I quickly got into the (bad?) habit of playing la pompe with my fingers when I was first learning the genre. I found that playing la pompe that way sounds much more dry and subtle. When I try to play with a pick (3.5 Wegen) it just sounds a bit plunky/scrapey and loud. Here's an example:
A little sloppy, but you get the idea. It might sound quiet or too heavy on the downstroke, but keep in mind I'm recording with an old, crummy phone, so my "fingerstyle" la pompe sounds more even and loud in person.
Does anyone else here prefer playing la pompe without a pick? I've tried so hard to get my la pompe with a pick sounding like Nous'che Rosenberg's, but I find it very difficult. It's much easier to achieve that dry and subtle sound without one.