Walk off the Earth
Walk off the Earth
|Origin||Burlington, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Indie pop, indie rock, alternative rock, reggae rock, ska, folk|
|Associated acts||Gianni and Sarah, G Spot Tornado, Pink Belly, The Creepshow|
|Members||Gianni "Luminati" Nicassio|
|Past members||Peter Kirkwood|
Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor
Walk off the Earth are a Canadian indie pop band from Burlington, Ontario. They are known for their music videos of covers and originals. The band is well known for its covers of pop genre music on YouTube, making use of instruments such as the ukulele and the theremin, as well as looping samples. The band's recorded music and videos are produced by member and multi-instrumentalist, Gianni "Luminati" Nicassio.
Walk Off the Earth was formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The band began releasing music independently and created a variety of cover versions of songs including The Gregory Brothers. In early 2012, the band's live cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" on YouTube gathered over 175 million views in a mere four months, receiving positive reviews from both Gotye and his co-singer on the song, Kimbra. The band released an accompanying video where all five members are shown playing on the same guitar simultaneously. The production was taken from the 26th cut of a 14-hour session. Ellen DeGeneres featured the band on her January 23, 2012, show where they played live, again on one guitar; they were also included in YouTube Rewind 2012 "Rewind YouTube Style 2012", doing a part of their one guitar acoustic version of "Gangnam Style".
In February 2012, the band signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. They appeared in the Season 4 premiere of CTV's The Listener, performing two songs and socializing with the main characters in the bar. They also covered "Rude" by Magic!, "Hello" by Adele, "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO, "Payphone" by Maroon 5, and "Roll Up" by Wiz Khalifa.
In December 2012, Walk Off the Earth released an original single titled "Gang of Rhythm". They uploaded a cover of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" to YouTube in January 2013, with four of the five band members and guest beatboxer KRNFX using only vocals.
On March 11, 2013, Rolling Stone magazine streamed their unreleased R.E.V.O. album in its entirety. The full-length R.E.V.O. album was released on March 19, 2013, after which they commenced in the R.E.V.O. Tour through the US and Europe. They began another US and Europe tour, Gang of Rhythm, in 2014. The most recent tour was the Sing It All Away tour through Europe and North America, which began in 2015.
The band's YouTube video of Lorde's "Royals" was featured in the 2014 Grammy Awards. The band's original single "Gang of Rhythm" was chosen as the theme song for the Catalan TV show El Foraster. The group were also featured on the soundtrack of the 2015 animated film La Guerre des tuques 3D, performing the song "You're My Sweater".
Walk Off the Earth won a 2016 Juno award for Group of the Year.
In August 2017, the band's single "Fire in My Soul" was certified gold.
Walk Off the Earth performed during the half-time show of the NFL playoff game, January 14, 2018, Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints.
On December 30, 2018, it was announced that band member Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor had died from natural causes. He was 51 years old. Walk Off the Earth subsequently cancelled their scheduled performance at the Niagara Falls New Year's Eve Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television special, a performance that was to open their 2019 World Tour.
On January 7, 2019 they announced a free Memorial & Tribute Concert for Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor. Presented by The City of Burlington and Sound of Music Festival, family, friends and fans came together to celebrate Taylor’s life and legacy on January 13 at Civic Square in Downtown Burlington, ON. Special guests such as Scott Helman, members of Barenaked Ladies and more performed at the event, which was live-streamed by the CBC.
On January 16, the band announced it would be continuing on its 2019 tour. In a video posted to their social media pages, the four members thanked their family, friends, and fans, stating that their tour would be devoted to honoring Taylor's memory.
Walk off the Earth sang O Canada at game 4 of the NBA finals in Oakland, where the Toronto Raptors played the Golden State Warriors.
