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It’s been a wild week for Kevin Judd. The 39-year-old from Riverside, California has long made an annual tradition of constructing a Halloween lighting display set to music. He then uploads the clip, for all his friends to see. But this year, things are different.
“It’s overwhelming,” Judd said Tuesday regarding the amount of attention his video has generated around the world, joining the company of another Youtube classic, 2010’s Slayer-themed Christmas house. Featuring four singing neon pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods and thousands of lights, Judd’s is set to the tune of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” It’s currently nearing 1.4 million views and climbing fast.
“I’m getting emails from Australia and all over Europe,” he said, adding that media outlets from Canada and Good Morning America are now after him (he is “in talks” with GMA about a live broadcast from the house this weekend).
Surprisingly, Judd does not work as a professional lighting guy or in Hollywood, which is 60 miles from his home. He’s a senior technician with Verizon. “I have nothing to do with lighting,” he said. “It’s just a hobby.”
Judd used software program Light-O-Rama for the sequence, which feels more like a concert or something one might see at Disneyland instead of a suburban trick-or-treat destination (the Riverside resident built the light “faces” in the video specially for the display).
“Last year I got a lot of hits with my ‘Thriller’ video,” he said, adding that “nothing like this” was planned (hundreds of people are now finding their way to his house in Riverside to see the display with their own eyes) and “my neighbors are really nice and they’re cool with it.” For their approval, Judd held a dry run the week before he uploaded the clip to You Tube. “It went ballistic,” Judd said of the traffic to his page after he uploaded his latest opus.
So why LMFAO’s smash “Party Rock Anthem” this year?
“My wife picked the song,” he said. “I always like to throw in one or two non-Halloween songs,” Judd added, noting he used a Black Eyed Peas song last year. “It kind of fit because [“Party Rock Anthem”] has multiple singers… It’s not my typical music, but I don’t hate the song. My kids like it.”
LMFAO’s Redfoo likes it, too, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life!” Foo adds: “I can’t wait to see what he does with ‘Sexy and I Know It.’”
See the video below:
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