I first saw Brett Domino in a video with his Brett Domino Trio about a year ago. They were doing a Michael Jackson cover. I can’t remember which song, but I’m pretty sure that MJ was still with us at the time. Maybe it was “Beat It“. Hmmm…. Fuck it, it doesn’t matter anyway. The point is that Domino had a dead pan face and was rocking a stylophone in the video to no end (imagine ripping the rubber keys off of one of those palm sized toy-electric-pianos and playing the exposed circuit board with a plastic Nintendo DS stylus). I watched a few more videos of Domino and his crew, including an incredibly successful and entertaining appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, which left Simon Cowell completely baffled.
Brett is a 27 year old man from Leeds, UK. His stylophone-centric videos took off on Youtube and originally brought him some attention around 2008. This new rise in recognition helped in prompting London-based gadget website, Firebox.com to ask Domino to perform as the entertainment for their house-parties, something he had never done before. To support him as a live act, the keytar/stylophone enthusiast recruited his friends Mitch Hutchinson and Steven Peavis to round out his trio. Later came the Britains Got Talent appearance and various other shit, but that is the basic background info on this character and enough of an introduction to allow me to move forward.
It’s true that I enjoyed the original videos, but I hadn’t really thought much about them or their creator since. A few days ago, Brett Domino posted a brand new video. That same day I received an email with it in my gmail in-box and it’s pretty amazing. The footage features a duo of Domino and Peavis mixing various video and audio tracks to create a medley of Justin Timerlake tracks and it keeps getting better and better until the end. The editing and production are particularly impressive and the instruments used to create this internet masterpiece include everything from a theremin and kazoos to an iphone and a keytar.
[Details after the video]
Brett Domino and Steven Peavis perform a medley of Justin Timberlake hits using assorted miniature instruments and lap tray travel bags (Trabasacks).
The medley includes:
SEXYBACK (written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Nate “Danja” Hills)
LIKE I LOVE YOU (written by Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Terrence Thornton, Gene Thornton)
LOVESTONED (written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Nate “Danja” Hills).
Stylophone Beatbox, iPod Touch (using DigiDrummer Lite), Kazoo, Thumb Piano, Shaker, Stylophone, Cowbell, Recorder, Ukulele, Theremin, Spoons, and Roland AX-Synth.
You may have noticed in the description that, although it makes no reference to it in the video, the project is actually part of a demonstration/advertising effort for the bag/trays that they have on their laps in the footage. The The Trabasack is referred to as a “Unique lap tray travel bag” on the official website. To find out more CLICK HERE.
To find out more about Brett Domino, visit BrettDomino.com
To link directly to Brett Domino on Youtube, CLICK HERE