Hi all, and welcome to Final Fantasy FANFare, our personal monthly spotlight for talented Final Fantasy fans worldwide!
By now we've taken a look or listen to several fan efforts by reason of their remarkable similarity to the original works they pay homage to. But the great thing about fan art of all mediums isn't just that it copies something many people know and love, but often that it puts a fresh spin on it that we've never seen before, and probably never will in any sort of official capacity. Such is the fan cover of today, which is more a remix than a cover, for that matter. It's pretty much the antithesis of everything we've heard so far, but in the best of ways. It pretty much speaks for itself and defies introduction, so go ahead and have a listen to it below:
When I first heard Jillian Aversa's "Deliverance of Heart", it wasn't intentionally to find material for this monthly series. In fact, at first I didn't even realize it was based on Final Fantasy at all. But then the familiar tune of the Final Fantasy VII theme song picked up in the background, and I knew I'd stumbled onto a real gem of a Final Fantasy remix.
"Deliverance of Heart" makes little attempt to mimic its source material, but rather means to reinterpret it, a goal which it succeeds at handily. In typical Jillian Aversa style, it's ethereal and atmospheric, but still very much grounded in its inspiration.
While Jillian Aversa may not quite be a household internet name like Lindsey Stirling or even Taylor Davis, it's very likely that many internet dwellers have heard her music before or at least seen her music influence without even knowing it. Jillian and her husband Andrew "zircon" Aversa have contributed significantly to the popular videogame fan music site OC ReMix, even so far as helping founder David Lloyd launch the site in its earlier days. There, Jillian's vocals and zircon's backing tracks are highly respected, and the duo has even attracted the attention of major game developers, leading to their work featuring in the official soundtracks for the likes of Halo, God of War, Soulcalibur, Civilization, and others.
While for many landing such career opportunities would be the end of their fan covering days, the Aversas have remained steadfastly active in the communities from which they got their start, now simply focusing on producing licensed covers, remixes and high-budget music videos supported by funds generated on Patreon. They have also given live performances touring with Videogames Live, where Jillian has even sung Final Fantasy VI's "Aria di Mezzo Caratterre", which recently got a music video of its own:
If you like what you hear, there's plenty more where that came from! Check out Jillian Aversa's OCReMix profile
for covers and remixes of a variety of games, including a 5-disc (!!) album of Final Fantasy VI music, 4-disc set of Final Fantasy VII, and even a 2-disc collection of Chrono Trigger music—all freely downloadable, by the way. You can also find Jillian and Andrew Aversa's work, both original and licensed, around the web at YouTube
, and elsewhere!