By Kevin Rutherford
Connor Redwood has played an integral part in some of the biggest folk rock songs of the past few years.
Who is he? He’s the guy who yells “Hey!”
In a video posted last weekend, Redwood (real name comedian Harris Alterman) details his plight as one of the in-demand facets of songs from bands like the Lumineers and Of Monsters & Men. He may not be a singer, but his pipes are pretty important.
“Yelling ‘hey’… it’s my life,” Redwood says, appearing to get a bit verklempt. “…yeah.”
The video goes on to give a behind-the-scenes look of his contribution to the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” Of Monsters & Men’s “Little Talks” and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros‘ “Home,” three of alternative rock’s bigger hits of the 2010s, perfecting the quick, punctual “Hey!” found in both tunes.
“What’s next?” Redwood asks. “Well, I recently released my debut solo album.” It’s called YEH — “‘hey’ backward,” he notes.
He ends on a poignant note: “Who knows what the future holds?”
Worry not, Connor. There’s sure to always be folk rockers — or any musician, for that matter — looking for a quick shout or two to ensure maximum crowd participation at their concerts.