Sunday, November 22, 2015

YouTube Channel Profile Series: Nick Pavlat

Here's this month's YouTube Channel Profile, as we continue are monthly spotlights of randomly selected YouTube channels featuring at least 50% local metal, hard rock, and/or punk content! This month's choice is courtesy of a hard rock guitarist who may be familiar to Yooper readers of recent years, so read on below for what you should know!
Nick Pavlat (

Owner: Former Intrepid guitarist Nick Pavlat

Channel Timeline: Launched on August 30th, 2009; Videos posted from May through August 2013

Channel Summary: Rather than focusing on his band work from the turn of the 2010s, Sault Michigan's Nick Pavlat dedicated his YouTube channel around 13 solo performance videos, all posted over two years after Intrepid fell inactive. Among others, his channel includes solo guitar renditions of songs by Modest Mouse, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Black Label Society, Chelsea Grin, and Franz Ferdinand.

Why Should You Watch: Give Nick's channel a look for some solid renditions of familiar metal songs, with even a bit of indie rock thrown in for good measure if that's your thing! Nick shows promise as a guitarist, as fans saw with Intrepid, but note that he has no videos of his band work there, and the audio quality is mixed given the home recording setup. Also, while Nick does still actively maintain this channel for personal use, he hasn't posted a new video in over two years, so keep that in mind if thinking about subscribing.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

One Day Remains by Alterbridge Cover: One of two bands to be covered twice on Nick's channel, Alter Bridge are the source for his renditions of "One Day Remains" and "New Way To Live", the channel's second & last respectively. The latter has scratchier audio, but both show Nick's skill level well, especially the solo sections on "One Day Remains", as well as a nice ease during his playing!

My Own Summer by Deftones Cover: Nick covered no band more frequently on his channel than The Deftones, including versions of their hits "Change (In The House Of Flies)", "Swerve City", and featured here, "My Own Summer (Shove It)", all among 7 videos with this camera angle of him performing beside his laptop. All featuring the original audio in the background, Nick seems to know these songs well, with "My Own Summer" particularly impressing, but I wonder why he walked out of view of the camera for the last stretch?

Stand or Walk Away by Hellyeah: By far Nick's most popular video (with 225 current views), his cover of Hellyeah's "Stand Or Walk Away" from August 2013 is also well done, but the camera angle is way too tight to him, and makes it very hard to see his fingerwork. Still, not a bad rendition!

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Through completely random selection, we have chosen local hard rock solo musician and longtime Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's YouTube channel to be profiled next in this series, which should be a good & diverse way to end 2015, so look for that on or around December 22nd! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this week! Thanks everyone!

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