Jack Conte (/ˈkɒnti/; born July 12, 1984) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is one half of the band Pomplamoose,[1] along with his wife Nataly Dawn, and CEO and co-founder of Patreon.[2]

Conte has recorded two EPs—Sleep in Color and Nightmares and Daydreams—and released them along with the compilation VideoSongs Volume I through the iTunes Store.[3] Conte’s use of Electro-Harmonix audio equipment has been featured by the company in several videos.[4][5][6]

Contents

  • 1 Career
  • 2 Reception
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
    • 4.3 Music videos
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Career[edit]

Conte’s first notable appearance in mainstream media was as a voice actor for The Sims 2.[7]

He gained widespread attention when his video Yeah Yeah Yeah was featured on YouTube’s main page.[8] The video, animated in stop motion, has over one million views as of August 2020[update].[9] The majority of his new music is released as singles posted to YouTube. These mostly take the form of “VideoSongs”, a medium he defines with two rules:[6][10]

  • What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice)
  • If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds)
  • Conte formed the band Pomplamoose with Nataly Dawn in mid-2008.[11] The band’s presence is primarily online,[12] having only performed a handful of live shows. Nevertheless, the collaboration has garnered significant fan support.[13] The duo produced the third studio album released by Julia Nunes in 2010.

    On May 7, 2013, Conte announced the launch of Patreon, a crowdfunding venture, together with co-founder Samuel Yam. According to Conte, the startup is “like a kickstarter for people who release stuff on a regular basis.”[14][15]

    Jack Conte is the keyboardist and founder of the funk band Scary Pockets.[16]

    Jack Conte has been identified as a “Young Global Leader” by World Economic Forum in 2020.[17]

    Reception[edit]

    Much of Conte’s work has been met with positive reviews, citing evocative lyrics in Sleep in Color,[8] creative delivery of his videosongs,[18] and the tenacity to create a niche in the Internet music market. However, Conte’s music was reviewed less favorably by Amplifier magazine: “Hints of Conor Oberst, Radiohead, Patrick Watson, contemporary punk rock (screamo), radio power pop, and incalculable other singer songwriters are more than borrowed, making for a short mishmash of electro rock.”[19]

    Personal life[edit]

    Conte grew up in Marin County, California.[20] He studied music and composition at Stanford University, graduating in 2006.[21] Conte and Nataly Dawn became engaged in January 2016,[22] and the two were married in May 2016.[23]

    Discography[edit]

    Albums[edit]

    • VideoSongs Volume 1
    • Release date: August 29, 2008
    • Label: ShadowTree Music
    • Format: Digital download
  • “Push”
  • “Eat”
  • “These Days”
  • “The Giant”
  • “Lonely Ghost”
  • “Flavors”
  • “Passenger Seat” (featuring Louis Cole)
  • “Yeah Yeah Yeah”
  • “Hail Mary”
  • “Be Still”
    • VideoSongs Volume 2
    • Release date: August 15, 2008
    • Label: ShadowTree Music
    • Format: Digital download
  • “We Grew Up So Well”
  • “Kitchen Fork”
  • “This Disaster”
  • “Ten Thousand Feet Per Second”
  • “Out of Nowhere”
  • “Trains and Window Collection”
  • “Impression”
  • “On Planets”
  • “Gulf”
  • “I Know”
    • VS4
    • Release date: March 23, 2011
    • Label: ShadowTree Music
    • Format: CD, Digital download
  • “Make the Grade”
  • “Time of Your Life”
  • “Sinking Feeling”
  • “The Time Has Come”
  • “Off With His Head”
  • “Long Long Time Ago”
  • “Mercenary”
  • “Away”
  • “Only Dreaming”
  • “Get It Out”
  • “I Would Be Happy”
  • “I Wonder Where the Moments Go”
  • “Mister Money Bags”
  • “Push It”
  • “Reprise”
  • Extended plays[edit]

