#HowWeListen – Jen Pomphrey

How We Listen is an interview series where Byta interviews artists, their teams, and everyone else working in music about how they find and listen to music, new and old.
Jen Pomphrey CoFounder Byta
Who are you?
Jen Pomphrey

Where are you based?
Melbourne, Australia

Where do you work? What do you do?
Co-founder of Byta, I work on all aspects of design and front-end development

What are you listening to?
My album of the year has to be Lost Friends by Middle Kids. I can’t stop listening to it. The songwriting is great and I have luckily been able to see a number of their gigs lately and they are such a tight band. I am also totally on the bandwagon of loving the BoyGenius EP. So good.

How do you find new music?
I used to find a lot from blogs but now seems to be more via social media from the likes of Tone Deaf, Consequence of Sound and Pilerats. I still check in on Pitchfork for some good writing. Likewise I also really enjoy Spotify curated playlists. The Discover Weekly playlist tends to through up some real treats and I frequently check in on my new releases playlist that is curated from other bands I listen to.
Away from the digital realms, I find a lot of new music from going to gigs, music showcase (Melbourne Music Week was great for this) and also festivals. I had only causally listened to Big Scary before I went to Laneway Festival in 2016 but since then they are a solid favourite.

What formats do you usually listen to? LP, CD, Cassette, Digital, Streaming Service and why?
I listen to Spotify pretty much every day, mostly due to the nature of my work making me desk bound. I have CDs for my car that are mostly gifted to me by friends who no longer have CD players but think I would like their collections (pretty much all of them are right, though I have some duds) then at home I listen to LPs, since getting my own house it has been fun to go crate digging and find what treats I can get for $5. My collection is slowly growing!

Where do you do most of your music listening?
Mostly during the day at work, where I listen on headphones from my computer. Otherwise, I listen in the car, from CDs, the radio or hooking up my iPhone.

How do find and listen to pre-release music?
Pre-release on blogs or first listens on the radio mainly, Triple J do a lot of first listens, so I will hear a lot of them when I am in the car.

What are your frustrations with listening to music digitally? Any benefits?
I get frustrated with ads which definitely led to me paying for Spotify because I use it so frequently. Similarly, I find it frustrating when I listen to a track forget to bookmark it and then can’t find it again.

How do you keep track of everything you are listening to?
I create a lot of my own playlists on Spotify, favourite things on Soundcloud and try to bookmark articles about new music that I like.

Do you tip other people off to new music? How?
A lot of friends ask me to make them playlists. So I set up public playlists on Spotify a lot for those situations. Otherwise, I send over links to blogs etc. Then more frequently I just drag them along to gigs with me.

Anything you want to “promote”?
I am also super excited for Angie McMahon to release more material. She has a small handful of tracks about now so go have a listen if you can. Likewise, Jack River is amazing and I think she is going to go somewhere. Give her album Sugar Mountain a listen.

#HowWeListen – Jen Pomphrey was last modified: January 8th, 2019 by Byta