Guitar virtuoso Marcin Patrzalek, a former America’s Got Talent contestant, is once again dropping jaws with his unique percussive finger-picking style.
The 20-year-old Polish musician’s recent cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” has gone viral and garnered praise on social media from rock royalty such as KISS’ Paul Stanley, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid.
Marcin, who goes by his first name only professionally, recorded the video in a parking garage, adding beefy acoustics and natural reverb to his rendition. The effect is truly impressive, as Marcin not only arranges “Kashmir” to fit his distinct playing style, but makes it sounds massive in the process, considering he plays only an acoustic guitar. The general reaction of the rock music luminaries speaks for itself:
“Wow!” tweeted Stanley, with Morello adding, “Some people are just really talented.”
Reid compared Marcin to the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist himself: “Jimmy Page ain’t seen THAT coming! Got DAYUM.”
The key to Marcin’s magic his is ability to drum on the body of the guitar while also fretting notes and finger-picking at a virtuosic level. He said he’s never been trained, instead developing the style on his own by melding assorted influences he discovered on the internet.
“I had no teacher, so I started to experiment and create my own ideas and techniques,” Marcin told Stage and Screen in a 2019 interview. “I would look at the internet and combine really different contrasting ideas myself. It’s so new, and fresh that it differs a lot – everybody plays it differently, as everybody has their own experiments. … When I travel, I hear many different opinions, and the one I am most happy about is when people say they’ve never seen something like this before.”
His ability to multitask and create an almost full-band sound with a sole acoustic guitar got him a slot on America’s Got Talent, where he combined Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” and System of a Down’s “Toxicity” into one performance. He would eventually be eliminated in the semifinal round. Since then, his covers of Queen’s “Innuendo” and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” have also been widely seen.
Watch Marcin shred through “Kashmir” below.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) February 14, 2021
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) February 14, 2021
Jimmy Page ain’t seen THAT coming!
Got DAYUM. https://t.co/F4G43n7Dm1
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) February 14, 2021