Posted By: Camila Orti
A UNL student's music video is making its way around the Internet, racking up more than 200–thousand views within a few days of being posted.
His name is Tyler Mancuso, an ordinary college student if it weren't for his passion for making creative a cappella (meaning using just his voice) music videos. One of them caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres' web team.
"I got a message on Youtube that said 'from the Ellen DeGeneres Show' and at first I couldn't believe my eyes, I honestly thought it was a joke or something," 21-year-old Mancuso said.
It was Mancuso's cover of Bastille's popular song 'Pompeii' that interested Ellen's producers. After making it on Ellen's blog last week, Mancuso's video was picked up by other sites like Yahoo and MSN, where the views kept multiplying.
"I was just hoping that my Facebook friends would like it but had no idea that it'd blow up as much as it did," Mancuso said.
Mancuso, a senior actuarial science major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says his videos became a hobby in college. He records and edits them right in his dorm room.
"I just had a lot of free time on my hands and I decided to develop more in music," Mancuso said.
He admits he's no Justin Timberlake, who happens to be his idol, but says playing the piano is more his thing.
"I've spent a lot of hours next to this piano, just kind of playing my troubles away," Mancuso said.
He does it all without knowing how to read a note of music.
"I just work with what I've been given."
Watch Mancuso's 'Pompeii' cover here.