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Interviewing Casey Jones Costello

Disney is a brand that has encapsulated nostalgia around the entire world. Because of that, it’s a topic that Switching Styles have touched on quite a bit from Aladdin’s “A Friend Like Me”, Lion King Cover Songs, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Finding Nemo Soundtrack Covers, Disney Music While Cooking, The Voice Of Phil Collins, And So Much More!! Read below to learn more about the Disney Covers and musical career of Casey Costello.

Introducing Casey Costello

Follow the movie magic with these soundtrack covers and @caseyjcostello’s fantastic TikTok account. Costello initially appeared in Switching Styles in a piece on Disney’s “Snow White” (1937). The article “Disney and Dreams: Snow White Cover Songs” included his work. In this profound and powerful duet, Casey Jones Costello and Yunjin Audrey Kim blend their gorgeous vocals with Yunjin’s stunning piano talents. Here’s a lovely cover of “Someday My Prince Will Come” that he made.

Interview With Casey Costello and Dylanna Fisher of Switching Styles

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One of the artists we’ve talked about is Casey Costello. His work takes inspiration from the world of Disney. With a long list of Disney covers and other classical music in his repertoire, Casey Costello certainly has the voice of a Disney Prince. Below is an interview with Casey Costello, a musician, and our very own journalist, Dylanna Fisher.

How Did You Get Started in Music?

I got started singing from the time I was young and sang in the boy’s choir at my church, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY, and I joined several choirs in high school, but I didn’t take voice lessons formally until I was 15 or 16. I took lessons through the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY, and then went on to get a bachelor’s degree in Music/Business at Nazareth College in Pittsford, NY.

Why Did You Decide To Be Known As Casey Costello As Opposed To A Stage Name Or Nickname?

I am known by my full name, Casey Jones Costello, so I include my middle name as part of my artist name because it almost sounds like it’s a stage name already since there are many cultural associations with the name “Casey Jones,” so I just figured it was easier to go by my real name than by a pseudonym.

How Would You Describe Your Sound?

I would describe my sound as traditional pop / classical crossover since I have been inspired a lot by singers whose sound bridges the gap between classical and popular music. I sing in what I hope is an authentic manner that preserves the character of the songs as they were intended to be performed when they were written by the songwriters.

Who Are Your Musical Influences?

I have many musical influences, including Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mario Lanza, Josh Groban, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and so many other people. My musical inspirations span the gamut from operetta stars from the 1930s to popular singers of today.

Why Did You Start on YouTube?

I started on YouTube when I was maybe 14 years old just posting videos for fun, and eventually, as I started pursuing music professionally, I started using it as a platform to be able to post videos of my performances to it.

How Do You Think YouTube Functions as A Platform for Musicians?

YouTube can be a good promotional tool for musicians but frankly, it hasn’t helped me that much; TikTok has been a lot more useful in building an audience of fans much more quickly.

How Do You Feel About The Internet In The Music Business?

The internet has both helped and hurt the music business; streaming services like Spotify make it easier than ever to get your music distributed and heard, but it doesn’t pay very much royalties. Physical album sales like CD sales are much more significant in terms of being profitable, but very few people buy physical albums today.

How Has the Internet Affected Your Music Career?

The internet has allowed me to be discovered by many people who would not have otherwise probably ever heard of me, so that’s been a good thing, but again, it hasn’t helped a lot with actually selling albums; that tends to happen only when I do in-person concerts and sell CDs to people

Why Do Covers in Particular?

I do cover because a good song is a good song regardless of whether I wrote it or somebody else wrote it; I love the music of the Great American Songbook of the 20th century, and songs from Broadway, and Hollywood movies, and I sing what I like. I also want to sing songs that people know, because I do shows at senior living communities and other venues, and I find people enjoy music better if it’s familiar. I do write songs as well, but I do not perform originals exclusively.

How Do They Tend To Compare To The Originals?

I try to interpret songs in a way that is authentic and respects the intentions of the songwriters who wrote the piece, so my interpretations tend to be quite faithful to the originally published arrangements of the songs.

What Is The Typical Process Of Creating A Cover?

When I perform covers, I try to find the original edition of the sheet music because oftentimes a piece of music will have many different arrangements that have been done over the years, but the most authentic arrangement is typically the originally published arrangement, so once I have a copy of the sheet music, it’s as simple as learning the song and rehearsing the piece with my pianist. Sometimes if I can’t find a good arrangement or if the song isn’t in a good key for me, I’ll do my own arrangement of the piece using Sibelius music notation software, which is a longer process, but I’ve done that quite a few times when I can’t find a satisfactory arrangement of the sheet music.

“Some Day My Prince Will Come” Is A Gorgeous Duet Performance, What Was The Process Like For That Collaboration?

“Some Day My Prince Will Come” wasn’t originally going to be a duet, since it was never intended to be a duet, but I was doing a Disney-themed concert and the pianist who was accompanying me also happened to have a lovely soprano voice, so the thought occurred to me that perhaps we could perform the song as a duet. As it so happens, there are two sets of lyrics for the song, one intended to be sung by a man and one intended to be sung by a woman.

So I thought, what if we each sing the respective sets of lyrics to the piece separately, and then harmonize together at the end? It was really just a spontaneous idea and it happened to come together and work beautifully, and Yunjin Audrey Kim did a wonderful job as my duet partner and pianist for that song; I’m very proud of that recording and pleased that, years after performing it, I still get so many positive comments from people about how much they love my duet version of the song.

