#184: Jack Conte – How to get fans

The biggest thing holding your music back might be YOU! In this episode you’ll hear Jack Conte (of the band Pomplamoose) talk about the importance of creative momentum, the crippling effect of premature self critique, and why you need to put out as much music as possible to create the widest “funnel” for your potential fans. Are you finding more obstacles than inspiration in your music career? Jack will give you a good kick in the pants. It’s a fun and insightful speech, which he delivered as the keynote of 2016’s DIY Musician Conference.


  • Max Christensen

    Man this podcast came just at the right time for me. I was having those exact same problems.
    I made an electronic music EP and re-mixed and mastered it 5-7 times I think. Then I got super caught up in business, taxes, marketing, always making the right choices etc. that I just stopped making music and haven´t released anything new in ages.
    I came to the same conclusions as Jack described in the conference, but hearing it again from such a charismatic guy in such a well paced talk really helped strengthening that resolve of just making and stop worrying so much.
    As a result I´m currently uploading a video of a quick improvisation with my Futujara, which I bet almost no one knows!

  • Radmila Neal

    great energy from Jack Conte!

  • kbreuner

    Thanks for sharing! It is easy to get distracted with so much “stuff” that we stop making music.

  • Avishek Choudhury

    some good info, definitely helpful 🙂

  • “You can’t choose what you’re famous for”… great talk Jack!

  • Adam_B_Harris

    Classic episode with heaps of great information. I can relate to the David thing. When I was in Florence I went to see it and it had been relocated to a shed because they were either about to do some work on it or some work on the place where it is displayed. I can’t recall which. I was like meh, its just a statue in a shed.

  • Rebecca Jasso

    The best address I’ve ever heard. Very wonderful keynote, and one I think I’ll listen to again when I need a peptalk.

  • Kar Stanton

    Thanks Kevin for sharing Jack’s talk with us. Like Max its perfect timing for me. I spent two years on an album that’s hardly been heard. I was planning to spend 2017 concentrating on ‘marketing’ it, but so far this has been pretty soul destroying. But now I’ve changed my plan, I am going to start creating again but just one track at a time – create ‘to publish’. This means I can do an new track every three to four months, and make a video, and put it in the world. I’m really excited about creating again, and being free to ‘publish’ without getting hung up on perfection. 😀

  • kbreuner

    Rebecca – Glad you liked it! You should come to the 2017 DIY Musician Conference. It;s a whole weekend of that goodness and so much more.

  • kbreuner

    Kar – Glad this inspired you. I don’t think you have to steer clear of albums, but you definitely want to work to publish and not work to perfect.

  • Matt

    Is there a way to download this episode? I’d like to save it for future reference

  • kbreuner

    Yep! Just click the ‘download’ button next to that episode on the website.

  • Kar Stanton

    Hi Kevin, I’m sure you’re right. Maybe it will just be a season of singles for me and then I’ll be itching to make an album again. 🙂

  • I love this so much — especially the “adjust your packaging, not your soul” part. Practical mindedness is so helpful to creators.

  • Really really great talk. He has an amazing story of his life, & is so wise. The biggest take-away I had:
    “Just build”