Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band.
Jack Conte, one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose, took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result is a stark illustration of the uphill road artists must walk on their way towards success, even for a band as well-known (with 104 million views on YouTube and counting) as this one.
Conte makes clear in his piece that his band is not a fling but a career, one that allows him and his partner and band co-founder Nataly Dawn to draw a $2,500 per month salary, from revenue through iTunes sales ($5,000 per month) and Patreon donations ($6,326 per video). Conte makes no mention of streaming services or YouTube earnings. The rest of the pair's income is directed back into their band.