~~April 20, 2014~~
They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson.
Paul Anderson owned a piano shop in St. George, Utah. He met musician Jon Schmidt as the latter walked in to ask if he could practice there for an upcoming concert. Months later, Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart (then just for fun) started making videos together with Jon Schmidt. It was not too long after that they did their first collaboration with Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al Van Der Beek as the studio and music technician. After the five of them started collaborating the group really started to take off, producing a music video each week and posting it to YouTube.
Several of the group’s YouTube videos have over 20 million views, while all of them have over 750,000. As of February 2014, The Piano Guys’ YouTube channel has over 345 million total video views and about 2,500,000 subscribers.
The Piano Guys is the second studio album, and first on a major record label, by American musical group The Piano Guys. It was released on October 2, 2012 through Sony Masterworks. The album is composed primarily of covers and mashups of classical and popular music.
Today we are featuring “Adele-Rolling in the Deep” from their first CD with a major record label.
“OUR VISION IS TO CREATE MUSIC AND VIDEOS THAT INSPIRE & UPLIFT.
WHATEVER WE DO, WE PUT OUR HEART AND SOULS INTO EVERY NOTE AND FRAME.”
~~Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Piano/Cello Cover)~~
~~Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011~~
~~Story behind the song~~
For this week’s video we decided to challenge ourselves.
We picked a pop tune at the top of the charts — one that wouldn’t be an obvious candidate for an instrumental cover. “Rolling in the Deep” jumped out at us. The writers, Paul Epworth and Adele, described it as a “dark blues-y gospel disco tune.” What could be more challenging for a classically-trained cellist and pianist? We locked ourselves in the studio (ok, not literally) and began work on the introduction. It wasn’t working. The end.
Just kidding …
The song came alive when we found a destined mashup in the melody from Gustav Holst’s classical piece “Jupiter”— a deep melody that rang out when layered on top of everything we were creating for this arrangement. To make a long studio-story short, it all came together after that. ALL sounds were created by acoustic & electric cellos (5 different cellos) and piano. By the time we were finished we had used 60 tracks.
Every sound you hear was created by the instruments shown.
~~Adele – Rolling in the Deep (ft. guest Artist, Amanda Scott)~~
~~Uploaded on Sep 9, 2011~~
Rolling in the Deep written by Paul Epworth and Adele
Instrumental arrangement produced by Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Arrangement written by Steven Sharp Nelson, Al van der Beek & Jon Schmidt
Piano: Jon Schmidt
Acoustic/Electric Cellos: Steven Sharp Nelson
Vocals: Amanda Scott
Video Produced by Paul Anderson, Tel Stewart, and Shaye Scott
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