|Also known as||funtwo, Jay Lim|
July 5, 1984 |
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||Rock, Instrumental Rock|
|ESP Alfee Custom SEC-280TC|
|Revised Romanization||Im Jeong-hyun|
Canon rock cover
Lim played and recorded his cover of Canon Rock in 2005. He uploaded his video to the popular South Korean music website Mule.co.kr. A YouTube user named "guitar90" uploaded the Mule video to YouTube under the title guitar, with the introductory comment "this guy iz great!!!" The identity of guitar90 is unknown.
Lim's video is the fifty-sixth most viewed and tenth most favorited video on YouTube, as of June 26, 2011, with over 90 million views and counting. At its peak, the video was the fourth most viewed video on YouTube.
Many viewers have speculated and thought of the video as fake because the audio is not synchronized with the video. Lim later stated to The New York Times that this had to do with the fact that "he recorded the audio and video independently and then matched them inexactly." The performance itself was recorded in two parts, and edited together. An image of a traffic light was used to make the transition.
Lim has now started to arrange well-known music by himself. He composed a holiday card to his fans called "Carol Rock (funtwo Is Coming to Town)", a rock version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". He also played Dream Theater's "Overture 1928", and recently he posted a video of himself performing Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" from the Four Seasons, one of Vivaldi's most famous works.
Lim initially expressed no wish to carry on playing as a professional guitarist. However his online fame has allowed him to play to live audiences several times— once for the South Korean ambassador in Washington, DC, then again at the KORUS festival the same year. At the KORUS festival, Lim played improvised, altered versions of the Korean national anthem and the American national anthem. The third time he played was in 2008, the November 22, at the YouTube Live festival where he performed with Joe Satriani, he played first a mix of Canon Rock and Joe's "Surfing With the Alien" and then "Canon Rock". In October 2009, he was a featured performer at the fall ICANN meeting's welcoming ceremony and later joined in at their music night. In the same interview in which he stated his wish to carry on playing guitar simply as a hobby, he also rated his own playing a modest 50/60 out of 100.
The beginning of the music video for Weezer's song "Pork and Beans" is set in Lim's iconic room, with the various members playing their various instruments. The video as a whole contains references to numerous other internet phenomena.
In March, 2010, Lim formed a band One Sided with former Pyon member Han Lee, Hwiju Park and Chris Lee, in Auckland, New Zealand. The band features Han Lee on vocals and rhythm guitar, Lim on lead guitar, Chris Lee on keyboard.
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- Canon Rock
- Overture 1928
- Carol (funtwo is coming to town)
- Mission (Main Theme)
- I'm Alright (Neil Zaza)
- Triptych (Daita of Siam Shade)
- Zenith (Daita)
- Happy Birthday To You
- Mule Jam Project (Remix of Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple)
- Carol 2009
- Let It
- Hands On Me
- When Butterflies Come
- Against the Flow
- Heffernan, Virginia (2006-08-27). "Web Guitar Wizard Revealed at Last". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
- "List of YouTube videos by all-time views".
- "List of YouTube videos by all-time top favorites".
- "Guitarist Behind 'Canon' Video Revealed". NPR.org. 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
- Ihaka, James (2006-09-09). "Cyberspace star inspired by NZ". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- "New Zealand's YouTube stars". Sunday Star Times. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- YouTube - funtwo - I'am alright