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10FROM10 | Twitch Music Streamers (Part 4)

Updated: Nov 12

On this blog post, both Tina and I will continue on with this new regular series where we ask 10 Twitch Music Streamers 10 questions relating to Twitch itself and all about their personal experiences on the platform. I think that with such an amazing Twitch live Music Streaming community, this is continuing to be a really interesting blog series. If you would like to check out any of the featured streamers, click on the links in the bios to go to their Twitch profiles.


In this issue, we look at how Twitch has helped people with their self-confidence, and how having a base community who support throughout anything is the best motivator of all.


Caoin (CaoinFitzMusic) is a singer-songwriter from Ireland. He decided to start streaming as another way to play music and to hopefully reach a larger audience. Caoin has been playing music since the age of 5 and 4 years ago he left the Emerald Isle to play music in bars across Europe. New music is on the way soon, containing a cover track as well as original songs.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I had heard about Twitch a few years back and knew it was a game streaming site but it wasn't until about October 2019 that I found out that you could stream music performances. I had just returned back from playing music in a bar in Spain for 7 months and wanted to keep my voice in working order so I decided why not try my hand at streaming. It was fairly daunting at first as there is no crowd in front of you at all so that was an adjustment. Once you get into a flow it's something you don't even notice.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

Water at room temperature and humidity at 70%... I'm joking! I set up my music equipment every time before I stream so that could be seen as a ritual. My room isn't that big so having

everything in a specific place is more of a necessity so if I need to go get water or grab another guitar I'm not falling over everything. I do always have my mug with a "C" on it for every stream too.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

I think the community has to be one of the biggest motivators for me personally. There is so much support from the viewers and other streamers and that makes you want to stream as much as possible. The only downside is that you can lose track of time very easily so your planned 3 hour stream has turned into a 6 hour one. I think all streamers can relate to that.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

The first few streams I think were fairly challenging for me to get used to. Playing in front of live audiences for the better part of 10 years is one of those things that you never get used to - it's an incredible feeling. Going from that to playing in your room takes you back to what is essentially a bedroom musician. Seeing the faces of people you are playing for to not seeing anyone was surreal but the Twitch Music community is just as welcoming if not better than a live audience in some regards.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

That's the best thing about the Twitch Music community, the streamers are all so supportive of each other! The 'raid' feature has introduced me to some incredible people and musicians. I just did my first collaboration the other day with streamers that I had met via other musicians on the platform. It's so refreshing to see.


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

Well the day we got locked down I was mid-gig and then the army (with full hazmat suits) walked into the bar and shut everything down. It was such a weird experience. The next few days the realisation that "Wow, this is real!" began to sink in. I still was thinking in my head, "Ah sure the pubs will be back open in a few weeks or maybe a month or two.", but it wasn't the case.


I was able to get the last flight out of Spain back home to Ireland and then it was a "Well what do I do now?" moment. From doing a month of streaming back in November 2019 I thought that maybe just go back on Twitch to keep myself sane and give myself some sort of "normality". Either sit in my room and do nothing or start streaming again. So I think it made me make the best out of a bad situation.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

Oh 100%! I am and was that kid who opened up the Argos catalogue and circled everything! The only difference now it's Amazon and Thomann, haha. You always want your stream to look the best it can be. I was able to (with the help from the AWESOME Twitch community) upgrade my microphone which I am super thankful for! Being a music and tech gear nerd I have to refrain myself from going mad, haha. My brain is always ticking and thinking of things that I would love to change and upgrade whether it's emotes, song lists, sub benefits etc. It really is making me more creative than I ever have been. I love it! I think it's good to be challenged as it keeps you on your toes.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

It's made me fall in love with the creative part of music and being a musician again. Doing the pub scene for 4-5 years really does numb you to it as you're told what to play and everything has to be 100mph (or 160kmph for us Europeans). The perfect example of that is from that Will Ferrell Eurovision film where everyone only wants to hear JAJA Ding Dong (it is a "choooon" to be fair). Twitch is like a breath of fresh air where people want to hear the slow songs, original songs, fast songs and everything in between. I am so thankful to be able to be a part of this incredible platform!


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Yeah, if you are sitting at home on the fence about starting live streaming, take the leap - you've got nothing to lose. Just be yourself and most importantly have fun. I used to worry about how many people were watching but once you ignore it (you can turn it off in OBS) it makes everything so much easier and less stressful. The community here on Twitch is one of the friendliest, most supportive and engaging I've ever come across! They will make you feel right at home! In the words of Emperor Palpatine.......DO IT!