    • Nightmares and Daydreams
    • Release date: May 21, 2007
    • Label: ShadowTree Music
    • Format: Digital download
  • “Starlight”
  • “Tick Tock”
  • “Yeah Yeah Yeah”
  • “Unfrozen”
    • VideoSongs Volume 3
    • Release date July 13, 2008
    • ShadowTree Music
    • Format: Digital download
  • “The Way It Was Before”
  • “Freaks and Clowns”
  • “Bloody Nose”
  • “Get Happy”
    • Sleep in Color
    • Release date: September 25, 2008
    • Label: ShadowTree Music
    • Format: CD, Digital download
  • “Hollywood Endings”
  • “Like a Match”
  • “The Greatest Hoax”
  • “Now That’s Sacred”
  • “Carousel Waltz”
    • Conte
    • Release date: 2013
    • Label: ShadowTree Music
    • Format: Digital download
  • “I Know Better”
  • “The World Is Easy”
  • “Pedals”
  • “Real DJ (V1)”
  • Music videos[edit]

    • “Yeah Yeah Yeah”

    References[edit]

  • ^ Laporte, Leo (May 5, 2014). “Pomplamoose”. TWiT.tv. Triangulation..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Lock-green.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:12px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}
  • ^ Chaykowski, Kathleen (February 13, 2018). “How This Musician-Turned-Entrepreneur Plans To Save Creators From Advertising”. Forbes. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  • ^ “Jack Conte – Sleep in Color EP”. DOA. October 13, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  • ^ “Voice Box Demo by Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn”. Electro-Harmonix. January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  • ^ “Electro-Harmonix Tube Zipper Soups The Heck Out Of Jack Conte’s Martin”. Gearwire. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  • ^ a b “Electro-Harmonix Bass MicroSynth Makes Some Amazing Low End For Jack Conte of Pomplamoose”. Gearwire. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  • ^ “The Sims 2”. GameFAQs. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  • ^ a b Post, Rachel (October 13, 2008). “Jack Conte gets emotional in new album”. The Maneater. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  • ^
    Conte, Jack (April 12, 2008). “Jack Conte – Yeah Yeah Yeah”. YouTube. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  • ^ “Pomplamoose: Making A Living On YouTube”. NPR. All Things Considered. April 9, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  • ^
    “Pomplamoose: your new favourite band”. The Brock Press. Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  • ^ Keen, Andrew (February 17, 2020). “Keen On… Pomplamoose: How Nataly And Jack Are Reinventing The Music Business (TCTV)”. TechCrunch. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  • ^ Savage, Mark (February 16, 2011). “How unsigned bands make money online”. BBC. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  • ^ Conte, Jack (May 7, 2013). “Pedals Music Video (featuring REAL robots) – Conte”. YouTube. Event occurs at 4:10. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  • ^ Tate, Ryan (October 22, 2013). “The Next Big Thing You Missed: ‘Eternal Kickstarter’ Reinvents Indie Art”. WIRED. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  • ^ “Viral video band Scary Pockets recreate hits with funky twist at Stage West in Scranton on April 10”. NEPA Scene. April 5, 2019.
  • ^ Levin, Mariah (March 11, 2020). “Meet our Young Global Leaders for 2020”. World Economic Forum. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  • ^ “Breaking Ground With Jack Conte”. Antiquiet. August 4, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  • ^ “Jack Conte – Sleep in Color EP”. Amplifier Magazine. January 12, 2009. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  • ^ Chaykowski, Kathleen (2018-02-13). “Digital Medici: How This Musician-Turned-Entrepreneur Plans To Save Creators From Advertising”. Forbes. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  • ^ Weiner, Jonah (2019-09-19). “Jack Conte, Patreon, and the Plight of the Creative Class”. Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  • ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlCy0RNW9Ds
  • ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANX6tPlzxzU
  • External links[edit]

    • Official website
    • Pomplamoose official website
    • Scary Pockets official website
    • Jack Conte’s channel on YouTube


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