Peter Hollens: A Fantastic A Capella Star On The Rise [YouTube NextUp Creator Profile Series]

If you could trade places with one other YouTuber for a day, which one would it be?

I would really love to spend one day as one of the members of the Piano Guys. I always feel they have so much fun with their videos … or maybe just one day on a shoot with my buddy, Devin. His films always come across as so much fun!

I see you do some stuff that benefits Cerebral Palsy charity — how did you get involved with that?

I try really hard to do one video a year that raises money for a non-profit, and I was really happy when one of my a cappella friends asked me to be a part of an album to raise money for CP. I look forward to working with future non-profits to help raise awareness and funds for other worthy programs. I’ve tried in the past to find a non-profit for brain cancer, as that was what took my father’s life last summer after an amazing 35 hard-fought years with that cancer.

You sing the “Misty Mountains” theme from “Lord of the Rings” very well. What’s one thing that you would get all Gollum-like over?

Haha! Thank you! I love being able to cover geeky and fun stuff. I really look forward to doing more of those kind of covers in the future. I think the one thing I will fight tooth and nail to keep at this point is the ability to just make music for my audience for a full living. Now that I’ve done that for a few months, it’s something I never want to give up. I want to keep on making music to inspire people, help people make it through tough days, help them decide to bring music into their own lives, or start singing. I need to keep on doing this; it just is SOO addictive. Makes me salivate and start spitting just thinking of it … naw, just kidding. Tried to get into the Gollum character for you though!

Why did you apply to be a YouTube Nextup creator?

I thought it would be a phenomenal opportunity to meet other creators like myself and learn a bunch of new tips and tricks. I really wanted to put a face to what “YouTube” was; it comes across as an invisible giant that is hard to reach and connect with. After being part of NextUp, I was able to see the faces behind YouTube, and it was an invaluable experience that I would encourage EVERYONE to try to take part in!

Do you think people are inherently good or inherently evil? And, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

I think people are inherently good — if there is one thing I’ve learned from my wife it’s that. She always looks for the best in people. It’s a much more successful way to look at the world if you want to be happy and live life to the fullest. As far as worst thing I’ve ever done … gosh, probably not starting on YouTube soon enough — that’s my biggest regret. I did featured singing with Royal Caribbean with my wife for about three years after I got out of college — if I would have started doing my channel at that time, I can’t believe how different things could have been!

About the piece:

Out of YouTube’s thousands of creator channels, 30 promising creators are picked every season to participate in the YouTube NextUp Creator program — a sort of Hogwarts Academy for the very best of the YouTube best. They spend a week training at the YouTube Creator Space in Los Angeles, attending seminars, learning advanced filming techniques and interacting with some of the YouTube greats. In short, it’s a pretty cool honor. Since YouTube thinks they’re worthy, NMR thinks you should know about them.

So we’re featuring the Winter 2013 class of Nextup participants — 2 a day for the next 15 days. Learn about these fresh faces, love their content and then subscribe to their channels, because these are the next generation of YouTube innovators.

Follow Peter:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/peterhollens

Website: http://peterhollens.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterHollensMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterHollens

 

 

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