Who’s Ronald Jenkees? Simply a regular guy and YouTube keyboard sensation. That’s right, Ronald Jenkees is a big time player on the Internet. His YouTube videos and music have struck both gold and a chord with more than 43 million hits for tracks off his two independently produced albums Ronald Jenkees (2007) and Disorganzed Fun (2009). So popular and engaging is Ronald Jenkees that even Bill Simmons (ESPN’s Sports Guy) asked him to pen a theme song for his podcast. And, Ronald Jenkees shows no signs of slowing down as he has migrated his video content to his own website, Myspace, iTunes, Facebook, among other Internet webpages and platforms.
The Real Scoop on Ronald Jenkees
According to his website, Kentucky born and raised Ronald Jenkees is a regular guy. He’s not gifted. He’s not all that talented. He’s not some web weirdo. Rather, he’s passionate about music and videos and wants to share this musical connection with the world. And, he wears weird hats as he nudges up to the video camera which captures the moment at strange angles. There’s an intimacy that Ronald Jenkees creates with the viewer that endures. And, a quirkiness which is hard to ignore.
What makes Ronald Jenkees so fascinating is that his music and videos are strangely engaging and fun, not to mention technically well-organized, no small thing when he’s only had a couple of piano lessons and one year in his high school marching band.
Hot Tracks by Ronald Jenkees
The electronic meanderings of Ronald Jenkees are infinitely listenable. But, some songs rise above the others. Check out “Throwing Fire” and “Stay Crunchy” (Disorganized Fun) as well as “Super Fun,” “Derty” and “Clutter” (Ronald Jenkees). These tracks are experimental, meandering and whole lot of electronic fun.
What Sets Ronald Jenkees Apart from Other YouTube Musicians
The success that Ronald Jenkees has enjoyed is emblematic of the equalizing power of the Internet, certainly of YouTube. Without it, it’s unlikely that this artist would have found a venue for his music and business model. Like Myspace before it, YouTube has allowed us a glimpse of what people do and, in Ronald Jenkees case, why they do it. For fun, albeit disorganized, and hardly a studio executive’s slick production.
Whether you’re into electronica, experimental or Hip Hop, you’ll find Ronald Jenkees a breath of fresh air. And, hopefully, still a regular guy.
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