What Do You Think About Collaboration? 

I honestly have so very many themed concerts I have done over the years that I don’t think I could tell you what my favourites have been; there are so many. One of my favourites at the moment is a piece I included in a springtime-themed concert called I’ll Remember April; the song is called “One More Walk Around the Garden,” and it is just so poignant and not particularly well-known, so I really enjoy getting to sing that for audiences. “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio and “I’ll Be Seeing You” are two of my other favourite songs to sing, but there are really so many others I love to sing as well.

Are There Any Specific Ones That Stick Out As Favourites? Many Of Your Performances Are Performed For A Live Audience, How Does It Compare To Performing Solely For A Camera?

During 2020 and much of 2021, I wasn’t doing any live performances in front of an audience due to Covid, so I started performing in front of a camera just to record concerts without an audience much more often; it was a bit of an odd experience because, on the one hand, it is great to be able to do retakes in case I mess up or my pianist messes up, and it’s less stressful.

On the other hand, I really enjoy the feedback I get from performing in front of a live audience and you simply don’t get that from performing in front of a camera without people watching; I like hearing the applause and the comments that people in the audience make to me after a concert about songs they enjoyed and getting that kind of tangible feedback that is only possible when performing in-person in front of a live audience.

What Are Some Of Your Fondest Memories Throughout Your Music Career?

I have many fond memories throughout my music career. I remember the very first public concert I ever did, I sang a song called “A Perfect Day” written back in 1910 by Carrie Jacobs-Bond, and an elderly woman in the audience came up to me afterwards and was crying, telling me that it had been her mother’s favourite song; things like that mean so much to me. I enjoy being able to evoke happy memories, or sometimes nostalgic but still fond memories, for people, and whenever I get that kind of feedback it makes me happy. Nearly every time I perform at senior living communities I get comments from residents telling me their memories of hearing the songs I was singing or memories that my songs evoked and how much it meant to them, and that means a lot to me.

One of my other fondest memories of performing was doing an all Rodgers and Hammerstein-themed show with several girls between the ages of 9-12 and it was delightful to get to share the stage with such talented young singers and sing duets and ensemble pieces with them. It was really just so much fun for me; the Disney show I did was a similarly fun experience since I also worked with several talented young girls that added such an element of fun to the show.

What Are Some Obstacles Throughout Your Music Career?

The obstacles in my music career have been numerous; Covid has certainly been a big one. Also, given that I perform “old-fashioned” music, it is difficult to find the right venues to perform other than at senior living communities. I don’t sing material that is going to be on Top 40 radio stations, so I have a very particular niche and finding the right audiences and venues for that niche is a challenge. Also, finding an agent who could help me book performances and help me find the right venues to perform is a challenge. And, as I mentioned previously, the shift towards streaming music over purchasing physical copies of music makes it difficult to make money from album sales, but that hasn’t deterred me from continuing to record and release new albums, regardless.

What Advice Would You Give to Musicians Just Starting Out On YouTube?

My advice to performers just starting out with YouTube would be not to put all your eggs in one basket; it’s very hard to get discovered on YouTube. It’s hard to get discovered anywhere, but you should use every outlet available to you, e.g., YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, a personal website, and if you have recorded music, make sure you’re putting it out on streaming services like Spotify, not just for streaming royalties but for the exposure. Use every social media outlet available to you and try to create content consistently that appeals to your audience; if you’re not sure what your niche is, try to figure it out and tailor your content to fit your niche and target it towards your target audience to the best of your ability.

What Are Some Projects You Have In Progress Right Now?

I have several projects I’m working on or have recently completed. I just released an album last month, The Morning After, which is available on most streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc., and is available for sale on CD as well. I am also working on a new show for the Rochester Fringe Festival in Rochester, NY which I’m calling A Little Night Music: Casey Jones Costello Sings Broadway and Beyond, featuring Gail Hyde on piano. The shows are scheduled to take place at the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY during the Rochester Fringe Festival in September, so my pianist and I are rehearsing for those shows right now and plan to record the songs from the new show for an album as well.

Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

I don’t like to speculate on things too far off in the future; God only knows where I’ll be in 10 years. All I can say is that my aspiration is to be able to perform cabaret-style shows at venues across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere, and be able to make a consistent living by performing for and entertaining audiences of all ages and I hope to have an agent and that I’ll have recorded many more albums; it would be great if I could get signed by a record label, but if that never happens I hope to continue recording and releasing albums myself. It is very difficult to be successful in the music industry, but I love entertaining audiences and love it when people enjoy my music and I hope that I’ll always be able to continue singing and performing for people.

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Concluding Thoughts

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Introducing Casey Jones Costello

With beautiful voices of princes, princesses, villains and sidekicks, there’s so much musical wonder in the world of Disney. From the musical notes of Literal Disney Lyrics, Hakuna Matata in different languages, Sleeping beauty cover songs, Disney medleys, Hellfire cover songs, and much more!

Casey Costello with The Voice of a Prince

Follow the movie magic with these soundtrack covers and his magical TikTok account @caseyjcostello. We first saw Costello in Switching Styles in an article about Disney’s snow white soundtrack. The article “Disney and Dreams: Snow White Cover Songs” included his work. Here’s the beautiful cover song that he did of “Some Day My Prince Will Come”. In this profound and powerful duet, Casey Jones Costello and Yunjin Audrey Kim blend their gorgeous vocals with Yunjin’s stunning piano talents.