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

At the moment I am in the process of recording my song of the month (Caledonia by Dougie MacLean) which I am hoping to release on Spotify soon. I like to have smaller goals and plans as it's easier for me to manage and achieve. Maybe a 2nd EP? I've really no idea. Just keep doing what I'm doing and have fun.


Richard (iamRichard) is a 28 year old construction painter from Sweden who has been secretly singing in the shower since his early days! Richard has been playing his acoustic guitar for a few years and hasn't really put in too many hours into it but is slowly getting better each day! If you would like to discover why Richard is known on Twitch as the Whistle God, you will just have to get along to one of his live streams to find out.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I've been on Twitch since early 2014, but I was only watching games back then. I found the music section by accident back in September or so of 2018, back then the music section was a lot more hidden and also a lot smaller than it has grown to be today. I then stumbled upon bnasty223's stream and I fell in love with the atmosphere of Twitch music right away. I started hanging out in his streams, and I've also always had an interest for music myself but never dared to share it with anyone (not even my wife). But I started asking about some technical stuff and Brian (bnasty) helped me out a lot. I then bought what I needed to start streaming and then it took me another 6 months before I actually took the step! :D GLAD I DID!


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

I wish I would come more prepared to my streams, I always rush into it really. I do like to brush my teeth before I go live for some reason. Other than that, if I'm feeling really crazy and structured I might remember to tune my guitars before I go live, but that doesn't happen very often.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

For me streaming isn't really energy consuming, I wanna say it's the opposite for me. I just gain so much from the community that it fills me up! Time is an issue though, I work full time as a painter/decorator and I also have a family - two kids and a wife.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

When I started streaming back in March 2019 the Twitch community was still very hidden and small, a lot smaller than today. And I think the toughest part for me was to keep streaming when you some times had very very few viewers and most of the time they would all be lurking, made you feel a bit lonely at times!


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

Oh definitely. That's what I love the most about the Twitch music community as a whole, I feel like everyone wants to help each other out. I've always been trying to help out new music streamers as well, because I know how tough it is on your own in the start!


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

I'm Swedish, Sweden doesn't believe in Covid. Nah really though, it's been tough of course, but for me I've still been able to work full time while this has been going on, and also been able to stream. I feel really sorry for all the musicians who are struggling a lot right now, and hope that they find joy and some income here on Twitch now while this is keeping them from performing their jobs.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

Not really, I've just always been scared of changing things when everything is working cause I am VERY bad at the technical stuff. I've had a lot of help from the community!


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

In every way. Twitch music made me take the step to share my "talent" to the world, and I am forever grateful to all the people in my community who have been encouraging me throughout my musical journey here on Twitch. Some of my community members have been there since the very beginning and have always been lifting me up to keep doing it.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Consistency is key! Make a schedule, show up when you've said you will! And connect with other streamers, hang out in their streams and eventually they will get to know you and realise you're doing the same thing as them. Oh and also, don't try to be something you're not, just be you, do what YOU enjoy doing and that will show to the viewers that you're having a good time! Oh, again, consistency = key.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

My plan for my Twitch stream.. Hmm. I guess I have a dream goal that Twitch is a part of. I want to work less with what I'm doing as my day job right now and do more music instead. So I guess for Twitch my goal would be to one day make partner and have Twitch as a part of my "main income" if that makes any sense.


JenniferJess is a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer streams live on Twitch, singing all genres of music, but identifying the most with pop. Jennifer discovered that singing was her passion when she was only 5 years old, and since then has made it her goal to create songs that are both authentic and easy to connect to.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I originally found out about Twitch through an ex-boyfriend. He was the one who encouraged me to join the music community and pushed me even though I was pretty nervous to play in front of people. At that point in time I wanted to get out and perform at open mics, but since it wasn’t always easy to get into the city, Twitch worked out because I was able to stream from home. My goal was to find people who wanted to hear my music and to perfect my craft by practising live. I’m so thankful for my awesome community.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

