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10FROM10 | Twitch Music Streamers (Part 7)

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.


AnnaCarmela is a genre-bending singer, bassist, songwriter, producer and performer from California. Some of her favourite performances have taken place on iconic Los Angeles stages, namely Troubadour, Hotel Café, The Orpheum Theatre, Moroccan Lounge, The Viper Room, Whisky-A-Go-Go, and Peppermint Club. Over on Twitch you can find Anna playing all genres of music including blues, rock, soul, and jazz.  


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 my friend Jacob Forster. A few years ago he told me I should start streaming on Twitch, but it wasn’t until the quarantine that I found the time to look into Twitch myself.


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

Before the stream, I always warm up my voice. Singing for over two hours three times a week is no joke! While I put my makeup on for the stream, I usually hang out in another streamer’s chat. It always gets me in the right mindset to start my own stream. My favourites to watch are Raquel Lily, Annelle, Calvin Thomas, Leon Bratt, Just Joe Syracuse, Santarna Scott, and Andy The Frenchy.


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

The sole two things that motivate me are my love of music and the community. Twitch is the warmest, kindest, and best online community I’ve ever known.


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

The most challenging thing being a streamer is trying not to compare myself to other streamers. Sometimes I get in my head about my own progress, especially when I compare myself to others who are doing extremely well on the platform. But this has turned into a valuable lesson for me, because I’ve gotten better at reminding myself that other people’s success has no reflection on me. The feeling humbles me, and it makes me even more proud of my friends when they succeed.


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

I have found SO much support and encouragement from other Twitch music streamers! The streamer community is absolutely incredible, and I know I’ve already made some lifelong friends. I’ve been a part of the Southern California live music scene for a long time, but I’ve never met as many supportive musicians who are genuinely rooting for your success as much as their own than I have on Twitch.


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

I definitely wouldn’t be streaming if it hadn’t been for Covid-19. Even though this pandemic has totally rocked the world in such detrimental ways, I think the silver lining for many people is having the time to connect, or reconnect, to passions that got pushed aside by everyday obligations. For me, that has been getting to play more music and starting live streaming on Twitch. 


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

I have never purchased more music gear in my life than during my five months on Twitch, but my community is so incredibly giving and generous. I have so many people in my stream that have contributed financially to better my stream quality, and I am forever grateful to those who have spent their hard earned money on me and my career. There are seriously no words to describe my gratitude.


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

Live streaming on Twitch has completely changed my life. I have never seen so much dedicated support for my music than over this past summer. I really hope to continue streaming for years and years to come.


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

The best advice I can give to someone who is looking to start live streaming on Twitch: just have fun with it! Even though I definitely get overwhelmed as a streamer sometimes, my best streams are when I just let go of any expectations or fear and just have fun with it.


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

I just bought my first looper pedal today! I’m definitely nervous because I’ve never done live looping before, but I’m so excited to try it out for the stream! Beyond that, I just want to build on my already incredible community. I hope to become a partner by the end of the year, so definitely fingers crossed there!


JonManness is a music producer, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, and streamer in Los Angeles, CA. As a trumpet player, Jon toured with Mexican pop stars Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán on their Versus World Tour, which sold-out arenas across the US, Mexico, and South America. As a band leader, Jon lead a weekly RADIOHEAD + JAZZ residency in Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood that combined instrumental Radiohead covers with jazz standards. Jon took that concept and adapted it for Twitch on twitch.tv/jonmanness. You can find Jon on InstagramTwitter and YouTube @jonmanness.


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

I had an inactive Twitch account years ago when I was playing Madden and they had a promo where you’d get free fantasy players for having Twitch Prime account. I didn’t start streaming until COVID-19.


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

I soundcheck like crazy because I love to make my audio sound as good as possible. Fortunately, I’m able to recall my mix via UAD’s Console so I don’t start from scratch.


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

The motivation is mainly to have a reason to practice and keep me in shape as a trumpet player. Trumpet is so unforgiving when you take time off from it, and the live performance aspect keeps me sharp as well.


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

Building a community has been a challenge, mainly because I don’t stream as often as most streamers. The ones I follow schedule 3-days a week, and I currently only schedule once a week.


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

Absolutely! Several that come to mind are kellygates47, mikebassmusic, and al1cetv. Kelly and Mike are excellent singer/songwriters who started streaming the same time as me, and Al1ce are friends of mine from Los Angeles who put on an amazing show. Check out all of them.


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

Like every musician, live performances have stopped and we’ve been forced to collaborate remotely and find other creative avenues. It took a while for me to find a new routine, but it’s been nice spend more time with my wife and daughter, learn new instruments, and develop my skills as a music producer.


