VIDEO: Gangnam goes classical style, a hit for Cherrybrook musicians

ASTON may still have a way to go to catch up with PSY’s 479,777,291 views of Gangnam Style on YouTube, but give them time.

After just 11 days their classical cover has 103,466 views and their cellist, Hanna Oblikov of Cherrybrook, is as surprised as the next person.

Click on the arrow in the image above to see Aston's take on Gangnam Style, and then watch PSY's hit.

‘‘It’s not the most obvious choice to do a cover of; we just thought it would be fun,’’ Hanna said of Aston’s decision to cover runaway viral sensation Gangnam Style by Korean pop singer PSY (real name Park Jae-Sang).

‘‘I think we thought we might have missed the boat, but apparently we didn’t.’’

A YouTube success story in their own right, Aston reached the million views mark in July 2010 after only three months with their unique instrumental take on pop tunes, including Lady Gaga’s Telephone which became the most-viewed Australian music video of the year after celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted it on his website.

For those who haven’t heard of them, Aston takes pop and rock music and radically rearranges it to a produce a classical version.

‘‘The reason we do it... we’d play classical gigs and people would always ask, ‘Do you know Phil Collins?’... always a pop song,’’ Hanna, 25, said.

Aston’s take on Gangnam Style was arranged by the band’s percussionist, Daniel Luscombe, who was also responsible for putting the song on YouTube.

The band, all friends who met at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, also includes Eliza Morrison and Michael Bennett, both on violin, and Ella Jamieson on piano.

New band member Patrick Abrams, also from Cherrybrook, replaces Will Henderson on guitar.

Asked the most obvious of questions — who in the band does PSY’s horse dance best? — Hanna laughed before answering: ‘‘I’m going to go with Eliza; she’s the one who taught everybody else’’.

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