Thibaut Trosset, the brains, face, and hands behind the YouTube channel Les covers de Persiflette, is an accordion player, an educator, and in my mind, my lawfully wedded internet husband.
In fear that tagging him will lead to him actually reading this, I won't go too far into my adoration. Fan attention can turn into harassment very quickly, so to speak directly to you Thibaut, I think you are an amazing, talented, and beautiful person, but I am not going to show up to your door any time soon.
After Ricardo López, I don't think that's the most respectful or original thing to do.
Anyway, let me introduce you to this amazing human being.
Initially when I came across this channel, I thought Persiflette was his name or a play on his name. A Google search rendered only results of his channel, quickly proving that my 7 years of French education did diddily in helping me identify nomenclature.
After reading his name, Thibaut, listed on a transcription, I decided that Persiflette is his brand name/aesthetic. Or some weird pun in French.
I'm really not sure, but let us not dwell.
Once upon a time not long ago I was in a YouTube deep dive of Pirates of the Caribbean covers when this video popped up.
I listened and was like okay, this is a bop.
And I took a look at the video and was like okay, he's also a bop.
And then I binged the rest of his channel.
Thibaut's Pirate's cover is his most popular video on his channel with a little over 70K views as of this article's publication date. His channel has just under 5K subscribers, but his content is at a level of a channel with 500K.
So who is this illustrious man?
On Twitter, Thibaut's bio reads:
With my elementary French skills, I would roughly translate that to "Professional Classic Accordionist ([playful undercutting of that talent because he's not only talented but also modest]) featuring edu-tainment on YouTube."
I'm not sure what which to translate "découverte" but the jist of it for me is that he's both an entertainer and an educator, and I like the word edu-tainment.
That being spoiled, Thibaut has a lot of educational content on his channel.
His content is in French, so if you're not as fluent as I am (which is definitely 100%) the closed captioning and auto-translate feature on YouTube are your friends.
Not only are his videos educational on music and the accordion, but I have incidentally learned so many French sayings along the way.
It took me like ten minutes and changing the closed captions on this video back into French to realize that this means 'short attention span'.
Trosset has a little bit of something for everyone on his channel. He has many TV and Movie theme covers, like Up, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Game of Thrones, all of which are accompanied by charming little accordion jokes.
And he also has covers of video game songs, pop songs, classics, mashups, and more.
If you're looking to be terrified at how quickly and accurately this boi can play, I would direct you to this increasingly intense Tetris cover that has me quaking.
And if you just want to sit back smile, I would direct you to his blooper reel.
I can not state strongly enough how amazing and talented and wonderful he is. Like, he's the reason I own a concertina right now. (accordions are not in my price range right now, so I was like 'what if I was only like 30% of how cool he was?)
Thibaut puts so much thought and care and talent into his content and he deserves all the attention in the world. I mean, being written about on the official Tetris website is more or less peak fame, but I wish him even more.
A recent post on his official Facebook page confirms his residence in France rather than French Canada as I had been trying to delude myself into believing, so I don't think he'll ever become more than my imaginary Facebook husband, but I can always dream.
So if you're reading this and you're not Thibaut, please go check out his content. It's phenomenal.
And yeah, Thibaut, if you're reading this, please know that I think you are a wonderful, amazing, talented, person. And when you hit 100 million subscribers and have a world tour, I can point to you and be like "I was totally an OG subscriber, and I can prove that by this poem I once wrote about him in one of my undergraduate poetry chapbooks."
And maybe consider taking that world tour to Madison, WI. I would host you in a heartbeat.