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

Thanks to guides on YouTube, as well as my recording gear (2018 Mac mini, UA Apollo x4, AKG C414), I was able to produce quality streams relatively quickly. I did have hiccups like everyone does, but I’m pretty good at not getting stressed out and making the bloopers funny to watch.


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

I don’t know if streaming on Twitch has been life-changing as of yet, but it has been fun to interact with people all over the world. I’ve connected with some cool people from Canada and Europe because of Twitch. That interaction is best part of performing in general because we feed off of each other’s energy. I’ve been lucky to play in front of 20,000 people as a touring musician, and nothing can beat that experience.


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

My advice is to “just do it.” Learn from your mistakes, and don’t be afraid to try things musically. Also, don’t let your musical ability keep you from streaming. Letting your personally come through during the stream is the most important thing.


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

I’m getting ready to move into my new home, which has a detached music studio! This means I’ll be able to stream in the evenings without waking up my daughter (she’s 1). I’ll be in my new place in November and plan on doing a lot more streaming, as well as video guides for YouTube.


Raised in a small town in West Texas, for as long as she can remember Katana (katanaxmusic) has been singing and writing songs. As a teenager, she taught herself how to play piano and guitar, using music as a way to “transmute pain into power.” This has become a mantra for the 32-year-old musician as she continues to use her music to help herself and others heal from the mental and emotional trauma of the past. Her music can be described as “post apoc industrial” and her debut album will be released in 2021. Aside from her music, Katana’s dark sense of humor and eccentric freestyles keep her Twitch viewers coming back for more. 


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

My brother suggested that I check out Twitch years ago, but it wasn’t until last year that I finally took the leap and started streaming. Craig was actually the one who gave me the extra push to start streaming. He provided me with a lot of information and advice to help get me started, so I have him to thank!


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

When I first started streaming, I would hop on the stream hungry and tired, then get caught up in a 6-hour-long stream anyways. Nowadays I like to eat and stretch beforehand, make sure I’m well-rested, and keep enough water with me in the studio while I stream. If I’m doing a music stream, I like to warm up a bit and practice before going live. Sometimes I’ll blast some music while doing my hair and makeup before the stream to get me pumped!


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

I just genuinely have such a great time every time I stream. Whether it’s finding out about new music I otherwise wouldn’t have discovered or just having intriguing conversations with people from all over the world, it brings me so much joy to be a part of the Twitch community. I don’t think I’d continue to stream if it didn’t give me so much in return.


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

The hardest part about streaming is being consistent. We all have moments and days when we just want to lay in bed and binge watch a show, and it can be difficult to find the energy to stick to a streaming schedule, so I commend those who do!


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

Not from music streamers per se, but I’ve been receiving a lot of support from music lovers and gamers. There are a couple of really supportive musicians that tune into my streams. For the most part, the gamers are the ones who return to my streams most frequently. I guess they just like my dark sense of humor.


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

I’m a homebody and never really left the house much before the virus hit so not much has changed for me personally, but, counter-intuitively, I do find myself streaming a little less frequently these days. I think it might be mostly due to the fact that I’ve been spending more time collaborating with other artists and less time streaming or working on my own music. Given the fact that everyone’s on lockdown, I think more musicians are shifting their focus from live gigs to performing online and collaborating with artists all over the world.


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

As far as setting up my Twitch profile and learning how to use the platform, it was a bit challenging in the beginning. But I think it’s one of those things that takes time to feel comfortable with. A lot of it has been trial and error for me. I’m extremely grateful for YouTube tutorials as well as the helpful and patient friends and Twitch users who have assisted me in working out the kinks! 


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

Live streaming has helped me feel more confident and comfortable performing on camera. I’m always coming up with silly freestyles and improvs off-camera but bringing that energy to my live streams took a little getting used to due to my introverted nature. When I go live, there are no do-overs or edits so it forces me to focus on the moment, which is great because my mind moves a hundred miles per minute.


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

If you’re thinking about streaming, stop thinking and start taking steps towards it. The only way to know if you’ll enjoy it or excel at it is to jump in and get started. Don’t let fear paralyse you! The key is to start now and be consistent. You never know what you’re capable of until you actually try. And make sure you take care of your health, both mentally and physically, before you hop on stream. If you’re sleep deprived or nutrient deprived, you won’t be able to bring your A-game to your Twitch streams. Most importantly, get up from the chair once in a while to stretch and/or go for a walk. Sitting too much has a detrimental effect on our blood circulation, joints, muscles, and minds.


