By this point in the game I think it’s fair to call myself Peter Hollens’ official biographer …
Having covered the young YouTube sensation now three times, I feel like I know more about Peter Hollens than Peter Hollens does. In what was a sort-of happy accident for the a capella singer, he just happened to release a classic “Game of Thrones” song, “The Rains of Castamere” right in the midst of one of the biggest “Game of Thrones” frenzies ever! And the fact that he’s not even caught up fully on the series tells me that he is in for a rude awakening when the “Red Wedding” goes down.
The bottom line is, people — I can’t say this enough — Peter Hollens is a major talent in a medium that is still ahead of its time. When YouTube fully becomes the mainstream, Peter is going to be on its Mount Rushmore. Of course, Kai the Murdering Hitchhiker will be up there too, so it’s going to be one hell of an interesting Mount Rushmore.
You’ve covered a couple of “Game of Thrones” songs before. What makes the show such a compelling source for you?
Peter Hollens: I think anything that is out of the beaten path musically, and something that I genuinely enjoy is very interesting for me to cover. LOTR, GoT, and other really fun video game themes are very fun for me to cover because it’s something I enjoy, and something that I find my fan base really responding too! In the end, I want to make my supporters and subscribers happy, and if they ask me to do this type of music it’s a win/win because I enjoy it SOOO much more than covering the newest Taylor Swift song … you have no idea. Things to look forward to in the future include “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars,” “Portal,” many different eclectic video game, movie-type themes. 😉
Are you a fan of the show?
Yes, very much, although I am not all the way caught up, and this song was something I really enjoyed in season 2, and my timing was purely lucky that it was such a big part of the latest wedding episode. I need more free time to catch up!!
Any plans to release an album exclusively of “Game of Thrones”-style fantasy material (as you’ve also done some “Lord of the Rings” recordings)?
Actually yes! That is something I have been really working on, but it is still in planning phase!
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