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A local cellist recently went viral on TikTok for his classical covers of pop songs.
Musician Andrew Savoia started posting TikToks below the username @savoiboi earlier this month. Every day, Savoia’s content material continues to realize extra traction. Arlingtonians could acknowledge a number of outside areas round city as filming places for the short-form music movies.
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Savoia’s latest cello cowl of the music “Come Get Her,” initially by hip-hop artist Rae Sremmurd, has greater than 1.5 million views and counting. In accordance with his profile, the web page at the moment has roughly 92,000 followers and 646 “likes.”
In latest months, TikTok made headlines as a social media platform for politically active youth however the app is moreso used as a platform for comedy and leisure.
In a publish from July 12 (above), which featured a canopy of “Supalonely,” viewers can spot the Washington Monument and parts of Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston hall within the background. Savoia stated he and his good friend filmed it on the rooftop of his mother’s house constructing in Ballston.
Different filming places embrace public open areas round city and a bridge close to Navy Yard in D.C.
“What I’ve been doing is selecting a music that I actually need to play and selecting a background that matches with that music,” he instructed ARLnow.
Thus far, 4 out of Savoia’s eight viral movies have been filmed in Arlington.
Different covers by Savoia embrace “Roses” by SAINt JHN, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd and different songs topping charts globally. Most of the hits that Savoia chooses to cowl come from memes and different TikToks despatched to him by pals, he stated.
“A few of these tunes are actually catchy and so they get caught in my head,” he stated, including that he’ll experiment with the music earlier than deciding that he needs to publish a video.
Boosting his reputation additional, different TikTok customers are actually utilizing his music to compose their very own posts. Savoia stated he likes to see followers interacting along with his music as a result of it encourages them to choose up an instrument and revive their ardour for classical music.
On the app, TikTok provides a “duet” characteristic, which lets customers document their very own content material side-by-side with one other publish — as if the 2 accounts have been performing on the similar time. Going ahead, Savoia stated that he would like to see extra collaboration like this.
Inspiration for the venture first got here to him after he purchased recording tools to do a full-length, four-minute cowl of a Weeknd music however didn’t like the ultimate consequence — and as an alternative determined to stay to a 30-second clip, which he and pals later posted on TikTok.
“The response was actually constructive and that simply made me need to do it extra,” Savoia stated.
Savoia realized to play the cello at age 9. After graduating from Virginia Tech final 12 months with an undergraduate diploma in scientific neuroscience, he revived his love for music by becoming a member of the New River Valley Symphony. However since COVID-19 compelled the cancelation of concert events and group practices, Savoia stated he had further time on his fingers to pursue his musical passions in different methods, just like the creation of a viral TikTok account.
“I had no expectations,” he stated. “My aim was to place out one thing I had enjoyable taking part in.”
For viewers questioning in regards to the absence of sheet music, Savoia stated he is ready to extrapolate notes by ear — a ability he picked up whereas finding out classical music principle.
Going ahead, Savoia doesn’t have a set schedule for releasing contemporary movies, however he hopes to maintain importing content material so long as persons are having fun with it.
As a substitute of actively selling his account, Savoia stated that each one of his traction on the app was gained organically, solely utilizing the app’s algorithm and permitting individuals’s pure curiosity in music to drive visitors.
“Different persons are having enjoyable and that’s inspiring,” he stated.
Photograph courtesy Andrew Savoia
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