A classically trained violinist who writes dubstep-inspired dance music, Lindsey Stirling is a genre unto herself. Equal parts dancer, musician, and filmmaker, the 28-year-old Arizona native first surfaced as a contestant on America’s Got Talent in 2010. She made it to the quarterfinals, but was eliminated after the judges deemed her unmarketable. Instead of wallowing, Stirling turned her attentions to YouTube, where her unique performance style quickly found an audience.
In the five years since Piers Morgan told her she was “not good enough” on national television, Stirling has amassed over a billion YouTube views, reached the upper echelon of Billboard’s albums chart, and sold out shows around the globe.
Recently, the multitalented star stopped by the BuzzFeed offices in New York to reveal some #truefacts about playing the violin.
“Violinists’ hands aren’t the prettiest, because of our nails and what our hands have to go through.”
“I actually hate new strings. New strings are like… [cringes].”
“As a dancing violinist, there have been a couple of moments where I’m like, oops! This is an expensive mistake!”
“It’s really hard to smile when you play. As a performer, if I ever find myself focusing it’s like, oh no — orchestra face! It’s not attractive at all, so I have to focus on smiling.”
Lindsey Stirling’s album Shatter Me is available on iTunes now.
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