LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS COVER ARTIST I FOUND!
Okay, let me be frank: I don’t usually listen to covers. Why bother listening to another person singing to the same old pop song when you know you would still end up liking the original best, right? But that changed.
Long story short: Me and my friend were trying to make a cover of Believer by Imagine Dragons (irony much?). Out of curiosity and in the name of ‘research,’ I went on YouTube to search for a cover to set an example. You might already have guessed what happened next—I stumbled across the most beautifully renditioned cover, featuring kitchen appliances. Yes, you read that right. KITCHEN appliances.
With the help of a squealing kettle, an oven, a microwave, knives, and glass bottle just to name a few, Chase Holfelder, the cover artist, manage to deliver an enthralling version of Believer, that every listener will surely be chained to its rhythm. Every single equipment he used in the video harmonizes seamlessly with each other; his melodious voice sung passion throughout the video, like an anthem for his love to music. For a person who rarely gets attracted to covers, I found this version surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable.
WHAT OTHER INTERESTING CHANGE DID HE BRING INTO HIS COVER OTHER THAN KITCHEN APPLIANCES?
SO, other music jammers who listens to covers would notice the uniqueness in every song performed by different people. After all, new voices, new renditions. Most of them would stick to the original, occasionally tweaking a few notes here and there. Chase Holfelder does that too! He has covered some well-known songs including ‘Unsteady’ by X Ambassador, Taylor Swift’s ‘Out of the Woods’ and Adele’s ‘Hello.’
However, that’s only half of the story. Because for the most of the other songs covered, he transposes the key—from major to minor. In fact, he is known for his major to minor series.
Well, not going to lie, in the beginning I was not fascinated with the idea of it either. But I later convinced myself that there is no harm in trying something new. I did not regret my decision one bit because it blew my mind.
Major to minor is like a big leap into a brand-new realm. Although some might find it creepy, his minor key covers usually evokes melancholy feelings, leaving imprints of sorrow and hopelessness. In one of his major to minor video attempting the song Best Day of My Life by American Authors, he turned the cheerful tune around, as if into a lament. However, the song is produced not without its own catch. What we would normally describe as ‘feels,’ permeated his take on this song. Drowning in the minor tune, could possibly drain all the happiness in you; at the same time, you might be astonished by his incredible talent.
TALENTED HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD BE FOUND BY YOU.
From perfect harmonizing of kitchen tools to minor key acapella, you name it, he’s done it. Now it’s your turn to give it a chance.
By Shizen Wong
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