Introducing The Music Of Casey Costello

“As you might have guessed from my performance of “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” I love to perform a variety of Disney songs, and my repertoire includes Disney songs from different eras, from the 1930s through today. However, I perform a large repertoire of songs in different styles as part of themed programs that I do, and I also compose original songs.” Casey Costello explains to switching styles writer, Dylanna Fisher.

Casey Costello Disney Covers

He has a great amount of music on his YouTube channel right here. We’d love to showcase some of Switching Styles’ favourites of Costello’s Disney parody songs. Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite. Switching Styles has compiled a list of fantastic and nostalgic music created by Costello.

Let It Go Originally From “Frozen”

Love Is a Song Originally From “Bambi”

Part Of Your World Originally From “The Little Mermaid”

Fixer Upper Originally From “Frozen”

When You Wish Upon a Star Originally From “Pinocchio”

Part Of Your World Originally From “The Little Mermaid” Piano Karaoke with Lyrics

How Deep Is the Ocean

Make Them Hear You Originally From “Ragtime”

Adult colouring; Options and background music

Adult colouring has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Here’s a great list of resources for those who love it and want to get started.

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What Is Adult Colouring?

Adult colouring is a form of colouring that’s typically more intricate than children’s colouring books. Other than that, it’s inherently similar. There are several amazing benefits for colouring regardless of age or intricacy.

“Coloring books are no longer just for kids. Adult colouring books have grown in popularity recently. Whether you already have a colouring book or are thinking about getting one, there are quite a few benefits to colouring in your free time,” explains By Martin Taylor a writer for Web MD.

What’s The Point of Adult Colouring?

That’s a reasonable question. There are a lot of benefits for folks of all ages to engage in colouring. Check out our list of benefits!

😄 Relaxes your mind and body

🧠 Improves brain function

🎓 Improves focus

🛌 Improves overall sleep quality

🖌️ Induces a meditative state

🖍️Improves complex motor skills

🎉 Reduces anxiety

🌈 Alleviates depression

❤️  Improves positive mental attitude

🎨 Encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking

What Should I Colour as An Adult?

That’s 100% your own choice. Anyone can colour whatever they want. Are you wanting an adult-only? Yep! Do you like colouring Scooby doo cartoons? For sure!d What about anatomy colouring books to help study biology? Of course!!

There are all sorts of options for adult colouring books. Switching Styles has compiled a great list of colouring books that our writers love. Please be aware that there are affiliated links in this list that provide switching styles with finances that help us run and run well!

Anna Gruduls’s Designs

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Get your own colouring books with amazing themes including Oh, What A Colorful World Coloring Book by Kacey Musgraves, a Sublime band colouring book, and even Yellow Submarine: A Creative Experience Coloring Book!! These books not only help you relax but bring you closer to the music. Get these amazing colouring books right now right here.

Music for Colouring

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What? You thought we wouldn’t add music to this article? Here’s some chill and relaxing music to serenade

Lost Tales: Our Secret Place 🌿 A Dreamy Lo-fi Mix By Dreamhop Music

Magical Tearoom ASMR Ambience By Miracle Forest

Avatar: The Last Airbender☁️ Lo-fi Chillout By Simon Groß

Mighty Vibes Vol 1 By Critical Role

Hogwarts Classroom By Ambient Worlds

Vibes With Aquinas By Catholic Lo-fi

Disney Songs but It’s Lo-fi  By Møon Lo-fi Beats

Ghibli But Lo-fi By Demon Gummies

Haunted Manor at Night By Martia’s Muses

Fall Kirby Music Mix 🍂 By Magareen

Show off your art skills by sharing your colouring sheets with us on social media!


‘A Friend Like Me’ Covers to remember Robin Williams

Let’s start this tribute to Robin Williams in the best possible way by saying ‘Happy Birthday‘ and maybe more importantly, ‘Thank you!’. Robin Williams has been an inspiration to millions. He’s been a personal inspiration to me for his humour, his smile, for the joy that he gave the world even when that joy sometimes escaped him.

Williams was a comedian and entertainer until his death in 2014 when he had died by suicide as a result of his struggle with Lewy body disease.

Bringing joy and laughter to the world, he performed stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s only to rise to greater fame for his role of Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982). Later on, he played more roles including The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Patch Adams (1998), One Hour Photo (2002), and World’s Greatest Dad (2009). He also starred in box office hits such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), and the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006–2014).

It always hurts a bit to remember those that meant so much to us. But this isn’t to make you sad but instead to bring joy in tribute and memory of Mr. Williams.

Here are a few covers of ‘A Friend Like Me’ to remember the friend we all had in Robin Williams.

Electro Swing Remix of “A Friend Like Me” by Dave Wave

“A Friend Like Me” Female Cover by Annapantsu

“A Friend like me” Capella Cover by DCappella

“A Friend Like Me” Vintage 1920s Jazz Cover By Swing’it Dixieband

“A Friend Like Me” Metal Cover by PelleK

Comment your favorite memory of Robin Williams!

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Q&A with Thaddie parodies AKA Thadudette

Thaddie parodies, AKA Thadudette is a parody musician creating Disney, cartoon, anime, and gaming parodies to “make people emit hahas out of their chew holes”.

