Saturday Flashback: Lindsey Stirling – Elements

Tim: I found this from the sidebar videos next to the Adrian Lux track we did a few days ago, and was intrigued by the description in the title of ‘Dubstep Violin’. Have a listen.

Tom: Ah! Lindsey Stirling. YouTube star, with astonishingly good production values.

Tim: And you know, I actually quite like it, in the sense of, “Ooh, that works. I’d not thought it would.” It’s a weird combination, but arguably no more so than symphonic metal, and that’s brilliant if you’re in the mood for it. Maybe it’s the novelty that keeps me listening, but the violin has a fairly soothing effect on top of the harsh dubstep grinding so I can listen to it easily enough.

Tom: It doesn’t last for me. Maybe I’m just used to pop tracks with vocals? It’s nice, I guess, but it needs to be the soundtrack to something else.

Tim: Perhaps, and I suppose that might be where the aforementioned production values come into it – if you’re standing in pouring rain, or surrounded by fire, or in the middle of an ice cave, you could just let the music accompany the scenery.

She herself was on America’s Got Talent a few years back; got through to the quarter-finals even though apparently Piers Morgan wasn’t a fan, and has since then gone on to do lots – she even has her own iPhone app, so that told him.

Tim: True, but so does T-Pain. That’s no guarantee of quality.

Tom: Hmm. Fair point, so as an actual indicator of quality, you could know that along with quite a lot of original violin dubstep stuff, she also does regular violin covers of various songs, some of which are worth a listen, and apparently does funny videos as well, though I’m not interested enough to check those out. So there you go.