Interzioq #10: Bitwit interview

After my last interzioq of Xisuma I thought it might be cool to interview other Youtubers who use my music… So here is the interzioq of Bitwit. I’m honored to sometimes hear my music in his videos so that’s a real pleasure to talk with him today 🙂

First, could you tell us a bit more to introduce yourself : how old are you? Where do you come from? Your favorite meal 🙂 ?

 My name is Kyle, I’m 28 years old and I’m from Los Angeles, California. My all time favorite food is sushi.

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When did you start to make Youtube videos and what kind of videos did you make at first?

I started making YouTube videos over 10 years ago. They were mostly short silly skits I’d film in my backyard as a kid. Then I started making tech videos in 2012.

Right now, what kind of videos do you make?

Tech videos, vlogs, and the occasional comedy sketch.

 Today, are you a “full-time Youtuber”?

Yes, I quit my office job in 2015 to pursue YouTube full time.

What was the key point when you realized that you could make a living out of your videos? Was it a slow thing to realize, step by step, or did you have that in mind when you started?

It was a slow realization that as my channel grew, I was one step closer to making a living on YouTube. I never thought my channel would reach that point, but it was something to aim for. One day I realized only by committing to it full time would I be able to turn it into a career.

In your opinion, what are the PROs and CONs of your job?

Pros include doing what I love, having creative freedom to produce the content I care about, having flexible hours, working from home, having an awesome fan base I can interact with

Cons include extremely long hours (often 80/week), not having the benefits of a corporate company (i.e. health benefits, paid time off, etc.), having to deal with internet trolls and haters, & additional stress of being 100% liable for the company’s success/failure.

How long does it usually takes for you to create a video?

A 7-minute video used to take me 18 hours from start to finish. Since then I’ve modified my workflow to produce them in 10-15 hours, depending on the project.

What is the part you like the most when you create a video?

 Clicking “Publish” and reading the first wave of comments.

Do you have a lot of interaction with your followers? What do you think they appreciate the most in your videos?

I think so. I talk to them in the comments and on Twitter all the time. Some of them have even become friends I game with occasionally. I think my viewers enjoy my sense of humor (just as much as some people hate it). Online tech videos are typically presented with equal parts information and video quality with little to no room left of actual entertainment. This is YouTube, so I try to make the videos fun and engaging but still get the main message across for those who just want the info.

Do you think it will be possible for you to make a living from Youtube all your life or do you already have some B plans?

Unless YouTube suddenly dies out one day, which I think is unlikely, I’ll always be looking for new ways to keep the channel refreshing and relevant to newer/younger viewers. If my YouTube career failed tomorrow, I’d try rebuilding my following on my own platform and continue making videos there. Or I’ll just work at McDonalds.

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Right now, if you were not a Youtuber, what kind of job would you like to do?

It’s hard imagining what I’d do outside the realm of online video production but it if wasn’t an option I’d still want to be surrounded by entertainment in some way. I’ve always thought it’d be a dream to write or even act on a show like Saturday Night Live.

Any advice for people who’d like to start their own channel?

Do it because you love it, not for the money/fame asepct or you will either A. not succeed or B. be unhappy. Know up front that you’ll have to eventually do it full time (or commit to full-time hours) in order to grow at a reasonable rate. Listen to your audience but don’t ignore your own thoughts and feelings about the channel’s direction. When starting out, post one or two videos a week every week. Consistent output frequency is invaluable to growth and building a loyal audience. Finally, there will be days where you feel discouraged, hopeless even. Ignore it. Only those who overcome that feeling time and again will get to where they want to be.

Do you have any passion/hobbies outside of making videos?

None that come close. I rarely find time to game anymore and most of my off hours are spent with my wife and family which I’m 100% OK with.

Any last words you’d like to add or a message to your followers?

I don’t know where I’d be without the tremendous support from my fans. *DIGITAL HUGS FOR ALL OF YOU* Thanks for taking the time to read this interview and thanks to izioq for the opportunity. Cheers!

Many thanks to you for your time & replies Bitwit ^^ !

Interview by izioq.

My Cereal Box Song

For some reason, this is my most popular song on Youtube right now :

I remember when I was a kid I use to eat cereals every morning (unbelievable right ^^ ?). I had a muesly phase but then I quickly switched to a “Chocapic” phase (a french brand)

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It was such a great feeling, as a kid, to open the box to discover the new Cereal Box Toy…
I really loved these toys and got plenty of them…

… but they all vanished like childhood did…

 

Interzioq #9: Xisuma interview

Today we have a special interzioq with the interview of our first Youtuber : Xisuma !