Her take on the genre is quite different than other parody artists. She’s known best for her literal parodies where the lyrics are literally narrating exactly what is happening on the screen.

Here is an interview between Switching Styles and Thadudette

How did you start in music?
I grew up in a musical family, so I’ve been surrounded by it my whole life! I took piano lessons as a child – which I’ve completely forgotten now, of course – voice lessons in elementary school, and started playing drums in fifth grade. Since middle school, church worship teams have also been a big part of my life, so I’ve been singing and playing bass pretty much ever since then.

What is the story behind the name Thadudette and Thaddie Parodies?
Honestly, “Thadudette” is the name of my first Maple Story character because my brother’s character was “ThaDude.” I’m not very creative with names, so it’s kind of just stuck as my go-to username since then. 😛 “Thaddie” is just a cute, easy nickname that my friends came up with.

How would you describe your sound?
Considering I don’t make my own music, it’s a little hard to say. I suppose if I think of this question in terms of my voice, I would think of it as a clear, belty voice that packs a lot of punch when I hit notes right… but easily sounds pretty strain-y if I don’t!

Who are the musicians that inspire your sound?
AmaLee/LeeandLie for sure—I think singing along with her music so much helped my voice get a little closer to hers; though not nearly as gorgeous, of course! A lot of amazing singers I’ve played with at church have also been a big influence on my voice.

What appeal do you think covers have compared to the original songs to a general audience?

I love doing covers over original music because I love connecting with people over a common interest. With original music, you kind of put yourself out there and say “hey, this is MY product, do you like it?” whereas with a cover you say “hey, you like Moana? I like Moana! But here’s my little spin on the song, what do you think?”

“How Far I’ll go” Literal Paody by Thaddie parodies

Why do you perform hilarious parodies?
As mentioned in the question about covers, parodies give me an established common interest with an audience, and they give me the chance to make people laugh, which I absolutely love!

Which one stands out as a favourite? 
This is tough, but if I had to pick just one, I think I’d have to go with the literal parody for the opening of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

How come? 
A lot of reasons: for one, it was my first video game parody that did really well. While I love doing Disney parodies, I actually didn’t grow up with Disney—gaming is where my real childhood is. So, I felt a lot more like I was clicking with “my people” with this parody. The song itself was challenging, but vocally and lyrically I’m pretty proud of it! The success of this literal also led me to create a Discord server that helped me meet and talk to a lot of great friends—including the man who’s now my fiancé!

How do you choose the songs to parody? When I was doing this more as a career, it was a mixture of trying to guess which songs would be most popular, which ones were most requested, and which ones hadn’t been done yet. I like to respect the literals that are already out there if I can, so if a popular song is already parodied and I get requested to do it a lot, I make it a patron-only literal. Now that I’m not pursuing YouTube as a career, I just do the ones I want to do when I feel like it.

What’s the process of creating these parodies? 
It starts with the writing, which mostly involves me going through the video line-by-line and drafting what comes to mind first, then combing back over it to make it fit better with syllable count and rhyme scheme. And it ensures that the song is stuck in my head for the rest of the day! After that, I usually record vocals from there, mix it with an instrumental, then slap it on the video and throw some subtitles on and it’s done. The writing and singing are where most of the effort goes; the editing is pretty low maintenance compared to a lot of YouTubers!

You’ve collaborated with a few different artists for your parodies, what are your thoughts on collaboration? 
Collaboration is one of my favourite parts of YouTubing, for sure! It’s just incredible that the Internet allows us to remotely create art together and form friendships through that.

What is one of your funniest stories about collaborating? 
I don’t really have much on this one, unfortunately. The only somewhat related incident that comes to mind is that I was watching Kyle, my fiancé, scroll through his YouTube feed and the You’re Welcome literal showed up.

In his goofy, sweet way and completely forgetting that Aaron Camacho was the singer for that one, he said, “Hey, I bet the person who sang that video is really beautiful, sweet, clever, and kind!”

I said, “I can’t really say, I’ve only met Aaron in person once!” I’m happy to report that Aaron is indeed very talented, sweet, clever, and kind though—it’s up to him if he would prefer to be described as beautiful or not, though.

Do you have a favourite collaboration that you’ve done? 

Gosh, that’s really hard… I’m a huge fan of everyone I’ve collaborated with! But if I had to pick one, I think I’d have to go with A Place Like Slaughter Race from Wreck-It Ralph 2.

When I was in high school, I had Lizzie Freeman’s “This Day Aria” literal memorized front and back, and it’s insane thinking that one day we would actually collaborate together! Jeffry Saenz also sang the male voices in that collab and working with him is always a huge joy. They’re both so freaking talented and the song is from the sequel to my favourite movie of all time!

Are there more collaborations in the future? 
Yes—once I’ve started writing and producing again, I’m still going to need male voices to help me out! I still owe everyone a Lost in the Woods literal!

What are your opinions of the industry in the music industry?
Frankly, it’s hard. I stopped pursuing YouTube as a career because working on all the things that weren’t fun were making me burn out on the parts I really loved: parody writing and singing.

I’m really glad that YouTubing as a career is possible now, but to anyone out there who’s hoping to pursue it, do count the cost: are you willing and able to work four times as hard to make pennies for a long time? Do you have the initiative and independence to basically run your own business?

It works great for some people, but I like stability and routine, and I just wasn’t getting that on YouTube, and it was really running down my mental health. I’ll never regret trying to be a career YouTuber, but I also haven’t regretted switching back ever since.