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

My best friend and I just wrapped up season one of a cooking show we’ve been doing for the past few months. We’re currently in the planning phase for season two, which will start in October. This time around, instead of cooking, we’ll be whipping up some festive, seasonal drinks and chatting! We’ve decided that we want to focus more on the twitchers in the chat rather than prepping and cooking. I plan on continuing my personal music streams from my home studio twice a week, and I’m looking forward to connecting with more of the Twitch community. Come hang out on the stream one of these days and I might even write a song about you!


Missy (missysocks) is a part-time Twitch music streamer and a full-time Graphic Design student. Music has always been a big part of Missy's life, growing up being part of church choirs, playing music with her family and taking piano and singing lessions. Missy also studied musical production and musical theatre and has always loved being on stage! Through the week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm CET as well as on most weekends you can find Missy streaming on Twitch.


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

Twitch to me was from the beginning only a gamer platform. I was introduced to Twitch when my boyfriend started streaming games and I thought it was a fun concept, but nothing I was really interested in. That was until I stumbled upon the music section and was sold right away. I had no idea that doing what I do now was even a thing you could do, but now here we are!


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

As I sometimes do up to 3 hour music streams, the most important thing to me is to warm up my voice. Every time I forget, or don't have the time to warm up - I always have so much less energy and voice capacity when singing. I also try to do some simple meditation and breathing exercises just to calm down after what has usually been an intense day at school - this is something that I've realised is so very important too. Then there is of course all the technical stuff too - like setting up OBS, posting live announcements in discord and so on.


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

The music. There is nothing better than just sitting down and doing what I love and having this fantastic community to share this love with. There is something so magical about it that just keeps on inspiring and motivating me to keep going and keep growing. 


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

The biggest challenge is the self doubt for sure. Although I love what I do there is always that nagging thought that maybe no one really appreciates it? There are so many intensely talented musicians on twitch that I in no way can compare myself to. And that's the point I think - to not compare. To be your own and realise that the people who are sticking around appreciate your corner of the platform for what it is.


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

YES! The music community of Twitch in large is the most wholesome and supportive community I've ever encountered. Of course there are some trolls and some people who don't really care for others but in general - everyone is SO supportive and encouraging and there is just so much love everywhere. I don't think I would have gotten to where I am now if it wasn't for some other streamers (and viewers!) immense support. 


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

As a person living in Sweden, I don't think I have been affected as much as some people in the rest of the world. Sweden was never in full lock-down and I was able to keep my full time job during the most intense period of restrictions and closings of some public places. I have begun studying since the pandemic broke out and even quit my job - which has given me much more time and energy for streaming and I have grown a lot as a streamer during this time. So if anything - even though it sounds horrible in a way - my life has taken a huge turn for the better during all this. 


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

I did feel very overwhelmed by all the things I needed to have sorted while I was still working full time. Since I started studying I've had a lot more time and energy on my hands, and things like making emotes and upgrading overlays and tweaking audio settings have turned into something that is actually fun and something I enjoy doing! The biggest challenge is the upgrading of the actual gear - because frankly, things are expensive but some things also need to be upgraded because they're old and glitchy. But that's also the fun thing with growing - being able to actually get new good gear and being able to produce better content!


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

In so many ways! I've made a whole bunch of new, amazing friends. I have been feeling so much joy in getting to play music basically everyday. I think I've also grown a lot as a person - with exposing myself to the scary place called the internet and all the challenges that come with that. Streaming has also required a lot of soul searching and figuring out what I want to accomplish and just basically who I want to be. It's quite the ride and it's far from over!


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

If you love what you do - keep on doing it. Try to learn as much as you can along the way. Learn and find inspiration from others, but be yourself! No one does being you as good as you do. 


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

For now, I am very content with what I've got going. Of course I want to grow and build a bigger and stronger community and get myself some better gear - so I guess those are the plans! But basically I just want to keep on playing my songs and messing up usernames and appreciate anyone who comes along for the journey.


Joshua Woo (PlasticJosh) is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist from the UK specialising in Rock/Alternative/Indie music. With a range extending four octaves, he can often be found almost passing out from holding on ridiculously high notes for way longer than he should. He also plays some instruments: guitar, piano, harmonica and bass and does live loops using Ableton. He writes and releases his own music with his band Plastic Sun. Josh streams Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm BST with the occasional weekend stream!


