音楽編-歌詞解説 ~YouTube Musicans~




In this day in age where YouTube has become so popular, it isn’t surprising to see that many popular artists are starting out on YouTube. Just like the cliched Justin Bieber, who is not the first musician on YouTube, there are many people out there now being discovered on this virtual space. Artists are able to cover popular songs and putting their own twist to it to gain attention while also uploading their own original content.

現代ではYouTube人気のお陰で、多くのアーティストがYouTubeで始めの一歩をとるのは珍しくないです。あの有名人、Justin BieberもYouTubeで始まったことで有名ですが、YouTubeを通して話題になる人で最初でもないし、最後でもないです。この土台で多くのアーティストは人気曲のカバーを、自分なりのアレンジで出したり、オリジナル曲も出したりして注目を浴びようとしています。

We wrote about Troye Sivan earlier, and, just like him, many of these YouTube artists also vlog and create their own personality to decrease the distance between their audience and themselves. This makes the audience feel as if these musicians are tangible and accessible, which is much more appealing than seeing your favorite artist far away on a large stage.

以前、Troye Sivanについて少し語りましたが、彼と同様、多くのYouTubeアーティストたちはブログを使って、自分のパーソナリティを作り上げ、ファンとの距離を縮めています。その影響でファンからしたらこのアーティストたちには存在感があり、メジャーアーティストが大きなステージに立って距離感を感じるよりは自分と同じような空間に住んでいる人間って感じれるのが大きいです。

YouTube provides a platform for artists to express themselves in their own terms and create their own portfolio. Then, by the time an agency picks them up, their image has already been set that its difficult to be changed (unlike Justin Bieber who had not created an image for himself on YouTube before getting signed).

YouTubeはアーティストたちに自分を表現できる土台を与えて、そこから自分のやりたいようにポートフォリオを自由に作っています。それがあるから、事務所などが連絡して契約を作ったとしても、事務所には変えられないイメージがもう彼らに定着しています(Justin BieberはYouTubeでのイメージが定着する前に拾われたので、別です。)

Now, let’s take a look at the different type of musicians that can be found on YouTube.


First we have the five piece group, Pentatonix. They cover songs in a cappella with an occasional accompaniment of the cello. Their cover of Daft Punk definitely gained them attention worldwide. With 4 albums and worldwide recognition, Pentatonix has definitely made themselves a home as one of the most well known musicians on YouTube.

最初は5人組のPentatonixです。彼らはアカペラで、たまにチェロの伴奏もありながら、カバー曲を出してます。Daft Punkのカバーで世界中に注目を浴びましたね。アルバムを4枚もだし、世界で知られているPentatonixはYouTube内でかなり有名なミュージシャンとして名前が知られています。

Then we have Lindsey Sterling(YouTube). A violinist who, with her ballet background, dances during her performance. She collaborates with many known musicians (both YouTube artists such as Pentatnoix and main stream artists such as John Legend). With her unique playing style and her fun interactive dancing, she has gained a strong following and 2 albums under her belt. I, personally, cried while watching her video of We Found Love, filmed in Kenya.

それでLindsey Sterlingがいます。彼女はバイオリニストで、バレーの経験を生かし、バイオリンを弾いている最中にバレーを披露します。いろんなアーティストとコラボをし(それもYouTube内のミュージシャン、Pentatonixなどだけじゃなく、メジャーアーティストのJohn Legendなどともコラボを果たしてます)。彼女のユニークなスタイルと楽しい踊りで、アルバムを2枚発売し、かなり強いベースを作り上げています。個人的に彼女のケニアで撮った「We Found Love」の映像を観たとき泣きました。

There are also bands, younger boy bands, such as 5 Seconds of Summer (YouTube), who are making their way into the billboard charts. Along side with 5 Seconds of Summer, are The Vamps who also have gained a lot of fame worldwide amongst the younger generations, especially the girls, with their songs about young love.

他にも男の子たちがが集まってバンドを組んだ、ビルボード入りした5 Seconds of Summerなどもいます。彼はThe Vampsと同じく、世界中の若い年代の中では大注目を浴びてます。特に女子の間では彼らが歌う甘いラブソングが人気です。

Now, we also have musical masterminds such as Kurt Hugo Schneider(YouTube), who, at times, sits aside in the vocals, but with his magical talents in virtually all instruments he lays his hands on, he creates amazing melodies. Most of his videos feature other artists also, and at times, his family, who showcase their own amazing talents.

