A boxing poster and a photo of the iconic Tupac rapper decorating the wall behind them. They played Phil Collins’s hit from 1981, “In the Air Tonight.”
“It sounds like a rain entrance or something,” Tim said. Both of them nodded to the beat.
Then, about halfway through the video, a legendary drum recital emerged. Tim and Fred are obviously shocked but still thrilled – they start jumping in chairs, pausing the video for a quick discussion.
“I’ve never seen anyone drop three minutes on a song!” Fred exclaimed, speaking to the camera.
Their joy is so interesting. And in the last week, video seemed to have exploded ̵1; with more than 1.7 million views.
Heart, pictures in most of the ao dai videos, do not even know the video was exploded. A friend told him then.
“When we made the video, I didn’t think about it because I was thinking, ‘Oh, we have to do the next video,'” Tim said.
“We don’t think this will be successful,” added Fred.
Tim and Fred, 22-year-old twins from Gary, Indiana, uploaded reaction videos for about a year. At first, they were stuck with a lot of rap, but then someone asked for Frank Sinatra’s song “I’ll Got You Under My Skin”.
“That song GO,” he said now, recalling the video. That is what makes them make more old music, he says, usually whatever people ask for.
The channel has been in operation for a while. In January, it had 20,000 subscribers. By the end of June, they hit 100,000. Now, they are reaching 250,000.
“It’s no use begging,” she wrote. “Jolene stole these two.”
It seems that part of their success is seeing them listen to a song for the first time that reminds viewers of their first time with the song. Their video comment sections, among various recommendations, are filled with stories of fans’ own experiences with the artist or song.
When asked why they thought their video resonated, Fred responded quickly.
“Because we are black,” he said simply. “We are black, and they don’t expect us to listen to that kind of music.”
“We’re young too,” added Tim. “It’s rare to see people open these days. People don’t open doors to step outside of their comfort zones and just react to music they don’t know.”
They grew up in a Black Quarter, they explained. Rap, they know – the trailer in their video is Polo G’s “My Story”, which many consider it their own song.
“When I was a kid, all we heard was rapping,” Tim said.
Now, through their channel, the two have heard more music. Tim likes Radiohead’s “Creep” and Fred loves to listen to Linkin Park’s “Lying From You” while working.
Creating videos gives them the opportunity to open up, Fred said. And they also learned a lot while doing it, delving into the artist’s disco music and learning more about their works.
At the end of the day, between a public health pandemic and mass protests, their videos bring joy. They know it, and that’s one reason why they go on.
“During those two or three minutes – how long the video is – we just want to have fun, just be together. We just laugh, laugh together and everything,” Tim said.
“You can have a bad day, watch one of our videos and lift your spirits,” Fred adds.
That sublimation, in a year that seems filled with bad days, is rare – but at least we have their channel.