How do online platforms like YouTube or YouTube impact the music industry? 
YouTube is basically our boss, and frankly, it’s not a very reasonable or nice boss. It’s like having a boss who doesn’t care about you, but always fawns over their favourite employees; the corporate creators and the ones who make them the most money, of course.

How do those platforms impact Thaddie Parodies? 
I was never able to monetize my channel because of copyright, and I never received an official play button. my Discord server was sweet enough to shower me with play button emotes, though! Before I write a parody, I usually have to screen the original to make sure YouTube won’t block it entirely, because it’s happened where I put in the time and effort to write a parody and end up not being able to upload it to YouTube because of copyright blocking. My Facebook pages were also nuked because of copyright with no advance notice. Thank you very much.

What are your thoughts on copyright? 
I’ll try to be professional in my answer to this! Copyright does need to exist, because at the core, yeah, stealing others’ creations is not cool. So yes, a system needs to be in place. What’s really frustrating is that YouTube’s copyright system is set up to corner small content creators and still let people actually stealing content slip by. For creators like me who thrive off of connecting with others on pre-existing creations, it’s really frustrating and often depressing to have to work around a broken copyright system at pretty much every turn. It’s not the main reason I stopped pursuing YouTube as a career, but it is a factor.

You’re also on Patreon, how does that impact your career? 
Patreon is a good platform; it was my primary source of YouTube income while I was career YouTubing and while it wasn’t making a lot, it was amazing to be able to connect and chat directly with the people who were incredible enough to want to support me with their wallets.

What are some of your fondest memories throughout your music career? 
There are a lot, but one of the things that makes me happiest is looking back at my channel and genuinely feeling proud of what I’ve created. My parodies certainly aren’t perfect in a lot of ways, but I’m still really happy with them, and glad that they brought a little bit of joy to so many people.

What are some obstacles throughout your music career?
I’ve already talked about copyright; the business aspect was another hard one for me that ultimately, I couldn’t manage on top of creating content. I also find running social media very tiring, and I knew I could’ve upped my social media game a lot, but it didn’t come naturally to me at all.

What advice would you give to young musicians just starting out?
Two things that sound contradictory:

One. This is for people wanting to do YouTube or music as a full-time career. Count the cost and consider what you want in a career. If your only reason is to become famous, “you’re going to have a bad time, kid.” most people discover that they hate fame when they become famous. It’s definitely supremely overrated. You need a ton of initiative and drive to succeed in the long run, and you need to be willing to spend a lot of time doing things that aren’t the part you love – creating art. That works great for some people, but I found that that wasn’t for me. Are your core mission and drive going to be enough to keep you going when it’s hard?

Two. This is for anyone, whether hopeful career YouTubers or hobbyists. Just start somewhere! Don’t wait to have all the best gear or to be perfectly prepared: just start uploading! Everyone starts out creating sucky content, so just get it over with and you’ll improve faster than if you tried to wait until you had all your ducks in a row. I look back at my old videos and see a lot of things that I could do a lot better now—but if I hadn’t started with those videos, I wouldn’t be where I am now, so I don’t look at them with any regrets.

What are your future plans?
I don’t have a lot of plans for YouTube right now—once I feel a little more settled in life, I’d like to be able to go back to parody writing, for sure. My husband-to-be and I are also hoping to do some Twitch streaming after we’re married—not totally related, but it would be fun!

Do you have any up and coming parodies?
I have a really fun Mad Libs parody of The Other Side from The Greatest Showman that’s still been sitting on the shelf. It’s a collab with Shirleydocious, so that’s fun! And I still want to do a Lost in the Woods parody sometime. Besides that, there isn’t a lot in the works since I’ve been focusing on other life things—but I will be back eventually!

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Featuring Swing’it Dixieband

Founded by Martin Jarl, Swing’it Dixieband takes the music of the swinging 20’s and brings it to the modern era.

Travelling back in time, Swing’it Dixieband brings you to New Orleans 100 years ago.

Travelling back in time, Swing’it Dixieband brings you to New Orleans 100 years ago. their music tells the stories of the roaring 20’s about jazz, about “bootleggers, speakeasies and illegal parties during the Prohibition and flappers and dappers partying their nights away in the opulence and decadence of the Golden Era!”.

They’ve performed for jazz festivals through Norway and UK, including more than 60 concerts total at Kongsberg Jazz festival, Molde Jazz festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Sildajazz.

Fun Fact: In 2018 they made it to the semi finals of “Norway’s Got Talent” with their performances of Jazz Disney covers.

“We were inspired by how Postmodern Jukebox was so successful covering pop songs in various genres, so we decided to try something similar – and there’s just so many good Disney tunes to choose between. We already had a couple in our repertoire and thought to ourselves ‘who doesn’t love Disney?’,” explains Martin Jarl, the band’s founder.

Known for their music available on Spotify and YouTube, as well as concerts throughout the world. In 2019, they released their fist single, Party Like it’s 1923, which describes the life of flappers and dappers within the era of the 20’s. It was also their first music video. This single brought them huge success as it hit 1 million streams on Spotify. Later on in 2019 and then again in 2020, they released two more singles Booze Cruise and Champagne.

 “Our songs are based around historical people and real events in the 1910s and 20s in America, from the Prohibition Era and Great Gatsby’s glamour, but with our own twist. We released the EP in April 2020 and have now recorded a full album that’s due to be released in 2021. The album is a concept album where there’s an overarching story that takes the listener through New Orleans and the music from the early 20th Century,” explains Jarl.

