Vitamin String Quartet is bringing Tool like you’ve never heard them before. The best kept secret and a fan favorite of music aficionados, students, brides-to-be, and Bridgerton fans, the quartet gives fans another rock hit, Tool’s “Forty Six & 2”, a version that only Vitamin String Quartet can deliver.
“You know, I woke up with ‘Forty Six & 2’ stuck in my head? It’s true. I don’t think it’s because we just showcased the players performing it. And I don’t think it’s because of the song’s proggy metal hooks. I think it’s because I love hearing the players performing those proggy metal hooks. And apparently so do a lot of other people.” comments James Curtiss, Director of A&R/Creative Director at CMH Label Group
Vitamin String Quartet has been transcending the boundaries of classical music for quite some time, creating a new generation of classical music fans with their instrumental covers of popular songs. As 2020 was coming to a close, the Bridgerton phenomenon was just beginning. The Netflix original produced by Shondra Rhimes found a unique way to seamlessly incorporate today’s popular music within its 19th century world. Vitamin String Quartet’s versions of Ariana Grande “thank u, next”, Maroon 5 “Girls Like You”, Shawn Mendes “In My Blood” and Billie Eilish “bad guy” are just a few of the songs given the quartet’s classical touch that fans fell in love with throughout the season.
Aside from the 2020 Bridgerton craze, Vitamin String Quartet has been setting trends on TikTok as well. Utilizing the Renaissance Eyes/Mouth filter, their rendition of “Howl’s Moving Castle – Merry Go Round of Life” created the perfect setting for the next viral masterpiece. Used by some of the biggest artists & TikTok stars out there, the VSQ instrumental version has been used in 1.7M videos, with Billie Eilish’s video alone generating 19.2M likes and 104M views. The love on TikTok has also translated to the DSPs as well. The song has seen a 41% increase in streams this week on Spotify, a 140% increase in streams on AppleMusic and over 30k Shazams. Amazon also included the track in the “Ultimate Classical” station, boosting the track from 6k streams and 2k listeners, to 288k streams and 100k listeners in the last week.