Paul Byrne

Digital Film Colorist

Lindsey Stirling – Prism

Lindsey Stirling

Paul Byrne | Digital Film Colorist

Lindsey Stirling – Prism. Demonstrating sheer creative power, Lindsey Stirling’s new music video features herself. And, herself, herself, herself, herself, and herself. Different aspects of the famed pop violinist drive this self-made sensation’s prismatic spectacle forward. Each character, played by Lindsey, is part of the spectrum of who she is as an artist. A single brilliant light viewed through a prism.

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Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) is an American violinist, dancerperformance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos.

Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks. Her music video “Crystallize” finished as the eighth-most watched video of 2012, and her cover version of “Radioactive” with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013. Stirling achieved one million singles sold worldwide by August 2014. As of September 30, 2017, her Lindseystomp YouTube channel exceeded 10 million subscribers and over 2 billion total views.

Stirling’s eponymous debut album was a commercial success in Europe, selling 200,000 copies in Germany, winning a platinum certification. The debut album was nominated for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Albums. Stirling’s second album Shatter Me won Top Dance/Electronic Album at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

In 2010, at the age of 23, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on season five of America’s Got Talent, where she was described as a “hip-hop violinist”. She impressed the judges on America’s Got Talent, not only by mixing hip-hop, pop, and classical music on the violin. But by incorporating dancing with playing the violin, which she also does on her tours and official music videos. 

On a live-chat, Stirling explained, “It is very unnatural to dance while playing the violin. I had to practice so hard to learn how to do it. But now it is part of my expression and it comes naturally. I have to know a song perfectly before I can even begin to move. Once I know a song really well, I can then have fun dancing. 

Stirling’s performances were dubbed “electrifying” by the judges and won the acclaim of the audience, but after she attempted to step up the dance level in her quarter-final performance, judge Piers Morgan told her. “You’re not untalented, but you’re not good enough, I don’t think, to get away with flying through the air and trying to play the violin at the same time. Sharon Osbourne commented: “You need to be in a group. … What you’re doing is not enough to fill a theatre in Vegas.  Stirling decided to continue to embrace her unique style of performance, promoting herself on the Internet. In a 2012 interview, she remarked. “A lot of people have told me along the way that my style and the music I do is unmarketable. But the only reason I’m successful is that I have stayed true to myself”.

Shortly after her performance on America’s Got Talent, cinematographer Devin Graham contacted her in hopes of collaborating on a YouTube video together. They agreed to shoot a music video for her song, “Spontaneous Me”.  The video boosted Stirling’s popularity, and she began making music videos for her YouTube channel regularly. Stirling created a YouTube channel in 2007, Lindseystomp. It is the main repository for her music videos. During 2011, the channel rapidly gained popularity and has over 1.7 billion total views. Plus over 10 million subscribers, as of November 2017. 

On October 1, 2013, Stirling teamed with the non-profit Atlanta Music Project. To help spread appreciation of music to children. Who might not otherwise have the chance. The Atlanta Music Project’s mission was “to inspire social change by providing Atlanta’s under-served youth with the opportunity to learn and perform music in orchestras and choirs.” For this, Stirling made available two limited edition Lindsey Stirling/The Power of Music shirts.

On March 22, 2014, Stirling joined Cirque du Soleil for the second annual One Night for One Drop in Las Vegas. The non-profit organization presented the show in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in celebration of World Water Day, a day which encourages people to conserve water resources in an effort to make clean water accessible to all.

Stirling uses a variety of violins depending on her performance. For live performances, she mostly uses Yamaha SV-250 Silent Violin Pro and Luis and Clark Nero carbon fibre acoustic violin. Stirling has been using the Yamaha Electric Violin since 2000, and the Luis and Clark violin was made famous after she used it in her cover version of “Radioactive” with Pentatonix in 2013. For studio recording, Stirling uses early 1900s Ernst Heinrich Roth Roth acoustic violin for most of the time and her Yamaha silent violin for an extremely clean sound. Before using the ‘Nero’, Stirling used her ‘Roth’ during live performances. However, she stopped using the ‘Roth’ life because she was sweating so much during the show. Stirling also owns three more violins which are a $40 eBay violin “Ingrid”, a purple Wood Viper Violin “Viper” and a Yamaha Silent Violin “Steampunk”. ‘Steampunk’ is her first-ever electric violin, and ‘Ingrid’ is used for dangerous stunts in her music videos.

In an interview on August 2016 with Strings Magazine, Stirling stated that the Yamaha Silent Violin Pro is her weapon of choice while the ‘Roth’ is her favourite.

Stirling uses the L.R. Baggs Violin Pickup for her ‘Roth’ and ‘Nero’.


Paul Byrne