Armed with an iPad 2, Dallas-based musician Tanner Patrick turned the tablet into a drum machine to put his spin on pop star Katy Perry’s newest song, “Part of Me.” His cover has attracted 100,000 views in six days.
While unsigned musicians on YouTube sometimes employ tech to edit, mix and produce their music videos, very few have given starring roles to unconventional music gadgets such as tablets and smartphones.
Patrick downloaded the EasyBeats 2 app on his iPad 2 to create drum beats. He mixed in vocals and other instrumentals in music software Reason and digital audio platform Pro Tools.
“This was actually my first cover to incorporate the tablet and I loved it,” Patrick told Mashable. “I plan on using my iPad and iPhone for more covers in the future.”
Patrick, who began uploading covers to his YouTube channel in August 2011, has thrown other objects into his videos. In his version of Taylor Swift’s “Ours,” he used a can of salt as a shaker.
For his cover of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” he used a wooden spoon as a drumstick. Mashable included that video in a Cover Song Face-Off in October, and his rendition received 13,605 votes and now has 3.9 million views on YouTube.