Who is Gary Brolsma and what is the “Numa Numa Dance”?
The “Numa Numa Dance”, was a webcam video created by me, Gary Brolsma, on November of 2004. It was submitted online to a website called Newgrounds.com on December 2004. This website was unique at the time, because Newgrounds mainly offered Flash based movies and animations, so I had to convert the video into Flash format for viewing, as YouTube didn’t exist yet. Moving forward just two years later to September of 2006, the original Numa Numa Dance video has hit over 15 million views on Newgrounds.com alone, not to mention the other countless number of websites that it is now hosted on since then.
It’s been featured in multiple newspapers, radio, and television such as ABC Good Morning America, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, and VH1, just to name a few. You can still watch the original today, by going over to Newgrounds. I got the idea to call it “Numa Numa” from the Romanian lyrics of the chorus from the song “Dragostea Din Tei“, by the band O-Zone.
I’ve always have been a fan of making little video clips to entertain friends, by making mini-documentaries on stupid things, or just plain old goofing around. Honestly, this video was only meant to be exactly that. The video was originally intended to make a few friends laugh by just goofing off. It only took one take and about 15 minutes of splicing in random pictures of my friends to put all together. A week or so after I finished the video, I decided to throw it up on Newgrounds just for the heck of it, thinking it would be blammed (or automatically deleted for a low scoring video). Little did I know it would wind up on featured on their homepage and explode in views, touchin the hearts of so many people. This was actually during the transition period where YouTube just had launched and was suddenly becoming more and more popular. I owe much of my success to Tom and Wade Fulp, and the entire team at Newgrounds, so I can’t thank them enough. Tom also has my original white and blue stripe t-shirt that I wore in the video in 2004.
Deciding to make a lipsync dance to Dragostea Din Tei in itself was pretty random, back then I was interested in Flash Animation and was browsing sites such as Albino Blacksheep. I learned of the song from “Maiyahi” by Ikari. I couldn’t tell you how I found it or why, because I honestly don’t know… ha ha. My video actually caused O-Zone’s album to go way up the charts over in their country and in other places around the world. Lyrics are in the special version of the movie, and it’s about a guy who loves a girl, but the girl doesn’t want him anymore (at least that’s what I gathered). There’s nothing relevant in the lyrics in any way to the video. O-Zone has since broken up as a band, and a CD is not available for purchase in American stores, but you should be able to find it online.
“New Numa” or “Numa Numa 2″ as some people like to call it, is the sequel to the “Numa Numa Dance”. New Numa was released, September 8, 2006. The idea of “New Numa”, was just a reaction to fans to give them something new from me, and just overall conveying the message of fun and laughter. The base for creating the video was made possible by the Minnesota-based company, Jaeter Corporation, and was recorded and produced by
Gary Voelker and Andrew Lee of Seattle-based Experience Studios. New Numa’s song was specially created for me by Variety Beats, with vocals performed by Chad Russell, under the BeLive Productions record label. The song is in Russian this time with lyrics about a children’s song about a hunter and a bunny, again, not directly relevant to anything actually happening in the video.
After releasing the second video, I figured it would be a good idea to end it with a Numa trilogy. Dan Balan, previously of O-Zone, was releasing a side project called “Crazy Loop”. This gave me a chance to go back to a less-produced webcam style video like the original. I took it a step further and used an Apple MacBook laptop to wirelessly spin around in my chair, giving a sense of dizziness that fit well with the crazy loop lyrics.
I’ve gotten the opportunity to do so many cool things because of this silly little video I made, and I’m so honored and happy that I got to be a part of all of it. Thank you so much for stopping by and watching my content. I’m constantly working on new projects and videos, including lots of music with my band, The Backroom Deal, please browse around the sections of my website for more goodies.
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