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