This musical group has become one of the most successful jazz bands throughout Europe. They’ve made quite an audience for themselves throughout the world. With their YouTube channel hitting 732,816 views and 5.27K subscribers since joining in August of 2014.

“These guys are a firework of a band! The atmosphere has been perfect every time Swing’it played at our bar! Highly recommended! (and the girls love them, too!)

Review from Cecil’s Cocktail Club
Here are some of their highlighted music for your listening pleasure.

“Bare Necessities” Vintage 1920’s Dixieland Jazz Cover By Swing’it Dixieband Originally By Phil HarrisBruce Reitherman From Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967).

“Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” Vintage Dixieland Jazz Cover By Swing’it Feat. Eloise Green Originally By Floyd HuddlestonAl Rinker From Disney’s Aristocats (1970).

“I Wanna Be Like You” Vintage Jazz Cover By Swing’it Dixieband Originally By Louis PrimaPhil HarrisBruce Reitherman From Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967).

“Under The Sea”  Vintage 1920s New Orleans Jazz Cover By Swing’it Dixieband Orignally By Samuel E. Wright From Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989).

“Hakuna Matata” Vintage 1920s Styled Dixieland Cover By Swing’it Dixieband Originally By Jason WeaverErnie SabellaNathan LaneJoseph A. Williams From Disney’s The Lion King (1994).

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Interviewing Swing’it Dixieband

Introducing Swing’it Dixieband

Merging the centuries within the ’20s, the Swing’it Dixieband music blends modern music with a vintage sound. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the 2020’s with the styles of the 1920s. Traditional jazz music was party music and that’s what they deliver in their songs and their concerts. Their versatility allows them to play for a range of audiences from jazz clubs and speakeasies to weddings to corporate events to festivals.

Swing’it Dixieband has travelled all over the world showing off their musical talents to shows with a successful and passionate following in Norway and throughout Europe.

“Swing’it is one of the most popular bands to have played at the Candlelight Club. The combination of toe-tapping rhythms, effusive horns and five-part vocals created the perfect vintage mood and kept people on their feet all evening. I think I had more positive comments from guests about this band than any other”.

Review from Candlelight Club

Known for their music available on Spotify and YouTube, as well as concerts throughout the world. In 2019, they released their first single, Party Like it’s 1923, which describes the life of flappers and dappers within the era of the ’20s. It was also their first music video. This single brought them huge success as it hit 1 million streams on Spotify. Later on in 2019 and then again in 2020, they released two more singles Booze Cruise and Champagne.

Below is an interview with Martin Jarl, Swing’it Dixieband’s founder, and Dylanna Fisher from Switching Styles.

How did Swing’it Dixieband get started?
It was actually my trumpet teacher that started it in the first place. I was only 12 or myself at the time and joined the band with some friends of mine. We were very cute, but not so talented at the time, so it fizzled out after a while. Then a couple of years later I decided to pick up the idea again and started the current band with some other friends of mine.  

Why did you decide to be known as Swing’it Dixieband?
We wanted something that was short and catchy and went for “Swing’it”, which is the name we mainly use. Adding Dixieband is just a mixture of making it clear what we do while also being a historical reference to bands from that era.  

How would you describe your sound?
We have a very vibrant, energetic and playful sound. There are different members and different instruments from time to time, so the overall sound varies from a 20s marching band towards a more 30s swing sound. But I’d say energetic, vibrant and playful are very describing.  

Who are your musical influences?
Lots of different people, ranging from 20s musicians like Louis Armstrong, through 30s, 40s and 50s jazz to current jazz and pop singers like Jamie Cullum. Personal favourites are among others Chet Baker, Jamie Cullum and Armstrong.  

Who is all included in Swing’it Dixieband?
We’re a big group of people, around 17 in total – so more of a collective of musicians than a band. This is because the group has been living separated in Trondheim, Oslo and London since it was founded and flying in people for every gig is often not financially possible.  

You mentioned that there is a different one’s time to time as a kind of a collective, could you tell me about that?
As I mentioned, I met the band members in various places. Three of us moved to London at the same time, but we couldn’t afford to fly the rest over for every concert. Therefore, we got some friends from our University to join us instead, and suddenly we had a whole band in London.

Similarly, we needed more members in Norway and suddenly we had enough members for 2-3 bands. We’ve actually done several concerts at once in various cities (or countries) with different line-ups!

How did you meet the current band members of Swing’it Dixieband?
We actually met in different situations. Some are friends from my hometown, Tønsberg, where I grew up, while some of the members I met during the time I studied in London. A couple is just friends of friends that I’ve met at parties or similar over the years.

Were you known as the Swing’it Dixieband back then?
Yes, we’ve been known as that back to maybe 2013 or 2014. However, we recently changed our name to Swing’it after the BLM movement, due to the fact that dixie has some racist connotations and we wanted to take a stand against racism.  

What inspired Swing’it Dixieband to have a kind of vintage sound?
It started when my mum used to take me to the local jazz club when I was a kid. Every week we would go to the jazz club listening to traditional jazz bands. That interest and motivation have just grown and blossomed over the years into a passion.