Xisuma is a good online friend and we met because he sometimes uses my music in his videos and that’s really cool from him. That’s why I wanted to interview him and learn a bit more about the secret world of Youtube 🙂
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Hi mate! First, to introduce yourself, we’d like to know how old you are and where do you come from?

Id just like to say a massive thank you first off all for letting me use your music over the years! They have provided a warm and fuzzy soundtrack to my Minecraft adventures and I know my audience has grown to love your music too, Its a pleasure to answer your questions and I apologize for the time it took me to reply! I rarely have time to sit a think. To answer your question, my age is unknown to all as Ive chosen to keep some anonymity in this online environment, however I’ve stated many times I’m from England where we drink tea and complain about the weather!

When did you start to make Youtube videos and what kind of videos did you make at first?

I started back in 2009 making videos of myself playing guitar and using the platform as a place to put my music demos. At the time my sole ambition was to get the music in my soul out there into the world, I didn’t care about success I simply wanted to create and I did that every day for some time until a certain game started to distract me. I didn’t start Minecraft videos until September 25th the next year and a few months into that adventure I decided to remove all the old videos and make my channel solely dedicated to the game.

Right now, what kind of videos do you make?

I’m just making Minecraft videos at the moment, Ive played around with other games but it always comes back to the blocky sandbox. Its like a blank canvas, every day I get to wake up and make something new and interesting with my time, if its constructing a building, tinkering with a contraption or going on an adventure I love the process of turning that fun into entertainment for others. I do however plan on bringing guitar videos to my second channel in the near future, just working on recording guitar tone at the moment.

Today, do you make 100% of your living with Youtube?

Youtube, Twitch and Patreon is how I make my living and of course that is all very closely tied to what I do on youtube, I think its fair to say youtube is my living and I’m very thankful for the lifestyle and freedom it has provided me with. Everyday feels like an opportunity when you are your own boss.

What was the key point when you realized that you could make a living out of your videos? Was it a slow thing to realize, step by step, or did you have that in mind when you started?

When I started making Minecraft videos it was a curiosity, I saw other people doing these tutorials and felt I could make better ones and it would be a fun activity. I quickly got into the groove of making regular tutorials and became fascinated by the Minecraft community, which back then is VERY different from how it is perceived today. It was a mature, sensible and closely linked community all about sharing with one another. This was before it reached the masses and became corporate.

As I made connections and started talking to other Minecraft youtubers I was informed I wasn’t correctly monetizing my videos, I changed some settings and when from pennies to pounds a day, thats when the first thought that I could do this as a Job arose. Later that year youtube was paying me more than my less than desirable paycheck from work was, it was an opportunity I had to take and with the support of my family became one of the best decisions Ive ever made. Back then the idea of being full time youtuber was very sketchy and people didn’t believe it could last but here we are almost six years later, still going strong.

In your opinion, what are the PROs and CONs of your job?

The pros are lifestyle and community but that could be expressed in many more words. I get to live everyday on my own watch. I don’t take that for granted, I use my time to build for the future on the journey of self, taking care of myself on the way through health, diet and exercise. As for community it is very humbling to know that you’ve helped other people with your own attitude and outlook on life. In return they have helped me to develop as a person with their support and encouragement. That has undoubtedly been a massive transformation for me in me life that I could never thank them enough for. Its been truly life changing.

The cons? There are not many, too often I spend far too long at the PC and I don’t get to enjoy the great outdoors as much as Id like. Other than that I can’t think of much else.

How long does it take to create a casual video?

Well a “casual” video is one that I don’t get to make to often and It would take the least time of all. Most the videos I make are far from casual, they are large scale play which requires lots of planning, preparation and grunt work. Each video I make generally takes a full day to put together.

What is the part you like the most when you create a video?

Thats often unique to each video, sometimes its the feedback after its gone live, other times its the end when you wrap it all up but best of all its when you are caught up in the moment having a blast, hitting record and not knowing whats going to happen next.

Do you have a lot of interaction with your followers? What do you think they appreciate the most in your videos?

Because I stream, I have a very directly line of interaction with my followers. In the past I was also very active in replying to comments on youtube but due to the increasing size of my audience and youtubes changes to how the comment section works it feels less and less like a place to get the kind of interactive I love, twitter and streaming fill that gap now, however I do miss the old days of comments where the tone and community was different.

