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Behind-The-Scenes With Musician & Internet Superstar Jonathan Coulton

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About Today’s Guest, Jonathan Coulton:

I knew I had to have today’s guest, Jonathan Coulton, on the show when I got this email from fan of the show, Matt Monroe:

I know that you get hundreds of suggestions for potential guests, but I do think that you would find Jonathan Coulton – a singer/songwriter based out of New York – to be a fascinating interview. He’s an ex-computer programmer who quit his day job (while his wife was pregnant) in order to become a musician. He now has a huge, huge following via the web, and (from what I’ve been told) makes a very nice living selling songs and merchandise. Anyways, I think that you’d find him and his story to be interesting.

I had to find out more, so I looked up a few of his songs, such as: Baby Got Back and Code Monkey. I knew I had to track him down to find out even more, which led to this interview. Enjoy!

More about Jonathan Coulton (in his own words):

Jonathan CoultonIn 2005, I left my day job writing software to pursue music full time. To keep myself busy I released a new song on my website every week for a year in a project called Thing a Week. A few of those songs became big Internet hits (my folky cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”, a funny video called “Flickr”, a song called “Code Monkey”), and I am now fortunate enough to make my living as a musician.

I write about a lot of geeky stuff because I am a geek. Some of it’s funny, but a lot of it’s not so funny, and even more of it is somewhere in between. I’ve been compared to They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, Loudon Wainwright III, and other musicians you REALLY LOVE.

I give lots of music away because I believe it helps my cause, and I love it when people use my music to create other stuff – music videos, pictures, remixes, etc. At the moment I’m unsigned, and I’m proud to say I’ve created this whole thing mostly on my own (with plenty of help from an amazingly supportive bunch of fans). But it certainly is getting busy…I will probably sell out and go Hollywood any day now…

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