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Busker performs Beatles and Tracy Chapman mashup to adoring crowd

April 3rd, 2020

Dublin strikes again with another stunning talent busking in their streets.

For those who don’t know, Jacob Koopman is a busker who often performs in Dublin, Ireland and often posts videos of himself performing online. In this performance, he does yet another mesmerizing song cover that is sure to make you want to stay for more.

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Even though he was using completely different styles, he was able to transition from one song to the other without any problems.

The famous English rock band The Beatles and American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman come from different decades, but they both have classic songs that people still enjoy hearing even today.

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Koopman experimented by using The Beatles’ “Blackbird” guitar riff to transition to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” Though the two songs aren’t very similar, he switches between them so seamlessly!

In Dublin’s crowded streets, Koopman began his performance with a familiar Beatles tune.

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He breathed life into the song with his angelic vocals. The pre-recorded harmonies proved to be handy in his performance as it was able to enhance the music’s quality. After singing some verses, he suddenly changed his guitar picking to another familiar tune.

By jumping from classic to classic, you could hear the intro of Tracy Chapman’s famous hit “Fast Car.”

Although nobody from the crowd expecting it, he pulled it off perfectly because the riffs have some musical similarities. The shift was almost instantaneous! With the help of his loop pads, he replicates the instrumental in a way that sounds just as good as the studio version.

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Furthermore, during the break at the near end of the song, he added in a percussive beat for the song despite his lack of a drummer by using a MIDI controller. Afterward, he continued through the verses with ease until it all came to a slow, calming ending.

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Dublin City Today acts as Koopman’s booster in his fame as a musician.

The video was posted just four months ago and has already amassed more than 460,000 views. Aside from Koopman’s social media and YouTube channel, the channel Dublin City Today does a good job of putting particular talents like his in the spotlight.

This young and charismatic singer will no doubt achieve another groundbreaking success with these supporters with him and his spotlight will be shown worldwide.

Koopman continues to own Dublin city streets with his performances.

Although Koopman is originally from Bali, Indonesia, this 25-year-old singer-songwriter now busks in Dublin City, particularly on the streets of Grafton. His Bali roots provide him with an indie-pop sound but most of his adaptations were from his early influences from Chris Cornell and Dave Grohl.

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Recently, he released his first EP called “Blindfold” that features acoustic and folksy feels and themes of melancholy, love and even inspiration. Furthermore, with his continuous support from the people of Dublin, he released a single called “Weight of the Waves” which is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Since his music career started, Koopman’s rise in the music industry has been meteoric!

Even though he is still an underrated talent right now, we’re expecting Koopman to soar higher and higher with his music. To this day, he keeps rocking out on his guitar on Grafton street. Koopman never fails to provide his crowd with his aesthetic and fresh song renditions and even his originals.

Check out the full video of the performance below:

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Source: YouTube/Dublin City Today

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