Dub-Stepping Violinist Lindsey Stomp Earned $6 Million Via YouTube

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Dub-Stepping Violinist Lindsey Stomp Earned $6 Million Via YouTube

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Lindsey Stirling dances and plays the violin at the same time, and in the process has become YouTube's fourth highest grossing personality.

She may not be as big of a star as PewDiePie in the video game space, but Lindsey Stirling (aka Lindsey Stomp) has made enough of a name for herself dubstepping, hiphopping and playing violin that she earned $6 million via YouTube last year, making her the fourth highest grossing YouTube personality, according to Forbes Magazine.

With PewDiePie ranked #1 and raking in around $12 million, Stirling is continues to build a name for herself with her entertaining videos - many with a fantasy or video game tie to them - and some damn fine music. We've mentioned her a few times on The Escapist with her Halo video, her Zelda tribute in full Link garb, and most recently, a video for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Stirling started making videos in 2007 after no record label would take on her unique talent. Now, reports have her turning them away, as she does quite well on her own, thanks to the loyal fanbase on her YouTube channel. Of course, she also did get a boost from America's Got Talent.

"It's a very loyal fan base that wants you to succeed because they found you," Stirling told Forbes. "It wasn't some big radio station or record label that shoved art down someone's throat."

If you aren't familiar with her work (I wasn't), watch and listen and be entertained. I can surely see how she is so popular on YouTube.


Sterling and Peter Hollens tribute to Skyrim


Pokemon Dubstep remix with Sterling and Kurt Hugo Schneider


And this one for fun.

Source: Forbes Magazine

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my favorite part of this story is that the labels wanted nothing to do with her before, and now they're beating down her door. hahah screw those corporate bottom-liners. they're destroying real art. the age of information is bringing it back.

Would love to see Stirling do an album with Thomas Datt or Armin Van Buuren.

martyrdrebel27:
my favorite part of this story is that the labels wanted nothing to do with her before, and now they're beating down her door. hahah screw those corporate bottom-liners. they're destroying real art. the age of information is bringing it back.

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

Adam Jensen:

martyrdrebel27:
my favorite part of this story is that the labels wanted nothing to do with her before, and now they're beating down her door. hahah screw those corporate bottom-liners. they're destroying real art. the age of information is bringing it back.

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

yeah, well you're not even a real person, so I don't care. take your augs somewhere else, you damn robot. when reading your opinion, I just kept saying to myself "I never asked for this!"

(jokes man, jokes.)

Adam Jensen:

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

......She also plays original music. Quite frequently actually relatively speaking. I'm not sure how that slipped you by considering they mention record labels rejecting her then clamoring for her when she started doing well. Why would she approach record labels and they her after the fact if she didn't play original music, only covers? If record labels deal in covers, that's news to me, but then again I don't keep up with the music business all that well let alone how it works.

Even if she didn't play her own original music I would definitely consider covers art especially hers. I mean, if she's not changing the arrangement in some way she's adding something to it and if she's not doing that the dancing is most certainly her own (She practically invented violin dancing, or whatever a good name for it would be, as far as I know. Don't think anyone else even does it, even 8 years after she started) and the design of the environment/effects/whatever hers and whoever helped her create it. To so narrowly define art I'm sorry to say this comes off as callously pedantic to me. As if all art needs to start out as an original thought when we all know how much has been borrowed, if not directly copied short of lawsuit or malice, to create something new.

I like her videos, they're energetic and she plays well, dances well and finds nice scenery to do it in.
I haven't watched her original/own stuff, but at least her Zelda videos are good.

Good.
I'm happy for her. Her videos are worth watching and listening to.

She makes some pretty neat stuff. Worth watching and listening too much more so than some of the big names who make far more than that imo.

good for her, I wouldn't say it was earsplittingly painful, but more that than enjoyable. Just sounds like that generic riverdance noise to me, but still, good for her.

jamail77:

Adam Jensen:

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

......She also plays original music. Quite frequently actually relatively speaking. I'm not sure how that slipped you by considering they mention record labels rejecting her then clamoring for her when she started doing well. Why would she approach record labels and they her after the fact if she didn't play original music, only covers? If record labels deal in covers, that's news to me, but then again I don't keep up with the music business all that well let alone how it works.

Even if she didn't play her own original music I would definitely consider covers art especially hers. I mean, if she's not changing the arrangement in some way she's adding something to it and if she's not doing that the dancing is most certainly her own (She practically invented violin dancing, or whatever a good name for it would be, as far as I know. Don't think anyone else even does it, even 8 years after she started) and the design of the environment/effects/whatever hers and whoever helped her create it. To so narrowly define art I'm sorry to say this comes off as callously pedantic to me. As if all art needs to start out as an original thought when we all know how much has been borrowed, if not directly copied short of lawsuit or malice, to create something new.

