Do any of you guys remember back when I posted in article where I tried to get you to watch The Warp Zone on YouTube? Well their latest video just came out yesterday, and they featured a special guest. In their acapella rendition of the Jurassic Park theme song, they featured talented vocal artist Peter Hollens, and at the end of the video, they posted a link to this video here:
Do you know what I did after I watched that video? I watched it again. And then again. And then I scrolled down the list of his other acapella songs and I was simply dumbstruck. This man is basically the entire cast of Pitch Perfect thrown together with a love for geek culture. Seriously, he has done covers for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and even Portal.
If the songs weren't enough, let's discuss the fact that in the majority of his covers, all the sounds you hear are his voice and his voice alone. Often times he records over 100 tracks and layers them atop one another to create a mesmerizing musical experience that you can't get enough of.
If you're not that into geek culture, Peter does other covers as well, like Ed Sheeran, Gotye, and even Disney.
Peter has also collaborated with other YouTube musicians, namely the incredible violinist Lindsey Stirling on projects like this one here:
Peter's life has its similarities to the story of Pitch Perfect as well. In 1999, Peter first got started with acapella when he and his friend founded 'On the Rocks', an acapella group for the University of Oregon. After he graduated the college, he started recording, producing, and judging college-level acapella competitions throughout the country.
Five years ago, he appeared on the NBC acapella competition show The Sing-Off, and although he didn't win, he was complimented by the judges, and for good reason. He started his YouTube channel back in 2011, and as of about a month ago, he has surpassed one millions subscribers! That's not a very easy feat.