Sam Tsui, Kurt Hugo Schneider answer questions from PH fans
MANILA, Philippines – They can talk the mathematics of YouTube, the complexities of vocal arrangements, and the changing music scene in the digital age.
They also talk video games, balut, and bunnies.
When the cameras aren’t rolling, YouTube stars Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider appear to be deep in thought – and the topic at hand is the ominous challenge of consuming balut (developing duck embryo eaten boiled, a popular local delicacy and dare for many a foreigner who sets foot here) in the Philippines. (READ: Sam Tsui, Kurt Hugo Schneider: From schoolmates to superstars)
“So how exactly does it taste?” Kurt asks fellow YouTuber Mikey Bustos suspiciously, while Sam busily googles a photo.
“I just want people to know – we're really very normal people who just happen to make music that people get to enjoy,” Sam tells the media. And it’s true – while it feels impossible to get close to other celebrities who land briefly for a concert in Manila, there’s an approachable air to them. Even their airport photos are crystal clear – a sign that with these YouTube musicians, it isn’t hard to get close, because they talk directly to the fans through their videos and on social media.
In this video, Mikey asks Sam and Kurt questions tweeted in from fans – watch for a cameo question from one AJ Rafael, himself a bona fide star on YouTube.
“AJ actually knows the answer to this question, I know for a fact!” teases Kurt. “Me and AJ actually played the same character in the show [Urinetown]…Hot Blades Harry.”
Despite the volume of tweets they get, Sam and Kurt actually remember some of their most devoted fans. When Mikey asks a question from fan Winnie, Kurt gives a start – “A name we know!” he recalls, before answering her question about Kurt’s errant bunny Elton.
“We try to reply to the hardcore fans because we really appreciate their support,” Kurt tells Mikey.
“We owe a lot to them,” added Sam.
Fans who turn out to see Sam and Kurt rock out will get a treat as some new material will debut at their concert – and watch for their famous medleys and mash-ups to get due time in the spotlight, too. (WATCH: Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider perform "Don't Want an Ending")
Click here to find out how to win tickets to their June 26 show. Will we be seeing you at the concert? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to tweet Sam and Kurt, too – true to form, they may just tweet you right back. – Rappler.com