Although the beat is fairly simple, the drums are one of the most dramatic parts of Survivor's hit Eye Of The Tiger. That's why when YouTube's most popular drummer, COOP3RDRUMM3R, covered the song it was guaranteed to be a memorable performance. He plays with passion and precision, moving to the beat and his love of the drums is clear.
It's one of those rare performances where you wonder why the band didn't play it that way originally. COOP3RDRUMM3R is the YouTube persona of Casey Cooper, a very talented American drummer.
Casey Aaron Cooper was born on the 27th of September 1991 in Arlington, Texas. When he was six, he was rummaging around in some of his dad's old boxes and found a pair of drumsticks. His dad had tried learning the drums in the past but never got very far. As any six-year-old will, Casey started banging the sticks on any surface he could find.
After a while, his parents realised it was not just a phase and bought him a drum pad and some new sticks for Christmas. He loved to play, and as his skill grew, he needed a full drum kit which he got when he was eight. Casey continued to play the drums every day and was part of marching, rock and basketball bands both at school and then later at university.
Casey attended Georgia State University and studied music technology. During his time at university, he began actively making videos for his YouTube channel.
It started off slowly, but his channel now has 2.68 million subscribers. His most popular video is his cover of Burn by Ellie Goulding, which has been viewed 35 million times. It's not just his fancy stick work that pulled in the views, though. The clue is in the song's title. At the start of the video, it's hard not to be transfixed by Casey's playing. His flair, passion and skill are incredible to watch.
It's halfway through the song when he kicks it up a notch. He lights his drum sticks on fire and continues to play. He plays, twirls his stick and does other tricks with his drumsticks completely aflame. It's such a cool show to witness. Casey was at university when he saw a fire drummer and decided to try it himself to celebrate his 250th video. So many people hired him to perform as a fire drummer for a while, but he's moved away from it a bit now. It's still well worth checking it out, though.
Casey's popularity continues to grow. He now has over 100 videos that have been viewed more than a million times each. It's no wonder that even though he has never released an album, his net worth is estimated at between $500,000 and $1,000,000.
Casey's life is not all about YouTube and drumming these days. He married girlfriend Hannah Condrey, and they now have two children, a son Cadence Westin Cooper and a daughter Carolina James Cooper. Both children are still young, so it's too soon to tell if they'll follow in their dad's footsteps. If you would like to see more from this talented drummer, you can subscribe to his YouTube channel or follow him on Facebook.