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CaptainSparklez
Personal information
Born Jordan Maron
(1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 25)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Nationality American
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation YouTuber
Video game developer
Music producer
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[2]
YouTube information
Pseudonym CaptainSparklez
Channel CaptainSparklez
Years active 2010–present
Genre
Subscribers 9.9+ million (CaptainSparklez)
370,000+ (CaptainSparklez 2)
130,000+ (Maron Music)
100,000+ (Jordan Maron)
34,000+ (ProsDONTtalkSHIT)
Total views 2.8+ billion (CaptainSparklez)
26+ million (CaptainSparklez 2)
6+ million (Maron Music)
2.7+ million (ProsDONTtalkSHIT)
730,000+ (Jordan Maron)
Network Polaris (Maker Studios)
Associated acts PewDiePie, Markiplier, FBE, Jacksepticeye, DanTDM, TheSyndicateProject, Gavin Free, Joseph Garrett, Rosanna Pansino, The Game Theorists, RocketJump, Yogscast, Smosh Games, SeaNanners, Nadeshot, Tay Zonday, Modestep

Jordan Maron (born February 10, 1992), better known by his online pseudonym CaptainSparklez, is an American YouTube personality whose channel primarily consists of videos of Minecraft let's plays, animations and mod/command block reviews, and gameplay of other video games, most prominently Trials. His main channel is currently the 91st most subscribed on YouTube,[3] not counting auto-generated channels.

In May 2015, Maron started a second channel called "CaptainSparklez 2" where he primarily uploaded videos of his Twitch live streams. In March 2016, he started a music channel called "Maron Music" where he uploads his own music and showcases music of other artists. In February 2017, he started a vlog channel called "Jordan Maron".

Early life[edit]

Maron was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. When he was 4 years old, he and his mother moved to Santa Barbara. He attended Santa Barbara High School beginning in 9th grade. Maron then went to the University of California, Santa Barbara as a chemical engineering major. He decided to switch his major to computer science midway through his freshman year based on his interest in video games. After the first quarter of his sophomore year, he decided to drop out. In December 2011, he finally made YouTube his full-time job.[1]

Career[edit]

Maron began producing videos on YouTube in February 2010 on a channel called ProsDONTtalkSHIT, focusing primarily on the game Call of Duty.[4] In July 2010, he stopped uploading to the channel, and created a new channel named CaptainSparklez, where he ended up transitioning content revolving around the popular game Minecraft. He was featured in the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.[5] He started a channel called Maron Music in March 2016 where he releases electronic music to promote music producers, as well as his own tracks.[6]

In June 2016, he made an appearance in the sixth episode of Minecraft: Story Mode.[7] [8]

XREAL[edit]

Maron started a mobile gaming company called XREAL with Howard Marks, cofounder and former CEO of Activision and cofounder of Acclaim Games and StartEngine. XREAL released their game Fortress Fury in May 2015, which received over 1.5 million downloads within its first month of launch.[9] Fortress Fury was originally titled Fortress Fallout, however, Bethesda Softworks' —known for the Fallout series— parent company ZeniMax Media sent a cease-and-desist letter that requested that XREAL "immediately expressly abandon the application for Fortress Fallout and cease any and all current or proposed use of any mark incorporating the term Fallout."[10][11] The main reason Bethesda took legal action was that they did not want any competition in the mobile game market for their game Fallout Shelter, which had been in development. Maron and the XREAL's legal team were not informed of this[12], because Bethesda had been keeping Shelter under very close secrecy at the time and did not reveal its existence until its release on June 14, 2015.

Discography[edit]

Minecraft music videos[edit]

Maron is best known for his many Minecraft-themed music videos. He began with parodies to popular songs in pop culture, but has more recently produced original music videos as well.[13][14]

"TNT"[edit]

On February 26, 2011, he released his first Minecraft music video, "TNT", originally a parody of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite". However, in late 2015, the video, after being privated, has been replaced with new and original music.[15] The video currently is the fourth-most-viewed video on Maron's channel and has over 97 million views.

"Revenge"[edit]

On August 19, 2011, he released his second Minecraft music video titled "Revenge", that was originally a Minecraft parody of Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again". However, in late 2015, the video, after being privated, has been replaced with new and original music.[15] The video, with replaced audio, has kept its original view count and currently is the most viewed video on Maron's channel at over 167 million views.

