YouTube sensation Lindsey
Stirling is perhaps the first – and only – artist in the world to
blend classical violin, modern dance, and pop into to one amazing
September 18th, Lindsey will be releasing her self-titled debut
coming off the heels of an incredibly successful presence on iTunes.
With 10 original tracks, the album will showcase Lindsey’s
signature violin-electronic-dubstep style – opening with
“Crystallize,” her most popular piece. Lindsey has already sold
over 300,000 songs, several of which have hit the iTunes Top 100 as
well as the top of the digital electronic charts. Lindsey also has
plans for a follow-up album of covers, putting her unique twist on
everything from existing video game themes to pop music.
Are you ready? Here is the
incomparable Ms. Lindsey Stirling...!
MS: I am so blown away by
your take on “The Phantom of the Opera” theme song!
LS: Oh neat! I was so
excited about doing it!
MS: Well I for one am
totally in awe your talent, I've never seen anything like it
in my estimation, ask anyone, I don't gush easily.
LS: That's so awesome!
Thank you so much Michael!
MS: You really took to the
LS: Well I was drawn to
the violin as a kid, because ever since I was little I had this
center stage syndrome. (laughs) My parents took me to all the free
orchestra concerts in town, and it was very obvious to see who the
stars of the orchestra were. (laughs) At the beginning of the concert
the violinist comes out and plays an “A” note for the orchestra
and I was like: “Wow, they are the stars of the orchestra”. I
started taking violin lessons when I was five, because I thought they were
beautiful, fast and fun!
MS: The passion when you
play the violin is so overwhelming.
LS: Generally I do it so
much, so I have to love it, it has never gotten old.
MS: You utilize it in
other mediums, expand on that.
LS: Well in High School
there were a bunch of guys who were in a rock band. I had a crush on
every single one of them. They were all older than me, but I played the
violin and I offered to play with them one time – they had me
play a song at one of their concerts. So, it's like oh my gosh, a
dream come true for me because all of these boys are so cute! From
there I ended up becoming part of the band and we went on this little
rock band tour....I was sixteen, it's a really fun memory, but
looking back we were not really very good. (laughs) But it opened my
eyes to how the violin could do all different types of music. They
all left on missions so I was left without a band and I started
writing music to my favorite radio hits, like: Hip-Hop. I explored
different types of mediums because I was kind of getting burnt out on
classical. Writing radio hits is what got me onto “Americas
Got Talent”. Then I decided I wanted to start writing my own music, music that I like, I started looking for producers – I always want to
keep a fresh style so I do everything from rock to trance music,
it's fresh and always new. Even with no vocals, people seemed to be
entertained the whole time.
MS: Even with no vocals,
with your “The Phantom of the Opera” video I was enthralled. Very few
people have ever attained that.