You know what I'm thinking?
Fretkillr videos are not the product of one person. I think the voice and the playing are coming from two separate people.
When I first heard this guy, I was - like most - amazed, delighted, and highly impressed. The warm combination of a great voice and expert playing is quite potent. I've watched dozens of his 108 or so videos, and it is quite the tour de force.
However, why the anonymity? Its obvious this guy is very talented, so why would he want to stay hidden? I've heard lots of theories, but its hard to imagine if he's a professional, what he's hiding. And if he's not a pro, why wouldn't he want to become one instantly? From the comments on the videos, plenty of people would pony up big bucks to hear him live, or buy his music. Doesn't make much sense to keep that a secret.
One of the first things that struck me was the caliber of his voice: warm, smooth, polished, and... black. Yep, its obviously a black voice, (no slur intended whatever.) Easily in his 40's or even 50's. So that was my first key into this guy's identity.
But looking closely at his videos, its also quite obvious that the hands are of a white guy, perhaps 30-40ish. (Younger, possibly, but surely no older.) The very accomplished hands are surely Fretkillr's, but the combination of the voice with them becomes more and more incongruent.
Then I noticed something else about the voice. Its got reverb. Like its been professionally recorded. Fretkillr may have a studio in his home, but the backgrounds I've seen in the videos look more like a bedroom or a den. If the guitar and voice were recorded together in that space, you'd hear lots of ambient echos and sonic artifacts. They would sound like they're being recorded by the same source, which they obviously are not.
Also, notice in many of his videos an electric cord of some sort going up to his head. What would that be for if he's singing and playing at the same time? Is it a microphone cord ...
Or perhaps a headphone cord. Which would be the case if he's listening to a prerecorded vocal track on headphones, and syncing his playing to that. (Which is what I think is happening here.)
Anyway, that's my theory. (Not a FACT, because I don't have any absolute proof.) I'll continue listening and enjoying, (because this guy is obviously very skilled.) But I think I understand both the reticence to reveal himself, and the incongruence between his "black" voice, and his "white" hands.
Has anyone ever come to vist you with long white coats on, maybe spent a little time in a padded room perhaps :poke: