Let’s jam using cardboard!
Pop singer Ariana Grande is on a roll for the promotion of her latest single, No Tears Left to Cry (or as she would tweet, ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou). Grande even became a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she performed the song.
However, this no ordinary performance — Ariana used the crazed Nintendo Labo to deliver her musical stint!
Together with show host Jimmy Fallon and American hip hop band The Roots, Ariana gave out an oddly satisfying song with the help of Nintendo’s cardboard technology.
We vibin’, we vibin’…
To make this performance possible, each member of this band was assigned a role and a toy-con to tinker with (except for Ariana). Jimmy Fallon took over the guitar and the piano studio. On the robot kit was Questlove, producing a very deep instrumental sound. The Labo’s fishing rod has been transformed into an electric guitar, played by Black Thought.
Kamal Gray and James Poyser play the Toy-Con Piano, with the former producing an organ sound. Aside from Fallon and Black Thought, two guitarists comprise of the band namely Captain Kirk (acoustic guitar) and Mark Kelley (bass guitar). For the band’s percussion, Stro transformed the Toy-Con Garage into a drum machine. Ariana Grande’s vocals completed the whole set-up, becoming the first celebrity to perform live using cardboard and the Nintendo Switch.
Is this the best cover of Ariana Grande’s song?
Fans of Ariana Grande and Fallon are really pleased with the musical act that the whole Tonight Show production were able to execute using the DIY kits.
Jimmy Fallon had no idea how this project would happen, but thanks to The Roots, Ariana Grande, and director Chris Tartaro, editor Justin Ulbrich, and musical genius John MacDonald, the show was able to produce something out-of-the-ordinary. Fallon (@jimmyfallon) tweeted:
When asked if this video will inspire more innovation in school music programs, Jimmy replied:
Oh most definitely. You can tweak the sounds in so many ways – the possibilities are endless. It’s gonna be exciting to see what this inspires.