YouTube Star of the Month – April 2011

With the recent meteoric viral take-off of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video it got some friends and I discussing how and why do some singers make it and others (more worthy) do not.
YouTube is full of amazing (often un-signed) singers putting themselves out there for the public to see and hear while they hope for their big break. Eventually some ‘make it’ while I’m sure there are dozens left behind.
Technology is making it even easier to produce you own uber-professional video and audio plus with the iTunes store one can earn revenue from these singles and videos.  It makes us wonder if we even need the big labels anymore?
As a regular feature we’re going to highlight some of these great YouTube performers.
Starting off with the brilliant team of Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui, Kurt Schneider is a musician, producer and filmmaker who along with the amazing vocals of Sam Tsui have produced some amazing video singles.  Mostly they perform new arrangements of current chart hits but they have begun to produce their own original material. The first song that really gained a lot of attention was an amazing cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” in which Sam performs with himself, most recently they re-arranged Lady Gaga’s hit “Born This Way” into a track that I personally like even better than the original!
Having already appeared on Oprah and The Ellen Show it’s only a matter of time before these two YouTube stars break out of the internet and into the stratosphere of stardom!

Sam Tsui / Kurt Schneider – Don’t Stop Believing

The Ellen Show – An Easy Day Trip

People say nothingOutside WarnerBrothers Studios ever happens in Vancouver? Even is that were true (which I know it’s not) Vancouver isn’t that far away to have a fun daytrip away!

Yesterday, my good friend May arranged to get us tickets to The Ellen Show taping in Los Angeles. We boarded a plane from YVR at 0630 for a non-stop flight to LAX, arriving on a bright but cool LA morning. Catching a SuperShuttle for the hour plus trip across town we got a first hand taste of LA morning rush hour.  Arriving in front of the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank we still had time to kill before the required check-in time for The Ellen Show.

As luck would have it the Original Bob’s Big Boy Diner was just around the corner…it was like a walking into a 50’s museum….including some of the patons.

Back at the Studios and checking in at the waiting area (the lower floor of a parking garage) for The Elllen Show, we waited and waited some more before they started to sort the audience into groups to lead them to the studio backstage (which doubles as the Ellen Store). From here on out it was a well orchestrated whirlwind of fun and entertainment. 15 minutes before showtime, we were ushered into our seats in the studio and the ‘warm up’ guy started to rouse the audience and get us cheering. And cheer they did when Ellen Degeneres walked out to start the show…laughs, music, dancing, $100 Victoria Sectret Gift Card prizes, games, Eva Mendes, Flo-Rida, Mindy Kaling, more dancing, more laughs and games rounded out the November 30th episode.  

Then as Ellen was thanking the audience for attending, she also sprung another surprise on us by saying that Ben Affleck, who was to guest on the next day’s episode, was here to tape his segment as he was unable to the following day. So after a quick change of clothes for Ellen and DJ Tony, an interview with Ben Affleck was taped followed by a quick ‘game’. Then a quick 90 minutes after it all began, it was all over and we were on our way out the door with Victoria Secret Gift Card and Flo-Rida cd in hand. Making a mad dash for the SuperShuttle back to LAX for our 2100 flight back to Vancouver.

Super Fast Super Fun Super Easy to have a great Vancouver – LA daytrip!