"Minecraft Style"[edit]

Maron created a parody video called "Minecraft Style", based on "Gangnam Style" by South Korean entertainer PSY, that used animated Minecraft models.[16] He published it on YouTube under the username CaptainSparklez. According to MSN, within a few days, it had been viewed more than a million times.[17] The video was referenced in technology and gaming articles published by NBC,[18] The Daily Telegraph,[19] Mashable[20] and the Huffington Post.[16] By December 2012, his video, Minecraft Style, had amassed more than 37 million views.[21] The video currently has over 16 million views.[22]

"Fallen Kingdom" tetralogy[edit]

Maron is also known for his "Fallen Kingdom" series of four Minecraft music videos. The first installment of the series, "Fallen Kingdom", was released on April 1, 2012.[23] The video's music is a parody of the Coldplay song "Viva la Vida," with lyrics changed to fit elements of Minecraft as well as to tie into the narrative of the video, which shows a king wandering through a ruined town he once ruled interspersed with flashbacks revealing what happened to the town. The video currently is the third-most-viewed video on Maron's channel, with over 106 million views. The song in the video was performed by singer TryHardNinja, a youtuber with over 1 million subscribers.[24]

The second video in the series, "Take Back The Night", was released on August 31, 2013.[25] The video, at over 108 million views, is the second-most-viewed video on Maron's channel, after "Revenge." The video contains the titular track, an original song by TryHardNinja, and tells the story of what happened to the son of the king from "Fallen Kingdom."

The third video in the series, "Find The Pieces", was released on April 25, 2015.[26] The video currently has over 25 million views and is the fifth-most-viewed video on Maron's channel. The video contains another original song by TryHardNinja, called "Pieces", and is a continuation of the story of the king's son, who is reunited with his father at the music video's end.

The fourth and final video in the series, "Dragonhearted," was released on November 19, 2016.[27] The video currently has over 8 million views. The video contains yet another original TryHardNinja song, for which the video is named, and brings the tale of the king and his son to completion.

Music released as Jordan Maron[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2014 "work in progress thing that probably sucks i dunno"[28]
2016 "Moonbeam"[29][30]
"Once Upon A Time"[31][32]

Remixes[edit]

Year Title Artist
2016 "Rockabye"[33] Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie
2017 "Take Back The Night"[34] TryHardNinja
"Closer"[35] The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

Maron Music[edit]

Featured tracks[edit]

