About four years ago I was surfing for music videos on Youtube. During one of my searches, this band Pomplamoose popped up as one of the recommended/sponsored videos for me to watch. I was pretty hesitant at first because 1) I’m not a Beyonce fan. 2) it was a cover song of “Single Ladies” by Beyonce. and 3) I didn’t wan’t to waste 3 minutes of my time on a band I never heard of. However, my photographer instincts took over and I couldn’t say no to Nataly Dawn’s eyes in the screen shot and I decided to clicked on the link.
Suffice it to say, I became a fan of Pomplamoose in a matter of seconds and have been following them ever since. Not only did they change my view on cover bands and songs, they also introduced me to a new kind of video/music recording style called “Videosongs” (it was new to me at the time). This newer medium defined by the other half of the band, Jack Conte, has two rules 1) What you see is what you hear. No lip-syncing of the voice or instruments. 2) No hidden sounds. If you hear it in the song, at some point you will see it video.
Pomplamoose is more than just a cover band, they also have originals songs as well. All of which can be found on Youtube, iTunes and other social/music websites (yes...including Myspace). Both Jack and Nataly also have side/solo projects which led me to other Youtube musicians that I now follow like Danielle Ate The Sandwich and Julia Nunes.
Anyways, Nataly has a new CD out called “How I Knew Her” and is currently on tour. One of her stops is here in Minneapolis. In fact, her show is tomorrow night 03/20/2013 (or tonight depending on when you are reading this) at the Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater. Here is one of her songs.
This is were things get a little more interesting. The other night while deciding on going to the show, I thought about how fun it would be to photograph the show. So just like any other normal person would do, I thought it would be a great idea to send Nataly a Tweet and ask if I could be the “Official Photographer” for the show. Assuming my Tweet would be lost among the hundreds of other messages she gets, I figured I wouldn’t get any sort of reply. Or If I did, it would probably be a corporate letter saying ‘Are you crazy? HELL NO!’ and/or a court order telling me to keep back 1000 yards from the venue. Well...I was WRONG! To my great surprise, she tweeted me back saying that I could be the "Official Photographer" and would put me on the guest list!!! I normally don’t get freaked out about things like this, but I'm totally freaking out! I’m not exactly sure what kind of access I will have or if I’m going to even meet her and the band. Regardless of what happens, I’m just happy to get into the show, get a good seat and the opportunity to capture some great photos!