Before every stream, I usually eat, put my make up on and do a 10 minute vocal warm-up. I find that my voice doesn’t operate nearly as well unless I warm it up before hand, so I think that’s the most important part of my pre-stream routine. Since I stream out of the garage, it can hit pretty high temperatures so I open up the door and I blast the AC in the house while the doors open to get some cool air in before it closes up for three or four hours. During the winter it gets really cold in there so I almost always have a cup of hot tea with every stream.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

To be honest, there are times where I feel completely unmotivated. It is also during those times that I realise why streaming is so important to me. I am reminded of all my friends and viewers who tell me they’re happier after watching one of my streams. That makes it all worth it. My passion for singing and growing my music community also motivates me.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

Feeling like I am not entertaining or talented enough. Doubting myself.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

I’ve received much encouragement and support from fellow Twitch music streamers. They are some of the nicest people I know. 


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

I am thankful for Twitch because even though live venues have closed down I have a place to go and perform. It hasn’t affected me as much as it has for many others. I’ve been working on lots of music in the studio and streaming. This is pretty much what I would be doing at this point in time even if Covid wasn’t happening. 


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

I do find it extremely challenging. I’m so thankful for friends in my community who are much more technologically advanced than I am. They help me whenever I’m struggling with something and many times I don’t even have to ask. It’s pretty awesome.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

Live streaming on Twitch has helped me become more extroverted and confident. I’ve been able to release music and receive audience feedback which I find incredibly helpful while finding my sound as an artist. Twitch has made live performance so accessible to me while I am recording and writing songs. It’s just so damn convenient. 


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

I actually have a friend just starting live streaming on Twitch and I feel like there is a book of advice that I could give. So to keep it short, I believe that as long as you have perseverance, a never give up attitude and some self-confidence you can go really far.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I just bought a looper so I’m excited to learn more about it and become more experienced in it. I’d like to be able to bring more production to the stream. I am currently working towards my first EP, so I will be bringing quite a few new original songs to the stream as well.


Ellie (Kintsuku) is a singer, songwriter and producer based in Manchester, Northern England. Enjoying new found success working as a freelance vocalist, including a project that led to the #1 spot in the Beatport house charts, she is now dedicating her time to pursuing a career in music. Her style blends hard hitting electronic elements with dreamy vocals and guitar, with a first EP due for release later in the year. On Twitch, you can find her playing atmospheric covers on keys and guitar, and she plans to shift the focus of her streaming output to original content in the coming months. Ellie is hoping to continue to connect with more people through the community, share some good vibes, and some chilled music.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I was feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in my job and I wanted to try and learn how to make a living through music; something I've been passionate about for most of my life. I'd heard about streaming through a friend and thought it could be a good way to connect with more people, and Twitch came up when doing some research. I started out in December 2019 just playing some Christmas songs over the festive period to test it all out. I really didn't expect it to so quickly become a regular consistent thing and for it to bring me so much joy! But honestly from day one I was hooked.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

As I stream in the mornings I make sure I eat a good breakfast and get my caffeine fix before setting everything up with the computer and lighting. Sometimes I'll warm up and sing a few songs, but not always. I used to get super nervous before streaming but I'm beginning to feel more relaxed now - a totally different story to when I perform live on stage!


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

I've loved the process of building a community and getting to know some familiar names

who watch my stream. I've (virtually) met some wonderful people and if they weren't there I don't think I'd still be doing it. It's also great to be able to escape the real world and get lost in some tunes for a good few hours. Oh and the silliness. Streams can be silly and fun and I love that.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

Initially it was the tech issues - took me a good few months and a few broken computers to get to the point where I had a reliable system to stream with. More recently though it's been managing and looking after my mental health as a music streamer. Sometimes I put a bit too much pressure on myself to sound 'good enough' and don't allow much room for error. It all ties in to a very personal journey to learn to be kinder to myself and break free from perfectionist traits.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

So much, yes! And in many different ways. From meaningful conversations to tech support, music collaborations to music lessons, and just the general hype all streamers give each other. It's beautiful!


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

Just before the Covid lock down I was supposed to start work in schools as a teaching

assistant. The schools then closed and I had no job, which kinda pushed me into stepping things up a notch with my music. This turned out well and I've been very fortunate to find my feet and earn a living as a freelance vocalist. The demand for this kind of work shot up during lock down and this helped me out massively. The consistent work meant I was very busy and actually wasn't able to stream as frequently as I would have liked, as I needed to rest my voice. I'm still learning how to manage my time as a self employed musician and get the balance of everything how I'd like it to be.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

I don't often think about upgrading the 'tech' really; the computer works, my webcam isn't blurry and my room is lit well. But now 6 months into streaming I do feel like I want to upgrade in terms of new instruments or music related things, and try to create a bit more variation. The biggest challenge has been writing new original material so I can play that on stream as opposed to only covers. That's all been going pretty slowly but I think with a bit better time management I'll be playing originals on stream soon!