Month Title Artist(s) Label/Released on
June 2016 "Fade Away" FURY (feat. Tallyn) Self-released
"Feeling" Cartoon (feat. Würffel)
"Stellar"
(Dzeko & Torres Remix)
Disco Killerz & Liquid Todd
feat. Jimmy Gnecco
"Find The Light" Audalanche
(feat. Harley Holmes)
Tasty
July 2016 "Afterglow" Codeko (feat. Ashton Palmer) Enhanced Music
August 2016 "Sever The Ties" Arman Cekin
(feat. Esther Sparkes)
Trap Nation
"Colors Back" (Radio Edit) Alex Klingle Enhanced Music
"We Come Alive" Manse (feat. Cornelia Jakobs)
September 2016 "Astronomia" Tony Igy disco:wax
"Falling Down" Approaching Nirvana Self-released
"Ponyo" Daun Giventi Enhanced Music
"Arsenic" Simon Skylar Nik Cooper
"Nausicaä" Laputa Ninety9Lives
October 2016 "Sunrise"
(Daun Giventi Remix)
Aruna Enhanced Music
"One More Time" Katdrop Tasty
"Rush Over Me" Seven Lions X Illenium X
Said The Sky (feat. HALIENE)
Seeking Blue /
Kasaya
"Saturn" Lycii & Declan James Enhanced Music
"Dimensions"
"Azure" VOIID Tasty
November 2016 "Leave This Place" LIONE STMPD RCRDS
"Cold Skin" Seven Lions & Echos Monstercat
"Orion" Declan James Reboot Recordings
"Take Back The Night" TryHardNinja Self-released
"Find The Pieces"
"Dragonhearted"
"Lover In Dark"
(Breathe Carolina Remix)
Benta Spinnin' Records
"Exhilarate" Approaching Nirvana (feat. MK) Self-released
December 2016 "Won't Let Go" Konac (feat. juu)
"Daylily" Axis Enhanced Music
"Kisses Back"
(Tom Swoon & Indigo Remix)
Matthew Koma RCA Records
"With You"
(Crystal Skies Remix)
Illenium (feat. Quinn XCII) Seeking Blue
"Let You Go" Disco Killerz & Molly Moore Self-released
January 2017 "Echoes" Aeris (feat. Q'AILA) Ninety9Lives
"California Dreamin"
(Codeko Remix)
Freischwimmer Armada Music
"Candles" Morgan Page & Steve James Proximity
"Wave Dash" Chris Poirier Ninety9Lives
"Is It Over" (BL3R Remix) Disco Fries and Shanahan
ft. Shy Martin
Enhanced Music
"Escape" Murtagh Tasty
"This Time" Murtagh (feat. Noctilucent)
"Follow Me" Murtagh & Aiobahn
"Chalice" SCHALA Enhanced Music
"Scared to Be Lonely" Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa STMPD RCRDS /
Epic Records
February 2017 "Saving Light" Gareth Emery & Standerwick
(feat. HALIENE)
Monstercat
"Shimmer" Notaker
"Where We Begin" Willford (feat. Sebastian S) Ninety9Lives
"Live Forever"
(Gareth Emery Remix)
Ferry Corsten feat. Aruna Flashover
Recordings
"Echoes" Axis Enhanced Music
"Now You Know" Trivecta & Eminence
(feat. Aloma Steele)
Proximity
"We Are The Night" Madison Mars
(feat. Sanjana Ghosh)
Thrive Music
"Time Of Our Lives" Manse feat. Jantine Armada Music
"In The Music" Disco Killerz & Liquid Todd feat.
Hannah Rose
March 2017 "Hold On To Me" Aash Mehta (feat. Aviella) MrRevillz
"Long Way Home" Noah Neiman X Jay Bombay
feat. Laci Kay
Enhanced Music
"Light" Neovaii Self-released
"Ignite" Stahl! & Kadenza Ninety9Lives
"Feel Good" Gryffin & Illenium feat. Daya Darkroom /
Interscope Records
"Pulse" (Misha K Remix) Louis Vivet ft. Kirsten Collins Liftoff Recordings
"Journey" Jim Yosef Ninety9Lives
"Scared to Be Lonely"
(Brooks Remix)
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa STMPD RCRDS
"Wolves" CHIMES M:UK
"Heart Of The City" BRKLYN feat. Mariah McManus Enhanced Music
"Trazzard" (Uplifting Mix) Frank Waanders & Maglev Always Alive
Recordings
"Together" Element Six Enhanced Music
"Phantom" Matt Fax Colorize
April 2017 "Connected" Zack Mia Enhanced Music
"Wildcard" Mickey Valen (feat. Feli Ferraro) Trap Nation
"Byte" Martin Garrix & Brooks STMPD RCRDS
"Replay" Beatologi ft. GIIA Tribal Trap
"Sakhnin" Mohammed Khalila Always Alive
Recordings
"Out Of The Dark" RBYN Thrive Music
"Now Or Never"
(Estiva Vs. Juventa Remix)
Tritonal feat. Phoebe Ryan Enhanced Music
"Red Clouds" Stahl! & John Kenza Ninety9Lives
"Don't Look Back Quenaudon (feat. Meg Lieder)
"Palm Of Your Hand"
(Aerosoul Remix)
Speed Limits and Jaco
feat. Joni Fatora
Enhanced Music
"One Life Short" Geoxor Ninety9Lives
"Hollow" (feat. Liv Miraldi) Ken Loi Arkade
"Hanabi" Florian Picasso & Raiden Protocol Recordings
"Within Us" Marin & KevinDeJong Ninety9Lives
May 2017 "Home In August" Pierce Fulton Self-released
"My Type" Corrupt ft. KARRA Liftoff Recordings
"Circles" Perttu feat. Alexandra Armada Music
"Never Let You Go" Nordic Trac ft. Alyssa Oliver Liftoff Recordings
"Still Waiting" PrototypeRaptor Tasty
"Everglow" Andrew Forsen &
Joshua Edwards
Ninety9Lives
"Calling On You"
(Marcus Santoro Remix)
Mike Shiver Enhanced Music
"Running Wild" Decimal 5 Ninety9Lives
"Lady" Declan James feat. Lucy Neville Enhanced Music
"Candles" (Carta Remix) Morgan Page Self-released
June 2017 "The Voice" D-Mad vs. Ispolins Enhanced Music
"Anywhere I Am" MATS & Rvmor Liftoff Recordings
"Let Go" Matt Lucas Self-released
"Imagine" Ft. Tom Aspaul
(Thoreau Remix)
Bronze Whale x Popeska CloudKid

