Filmed all on location in Berlin, Germany
Story behind the music and the video:
What do Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Brahms, Schumann and many more of the world’s greatest classical composers have in common? They are all from Germany! While we were on tour there we wanted to drink in Germany’s musical genius. It was an amazing experience. We had a chance to tour Europe twice in the same month. Prior to our first trip we had been brewing an original tune. We wanted to write a cello “hook” that could grab people and that could be looped throughout the tune. We then started building more cello loops and moments with unprecedented sounds from the acoustic (wood) cello, carbon fiber, steel, and electric cellos. When the dust settled we had four minutes of layered, edgy, sort-of dubstep-with-a-U2-influenced goody-bag — on the electric cello loops we used some of the same cool delay effects and chord style of legend guitarists such as The Edge, Ewan Dobson, Buckethead and Yngwie Malmsteen. We were excited but a little unsettled and we couldn’t figure out why. It was incomplete. We then left to Germany. We had some incredible adventures while we traveled and performed there. Upon return we had a week between our two Europe trips and we were determined to finish the song. Al and Steve were a little discouraged after having put so much work into a song and feeling good about it, and yet not knowing exactly what it needed. This is a good moment to say again how grateful we are for our supportive families. They are the true “Behind the Scenes” of ThePianoGuys that make everything possible and give us the happiness we draw our inspiration from. If it weren’t for Rachel (Al’s wife) and Julie (Steve’s wife) this song would have failed. They gave us the encouragement and the ideas we needed to sprint the last mile. We had one day to finish it up. That morning inspiration struck Al and Steve at the same time in different places — we still have the iPhone voice memo recordings (recorded at less than an hour apart) that we used to sing the capstone melodies that came to us. When we met at the studio we simultaneously announced we had the melody the song needed — only to find out that the song needed BOTH melodies — separately in different places and then together as a duet at the end of the song. As we listened to the final product we couldn’t help but feel the picturesque classical vibe mixed with a pop/dubstep vibe was an abstract depiction of what we felt as traveled through and performed in Berlin. We decided just days before we were to board the plane again that the song would be called “Berlin” and that we should film it while we were in the city — a place so richly steeped in classical heritage, history, and vitality. Filming in front of its incredible landmarks was such an unforgettable experience. (Read rest of the story here http://thepianoguys.com/portfolio/berlin-stephen-sharp-nelson/ )
Thank you to all of those that helped us make this video possible! Saskia, Frankie, Garrin, Shelley, David and all the awesome peeps at Sony Germany and Sony International!
East Side Gallery (Berlin wall)
Banks of the river Spree, overlooking Oberbaum bridge)
Nähe Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
Nähe Siegessäule (Street near Victory Tower)
Tiergarten (Snowy forest park)
Gendarmenmarkt, Marktgrafenstraße (Berlin Concert Hall)
If you’ve read this far in the description then you can truly say “Ich bin ein PianoGuy!” 🙂
“Berlin” written by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson (A PianoGuys Original Composition)
Published by Classicool Music (BMI) administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing, LLC.
Steven Sharp Nelson: Acoustic, carbon fiber, steel, and electric cellos; cello-percussion
Al van der Beek: percussion
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah, U.S.A.
Video produced and filmed by Paul Anderson
Video edited by Tel Stewart/Paul Anderson/Shaye Scott