Smooth McGroove might not be Viking Jesus, but he’s got the voice of an angel. Max Gleason, better known as Smooth McGroove on YouTube, is the vocal virtuoso behind the a cappella covers of popular tracks such as Final Fantasy VII‘s “Battle Theme” and Mega Man X‘s “Spark Mandrill.”
At first listen, it’s like a vocal explosion of awesome in your ears. At second listen, you fall for the dulcet tones and his faithful renditions to the videogame songs of childhood yore. And he’s only been on the scene since January of this year. 28-year-old McGroove has done some other independent projects, including some silly rap-style videos but a cappella gave him the chance to direct all his passion for videogames, with a fair amount of success.
In an interview with Pixelitis, he spoke about the process required to recreate the dense multilayered compositions from the likes of Nobuo Uematsu and Koji Kondo. Even in one case, working through a drum track with no voice to make his deadline.