Exclusive Maron Music premieres[edit]

Month Title Artist(s)
August 2016 "Moonbeam" Jordan Maron
October 2016 "Once Upon A Time"
December 2016 "Rockabye"
(Jordan Maron Remix)
Clean Bandit
ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie
February 2017 "Take Back The Night"
(Jordan Maron Remix)
TryHardNinja
"No Face" Laputa
March 2017 "Closer"
(Jordan Maron Remix)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

Awards[edit]

  • YouTube Golden Play Button[36]
  • Nominated in Shorty Awards[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jordan Maron (January 20, 2014). "Draw My Life - CaptainSparklez". YouTube. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jordan Maron height". www.twitter.com. November 14, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Top 500 YouTuber Channels by Most Subscribers". socialblade.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ ProsDONTtalkSHIT. "ProsDONTtalkSHIT". YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30". forbes.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Maron Music - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 Release Date Announced". IGN. May 31, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ CaptainSparklez (August 26, 2016). "CAPTAINSPARKLEZ EXPOSED" – via YouTube. 
  9. ^ "CaptainSparklez's Mobile Game Company Crowdfunds Capital Through StartEngine". tubefilter.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bethesda parent forces Fortress Fallout developer into name change". Arstechnica. February 17, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bethesda hits Fortress Fallout maker with legal name-change demand". Polygon. February 16, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "What Ever Happened to Fortress Fury? - YouTube". CaptainSparklez. October 31, 2016. 
  13. ^ CaptainSparklez (August 31, 2013). ""Take Back the Night" - A Minecraft Original Music Video" – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ CaptainSparklez (April 25, 2015). ""Find the Pieces" - A Minecraft Original Music Video" – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ a b Maron, Jordan. "Good News and Bad News...". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "'Minecraft Style' - Gamers Get Their Own 'Gangnam Style' Spoof (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post UK. October 23, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Minecraft wiz obsessively recreates Gangnam Style vid". MSN. October 22, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  18. ^ Winda Benedetti. "Dig this 'Minecraft'-style 'Gangnam Style' parody". NBC. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Minecraft parody of Psy's Gangnam Style". The Daily Telegraph. October 22, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  20. ^ Anita Li (October 22, 2012). "Minecraft Meets 'Gangnam Style' in Block-Building Parody [VIDEO]". Mashable. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  21. ^ Vittorio Hernandez (December 27, 2012). "Top 5 Gangnam Style Parodies (VIDEOS)". International Business Times AU. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  22. ^ CaptainSparklez (July 27, 2013). ""Minecraft Style" - A Parody of PSY's Gangnam Style (Music Video)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  23. ^ CaptainSparklez (April 1, 2012). ""Fallen Kingdom" - A Minecraft Parody of Coldplay's Viva la Vida (Music Video)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  24. ^ "TryHardNinja - VIDEO GAME SINGER". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  25. ^ CaptainSparklez (August 31, 2013). ""Take Back the Night" - A Minecraft Original Music Video". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  26. ^ CaptainSparklez (April 25, 2015). ""Find the Pieces" - A Minecraft Original Music Video". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  27. ^ CaptainSparklez (November 19, 2016). ""Dragonhearted" - A Minecraft Original Music Video". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  28. ^ "work in progress thing that probably sucks i dunno". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  29. ^ Maron Music (August 26, 2016). "Jordan Maron - Moonbeam". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  30. ^ "Moonbeam (Original Mix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  31. ^ Maron Music (October 22, 2016). "Jordan Maron - Once Upon A Time". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  32. ^ "Once Upon A Time (Original Mix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  33. ^ Maron Music (December 17, 2016). "Clean Bandit - Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  34. ^ Maron Music (February 15, 2017). "TryHardNinja - Take Back The Night (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  35. ^ Maron Music (February 15, 2017). "The Chainsmokers - Closer ft. Halsey (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  36. ^ CaptainSparklez. "Minecon Recap And A Golden Play Button Plaque". YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Jordan Maron - The Shorty Awards". Shortyawards.com. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 

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