- Gianni "Luminati" Nicassio – vocals, bass, guitar, ukulele, drums, percussion, banjo, mandolin, cello, glockenspiel, kalimba, harmonica, keyboards, double bass (2006–present)
- Ryan Marshall – vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, trumpet, ukulele, percussion, keyboards (2006–present)
- Joel Cassady – drums, percussion, vocals, ukulele, keyboards, guitar, bass, kalimba, sampler (2011–present)
- Sarah Blackwood – vocals, ukulele, guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, keyboards, bass, harmonica, mandolin (2011–present)
- Lee Williamson – guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, ukulele
- James "Ervy" Ervin – trumpet, percussion
- Adam Michael – Keyboards, bass, guitar
- David "Tokyo" Speirs – percussion, trumpet, flute, drums, bass
- Zach Gerber – drums, guitar, bass, vocals, percussion
- Pete Kirkwood – drums, vocals, percussion (2006–2010)
- Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor – piano, organ, keyboards, trumpet, kazoo, accordion, melodica, didgeridoo, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals, (2010–2018; died 2018)
Awards and nominations
|2013||Juno Awards||Breakthrough Group of the Year||Nominated|
|Video of the Year — Little Boxes||Nominated|
|CASBY Awards||Molson Canadian Favourite New Artist||Won|
|YouTube Music Awards||Response of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Juno Awards||Group of the Year||Nominated|
|Pop Album of the Year — R.E.V.O.||Nominated|
|Juno Fan Choice Award||Nominated|
|Canadian Radio Music Awards||Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream AC||Nominated|
|Best New Group or Solo Artist: Hot AC||Won|
|Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR||Won|
|SOCAN Song of the Year — Red Hands||Won|
|2016||Juno Awards||Juno Fan Choice Award||Nominated|
|Pop Album of the Year — Sing It All Away||Nominated|
|Group of the Year||Won|
|2018||Streamy Awards||Cover Songs — Girls Like You||Won|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Sales|
|Smooth Like Stone on a Beach||
|Sing It All Away||
|"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||EP details||Peak chart positions|
|A Walk Off the Earth Christmas EP||
|Sing It All Away||
|Beard Ballads, Vol. 1||
|Taekwondo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||
|Holiday Beard Ballads, Vol. 1||
|Subscribe to the Holidays||
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Somebody That I Used to Know"||2012||13||—||30||80||41||9||45||54||80||9||
|"Gang of Rhythm"||2013||60||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Rule the World"||2015||22||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||
||Sing It All Away|
|"Home We'll Go (Take My Hand)" (with Steve Aoki)||62||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Neon Future II|
|"Hold On (The Break)"||2016||66||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Sing It All Away|
|"Fire in My Soul"||77||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
As featuring artist
(Nicky Romero and Deniz Koyu featuring Walk off the Earth)
- "Columbia signs Walk Off The Earth". Crazed Hits. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Cashmere, Paul (January 9, 2012). "Gotye Cover Inspires Russell Crowe To Pitch To Walk Off The Earth". Noise11. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "Twitter post by Gotye". Retrieved January 8, 2012.
- Cashmere, Paul (January 8, 2012). "Kimbra Impressed With Gotye Cover By Walk Off The Earth". Noise11. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
- CTV Edmonton (January 13, 2012). "Ont. band Walk Off the Earth has viral YouTube hit". CTV News. BellMedia. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- Lester, Paul (April 25, 2013). "Walk Off the Earth (No 1,500)". The Guardian (online). United Kingdom: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Walk Off The Earth's "I Knew You Were Trouble" Cover Goes Viral". Metro Lyrics. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "2016 Juno Awards: The complete list of winners". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- "Issues - Walk off the Earth Feat. Myles and Briar (Julia Michaels Cover)", YouTube Channel, March 20, 2017, retrieved July 12, 2017
- "Walk Off The Earth’s Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor Found Dead In Burlington Home". ET Canada, December 30, 2018.
- "Mike Taylor, keyboardist for Burlington-based Walk Off the Earth, dies". The Hamilton Spectator. December 30, 2018. ISSN 1189-9417. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- "Walk Off the Earth band member Mike Taylor dead". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, December 30, 2018.
- "Walk Off The Earth Announce Memorial & Tribute Concert for Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor". Music News Net. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
- "Walk Off the Earth Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "ARIA Report: Issue #1322" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. June 29, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Discographie Walk Off The Earth". Ö3 Austria Top 40 (in German). Hung Medien.
- "Discografie Walk Off The Earth". MegaCharts. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Discography Walk Off The Earth". Swiss Hitparade. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "WALK OFF THE EARTH | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Walk Off the Earth Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Walk Off the Earth Chart History - Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Canadian album certifications – Walk Off the Earth – R.E.V.O." Music Canada.
- "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015.
- "A Journal of Musical ThingsWeekly Music News Sales Report and Analysis: 24 June 2015 - A Journal of Musical Things". A Journal of Musical Things. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- "Subscribe to the Holidays". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
- "Canadians Place Well On This Week's Albums Chart". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
- "Walk Off the Earth Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "ARIA Report: Issue #1210" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. May 6, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Discografie Walk Off The Earth". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Discographie Walk Off The Earth". SNEP. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Peak positions on German Singles Chart:
- "Somebody That I Used to Know": "Offizielle Deutsche Charts (Walk Off The Earth - "Somebody That I Used to Know"". GfK Entertainment Charts. Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Discography Walk Off The Earth". Sverigetopplistan. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Walk Off the Earth Chart History - Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Canadian certifications – Walk Off the Earth". Music Canada. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
- Bein, Kat (September 27, 2018). "Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu & Walk Off The Earth's 'Paradise' Pops: Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
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