be very careful with video -- Synchronization Licensing -- different than Mechanical licensing for audio CD's. I wish I'd never spoken to this guy -- because now I'm struggling because I don't (can't?) do covers.

And it's not because I'm "too proud" -- I'm concerned about licensing issues. Am I worried about nothing? Any other points of view here would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for the quality info and resource -- and congrats to Pomplammose :-)

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Bob Baker said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the comment. This question comes up a LOT.

In fact, I just published a new post on my blog called "How to Sell & License Cover Songs, YouTube, Pomplamoose & More."

I hope you find it helpful!

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

Thanks Bob -- I'm heading over to read it right now!


At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Yaacov Dovid said...

Hi Bob,
Excellent interview!
I have the following question: if I want to use an original instrumental track (say, a guitar track by Leo Kottke) as background to my voice-over, what are the copyright issues involved there--in putting it on youtube and in putting it on a CD?
Thank you!

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Chas said...

So where is part two? That's where the good stuff is supposed to be (namely, the process of covering songs to put on YouTube).


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