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One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful (5 Piano Guys, 1 piano) - The Piano Guys

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Published on Jul 18, 2012

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**ALL THE SOUNDS YOU HEAR WERE CREATED BY THE PIANO AND ONE CELLO BOW** (WITH SOME VOCALS AT THE END)

STORY BEHIND THE SONG
The idea: A couple months ago the 5 of us were gathered round a piano prepping for a video shoot scheduled for that day. We were brainstorming ideas when one of us (can't remember who!) got off task and starting flicking a piano string. Since all of us are poster children for ADHD, it wasn't long before ALL of us had joined in -- banging out a beat, plucking a string, or hitting keys. The brainstorming meeting had been sabotaged beyond repair, but another music video idea was born!

The song: We went through several song possibilities before landing on "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction. We like this song because it's catchy and the music, lyrics, and video passed our "sesame street" test (meaning family friendly). We thought about the ramifications of taking on a teenybopper boy band tune as five middle-aged married guys who are desperately holding on to their hairlines. One of us even has a son older than the guys in One Direction (we won't say who) :-) BUT you know us -- we love a good challenge! This one was so fun to write that the "challenge" part of it never was felt. We just acted like kids playing the piano and it totally worked! :-) After we figured out the main "techniques" of playing the piano unconventionally we loved experimenting with swapping out chords and throwing the structure of the song around until it clicked.

The location: Where to film? Fitting in video shoots between touring, writing, recording, editing, and spending time with family has always been a challenge. Let's be honest, even getting all 5 of us in the same place at the same time has been a challenge! We had a big sold-out show at the Sandy, Utah Amphitheater. We all determined to be at the show and film the video right on stage sometime between sound check and the performance. Sounds like a good idea right? Well...because of a lot of factors, including weather (we had a huge storm sweep in and knock everything down on stage during sound check) the only time we had to film was between the hours of 2AM - 7AM the morning of the concert. In the video at 2:30 you can see the morning light start breaking -- we literally played into the sunrise! :-)

Many thanks to the awesome guys at Annex Recording and Giles Reaves (engineer) for letting us record at their studio. Check them out at http://www.annexrecording.com

Thanks to Sandy Amphitheater http://www.sandyarts.com/sandy-amphit... for letting us film this video on their stage. They were so great to work with and we've performed so many times there the staff are all old friends (especially you, Mearle!)

And thanks to Cole Adams, the lighting genius - who hung out all night allowing us to pull an all-nighter to film this.

CREDITS
"What Makes You Beautiful" written by Rami Yacoubm Carl Falk, and Savan Kotecha
Published by KOBALT MUSIC PUB AMERICA OBO RAMI PRODUCTIONS, AIR CHRYSALIS SCANDINAVIA AB, EMI APRIL MUSIC INC OBO MR KANANI SONGS, EMI APRIL MUSIC INC
Arrangement written and produced by Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Giles Reaves
Performed by ThePianoGuys: Paul Anderson (videographer/video producer), Tel Stewart (videographer/editor), Al van der Beek (music producer), Jon Schmidt (pianist), Steven Sharp Nelson (cellist)
Vocals: Al van der Beek, Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt
Piano recorded by Giles Reaves at Annex Recording Studios
Additional Piano and vocals recorded by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Video filmed on the stage of Sandy Amphitheatre in Sandy, Utah USA
Lighting by Cole Adams
Video produced by Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart

Check more of our great videos!:
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuys - https://youtu.be/QgaTQ5-XfMM
Let It Go (Disney's "Frozen") Vivaldi's Winter - ThePianoGuys - https://youtu.be/6Dakd7EIgBE
Beethoven's 5 Secrets - OneRepublic - ThePianoGuys - https://youtu.be/mJ_fkw5j-t0
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Comments • 40,251

Ronny Agario
Who else just likes this song because of this version
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Eli Flores
Ronny Agario I agree love it fuc u all who don't love this version like if u agree that's if u see my comment
Parth Sharma
Ronny Agario Never judge a book by it's cover
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Jose Antonio Felipe Saddul
So you played it like a harp, a guitar, a violin, a bass, a drum and an actual piano.
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Adryana Raquel Fontalvo Vargas
Ver q
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Brielle McNair
You guys were so amazing at the Trump Inauguration ceremony!!! It sounded exactly the same!! Great job!!!
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MAX ABING
Sehr cool
Nicholas Hayek
Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys, a bunch of orchestras and choirs, and 4 more artists who I'm too lazy to name.
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ネコ
まだ今でも見てる人いるかな?( ^ω^ )
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karl SCHWARZ
上から3つ目が日本語のコメってどういうこっちゃw
ひでぼく
Fernando Quintos what this is?
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Asian Noodle
Why was e guy rubing the piano in the front
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Rossplays23 2004
Asian Noodle for a soft even sound
Charlotte Chen
Nam Hoang perv
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Juliana Ventura
I Love The Piano Guys! Please! Make more videos! <3 <3 They are precious!
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Lidia Murcia
ARGENTINA LOS ESPERA... LIDIA LOS ESPERA!!!!!!!!TIERRA DEL FUEGO
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Juliana Ventura s
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Isabel De Leon
This is what raping a piano looks like
Lisa Kolinsky
Isabel De Leon wow way to ruin a perfectly beautiful video...
Ture Pers
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이가현
정말 행복해보이셔..ㅎㅎ
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쥐눈이콩
이가현) 그쵸★ 징짜 행복해 보이셬ㅋㅋㅋ 대단합니다ㅡ
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NukemDukem
Great job in the Inaugural Ball
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Akane Natsumiya
So disappointed you guys played this for trump.
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Piano Tiles 2 Gameplay Channel
Epic 1224 lol you were here too?
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