Today we’re so fortunate to be able to get an interview with Jason Yang, a YouTuber and fantastic violinist who toured with Madonna during the MDNA World Tour, and has an impressive 32 million YouTube views, and almost 200.000 subscribers.
I remember discovering you on YouTube about 4 years ago, and you have been uploading videos ever since. How long have you been doing this, and what made you start out on Youtube?
I’ve been making YouTube videos since 2008 so it’s already been eight years! I think it was curiosity that made me begin making videos… I was having a lot of fun experimenting with my electric violin and effects pedals so I just set up a little point-and-shoot camera on top of a stack of cereal boxes as a makeshift tripod and shot some videos of myself jamming!
Right now your videos have been getting over 30 million views. How long did it take before you saw things happening and started getting more subscribers?
My views and subscribers were growing steadily with each new video I uploaded but the big push was when I made my ‘Game of Thrones Violin Cover’ in 2011, which immediately went viral. I think it accumulated over one million views in the first few days or something like that. I started getting contacted by news stations and getting featured on huge media websites… it was crazy! But all very exciting.
Tell us a bit about your backstory – when did you start playing the violin, and how did you start pursuing a professional career?
I grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. I started playing the violin when I was six years old and took private lessons with a couple of different teachers until I graduated high school. Everything was classical. I practiced solo violin works and performed chamber music with other musicians but the orchestra was where I had the most fun, and that’s also where I think I developed the most as a musician (particularly in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute). Then at 18 I left New Jersey and headed to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California as an Int