Id like to think my viewers appreciate my hard work and consistency, however In recent years where I have become far more upbeat and comfortable recording I think there is a larger group who like my attitude and enthusiasm more than anything but they would be the best to tell you as its all a matter of perspective.

Do you think it will be possible for you to make a living from Youtube all your life or do you already have some B plans?

Nothing lasts forever, nor would I want it to, when its over I will look for the next adventure. Where Ive found success here I don’t believe that it means Ill have success in whatever I do next so I’m happy to continue on this path until something else makes sense. I have not a plan B but decided to dedicate more of my time to music as I will undoubtedly pursue that passion again in the future.

Right now, if you were not a Youtuber, what kind of job would you like to do?

Probably something dull and uninteresting but the job would be a means of getting by, without youtube id be making music everyday.

Any advice for people who’d like to start their own channel?

Do it for passion, curiosity and your personal interests. Youtube is a life consuming job, it will work you like a slave and thats only a good thing if your passionate about what your creating. If you think of it as a career path thats glamorous or an easy ride you’d be mistaken. It requires a ton of passion to do this grind.

Do you have any passion/hobbies outside of making videos?

Music. Music has been my life for a long time. It consumes my imagination and gives frees my soul. I avidly play guitar daily and listen to music all day long while I make videos. I also write about what I listen too and attend lots of gigs as I’m very passionate about live music.

Any last words you’d like to add or a message to your followers?

As always Id like to thank them for their support over the years. They’ll probably never know how much this means to me, words cannot express what a wonderful and life changing experience they have given me. Its come so far and the end is not even in sight! I look forward to every day 🙂

Many thanks for your time and replies 🙂

You can follow Xisuma on Twitter and, of course, sub to his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/xisumavoid

Interview by izioq.

HELLO! I’M AN ALBUM!

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I’ve just released a new album and his name is “HELLO I’M AN ALBUM” and this big square face up there is the cover art and you can listen to it or download it here: https://izioq.bandcamp.com/album/hello-im-an-album

I’m supposed to write here a very deep text about this album with preferably lots of key words and tags in order to help search engine to find this bloody page and get more fans and become the KING OF THE WORLD AND –

Well, what I can tell you is that I put a lot of myself into this album and a lot of work… so I really hope you’ll love it, cherish it and tell all your friends about it!

Thanks for being there!

// izioq //
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Interzioq #5: Slime Girls interview – YUMEMI​/​LONELY PLANET GIRL

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Hello what’s your name and how do you feel right now?
My name is Pedro Silva and I just woke up so I’m feeling hungry and a lil bit tired.

Anything else about you that you’d like to share (age, country, favorite food, shoe size, etc.)?
I’m 25, from the USA, my favorite food is curry or carnitas, shoe size is 10.5. I like cats more than dogs, waterslides more than rollercoasters and I like juice a lot.

What’s your last release and do you have something special to say about it?
My last release was a vinyl double single for YUMEMI/LONELY PLANET GIRL. That vinyl release was a LONG time in the making and both of those songs were probably about a year old by the time the release finally came out. I’m happy with it though! My friend OMOCAT did the album art and my friend Bob from Shinobu released it through his label and also played bass on it. How fun.

What software, gear, setup, etc. do you use to make music?
I mostly just use Reason 8 these days with a bunch of samples and stuff I’ve collected over the years, and then a fender mustang. That’s kinda… it.
For live shows we either do a full band setup with an iPod and then for solo shows I like just having a big table full of instruments and MIDI controllers that I can mess around with for the whole set.

How would you describe your music, with words?
Memories of fantasy. And maybe sometimes reality.

What inspires you?
City pop, playstation beaches and n64 skies, raw earnesty.

Any musician, famous or not, we should check?
Everyone should know the words to あいどんわなだい by Ging Nang Boyz so they can sing it with me at shows. That’s all I ask. It’s the most important song in the world.

Tell us about a movie, a book or a video game you liked recently…
I recently played through Undertale and it’s probably the most significantly important video game I’ve played…like..maybe ever? I dunno, it’s perfectly up my alley for what I want out of the medium. I suggest everyone go buy it and support it! I even covered a song from it a couple weeks ago, its on my soundcloud.

Please describe your actual haircut.
Kei from Dirty Pair.

Any other links you’d like to share here(youtube, twitter, etc.)?
You can buy my music at slimegirls.bandcamp.com
Listen to all my music at https://soundcloud.com/slime-girls
Follow me on twitter @slimegirls
Like me on facebook at: www.facebook.com/slimegirls

Interview by izioq.