Why choose to have a 20’s/30’s style?
The energy in this kind of music is so fantastic. We’re also big fans of the 1920s and the idea of optimism and freedom. There are also very few people at our age doing this kind of music and we thought that people need some Dixieland in their lives. Lots of people have never heard it before, so we really hope we can bring the 20s vibe back to the streets!  

Why do covers in particular?
It’s very standard in the Dixieland and swing jazz scene to do cover songs, but mainly the standards from the 20s and 30s. We decided to do a twist and choose songs that people would have heard before but in a different format. That said, we do increasingly more original tunes at the moment and are currently recording our first original EP.

How would you describe the songs within your EP?
Our songs are based around historical people and real events in the 1910s and 20s in America, from the Prohibition Era and Great Gatsby’s glamour, but with our own twist. We released the EP in April 2020 and have now recorded a full album that’s due to be released in 2021. The album is a concept album where there’s an overarching story that takes the listener through New Orleans and the music from the early 20th Century

As your first EP, how are you feeling about it?
We’re really excited about the EP and even more about the upcoming album! We’ve worked on this for several years now and presenting our first full album will be very exciting. Just imagine holding your own, freshly printed vinyl! 

How do covers tend to compare to the originals?
Some of the tunes are not so far away from the originals, like Bare Necessities and I wanna be like you, while others have a completely different style, for example, Can you Feel the Love Tonight 

What’s the draw for Disney covers for Swing’it Dixieband, as a band?
We were inspired by how Postmodern Jukebox was so successful covering pop songs in various genres, so we decided to try something similar – and there are just so many good Disney tunes to choose between. We already had a couple in our repertoire and thought to ourselves “who doesn’t love Disney”? 

What is the typical process of creating a cover?
We have this thing where we joke about every song with a swing feel. Suddenly sometimes it just sounds very right, while most of the time it is just good banter. If we think it sounds good as swing, we just jam until it sounds the way we want  

What was the process of collaborating with other musicians?
It was partly because we tried doing the Postmodern Jukebox thing and partly because we wanted to mix the videos and sounds up for the listeners. We don’t really do that anymore and lately, we stick to the same group of core members 

Are there any specific ones that stick out as favourites?
Ami Oprenova is a brilliant singer and arranger and has become a really good friend of ours. The clarinet player Gustavo was for a brief while a member of the band before he got too busy doing other projects, but he was amazing to play with. Last, but most important: Jonah Hitchens! From the very first time he sang with us he’s just been incredible on stage and is the funniest guy. Now he is one of the most important members of the band.  

Why did you start on YouTube and Spotify?
We were big fans of Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox and thought it was a good idea to do a similar thing. For those who don’t know them, they’re making vintage and retro videos of pop tunes. We decided to do the same, just with Disney songs in the 20s or 30s style. With more than 400 000 views on YouTube and participation at the semi-finals of Norway’s Got Talent, it seems like it was a good idea  

How do you think YouTube functions as a platform for musicians?
It has ups and downs. To get lots of views and followers you have to post content very regularly, which for some types of entertainment is very easy while recording, arranging and filming music videos are very costly. It is still a very good place to get seen, but not the most important for us. 

What advice would you give to musicians just starting out on YouTube?
To be honest, not really. It is just having an original idea and create good content, which is easier said than done.

Are you available on other music streaming platforms? 
Our Disney music is only on YouTube, while our original songs can be found on every streaming platform. 

Is there a preference? 
Personally, I use Spotify, which is very common in Norway but can’t say I’ve used many else so can’t really answer this one 

How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
I’m very mixed about this. I think it’s great that it’s easier for musicians to get their music out there and fantastic that you can discover artists from other parts of the world that you otherwise would never hear of.

On the other hand, it’s very hard to make good money out of streaming, and it’s really just the big artists that get the money from streaming. At the same time people seem to get used to getting music for free and these days it’s almost expected not to pay ticket prices for smaller bands. This makes it increasingly hard to be able to live in music which we all do. 

How has the internet affected your music career?
I think less than the average band. We are more of a live band than anything else, and most people know us from our live performances. But through the internet people from other parts of the world have discovered us and booked us to France, Spain, Netherlands, UK and more, which is amazing.  

What are some of your fondest memories throughout your music career?
There are so many to choose between!

Playing big stages at festivals are the best thing in the world. We’ve played some great gigs at for example Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Kongsberg Jazz festival. We played support for Dr. John once, and also for Aha, which was absolutely crazy! We’ve also started our own Prohibition parties called “1923 – Oslo Prohibition Party” where everyone comes in outfits from the 20s and there are dancers, music, cabaret and all that jazz. We’ve had two sold-out shows which both have been among the best nights of our career  

What are some obstacles throughout your music career?
There hasn’t really been many, to be honest.

We’ve become steadily better and more popular getting more gigs along the way, just how it should be. Obviously, it’s hard work trying to live off your music and at times it has been tough, but that’s something you expect when going into this type of work.

Another thing living as a musician touring around it can be hard keeping up with friends and family as you’re never there when things happen. Luckily, we’re all really close friends, so playing together is both works and like being with your best friends. 

How can your fans best support you and Swing’it Dixieband?
We’re a live band, and the most important thing is to go to live concerts. Obviously, that’s not ideal just at the moment, but when the pandemic is over: Go see your local bands and support them! The big artists often get all the attention, but there are so many great bands out there waiting to be discovered. Rather than doing like everybody else, wouldn’t it be fun discovering a great band before everyone else? 

Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
Hopefully touring the big stages and festivals around the world. While the music we currently making has great potential, we think the electro-swing sets have the potential of reaching bigger masses and can be played at much bigger stages. Hopefully, that will catch on! 

How could smaller bands make it when they’re competing?
I think the most important thing is to try and do your own thing, instead of copying what everybody else does. Do your own thing and believe in it will differentiate you from the other thousand bands trying to accomplish the same thing. 

What advice would you give to bands just starting out?
Have fun! Life in the music business is not luxurious and you gotta love it to be happy. My teacher once told me that if there’s anything else in the world you’d like to do, then you should do that. If music is the only thing you want to do, only then is music the right option. 

Check out more Interviews with Dylanna Fisher and Switching Styles here!

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Featuring Thadudette – Literally!

I’m Thadudette, a super nerdy parody artist on YouTube who loves music, writing, Disney, anime, video games, and making people laugh! As dorky as my creations are, I make them because I feel that I’ve been so blessed by God that I just have to share that blessing with someone in the form of laughter. It may not be everyone’s sense of humour, but if it makes even one person laugh, I’d say it’s all worth it!

Her Patreon introduction

Introducing Thadudette

Thaddie parodies, otherwise known as Thadudette is a parody artist that creates music to make people laugh or “make people emit hahas out of their chew holes”.

“Honestly, “Thadudette” is the name of my first Maple Story character because my brother’s character was “ThaDude.” I’m not very creative with names, so it’s kind of just stuck as my go-to username since then. 😛 “Thaddie” is just a cute, easy nickname that my friends came up with,” she explains.

She’s known best for her literal parodies where the lyrics are literally narrating exactly what is happening on the screen. It’s a hilarious and unique take on covers.

She’s gained quite a following throughout her musical career even getting an entry in Urban Dictionary. The top definition for Thadudette is “tHe BeSt YoUtUbEr OuT tHeRe”.

Thadudette Parodies

Here are some of her fantastically hilarious parodies!

“Shiny Pokémon” A Parody Of “Shiny” From Disney’s Moana (2016)

“Into the Unknown” Literal Parody Of “Into the Unknown” From Disney’s Frozen 2 (2019)

“Go the Distance” Literal Parody Of “Into the Unknown” From Disney’s Hercules (1997)

“When Can I See You Again?” A Slow Cover Originally By Owl City

“Princess Kylo Ren” Feat Aaron Camacho Disney Song Medley from The Last Jedi

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Celebrating Disney With Realistic Pessimism; Mad at Disney Covers

Despite the magic of Disney, the internet has taken to being mad at Disney with Mad at Disney Covers. There are covers of a hit song written by Bendik Møller and Jason Hahs. Performed by Salem Ilese, this song took the world by storm. Tik Tok specifically had taken to the song with countless music videos.

Fun Fact: November 18th is not only the birthday for Mickey and Minnie Mouse but it’s also Mickey Mouse Day and National Princess Day.

Regardless of the magic that Disney brings its viewers, there’s also a bit of bitterness about the lessons that Disney teaches.

This song showcases the emotions that a lot of people share — that fairy tale love isn’t realistic. Love doesn’t happen like a fairy tale. Most of the classic Disney princesses fell in love at first sight without much thought to who they were falling in love with or how love works. Disney did comment on this in “Frozen” when Elsa explains to her sister that, “You can’t marry a man you just met. She did and we all saw how well that turned out.

Mad at Disney Covers

Switching Styles is bringing you some of the best “Mad at Disney” Covers. Get ready to be transfixed by the Disney magic and some real-world realism!

“Mad At Disney” by Lynnea M.

“Mad At Disney” by Najwa Latif

“Mad At Disney” by Jazz Cover by Robyn Adele Anderson and David Simmons Jr.

“Mad At Disney” by YELO

“Mad At Disney” Saxophone Cover by Brendan Ross

“Mad At Disney” by Blue D.

“Mad At Disney” by aryy

“Mad At Disney” by Christian Lalama

“Mad At Disney” by Abra Salem

Why are you mad at Disney? Tweet at us @Styleswitching!!

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Top 13 Horror Versions of Popular Songs

We’re bringing you the best Top 13 Horror Versions of Popular Songs. October is here and Halloween is near. This is the time of year for horror and terror in every moment of the day. It’s the time of year to celebrate the dark parts of our world, and the parts our naked eye can’t see. The days are getting shorter and shorter. The darkness becomes more and more overwhelming. It’s time for doom and gloom.

With that being said, Switching Styles is bringing you 13 horror versions of typically happy and optimistic songs. Bringing these forward in a horror setting is unnerving to say the least. Tis the season for fear. Enjoy!!

#1 “7 rings” by Moonlight Records

#2 “Part of your world” by Lucas King

#3 “Time Warp” By The Toons

#4 “Jurassic Park” by Horror Versions

#5 “Bury a Friend” by Bruferr Beatz

#6 “Every Breath You Take” By Melodicka Bros

#7 “Carousel” By Ayden

#8 “You are my Sunshine” by The Phantoms

#9 “Mr. Sandman” By l0user

#10 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Tommee Profitt

#11 “Do you want to Build a Snowman?” by Traci Hines ft. Amy Treadwell Toy

#12 “Tonight You Belong to Me” by Werepaca Edits

#13 “Ring Around The Rosie” by Cookie Creeper

Do you have a favorite from these Top 13 Horror Versions of Popular Songs?!