次は音楽の天才のKurt Hugo Schniederです。彼はたまに歌ったりしますが、触れる楽器全てからは素晴らしい音が出てくるような才能の持ち主です。普段は他のアーティストをフィーチャリングして、音楽を弾いていることが多いKurtですが、たまに歌の才能があふれている家族も登場しています。

One of the first musical artists I discovered on YouTube myself, is none other than the wonderful Kina Grannis (YouTube). I originally stumbled across her song Valentine, which I was instantly drawn to through the simple melody and sweet music video. I continued to follow her and continued to fall in love with practically every cover and original song she produced. With 5 studio albums and traveling world wide, Kina Grannis has a musical charm that seeps deep into your bones.

Kina Grannisは私が初めて見つけたYouTubeの素晴らしいアーティストです。最初はValentineという曲の映像を見つけて、シンプルなメロディーと可愛いPVで一瞬で虜になりました。そこからずっと追い続けて、彼女の出すカバーやオリジナル曲がとても好きです。5枚もアルバムをだし、世界中と飛び回ってライブをする彼女は魅力的で身体の中心まで癒されます。

Similar to 5 Seconds of Summer, now lets take a look at Christina Grimmies (YouTube). While she had a large YouTube audience before, after her part on the show “The Voice”, she gained nationwide attention. Sending shivers down spines with her strong vocals and confident stage performance, even Maroon 5’s Adam Lavine took an interest in her abilities.

5 Seconds of Summerに似たようなアーティスト、Christina Grimmiesを見てみましょう。彼女はYouTubeでもうかなりのファンベースを作り上げた時点でThe Voiceと言う歌手バラエティ番組に出演し、全国からの注目を浴びました。鳥肌が立つような力強いヴォーカルとオーラのあるステージパフォーマンスで、Maroon 5のAdam Lavineも彼女の才能に注目です。

We also have comedic artists such as Dave Days, who started out making parody songs about Miley Cyrus, his secret crush. While he continues to make parody songs, he also creates his own original content,which is also a major hit amongst his fans.

他にもDave Daysみたいなコメディチックなアーティストもいます。彼はMiley Cyrusに片思いしている曲を、彼女自身の曲を使ってパロディーを作ってました。。今でもパロディー曲を作ってますが、彼のオリジナル曲もファンから大絶賛。

For the final artist, I would like to introduce one of my personal favorites, Miranda Sings(YouTube). Miranda, a multi talented superstar, has created a major name for herself after her first video had gone viral. She covers popular songs, and even at times music video parodies, and attracts a wide range in her audience. She recently even released an original songthat showcases her musical talents exceptionally well. Miranda is also the voice coach for well known artists such as Pentatonixand even the world famous Ariana Grande.

最後に紹介したいアーティストは個人的に大好きな Miranda Singsです。Mirandaはマルチタレントのスーパースターであり、最初に出した動画がバイラルになり、その成功を上手く利用した歌手です。人気曲をカバーしたり、PVも真似たり、幅広いファンベースを持っています。最近ではオリジナル曲もリリースし、彼女の才能を上手く表せてると思います。Mirandaは先ほど紹介したPentatonixや今最も注目を浴びているAriana Grandeのボーカルコーチであったりします。

There are many other artists on YouTube who make fun covers that have gone viral such as Paintwith his Disney parodyor Walk Off The Earth with their viral video of them playing Somebody That I Used to Know. It is not uncommon to see artists collaborate with each other, spreading their audience range while creating a new sound with someone else. With the consistent collaborations and output in videos, they provide something that many of the mainstream artists are unable to provide their fans, which is definitely an advantage for the YouTube stars.

他にも様々なアーティストがYouTubeにいます。面白いディズニーのカバー曲を歌ったPaintや、GoyteのSomebody I Used To KnowをカバーしてバイラルになったWalk Off The Earthなどもいます。アーティスト同士のコラボレーションを拝見するのも珍しくないです。そうやってお互いのファンベースを広めたり、新しい音を作り上げたりしています。定期的にコラボしたり、新しい動画をリリースすることで、彼らはメジャーアーティストができないことをファンに与え、YouTubeでの活動ではかなり有利です。

Instead of the taking the traditional road of piling into a van and touring throughout the country, playing in small venues, these artists utilize the internet to connect with a broad audience spectrum. Although, they do, of course, tour and play concerts. YouTube provides this new platform for musicians of all kinds to showcase their talents and skills. It is taking over, and many of these YouTube artists are becoming more and more popular, pushing out the mainstream artists. Slowly but surely.



Other artists you also may want to check out.

Sam Tsui
Troye Sivan
Alex Goot
Tyler Ward
Chester See
Against The Current
King the Kid
Boyce Avenue
Luke Conard
Kimmi Smiles