Transcript for Postman-turned-TikTok star Nathan Evans talks about his viral path to fame
She had not been two weeks from shore You hear that? That's called a sea shanty and if you're not on tiktok, you may have missed the latest trend that is a serious throwback from the 19th century. It is a legit throwback. Now we are breaking down these songs and tell you how they have become such a viral hit. Take a listen to this. Name of the ship was the Billy of tea the winds blew up, her bow dipped down oh, blow, my bully boys, Reporter: That's 26-year-old Nathan Evans singing "The wellerman" a sea shanty. We'll take our leave and go Reporter: Sea shantys date back to the 1800s sung by sailors working on whaling ships but now centuries later this catchy sea tune. The winds blew up her bow and below my -- Reporter: Turning into an unexpected phenomenon on social media with millions mesmerized by Nathan's rendition. One day when the tongin' is done we'll take our leave and go Reporter: Taking on a new life people harmonizing sharing the remixes. We'll take our leave and go Reporter: Now Nathan has gone from singing a shanty in his bedroom to striking world fame streams of his shanty spiking 7,000% on Spotify. Soon may the wellerman come to bring us sugar and a and rum Reporter: With no signs of slowing down. Joining us is the man behind the sea shanty craze, Nathan evs is joining us live from Scotland. Nathan, good morning. Good morning, how are we? It's good to see you, hear you and see you this morning. Before a couple -- the note says before a couple of weeks ago people had no idea what sea shantys were. I didn't have any idea what they were until this morning. You have people hooked. What do you think it is about this music that has people so excited. I think it's because of the tale and the fact that everybody is feeling down and all stuck at home and the pandemic just got everybody down so I think that's boosting everyone's spirits and can join in through tiktok and do it and stomp your feet and sing along. I think it brings that feel good factor so everybody loves it, I think. It does make you feel good. It's very catchy. Until a week ago you were a postman in Scotland before you decided to take on this music thing full time. So did anyone recognize you on your route from tiktok? I've been recognized a couple of times so before all this happened then before I was on the TV I think I had been recognized two or three times like at the door handing out parcels and people saying, I've seen you on tiktok but since then I've been on the TV now and getting people before it's 8:00 recognizing me up the street. You don't even have to sing. That's the best Scottish accent I've ever heard. Congratulations also, you just got a record deal so what can we expect? When is therd going to come out? The record comes out today. The remix is out today and it's already -- I was actually would like to say it was number eight and had a text to say it's number two on the uk charts already so you can listen in. Wow, that's fantastic. Oh, yeah. And your video has been viewed nearly 8 million times. We're seeing a lot of people putting their own spin on it. Do you have a favorite? It's got to be Andrew Lloyd Webber. It's got to be like -- there's nobody else that topped that. There he goes. We're seeing it right there. I love that. Well, you know, Nathan, we want to thank you for joining us and now you're going to perform the wellerman live so, Nathan, take it away, my friend. There once was a ship that put to sea the name of the ship was the Billy of tea the winds blew up, her bow dipped down oh, blow, my bully boys, blow soon may the wellerman come to bring us sugar and tea and rum then when the battle is won we'll take our leave and go Snead snowed not been two weeks from shore when down on her a right whale bore the captain called all hands and swore he'd take that whale in to soon may be the wellerman come to bring us sugar and tea and rum one day when the tongin' is done we'll take our leave and go before the boat had hit the water, the whale's tail came up and caught her all hands to the side harpooned and fought her when she dived down below soon may the wellerman come to
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