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

Streaming was difficult for me to begin with because of a lack of confidence. It's helping me to learn to accept and love myself for who I am, quirks and all. With live streaming there is no edit button, or pause or delete. It's real, honest and vulnerable. When I first started I used to delete my VOD's because I didn't like how I sounded. Perfectionism w'hoo! But my community has shown me acceptance and support in a way I've not experienced before, and it continues to remind me how important it is to treat myself with just as much kindness. It's teaching me how to be comfortable with being my true authentic self, so for that I am very grateful.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Be yourself, love what you do, and never stop being kind to yourself. Oh, and be prepared for tech issues.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I plan on focusing as much time and energy as possible over the coming months to writing some new original material. Eventually, I hope to develop my stream into a space where I can perform my own music and bring in more upbeat, harder electronic sounds.

LivJD is a young performer from the UK who plays guitar, drums and sings. Having always wanted to play guitar since the age of 4/5, Liv's auntie finally bought her one and she never stopped asking for lessons. Eventually, aged 6, Liv got those lessons and all the family realised that Liv actually had a talent for it. In 2019 Liv decided to start live streaming.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I found out about Twitch from friends that had created gaming channels for fun, and I loved the idea of it. What made me do it was that I thought I could do something a bit different to my friends and stream me playing music, instead of games.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

I do, nothing crazy but I always grab a big glass full of water, turn on all my LEDs, and have a bathroom break first too, haha.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

What motivates me is my fan base, and the little community I have! I love that if I am feeling a bit down, I can go live and speak to a bunch of people that all have the common interest of music! It's lovely, it really is.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

My most challenging experience on Twitch was trying to get everything setup. I'm not sure if that counts as Twitch because technically it was OBS Studio, but it was for Twitch. So basically, as a music streamer, the most important thing for me was that my stream sounded professional, but at the start when I didn't have all the equipment it wasn't, so that was very time consuming, playing around with all the filters and so on.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

Yes definitely, as I explained earlier, the music community on Twitch is amazing, after a month or so, you make some great friends online who are all keen to help you out.


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

Covid-19 for me has made streaming a lot harder, only because I still have to work from home, so I am actually finding myself doing more work than normal.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

Not really. I just use the money I get from my streaming to upgrade my equipment.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

Live-streaming hasn’t changed my life loads, however it has just made me realise there are some really kind people out there! I have loved getting to know all my fans.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Advice I would give is to persevere - it’s not all about the amount of views and follows you have. Just make sure you are enjoying yourself.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

In the future I would love to grow my channel even more. I also can’t wait to reach partner. I want to share some original songs too!


MattGaddy is a musician of 25 years and a partner on Twitch. His first stream was in May of 2019, and he hasn't stopped since. On his channel you'll find him most likely playing his bass guitar, but he will occasionally get behind the drum set, or an EZ Bake Oven.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I had known about Twitch for a while but honestly thought it was a platform for gamers. I hopped on the site one day and found JonathanOng in the music section, it was that point in which everything changed.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

I have my usual pre-stream setup, which is a pretty repeatable routine, but I usually like to have a red bull before I fire things up to make sure I have the energy I need for a 3-5 hour music session. If I have the extra time, I surf the Twitch music section for some tunes to get me pumped up.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

I've been playing music for about 25 years, and I still find nothing more exciting or energising than getting to play music for people. Getting their feedback is an intensely fun reciprocation of energy.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

Easily the most challenging experience on Twitch was my push for partner. If I could go back and do it again, I would have never announced a partner push. All that did was put more pressure on me and created a sense of expectation. I was constantly worrying about numbers and that really got to me over time. The final time I applied for partner before getting accepted, I had to wait 52 days. That was a long 52 days.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

Absolutely yes. The Twitch Music section is an amazing community. I feel nearly zero sense of competition and music streamers seem to have an inherent quality of supporting one another. A few notable streamers that helped me at clutch points of my streaming development would be SaraJazz and Maxadrums. SaraJazz helped get me with my initial momentum as a streamer, Maxadrums really helped encourage me during my partner push.


