Meet & Greet: Celebuzz Chats With YouTube Breakout Star Noah Guthrie! (EXCLUSIVE)
Last week Noah Guthrie, an 18-year-old from South Carolina, posted an acoustic version of LMFAO’s hit song “Sexy and I Know It” and since then it has generated over six million views!
Celebuzz had a chance to talk to Noah about his whirlwind rise to fame (he even was on The Today Show!), some of his musical inspirations, and what’s next for the talented fella.
It’s been a crazy, whirlwind week for you, how are you handling everything?
I’m still trying to soak it all in and come down a little bit. It’s definitely been crazy and pretty much more than I could ever ask for, so I’m really trying to kind of just step back, and take it all in a day at a time.
What’s been the highlight for you, so far?
The Today Show was really cool, I’ve actually always wanted to be in the crowd that’s outside behind The Today Show’s set, so to be on [the show] was mind-blowing. I got to meet Matt Lauer and Anne Curry and I really lost my mind [laughs].
People love your cover, and some have even said it makes LMFAO “listenable,” what are your thoughts on that?
I’ve seen a lot like that, I’ve seen a whole lot of different headlines, some are little more explicit. [Laughs] You know I did this video as a joke to myself, kind of, and to the people who had already followed me on YouTube, I thought these people would get a kick out of it. So I did it, and I guess they got a little more of a kick than I thought and they just loved it. It’s nice to hear all this stuff, and that people love it. I wasn’t a huge super-fan of the song, I kind of liked it after awhile just because it’s so catchy and you can move to it. But I can’t say anything bad about it, it’s gotten me where I am and LMFAO shared it on their Facebook and it’s been awesome. It’s gotten me to a great point in my life.
Have you always wanted to pursue music?
Yes, I’ve been kind of immersed in music my entire life. My dad and my step-mom were studio singers, so I would be playing with hot wheels on the studio floor at midnight. I’ve always been around it, and I’ve always loved it. I’ve been starting to write my own stuff and performing, and it just got ridiculous then I put some stuff on YouTube and my management found me and all this has happened. It’s been crazy, it’s awesome and I’m loving it. I’m very blessed to be some one who can pursue this as a career.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
I always say U2 is my favorite band of all time. But as far as inspiration goes, I love the Civil Wars, and Dave Matthews is wonderful. I listen to a lot of people, but I guess the Civil Wars would be a really big influence, and probably John Legend I would say. But those are the ones who shape me a little bit I think.
What appeals to you about one cover song over another?
A lot of times, you want to do something current, just because it’s popular at the time, and people are searching. But a lot of times it’s just something that it’s a song that I like and I’ve always wanted to cover, or in the case of [this cover] it was something that I didn’t like as much, but thought not that I could do it better, but do it in a different way. I just wanted to see if the song could make me feel something different. It might sound a little corny, but it’s about getting feelings from songs, for me, and if I can take that song and turn it into something where I can feel good about it, then I feel like I’ve done my job.
What’s next for you, do you have an album in the works?
There’s definitely an album in the works, I’m looking to get it finished up in the next couple months, then out to the public. That’s the main priority right now, getting the album finished up.
If you haven’t already, watch Noah’s catchy cover above!