New York City-based string quartet, Well-Strung, have merged the worlds of classical and pop in their latest cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" with a little help from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partita No. 3":
BuzzFeed chatted with Daniel Shevlin, Edmund Bagnell, and Chris Marchant from the group about the video, the song, and their new record, Popssical.
"'Blank Space' was on a loop for weeks on my iPhone when it came out. It was such a fun song and we wanted to see if we could pull off a version of our own. I'm sure plenty of gays have a long list of ex-lovers they can sympathize with," said Shevlin.
The video, directed by Blake Drummond, follows each group member as he gets ready for a date with a mystery man. The revelation of the man at the end is a surprise twist.
"We didn't set out to just make a gay version of 'Blank Space,'" said Marchant, who plays 2nd violin. "But, if four gay men are singing about meeting a romantic interest, it makes sense that we'd use a guy as the subject. We are all out and proud."
Marchant came up with the initial arrangement for the song.
Then Trevor Wadleigh, who plays viola, thought of adding the Partita to the piece.
"Blank Space" is just one cover off the group's new record, POPssical. It also includes "Royals," "Wrecking Ball," and more.
The reception over the group's cover has been great so far, but, there is, of course, one person they hope to impress the most.
So, what do you think Taylor? Will you write their names?