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

I recently became directly affected by the economic impacts of Covid-19. At the end of July, my job that was my primary income was eliminated, not only that, but it was 3 weeks before my 2nd child was due to be born. Twitch suddenly became my only source of income.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

The only real challenge is I always have "one more" piece of gear that I want. It's a never ending cycle, and I love it.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

It's a complete game changer. I was born and raised in Vermont, and had been in bands since I was 11 years old. There was never a time in which I was not associated with being deeply active in the local music scene. In May of 2015, I moved from Vermont to Ohio and couldn't find people to play music with, especially because of my work schedule. Then, in 2017, my best friend and closest musician buddy tragically died in a car accident. After losing him, I nearly gave up music all together. It wasn't until last year I saw JonathanOng performing his music on Twitch in which I felt inspired, and it really did change everything. I decided to give streaming music a try, and now I play 3 times a week to a dedicated community, and it's restored so much of my identity as a musician.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

I'll give the same advice I was given, and it's the advice I didn't want to hear, but turned out to be the most accurate. Keep grinding. Success does not happen overnight. You'll have your highs, your lows, and many times you'll feel stagnant. Just keep streaming. As long as you love what you are doing, there will be people out there that will appreciate it, and they'll find you. Oh, also, before you start streaming, spend a couple months amongst the communities you want to be part of. You'll learn the ebb and flow of streams, etiquette, the do's and don'ts. It will save you a lot of trouble.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I have lots of plans! I want to make a channel trailer, make some "starting soon" videos for when I go live, an opening sequence, additional variations to all of my alerts, create more specialty streams and challenges, and eventually, become a Twitch Ambassador. I like to dream big, because who knows how long we'll be here, make the most of it.


Angela (MrsArtsyPants) is a singer-songwriter and mother of four from Maine. Angela streams on Twitch with guitar, piano and ukulele, and also does some Art and gaming streams. Angela is classically trained although she does not sing any opera on stream. Artsy's mission in her own words is "just to love everyone and to make them feel that way".


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I am a gamer, and my gamer friends told me about streaming on Twitch. I made an account many years ago and watched my friends stream World of Warcraft but I wasn't too interested at that point. I was curious about the creative part of Twitch which I hadn't heard of before 2019, so I was hanging out in creative streams and I thought that was THE COOLEST!! I am an artist and I thought it might be a good way to get my art out there - see if it would go anywhere - so I decided to try being an art streamer. My first stream I painted a microphone, and while I was waiting for the layers of paint to dry, I'd play my guitar and sing. I learned very quickly that music was the thing my Twitch family would want most from my streams, haha. I think I raided Kiiger, and she was doing a collaboration with MermaidUnicorn. I was smitten by MermaidUnicorn's singing, I still am, they inspired me to really put my whole heart into the streaming thing, not necessarily anything they said, just watching them perform. I still consider changing my name sometimes, but MrsArtsyPants has become quite a big part of our community so I don't know if it would be fair to take that away, haha. 


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

I try to warm up! Sometimes I don't have time! I am a mom of four and for the past 10 months I've also been taking care of my husband who has kidney failure and had his right kidney removed in February because of a cancerous tumor. The cancer is gone and he's getting dialysis weekly now so he's getting stronger but he will never be better, unless he loses weight, and as long as the cancer doesn't come back he will be eligible in two years to go on a waiting list for a new kidney. Having said all that, I don't have a job except Twitch, raising four kids, and taking care of him, but he's starting to get more self-sufficient which is really helpful! What I do is rush to get everyone fed and the little guy ready for bed before I start my stream, at least that's how it was when I was doing night streams, day streams is my new jam, and I am just learning how to get in the groove of that with my busy family life.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

Making music is my healing time, it's my happy place, and streaming it, being able to share it is like double healing, I get to heal myself and maybe even help someone else a little too! I am still so new at all the technical stuff which can be discouraging, but I have friends who can help me learn, and I am trying to be patient with myself, because my hands are pretty full already, and I am very hard on me, haha. Having said that, that is my main motivation to stream, but now that my husband has lost his job I also have a new motivation to put my whole self into this streaming thing and make it my job. Or else I'm gonna have to leave the home and find a job on top of raising the four kids. I'm not sure I can handle all that but I know I'll know what to do when the time comes!


