Cu Toi: Holy music parody was once top 1 in Vietnam, but was surpassed and had to sadly sell the channel

Phúc SenFeb 27, 2024 at 16:38

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The music saint Cu Toi is an early youtuber who followed the trend of covering hit songs with a style of parodying lyrics, which was once extremely loved by Vietnamese youth. However, the glory soon faded for him, when he could not survive and had to sell the channel.

"Cu Toi" real name is Nguyen Tien Dung, born in 1994. In the years 2014 - 2015, he emerged as an internet phenomenon with "stormy" parody music clips like People's Son ( parodied from People's Wife). Phan Manh Quynh ), Because I'm still single ( parrot Because I'm alive by Tien Tien ), Sounds really muddy ( parrot the song Truc Nhan's Surprise )... Cover versions of Tien Dung's "Garlic" attract the world not only because of his calm face despite his comedy, but also because of the topical content but expressed in witty, humorous language...

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Few people know that Tien Dung has been pursuing a career as a YouTuber since 2013, but it was through parody music videos that people really got to know him. 9X confided that in middle school, he was a member of the trumpet team at school. In high school, he participated in musical performances and won second prize in school singing. In college, he studied Directing at the Ho Chi Minh City School of Theater and Cinema, so he had some artistic talent and knew how to create and come up with ideas for a neat, serious video.

While on the rise to fame, he suddenly quit his job as a YouTuber. When asked about the reason, "Garlic" humorously said: " Because I'm afraid of poverty. I'm afraid that in 20, 30 years I won't be able to attract viewers anymore, and when I get sick I'll have to call for support again."

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He also revealed that being a YouTuber does not earn too much income. When he was famous, Dung's income was from 2 - 68 million, not including advertising fees. He believes that making videos about parody music is becoming more and more difficult because at first it's okay when no one knows about it, but when it is widely shared on social networks, it will easily be subject to copyright infringement: "Making a video about parody music is not okay." easy, because the copyright holder will easily be accused of infringement. Doing business on other people's intellectual products is a negative factor."

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Traditional folk music is fun but can't be a business. I also tried creating music content to get copyright or join a music group, but because I didn't have the same direction, I once again ran into a dead end, so I turned to another path. Another route is more suitable. I never wanted to overcome the shadow of "Holy Music Parody" because I wanted to become a "Startup", Cu Toi shared.

Regarding making a parody music video, Cu Toi once shared: " First I choose songs, usually new songs, cheerful music, good music, hits, and must have a beat without lyrics. Then I proceed. Determine the theme of the song, then start creating each lyric. I open the alphabet to combine words and then fill in each sentence. I skip any difficult places, then come back. This process of creating is time consuming. from a few hours to a whole month if my schedule is too tight.

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The recording process was not difficult. I placed the camera next to the screen so I could review the lyrics if I forgot, taking advantage of the screen's brightness to illuminate my face. To be able to act naturally without pressure, I recorded and mixed the recorded voice into the beat first, then while filming, I listened to the music and lip-synced along. Sometimes when the lip-sync was wrong, I went back to the beginning and worked until I got it. satisfactory paragraph then proceed with editing and making subtitles. This process also takes a few hours .

When asked about the fact that there are currently many famous YouTubers from parody music such as Hau Hoang, Thien An,... and if they were still YouTubers, would "Cu Toi" "surpass" these "parodied music saints", He confided: " I think if I try to get to the Top 1 of parody music, I won't be able to become a billionaire. It's like having a lot of m.oney and living a secret life, it's more effective. I'd rather be famous but have little money ." Not to mention Tien Dung also admitted that he is not suitable for the showbiz environment so he wants to live the life of a normal person.

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Deciding to quit his job as a YouTuber, Tien Dung sold his channel and page and completely switched to the field of financial securities: "I saw that I had exhausted my ability to develop my brand, so I stopped, sold my channel and moved to another field. Decided to give up my job as a YouTuber. If I thought like that, I would be very sad and cry so much, but everything will pass."

No longer famous and sought after by many people like before, but Tien Dung is satisfied with his life because he has more free time to read books, more freedom, no more pressure on KPIs, views, clips. "Cu Toi" further confided in 2022: "Currently I live next door with my mother, and don't have the need to go out much, so the SH car is enough."

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Receiving a question about returning to being a YouTuber, "Garlic" said: "I also tried to return to my old job, but my mind couldn't focus on acting or making clips anymore. There are also some brands and film studios. , the series invited me to participate but I refused."

In 2023, he surprised everyone by making a series of short films on the TikTok platform. Talking about this, Cu Toi said: "This is really a quite unexpected direction, stemming from difficulties, a KOL in the company quit his job, it is a coincidence that I also quit my job like that. many times. At that time, your channel was an outstanding phenomenon, so everyone discussed and thought of another direction for the channel. The crew realized that there was too much comedy, game, and transformation content. .. there's very little horror, so we should change the name of the channel and make videos about cases that incorporate social details, cinematic acting, not drama."

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