On February 15, 2019, a 20-year-old Massachusetts man heard a song on Twitter, ripped it from Soundcloud, and made it the soundtrack to a 15-second TikTok video of his transformation into a cowboy. This wardrobe change would quickly become one of the most impactful trends in Internet history, propelling the song to the top of the Global Viral charts and clearing its path to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it would sit for a record 19 weeks.
In this episode, we sit down with "Old Town Road" patient zero, Michael Pelchat (@nicemichael), to hear his story and seek advice on how to position songs for TikTok success.
@nicemichael's original Old Town Road TikTok post:
other trends he has started on TikTok:
Lil Nas X - Old Town Road - Remix
Supa Dupa Humble - Steppin
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
Y2K & bbno$ - Lalala
Comethazine - Walk (LLusion Remix)
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Additional guests: Catherine Cortez