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

My most challenging experience on Twitch was when I first started, and I didn't understand the etiquette, people were a little snippy and rude, and now that I am a year and a half into streaming I kinda get it... but dude, I'm never rude even if people are rude TO ME, LIVE IN MY OWN STREAM, I am kind and respectful, so it just hurt my heart a little, and discouraged me, but the amount of kind and helpful, generous and wonderful people on Twitch HUGELY outweighs the unkind, selfish, self absorbed, rude and impatient.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

Matty Twigg has been the most kind sweet soul to me in the music community, I will forever be grateful for his encouragement and sweet spirit. IamRichard has been encouraging. Also Elvie, such a doll and so helpful and kind. Venus is also a sweet and helpful streamer! She's got a lot going on in her streams but she always manages to say something that encourages me and OldTaima, we are new friends but he's also very encouraging! Azora26 was my first stream supporter, she encouraged me and supported me from the very beginning and I don't know that I'd still be here if it weren't for her!


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

As I mentioned, I have four kids, and a sick hubby so streaming changed for me in that my availability went to UNAVAILABLE. But somehow, even at the end of the long days (I did two streams a week at first, then three, now four.) I have found the strength and energy to sing my heart out and heal myself from the weariness of caring for everyone in my busy home. It hasn't been perfect, I've had to "call out" for mental health days, but I love my community and I miss them when i don't stream <3 PLUS when I did take those days off I wound up more depressed than if i had streamed... so streaming has been a really positive change for my life, but also on the flip side, not having to or being able to leave the house has given me more time to hang out in other people's streams so my community has been able to grow because of that.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

Oh yeah.. I am not great with the tech part, but as I said I've been trying to get some help from my friends and I know it will all come together the way it's meant to when it's the right time.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

I would be home with my four kids and sick husband and have no outlet except Facebook and Instagram, no way to share my music and no opportunity to really make the music because I'd neglect myself if I didn't have drive to stream, I went many years without singing in the past, I don't want to ever do that again.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Watch tutorials, hang out in streams, listen, don't just promote yourself, listen to the streamers you're hanging out with, learn how they communicate with their chat, Plan!! Make plans for your stream! Don't always just "wing it", stream on purpose, not by accident, work hard and it will pay off :) You are awesome, you just need to know that and you'll do great!


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I intend to eventually make Twitch my fulltime job, as my kids go back to school in the fall, I will be able to stream a few more days and for longer! I am trying to think of ways to be entertaining and make my channel worth everyone's time and support! I am working on losing weight and being more healthy and becoming the best version of myself for everyone who I come in contact with. Trying to have faith in myself that I can be all that I aspire to be!


Ali (Richii) has been a music streamer on Twitch for 5+ years and has also been a Twitch Partner for over 4. During this time she has fostered a warm and caring community around her own stream, and she has become a leader in the close knit Twitch Music Community. In addition to her work organising SavingMusicLIVE events every year, she plays an integral role in co-ordinating live events when a number of Twitch musicians get together. She is ever present in the Twitch Music Community and is driven by a desire to foster a positive, collaborative environment amongst the many musicians all around the world that find their way to Twitch. Richii streamed music full-time for over 5 years, but recently diversified her content! You can find her streaming music once a week, makeup twice a week, and art related things three times a week!


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I found out about Twitch from an old high school friend in 2013. They invited me to watch their stream, where I don’t remember watching for too long before I completely forgot about Twitch for a couple years. Eventually came back on, I think, in 2014 as a viewer. Watched a lot of gaming streams, but eventually got bored one day and decided to scroll through the categories and found “Music (BETA)”. Clicked on a stream, saw that they were singing and playing guitar, doing covers and all that. I basically was like “Oh, I can do this” and started streaming music about a month later in March 2015!


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

Depending on what I stream that day. I’ll typically just make sure I get a bit of time to just completely zone out before a stream. Like I’ll eat and watch YouTube, or I’ll do my makeup. Just something to really chill with. I’ll make sure I have everything I need for that stream. Either making sure I have all my makeup lined up for a makeup stream, my piano plugged in and set up on my desk for a music stream, or just general art supplies for my art/ bullet journal streams!