I know she does original work, but let's be honest. That's not what she's famous for. She's famous for cover stuff and it's her fame based on that that record label parasites wish to capitalize on.

Adam Jensen:

jamail77:

Adam Jensen:

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

......She also plays original music. Quite frequently actually relatively speaking. I'm not sure how that slipped you by considering they mention record labels rejecting her then clamoring for her when she started doing well. Why would she approach record labels and they her after the fact if she didn't play original music, only covers? If record labels deal in covers, that's news to me, but then again I don't keep up with the music business all that well let alone how it works.

Even if she didn't play her own original music I would definitely consider covers art especially hers. I mean, if she's not changing the arrangement in some way she's adding something to it and if she's not doing that the dancing is most certainly her own (She practically invented violin dancing, or whatever a good name for it would be, as far as I know. Don't think anyone else even does it, even 8 years after she started) and the design of the environment/effects/whatever hers and whoever helped her create it. To so narrowly define art I'm sorry to say this comes off as callously pedantic to me. As if all art needs to start out as an original thought when we all know how much has been borrowed, if not directly copied short of lawsuit or malice, to create something new.

I know she does original work, but let's be honest. That's not what she's famous for. She's famous for cover stuff and it's her fame based on that that record label parasites wish to capitalize on.

The only reason I know her name is because of her cover of Radioactive with Pentatonix. I remember her as, "That midget mormon violinist". She's not bad, but she's not great either. There are a lot of really talented violinists out there who don't do music video covers of crap pop.

UniversalAC:

Adam Jensen:

jamail77:
......She also plays original music. Quite frequently actually relatively speaking. I'm not sure how that slipped you by considering they mention record labels rejecting her then clamoring for her when she started doing well. Why would she approach record labels and they her after the fact if she didn't play original music, only covers? If record labels deal in covers, that's news to me, but then again I don't keep up with the music business all that well let alone how it works.

Even if she didn't play her own original music I would definitely consider covers art especially hers. I mean, if she's not changing the arrangement in some way she's adding something to it and if she's not doing that the dancing is most certainly her own (She practically invented violin dancing, or whatever a good name for it would be, as far as I know. Don't think anyone else even does it, even 8 years after she started) and the design of the environment/effects/whatever hers and whoever helped her create it. To so narrowly define art I'm sorry to say this comes off as callously pedantic to me. As if all art needs to start out as an original thought when we all know how much has been borrowed, if not directly copied short of lawsuit or malice, to create something new.

I know she does original work, but let's be honest. That's not what she's famous for. She's famous for cover stuff and it's her fame based on that that record label parasites wish to capitalize on.

The only reason I know her name is because of her cover of Radioactive with Pentatonix. I remember her as, "That midget mormon violinist". She's not bad, but she's not great either. There are a lot of really talented violinists out there who don't do music video covers of crap pop.

Yes, because doing covers of long dead classical and baroque musicians is so much harder and unique. Not to mention her actual albums sell perfectly well and she is one of the highest selling independents.

ravenshrike:

UniversalAC:

Adam Jensen:

I know she does original work, but let's be honest. That's not what she's famous for. She's famous for cover stuff and it's her fame based on that that record label parasites wish to capitalize on.

The only reason I know her name is because of her cover of Radioactive with Pentatonix. I remember her as, "That midget mormon violinist". She's not bad, but she's not great either. There are a lot of really talented violinists out there who don't do music video covers of crap pop.

Yes, because doing covers of long dead classical and baroque musicians is so much harder and unique.

Yes, exactly. Saying it sarcastically makes it no less true.

ravenshrike:
Not to mention her actual albums sell perfectly well and she is one of the highest selling independents.

Yaaaay.

UniversalAC:

ravenshrike:

UniversalAC:

The only reason I know her name is because of her cover of Radioactive with Pentatonix. I remember her as, "That midget mormon violinist". She's not bad, but she's not great either. There are a lot of really talented violinists out there who don't do music video covers of crap pop.

Yes, because doing covers of long dead classical and baroque musicians is so much harder and unique.

Yes, exactly. Saying it sarcastically makes it no less true.

ravenshrike:
Not to mention her actual albums sell perfectly well and she is one of the highest selling independents.

Yaaaay.

Really? You're actually going with harder and more unique. I mean, for some pieces harder is certainly true, though not all, but more unique? Every violinist and their mother covers classical and baroque works. The number that genuinely try something original can probably be counted without taking your socks off.

