Jack Conte

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Jack Conte
Jack Conte 2014.jpg
Jack Conte in 2014
Born (1984-07-12) July 12, 1984 (age 36)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
EducationStanford University
Occupation
  • Multi-instrumentalist
  • singer-songwriter
  • entrepreneur
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2016)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • organ
  • keyboards
  • bass guitar
  • drums
  • percussion
  • accordion
Associated acts
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2007–2013
GenreMusic
Subscribers328 thousand
Total views41.9 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers

Updated: August 5, 2020
Websitejackcontemusic.com Edit this at Wikidata

Jack Conte (/ˈkɒnti/; born July 12, 1984) is an American multi-instrumentalist, 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 EPsSleep 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]

Career[edit]

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

In 2007, Conte created his YouTube channel to upload music videos inspired by the Dogme 95 movement.[8] He gained widespread attention when his video Yeah Yeah Yeah was featured on YouTube's main page.[9] The video, animated in stop motion, has over one million views as of August 2020.[10] 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][11]

  1. What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice)
  2. If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds)

Conte formed the band Pomplamoose with Nataly Dawn in 2008.[12] The band's presence is primarily online,[13] having only performed a handful of live shows. Nevertheless, the collaboration has garnered significant fan support.[14]

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."[15][16]

Conte is the keyboardist and founder of the funk band Scary Pockets.[17]

Conte has been identified as a "Young Global Leader" by World Economic Forum in 2020.[18]

Reception[edit]

Much of Conte's work has been met with positive reviews, citing evocative lyrics in Sleep in Color,[9] creative delivery of his videosongs,[19] and the tenacity to create a niche in the Internet music market.[citation needed] However, Conte's music was reviewed less favorably by Amplifier: "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."[20]

Personal life[edit]

Conte grew up in Marin County, California.[21] He studied music and composition at Stanford University, graduating in 2006.[22] Conte and Nataly Dawn became engaged in January 2016[23] and married in May 2016.[24]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
VideoSongs Volume 2
  • Released: August 15, 2008
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download
VideoSongs Volume 1
  • Released: August 29, 2008
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download
VS4
  • Released: March 23, 2011
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
My Big Package[25]
  • Released: March 15, 2012
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Nightmares and Daydreams
  • Released: May 21, 2007
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download
VideoSongs Volume 3
  • Released: July 13, 2008
  • ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download
Sleep in Color
  • Released: September 25, 2008
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
Conte
  • Released: May 2013
  • Label: ShadowTree Music
  • Format: Digital download

Music videos[edit]

  • "Operation"
  • "Yeah Yeah Yeah"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laporte, Leo (May 5, 2014). "Pomplamoose". TWiT.tv. Triangulation.
  2. ^ Chaykowski, Kathleen (February 13, 2018). "How This Musician-Turned-Entrepreneur Plans To Save Creators From Advertising". Forbes. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jack Conte – Sleep in Color EP". DOA. October 13, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "Voice Box Demo by Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn". Electro-Harmonix. January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "The Sims 2". GameFAQs. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  8. ^ Lin, Sara (December 3, 2009). "VideoSong Pioneers Pomplamoose Take on Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Michael Jackson's "Beat It"". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Conte, Jack (April 12, 2008). "Jack Conte – Yeah Yeah Yeah". YouTube. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "Pomplamoose: Making A Living On YouTube". NPR. All Things Considered. April 9, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  12. ^ "Pomplamoose: your new favourite band". The Brock Press. Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  13. ^ Keen, Andrew (February 17, 2020). "Keen On… Pomplamoose: How Nataly And Jack Are Reinventing The Music Business (TCTV)". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Savage, Mark (February 16, 2011). "How unsigned bands make money online". BBC. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Conte, Jack (May 7, 2013). "Pedals Music Video (featuring REAL robots) – Conte". YouTube. Event occurs at 4:10. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Tate, Ryan (October 22, 2013). "The Next Big Thing You Missed: 'Eternal Kickstarter' Reinvents Indie Art". WIRED. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "Viral video band Scary Pockets recreate hits with funky twist at Stage West in Scranton on April 10". NEPA Scene. April 5, 2019.
  18. ^ Levin, Mariah (March 11, 2020). "Meet our Young Global Leaders for 2020". World Economic Forum. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  19. ^ Firecloud, Johnny (August 4, 2008). "Breaking Ground With Jack Conte". Antiquiet. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  20. ^ Ferron, David (January 12, 2009). "Jack Conte – Sleep in Color EP". Amplifier. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  21. ^ Chaykowski, Kathleen (February 13, 2018). "How This Musician-Turned-Entrepreneur Plans To Save Creators From Advertising". Forbes. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Weiner, Jonah (September 19, 2019). "Jack Conte, Patreon, and the Plight of the Creative Class". WIRED. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  23. ^ Mornings with Pomplamoose (January 11, 2016). "We Got Engaged!". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  24. ^ JackConteExtras (June 14, 2016). "we got MARRIED!". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  25. ^ Conte, Jack (March 15, 2012). "My Big Package". Bandcamp. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2020.

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