In case you missed it, Nelly’s iconic “Hot In Here” got the classical treatment last week. Vitamin String Quartet shot to stardom last year after their classical arrangements of modern hits were featured in season one of Netflix’s hit series, Bridgerton. Destined to be the classical remix of the summer, Vitamin String Quartet’s hot take on the almost 20 year old song is pretty cool.
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Watch the “Basically it’s more about what to take from the original track and what to leave out since one can’t possibly represent all of the elements within a string quartet,” Vitamin String Quartet arranger Kathy McMillen told TheWrap of the new cover. “That’s what I love doing when arranging for quartet.
“In this instance I treated the verse as a melodic element, even though it’s rap, and the hook as its contrasting theme. Played around with the rhythmic grooves ‘Herre’ and there till it was all there!” James Curtiss, VSQ’s director of A&R, added: “Initially this idea came up in the middle of a totally different creative discussion. At the end of the day, we love Nelly’s hook, we love The Neptunes production… we just love the track. It’s still fire and we just went for it. We wound up with an incredible track to just drop right in the middle of a super-hot summer!”
Vitamin String Quartet‘s beautiful orchestral versions of popular songs can be heard throughout the first season of Bridgerton, produced by Shondra Rhimes, who seamlessly incorporated today’s popular music within it’s 19th century world. VSQ covers of Ariana Grande “thank u, next”, Maroon 5 “Girls Like You”, Shawn Mendes “In My Blood” and Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” can all be heard throughout this season.
Since Bridgerton’s soundtrack release, Vitamin String Quartet has seen a 350% increase in streams across DSPs and grown monthly listeners by over 50% on Spotify and Amazon Music. The Bridgerton soundtrack was the #1 Soundtrack album 6 weeks in a row and reached #5 on iTunes overall. With all that love, Vitamin String Quartet most recently celebrated 1 Billion streams on their catalog.