As for her selling ability, she sells perfectly well when not producing covers, so while you may have written her off for being happy to do said covers, both her livelihood and abilities are no longer dependent upon them if they ever were.

It's amazing how many people like solo violin. It has always been too squeaky for my taste.

It would be nice if she'd bother playing in venues that aren't crowded and cramped. Well at least in Boise. Her first tour year, she skipped Boise, second year came to the god awful Knitting Factory. It was crowded cramped, and other people were assholes shoving themselves in front of other people (my wife and I occupied one space and had to fight to keep taller assholes from getting in front of us).

I left that show just furious and pissed because of how bad other people were. She came back through again within the last year, and I think she played an equally crowded venue.

I know smaller acts do that so that they can "sell out" faster. But it's wholly inconsiderate of her fans, and she has tons of fans here.

Anyways, just venting, I like her stuff, even though the shows have left a sour taste from other people. Seems to me she could go a bit bigger...

I've seen her life twice, she's amazing.

Randomvirus:
It would be nice if she'd bother playing in venues that aren't crowded and cramped. Well at least in Boise. Her first tour year, she skipped Boise, second year came to the god awful Knitting Factory. It was crowded cramped, and other people were assholes shoving themselves in front of other people (my wife and I occupied one space and had to fight to keep taller assholes from getting in front of us).

I left that show just furious and pissed because of how bad other people were. She came back through again within the last year, and I think she played an equally crowded venue.

I know smaller acts do that so that they can "sell out" faster. But it's wholly inconsiderate of her fans, and she has tons of fans here.

Anyways, just venting, I like her stuff, even though the shows have left a sour taste from other people. Seems to me she could go a bit bigger...

She comes through Raleigh and plays some of the medium sized venues. Her shows were crowded, but not in a "I can't enjoy this" kind of way. Live shows attract a crowd. Tis life.

Regardless, her live shows are amazing! Covers, original songs, none of it matters because she just *performs*, and it is gorgeous.

McElroy:
It's amazing how many people like solo violin. It has always been too squeaky for my taste.

Well, it all depends on the style/genre that's being played, I would think. Though as someone who has always had eyes on/ears for things like bass guitar, bass sections, cellos and double bass I will agree that, usually, violin is a bit high pitched for my tastes as well.

Dubstep and violin? That actually kind of bothers me.

ravenshrike:

UniversalAC:

ravenshrike:
Yes, because doing covers of long dead classical and baroque musicians is so much harder and unique.

Yes, exactly. Saying it sarcastically makes it no less true.

ravenshrike:
Not to mention her actual albums sell perfectly well and she is one of the highest selling independents.

Yaaaay.

Really? You're actually going with harder and more unique. I mean, for some pieces harder is certainly true, though not all, but more unique? Every violinist and their mother covers classical and baroque works. The number that genuinely try something original can probably be counted without taking your socks off.

Yes, I'm actually going with harder and more unique. Certainly harder and more unique than covers of Imagine Dragons.

RedRockRun:
Dubstep and violin? That actually kind of bothers me.

It sounds like just as much of an electric cat fight as you're imagining.

Evil Smurf:
I've seen her life twice, she's amazing.

How does she die in the end?

Adam Jensen:

martyrdrebel27:
my favorite part of this story is that the labels wanted nothing to do with her before, and now they're beating down her door. hahah screw those corporate bottom-liners. they're destroying real art. the age of information is bringing it back.

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

So what? Are cover albums not real art?

On the one hand it is nice to see something relatively different being popular around the interwebs, on the other hand I find her videos boring and the one live performance I saw was extremely underwhelming. She always dances in the same way and after the fifth time it's quickly apparent that she can't really dance in any other manner. Her original music is interesting but I've never heard anything that wowed me and I found her covers less appealing than the originals all round (though in fairness I gave them less time than her originals).

So...nice to see something unusualish doing well? $6 million is ridiculous though but y'know, ranty ranty laissez faire capitalism is pooey and all that.

She definitely does some interesting stuff. No one can deny that. I really like the Skyrim one, that dude can SING, and her violin play goes with it really well. I also really like the production values of her videos as well.

First things first, I only knew like the first three people. Everyone else I'm completely clueless about. Second, no mention of Crystallize? Clearly her most popular and awesome song there, original too.

I do have a passing interest in how much YouTuber's make. Especially larger groups such as Achievement Hunter and Funahus. They've got to be raking in the cash to pay for several grown men and women's paychecks. I'm honestly surprised to see her so high up though, wasn't aware she was still so popular.

