Let’s play a little word association game. When you think of violins, classical music and orchestras are both terms that should come first to mind. For others, those who know the name Lindsey Stirling, their word association game when they think of violins is likely to be a little different than the aforementioned, with words like dubstep, video games, hip-hop, and dancing coming to mind. Enter Lindsey Stirling, who since 2010 has released a self-titled album, an EP, and several singles, elegantly fusing a number of musical styles other artists would never blend from classical, to pop and hip-hop, and even dubstep.
Some readers may already recognize Stirling from the fifth season of America’s Got Talent back in 2010 where she was a quarter-finalist. Stirling’s performances were “electrifying” and she won the favor of the audience, but after stepping up the dance level in her quarter –final performance, judges decided it “just wasn’t enough to fill a theater in Vegas” – (personally, I respectfully disagree) “Remaining true to herself” is what Stirling attributes her success to.
At the age of 5, Stirling began to study the violin after great influence from classical music records played by her father. 12 years of private lessons lead Stirling to join a rock band with 4 high school friends called “Stomp on Melvin”. Since America’s Got Talent, Stirling has teamed up with cinematographer Devin Graham (DevinSuperTramp) and has seen an explosion in popularity on her YouTube channel – Lindseystomp (do yourself a favor and subscribe) with currently over 2.5 million subscribers on that channel.
Part of what makes Lindsey so great is her experimentation in combing violin playing with hip-hop and dubstep with notable covers and collaborations with other musicians including “Radioactive”, “Thrift shop”, “Starships”, and “Party Rock Anthem”. Stirling’s music also speaks to the video game enthusiast covering favorite theme songs from over the years such as tunes from “The Legend of Zelda”, “Halo”, “Assassin’s Creed”, and “Skyrim”. Covers aside, her collection of original arrangements are captivating and the accompanying music videos are always amazing thanks to Devin Graham (check his YouTube channel out here)
Lindsey will be starting an Asia/Australian Tour in mid-August but if you don’t live in that part of the world her full album and other singles are available on both iTunes and Amazon. Deciding which music video to reward those who stuck it out all the way through the blog has been tricky but I decided to go with “Crystallize”. We’re all about turning you on to new things here, especially when it comes to amazing musicians. That said, head over to Lindsey’s channel, spend the rest of your day navigating through her amazing repertoire of covers and originals, and don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date on all her new stuff.