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

I think knowing that no matter what I end up doing on stream, I’ll always have a core group of people in my community that really care about me being happy and enjoying what I’m doing no matter what.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

Honestly, feeling like you NEED to do something because that’s what “everyone” wants you to do. I’ve been a full time music streamer for over 5 years and have recently hit a point where I hated, actually hated, doing music streams. They stopped being fun, I stopped liking singing and playing. I’ve always played with the idea of adding different content to my channel, but the second it “fails” I would always revert back to streaming music everyday. I’m still working on not feeling like I need to stream music to get people to “like” me. Especially now that I changed my entire schedule and content to mostly makeup and art things, with music being a once a week thing. The core group of people I mentioned earlier are the only reason why I’m even slightly able to feel okay about the change I made.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

Of course! Always! I feel like with how music has grown, the core value (not sure if that’s the right word!) was always to be more collaborative than competitive. Even since the beta days. I hope it continues to be that way into the future as well. You can tell with things like SavingMusicLIVE. I started that channel because it’s really nice to be able to come together with other musicians, online or IRL, to do something great. At the end of the day, music is something that literally everyone enjoys.


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

It’s been a huge hit to us (YouveGotRyan and I). We finally started getting live gigs in our area, we probably performed maybe 4 times and were starting to get slotted at places much more. I mentioned starting to hate music streams. Once we started getting gigs, my thought was “I can start stepping a bit away from music streams because we’re making more money with these gigs”. Then Covid happened and it made me feel incredibly stuck. I ended up feeling like “welp, guess I need to try to keep doing this thing that I’m not really enjoying” But eventually decided that since Covid is sticking around, I shouldn’t be doing something I don’t enjoy for how ever much time it would be.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

Right now, not really. I have a pretty straight forward setup that works perfectly for me, on stream and live, so it’s not something I really worry about anymore!


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

Extremely. There’s a lot of projects that I wouldn’t have worked on and just a lot of things that I wouldn’t have learned and took part in if I didn’t start streaming. Also, even though I don’t have the greatest confidence in the world, I have a LOT more than I did when I first started.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Don’t have expectations for your first few streams. Also don’t focus on number based goals. Focus on doing things that you enjoy, be it certain songs, or certain content! Also don’t be afraid to do something that no one else is doing and don’t be afraid to do something outside your comfort zone!


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I can’t say for certain, but right now I’m at least planning on continuing with non music content as the majority of my content. Probably mostly focusing on makeup content because it’s what I’m enjoying the most right now.


Sara (SaraJazz) is a full-time variety streamer from Portugal but has been living in Germany since 2012. Before starting streaming in July 2018, Sara was a touring musician and a professional saxophonist. On Twitch, you will find Sara playing all genres of music, all kinds of games, as well as co-hosting Music Exposed, which showcases music and art on Twitch.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I found out about Twitch through a YouTuber (JohnWolfe) I watch, who started to stream on Twitch a few years ago. I then started wondering if streaming saxophone (I was a touring musician at this time) would be interesting for people or not. Two years ago I finally pressed the "go live" button and haven't regretted it since.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

Sometimes I put on make-up and a nice outfit. But what I do every time is start making a coffee, then go around the studio to turn on all the lights, start the streaming program and announce the stream on my social media.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

The passion for what I do and also my community. Chat will always lifts me up when I'm feeling down.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

Keeping sane. I've had a burnout early this year (2020) due to the pressure I put on myself. Mental health is the biggest battle. But that was always an issue, since I've started working in the entertainment industry. There's a lot of pressure to always be entertaining, good enough and also have enough people come to see your show.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

Yes and no. Since I'm a variety channel, I get support and encouragement from everywhere. I'm a bold and opinionated streamer though, which sometimes doesn't fit into the overtly positive music community. But I myself try to encourage and support music streamers with the show I do with TheSilenceNoise - Music Exposed.


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

Not much since I work as a streamer full-time and work from my studio. I was thinking about playing some gigs again, but that has to wait now obviously.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

Not at all. I like to see myself as very tech-y due to my intricate scenes, greenscreen, and audio setup.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

It has changed my life quite a bit. Entertaining people from my own studio instead of a stage is comforting. And I can pay all my bills now, which I couldn't always do during my life as a broke b*tch, haha.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

Do it because you love it and have a big passion! Don't do it out of greed for recognition, money or fame! Because those won't come at first and most likely not at all. Building a successful stream is a ton of work, energy, money, and tears. If it's not done out of passion, it's not worth it at all.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I want to continue getting better as an entertainer, build my confidence up further and grow the channel, so I can support as many streamers as possible. My biggest focus is on Music Exposed right now. I want it to become THE show the music community talks about and wants to be on. And then be able to boost small music streamers with it in a significant way. I also want to at some point be able to afford a nice caravan or something to stream road trips and gigs across the world.


