The winner of the World Music Video Chart this week is talented piano player Tomasz Trzcinski! Tomasz, from Poland topped the chart with his beautiful interpretation of 'Over The Rainbow' which has gained almost 6000 views to date. Tomasz's beautiful piano pieces have become very popular with his BEAT100 listeners and have gained him a Gold Performance Award along with Silver Most-viewed Video and Silver Performance. His interest in music began at a young age, instilled by his jazz enthusiast father and reinforced by the many hours experimenting with his grandparent’s old German Hoffman piano. His love for piano was cemented when his mother bought home a recording of Keith Jarrett’s ‘The Koln Concert’ from Berlin; he describes himself as ‘completely overwhelmed’ after listening to the beautiful music. Tomasz learned from the greats, having been a student of the world famous pianist Lidia Grychtolowna and the renowned conductor Joshard Davies. In his own music he likes to combine music from his Polish roots with classical and modern sounds and is particularly dedicated to classical jazz improvisation. His winning song this week uses the familiarity of a popular tune but keeps the listener on their toes as new melodies and tunes are added seamlessly by Tomasz during his piano improvisations. 'Over The Rainbow' is revolutionised and modernised into a beautiful new piece that both excites the ears and calms the mind; it is included in Tomasz’s album, the recently published ‘Piano Exploration: Vol I to V’, released in April this year. This year has been a busy one for Tomasz, having released his album along with performing at many concerts around Europe. He cites his greatest concert experience this year to be the ‘What Played In His Soul’ solo concerts that were dedicated to the Polish Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his canonisation in April this year. Also in April, Tomasz performed to a huge crowd in the cathedral of his home city Szcezcin, the concert was broadcast on Polish TV to many thousands. Speaking of his performance experiences, Tomasz told BEAT100 ‘I play every concert as though it were my first and last one, and so each single one plays an important role in my musical development.’ For now, Tomasz is constantly working on new music and new improvisations alongside his busy performance schedule; we can't wait to hear his next creation!
Trista Wheaton takes second place this week with her Original Song 'What About Me'. Trista, 20, was bought up in a small town in upstate New York and realised her love for music and drama at a very young age. She began performing at age 5 at her small Christian school in Naples, NY, starring in plays and mini-musicals with a gospel message that show cased her pure vocals. She became a regular performer, both at school and at church, and started entering singing competitions after taking singing lessons that helped her to hone her talent. After 15 years of living in upstate New York, Trista's family moved to Nashville, TN to help her to pursue her dream, proving that she has a strong family unit behind her helping her on her way to stardom. Trista tells BEAT100 'I've been pushed and shoved just like everyone else has, but with the love I have behind me, I have been able to overcome any obstacle. They've taught me to live for today with all the passion you can muster.' Her winning song this week, 'What About Me', co-written by Trista herself and Britton Cameron has amassed an impressive 10,600 views. The video was filmed live in the studio and the simple black and white composition steals none of the attention from Trista's strong and sultry voice. Her music has gained her many BEAT100 awards including Gold Favourite, Song and Performance to name just a few as well as many online fans; Trista says that it is important to her that her future fans feel the depth and conviction in her songs and she hopes 'give to the world what music has given to me'. She cites her biggest inspirations to be Joss Stone, Bruno Mars and Beyonce and their influence can be heard in her strong vocals and soulful sound. Trista almost didn't follow her musical dreams, she learned and competed in karate for 5 years, nearly gaining a black belt; she almost chose to pursue the junior Olympics but decided that her love for music was stronger, and we are very glad that she did! Trista is currently learning to play the piano and writing her own songs while preparing for her upcoming show at the 'I love to hair' show in Nashville in June, we wish her the best of luck!
In third place this week is Dimi Nakov, the director of 'Start A Revolution' by Devilskin. Dimi, originally from Bulgaria but now living in New Zealand, describes himself as a 'motion picture storyteller'. He describes his creative inspirations as Orson Wells, Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson, to name a few. Dimi uses BEAT100 as a platform for his music videos and to promote the artists that he works with; his videos have proved popular, winning many awards such as Silver Video and Favourite Awards. Dimi was first introduced to the world of film and photography when his grandfather gave him a stills camera for his 11th birthday. He was taught to take, develop and process his own film by his grandfather and he became enamored with the process of creating photographs and capturing images. He says ‘I was fascinated by how while dipping into the photo solution the surface of the white paper quickly fills up with grey and black colours and in seconds to become black and white photo just like a motion picture story told in moment on a piece of paper.’ This developed as he got older and Dimi began to learn the art of directing, driven by his vision that everybody's life has a story to tell. Dimi tells us that his biggest achievement so far is his very own sci-fi feature film ARA; he impressively completed the principal photography in just 6 months, filming only on weekends with a volunteer cast and crew. ARA is currently in post-production development and Dimi hopes to being showing it at festivals and distributing it later this year. Dimi's winning video was one that he shot for New Zealand based band Devilskin for their 3rd single 'Start a Revolution'. The impressive vocals and alluring presence of lead singer, Jennie Skulander, make this a hard video to stop watching and this has reflected in the view count, with the video to date having an amazing 15,600 views on BEAT100 alone. The four piece formed in 2010 and have since been writing songs that are filled with depth and passion as well as performing in explosive live shows. Listen out for their debut album which is due to be released later this year. As for Dimi, he is currently very busy, as well as having ARA in post-production he also has ARA part 2 in development along with two other feature films. BEAT100 hopes to see more of his work in the charts very soon.