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Monday, 29 September 2014 (3057370)
Musician is internet hit
by Ollie Cowan


A SOUTHPORT Music Teacher has unwittingly become a international sensation a clip of him playing electric guitar was used as part of a music video which has been viewed 1.5 million times.

The ‘mash-up' video by Isreali record producer Ophir ‘Kutiman' Kutiel features clips of 23 different YouTube users who over the course of three years uploaded clips of them either singing or playing musical instruments in the key of G-Minor.

The clips were all merged and edited together to create an original four minute song called ‘Give It Up' which is currently taking the music world by storm.

One of the unsuspecting contributors to the project is 49-year-old resort music teacher Tom Walkerdine who only found out about the track after an old friend emailed him to say he had become an overnight superstar.

Tom told our reporter: “I received a few emails from friends saying to check out various links and when I got round to it I saw I'd been featured on this music video by a music producer called Kutiman.

”Everyone in it plays a small part but it is his creation - its a musical work of art in a way.

Within a few days it had over a million hits and it is just going viral. I was delighted to have been a part of it because it is such a good song.

“I'd uploaded a clip of me playing a blues improvisation in G-Minor on my guitar a few years ago and forgot all about it - obviously Kutiman had searched for musical clips in that chord and found my video.

”When I checked out his mash up I could see clips of me in my front room - overnight I became unintentionally and internationally famous!

“I emailed Kutiman after it just to say how great his song was and I got a lovely reply back from him to say how delighted he was.

”There is talk of a documentary being filmed about Kutiman and his success and a production team have spoken to me about the possibility of featuring in it when they come to Europe to film.“

Tom, a music teacher of over 20 years in the Churchtown and High Park area, said he hoped others in the video were as delighted as he was.

”It was very surreal but it's such a fantastic song and there are so many people featured in it - I don't know if half of them even know!

“I was lucky enough to have my own guitar solo at the end which was fantastic.

”I've been a self employed music teacher in Southport for 20 years and I help teach people different styles and instruments that they want to learn.“

For more information about Tom's classes call 07808925490.








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