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It’s Novem­ber 2014. I’ve been post­ing videos for almost 18 months and yet I have less than 500 sub­scribers. How­ever, I don’t want to give up. A huge block­buster is about to hit the movies and Hans Zim­mer will score it — this is my chance.

I was wait­ing in excite­ment for the movie to be released so I could lis­ten to the sound­track. When it finally did I went to the movies with my best friend — I was dis­ap­pointed. Not because of the movie but because I real­ized that I would never be able arrange a piano cover of this sound­track that I would be sat­is­fied with. So… I decided not to go for it.

A cou­ple of days went by and then one day I heard the sound­track from my roomies lap­top. It was­n’t the actual sound­track but a piano cover — and it sounded awe­some. I real­ized that this could work! I found some tuto­ri­als for fast inspi­ra­tion, set up some awe­some sounds on my piano and then started arrang­ing and prac­tic­ing. The morn­ing after I recorded the video above.

5M views in May, 2017

When I write this post it’s mid-2017. The video has just passed 5M views and my chan­nel is close to 60k sub­scribers. I would have never dreamed of that 2.5 years ago — and there’s absolutely no doubt that this video was my break­through on YouTube. For more than a year my two Inter­stel­lar videos pre­sented 85% of my total chan­nel views. For­tu­nately I’ve man­aged to make some other pop­u­lar videos so the share has now fallen to around 30% — how­ever, there’s no doubt that these are still my most impor­tant videos.

So a very spe­cial thanks to all of you who are here because of that video. With­out you I would not have a chan­nel. Now we’re just wait­ing for more awe­some sound­tracks from Mr. Zim­mer. /​Jacob