Jack Conte

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Jack Conte
Born (1984-07-12) July 12, 1984 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, indie music, power pop, jazz fusion, R&B, house, alternative hip-hop, trip hop, synthpop, EDM
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Producer, Entrepreneur
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion, accordion
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Pomplamoose, Nataly Dawn, Julia Nunes, Wade Johnston, KNOWER, Louis Cole, Ben Grant, Foxtails Brigade, Danielle ate the Sandwich, Lauren O'Connell, Ryan Lerman, My Terrible Friend, Carlos Cabrera
Website Official website

Jack Conte is a multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, entrepreneur and filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area who lives off the sale of MP3s online.[1] Conte has recorded two EPsSleep in Color and Nightmares and Daydreams — and released them along with the compilation VideoSongs Volume I through the iTunes Store.[2] Conte's use of Electro-Harmonix audio equipment has been featured by the company in several different videos.[3][4][5]

Early career[edit]

Conte's first notable appearance in mainstream media was when he supplied his voice for the "teenage boy" character in the popular videogame The Sims 2.[6]

YouTube Success[edit]

Conte first gained widespread attention when his video Yeah Yeah Yeah was featured on YouTube's main page.[7] The video, animated in stop motion, has garnered over 890,000 views as of July 2014. 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:

Pomplamoose[edit]

Main article: Pomplamoose

Conte formed the band Pomplamoose with his girlfriend Nataly Dawn in summer 2008.[9][10] The band's presence is primarily online, having only performed a handful of live shows. Nevertheless, the collaboration has garnered significant fan support. Fueled by the feature of their video Hail Mary on the main page of YouTube, Pomplamoose's channel has over 378,000 subscribers as of December 2013. The band recently produced the next studio album of Julia Nunes.

Reception[edit]

Much of Conte's work has been met with positive review, citing evocative lyrics in Sleep in Color,[7] creative delivery of his videosongs[11] and the tenacity to create his own 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."[12]

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Conte is also the co-founder of Patreon.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • VideoSongs Volume 1
  • Release date: 29 August, 2008
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download
  • VideoSongs Volume 2
  • Release date: 15 August, 2008
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download
  • VideoSongs Volume 3
  • VS4

Extended plays[edit]

  • Nightmares and Daydreams
  • Sleep in Color
  • Conte

Music videos[edit]

  • "Yeah Yeah Yeah"

Patreon venture[edit]

Main article: Patreon

On May 7, 2013,[13] Conte announced the launch of a new crowdfunding venture together with cofounder Samuel Yam. The startup is "like a kickstarter for people who release stuff on a regular basis."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Jack Conte, Internet musician". CrunchGear. June 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Jack Conte – Sleep in Color EP". DOA. October 13, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Voice Box Demo by Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn". Electro-Harmonix. January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Electro-Harmonix Tube Zipper Soups The Heck Out Of Jack Conte's Martin". Gearwire. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Electro-Harmonix Bass MicroSynth Makes Some Amazing Low End For Jack Conte of Pomplamoose". Gearwire. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "The Sims 2". GameFAQs. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Jack Conte gets emotional in new album". The Maneater. October 13, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  8. ^ "VideoSong 1 - Push". Jack Conte. March 9, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Pomplamoose: your new favourite band". The Brock Press. Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pomplamoose's MySpace Music page - About Pomplamoose". Pomplamoose. Retrieved August 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Breaking Ground With Jack Conte". Antiquiet. August 4, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Jack Conte - Sleep in Color EP". Amplifier Magazine. January 12, 2009. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Jack Conte - Pedals Music Video (featuring REAL robots)"

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