Sofia, or Sun (SunFyreTV) is a drummer from Costa Rica, currently living in the US who speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese. On Twitch you can find Sofia in cosplay for drum streams and performing with UV neon paint, most likely yelling or making weird animal noises while drumming to heavy metal songs on stream.


1. How did you find out about Twitch and what made you take that step on to the platform?

I was introduced to Twitch around 2010 by a friend. He just showed me Starcraft gamers and funny moments but I didn't really give it much thought to pursue streaming around that time. I wasn't interested in the platform as a hobby until the summer of 2016 because I had a lot of free time and thought maybe I could give the platform a try with some casual Super Smash Bros and drawing sessions. The community started growing and more people showed up to chat, which made me want to keep doing it to hang out with my online friends.


2. Do you have any pre-stream routines or rituals to prepare for stream before you go live?

I wake up, shower, walk my dog, make myself a fruit smoothie, stretch and do my make up before every stream. Setting up my monitors and programs before the stream is also included in that hour I give myself. Sometimes I have extra time to get some drum practice before I hit "Go live". Finally, I always post on my Instagram stories when I'm on my "starting soon" screen.


3. With live streaming being very time and energy consuming, what is it that motivates you?

What always makes me come back to stream is the community I have built throughout my streaming career. It wouldn't be the same without them. Their support and motivation keeps me wanting to be better and better, especially performance wise. When I notice I have improved as a drummer looking back at old clips motivates me even more.


4. What has been your most challenging experience on Twitch to date?

The ups and downs of a streamer's view count and sub count can really take a toll on them. I can say this has the most impact on my self esteem.


5. Have you found much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers?

I have found a lot of support and encouragement in my niche of Twitch drummers and musicians. Everyone knows each other in this small section of Twitch. I have also found a few other gaming streamers really enjoy my content and always have something nice to say about my different approach to streaming.


6. What impact has the current situation with Covid-19 had on your streaming / life balance?

Covid didn't affect my streaming routine much because everything is done from home. At the beginning of the pandemic I felt I had less viewers but it's back up again. Every stream is different and fluctuates in their own way. I can only say I'm thankful for the ones who still come to my stream even during these difficult times. I mainly want to provide entertainment to people who are having a hard time with the pandemic. I treat my stream as a mental and physical distraction for myself and my community.


7. Do you find it a challenge keeping up with stream tech and with upgrading your stream?

I don't find it difficult. I also have friends in my close circle who have helped me with my equipment and audio settings through the years. I'm lucky I have their help too.


8. To what extent has live streaming on Twitch changed your life?

I don't know where to begin regarding this question! I will list everything streaming has improved for me:

1. Becoming a better drummer;

2. Becoming better at speaking & stage fright;

3. Believing in myself that I can achieve anything if I put my mind to it;

4. The ability to pay my debt faster;

5. Connecting with idols and celebrities about streaming;

6. Sponsorships.


I could keep going but that's my main list.


9. Is there any advice that would you give to anyone who is looking to start live streaming?

I always tell this to a new streamer: Don't set high expectations of becoming rich and famous with streaming, always do it because you love it, make sure you stream something you enjoy, don't compare yourself to others and don't be disappointed in the pace of your journey. It could take someone 1 day or 1 year to reach 1000 followers. Everything is unpredictable and everyone's journey is different.


10. Looking ahead, what are your future plans for your own Twitch stream?

I want to become more of an independent artist and musician in the future. I'm definitely aiming to upgrade my streaming studio soon to bring more quality production to the show. I want to reach more people all over the world with my quirky personality along with a cleanly produced performance on Twitch, Instagram and YouTube. Always looking to improve, period.

Tina and I would both like to say a huge thank you to each of the 10 music streamers: Caoin, Richard, Jennifer, Ellie, Liv, Matt, Angela, Ali, Sara, and Sofia for being a part of this blog post and for taking the time to answer our questions and allowing us to share their replies. We hope to continue this series as we are really enjoying it and look forward to bringing you more updates with more Twitch music, gaming and variety streamers. Watch this space folks.

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