Elfgore:
First things first, I only knew like the first three people. Everyone else I'm completely clueless about. Second, no mention of Crystallize? Clearly her most popular and awesome song there, original too.

Sounded really good but I could not listen past the one ten mark. The moment the drop hits it is physically unpleasant to listen to. That is why I cannot suffer dupstep, the sudden loss of a coherent melody is somehow beyond words in describing how much it bothers me without being painful. The fact that the violin remained unchanged while the backing music did not made it somehow worse. Skinny Puppy is all over the place yet it somehow does not bother me in the least, what is that all about?!

Anyhoo, I am in no position to hold it against her and even though I only just discovered Lindsey due to this article I wish her luck.

jamail77:
[quote="Adam Jensen" post="7.883996.22303847"]
If record labels deal in covers, that's news to me, but then again I don't keep up with the music business all that well let alone how it works.

Record Labels are pretty willing to get behind covers, as a large percentage of the classical/opera market is based on such (there are original works in those genres, granted). Even in more mainstream music (sort of), there's stuff like Kidz Bops, or Me First & the Gimme Gimmes. You even have groups like Apocalyptica, Van Canto, or Fozzy who all started out with at least one album of complete covers as their debut on labels.

That cover of the Pokemon theme is actually rather beautiful. Of course I'm biased since's she also cosplaying Anime!Misty at the same time, so probably not being objective about it :p

Ha. Just like the richest celebrities I don't care about any of the highest grossing youtube starts. She's ok though.

UniversalAC:

ravenshrike:

UniversalAC:

Yes, exactly. Saying it sarcastically makes it no less true.

Yaaaay.

Really? You're actually going with harder and more unique. I mean, for some pieces harder is certainly true, though not all, but more unique? Every violinist and their mother covers classical and baroque works. The number that genuinely try something original can probably be counted without taking your socks off.

Yes, I'm actually going with harder and more unique. Certainly harder and more unique than covers of Imagine Dragons.

I can promise you that the amount of people who've covered classical and baroque works is enormously higher than the amount who've covered Imagine Dragons. So more unique? Nnnnnope.

I actually have only heard like 3 of her covers. I didn't know people assumed that was all she did. I guess I'm knowledgeable due to Pandora constantly playing her stuff on my stations until I finally gave them all the thumbs down to actually hear something else. I don't even have her as a station, but I like her stuff mostly.

erttheking:

So what? Are cover albums not real art?

No. Definitely not. The only music that is art is rehashing classical music that's at least several centuries old. That everyone who's picked up a string instrument has done a rendition of. Without adding a single unique flair to it as that would be "ruining it". /s

Adam Jensen:

jamail77:

Adam Jensen:

As much as I like her and I'm happy for her success I wouldn't call what she does real art. She's just using her skill to play music created by somebody else.

......She also plays original music. Quite frequently actually relatively speaking. I'm not sure how that slipped you by considering they mention record labels rejecting her then clamoring for her when she started doing well. Why would she approach record labels and they her after the fact if she didn't play original music, only covers? If record labels deal in covers, that's news to me, but then again I don't keep up with the music business all that well let alone how it works.

Even if she didn't play her own original music I would definitely consider covers art especially hers. I mean, if she's not changing the arrangement in some way she's adding something to it and if she's not doing that the dancing is most certainly her own (She practically invented violin dancing, or whatever a good name for it would be, as far as I know. Don't think anyone else even does it, even 8 years after she started) and the design of the environment/effects/whatever hers and whoever helped her create it. To so narrowly define art I'm sorry to say this comes off as callously pedantic to me. As if all art needs to start out as an original thought when we all know how much has been borrowed, if not directly copied short of lawsuit or malice, to create something new.

I know she does original work, but let's be honest. That's not what she's famous for. She's famous for cover stuff and it's her fame based on that that record label parasites wish to capitalize on.

In general I don't like her covers much, I prefer her originals. Maybe I'm an outlier but wasn't her most popular song Crystallize which is original?

Queen Michael:

UniversalAC:

ravenshrike:
Really? You're actually going with harder and more unique. I mean, for some pieces harder is certainly true, though not all, but more unique? Every violinist and their mother covers classical and baroque works. The number that genuinely try something original can probably be counted without taking your socks off.

Yes, I'm actually going with harder and more unique. Certainly harder and more unique than covers of Imagine Dragons.

I can promise you that the amount of people who've covered classical and baroque works is enormously higher than the amount who've covered Imagine Dragons. So more unique? Nnnnnope.

An empty promise to back an equally empty statement doesn't matter at all.

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