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

I knew about Twitch for a while before I started streaming. My girlfriend watched it mainly for IRL content at the time. Streaming on Twitch was something I considered for a while, but I didn't really feel I had the right personality for it. I didn't quite have the confidence to take the step. Kept convincing myself it wasn't for me. It came down to a few things that eventually pushed me to just do it. My girlfriend was encouraging me to take the leap, and I’d just finished writing a bunch of material for my band Plastic Sun in isolation, which made me feel the need to get out there. Honestly though, I'm not sure even that would've pushed me to do it as soon as I did. There was a death and a number of health scares in the family, so I decided life was too short and it forced me to face a fear - to press that going live button and expose myself. And I haven't regretted it! The Twitch Music community has been nothing but awesome and loving to me.


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

I tend to just check everything is working... probably more times than I should! I do a quick song on guitar, piano, couple of vocal exercises, and then a loop on Ableton to warm up. I like to have a coffee or a tea with me when I go live if I can these days as well.


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

Music itself has always been a big motivator. It's something I enjoy so even when it's hard I still get a great deal of satisfaction from it. One of the great things about streaming as opposed to recording YouTube videos or tracks is that you can try new things and make mistakes live and it's okay! In fact, it can be a form of entertainment in itself! That's a very liberating thing for me.


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

In a practical sense, establishing a regular schedule was very difficult in the early days. There's a lot of other things I do: teaching, gigging, writing, recording, etc. And it was hard to find time for the stream. Another ongoing challenge is getting the equipment to do what I want to do fully. Lastly, overcoming my anxieties is probably the most difficult challenge. Social anxiety has always been a big issue for me. Thankfully I've found streaming to be a really great way to face that anxiety in a comfortable way. It's been really helpful for me.


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

Oh tonnes! Twitch music streamers are unbelievably supportive! My very first proper stream – where it wasn't just like a few minutes checking if things worked – the awesome ortoPilot brought his community over in a raid. And everyone I've met since has been amazing!


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

It's meant I can focus on streaming a lot more and I've never been happier really. The whole pandemic really showed me that I was in desperate need of a reshuffle in my life. Streaming is definitely going to be more front and centre moving forward from this.


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

Yeah for sure... I'm not exactly the most tech savvy. During the year or so I've been streaming, I've managed to learn a load of things though that I'm super proud about. I knew nothing about OBS coming into it and I learnt how to do live looping and recording using Ableton.


All of last year, I didn't have a permanent place to do the stream. So upgrading the way the stream looked was pretty much impossible. This year though I do and it's been great to begin to make those improvements.


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

It's improved it greatly. I've met friends I would never have known. I've progressed as a person in terms of dealing with my anxieties. I've also improved as a musician and learnt skills I would've never pushed myself to learn otherwise.


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

As long as you have talent, you don't need the best set up or anything to start off with. Just go for it and improve things in your own time. Don't be afraid because I was, but I only found love from viewers and streamers alike.


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

In terms of content, I've been doing monthly themed streams, which have been voted for by the subscribers. A personal highlight was the Pink Floyd stream and performing The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety with the help of Ableton. I've been really enjoying these and it's something I want to focus on in the future. Other than that, it's continuing to improve the look of my stream and saving up for a proper PC... I've been making do on two laptops until now!


RosemaryTeal is a fairly new Twitch streamer from New York. On Twitch you will mostly find her playing original songs, singing and also playing the guitar. You can also catch Rosemary, who achieved affiliate status on August 1st, streaming games, creating art and cuddling with her puppy.


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

I actually found out about Twitch from my husband. He used to stream on Twitch before we met and wanted to get back into it. We were just going to be doing gaming on here, but I then realised that there was music on Twitch and got excited. I wanted to try that out, and I'm so glad I did!


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

I don't really have any routines or rituals, but I will check and double check settings, and things are still messed up when I start! There are a lot of things to set up for streaming. I also get a little anxious before I start so I'm usually already sitting there playing and singing for a while before I hit the go live button. I have to hype myself up to do it.


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

I just really love it. It's an excuse to really engage in my passion of making music. It doesn't matter to me if I have 0 viewers when I'm streaming because I just love what I do. Before Twitch, I had not made any music for 5+ years, so now that I've fallen back into it, it's been so exciting. I've been writing new music again which feels so nice, and trying new things like looping. The people that I've met really keep me going and encourage me to keep it up so that always helps too. It's just a very creative space to be in, and that's always excited and motivated me.


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

I think just the tech part of it and making sure the sound and video settings are right. I'm very self critical so I want things to look and sound good, but that can be difficult when you have no idea what you're doing. I'm always trying to make things better while working with what I got, but it can get frustrating. I've had streams where half way through someone says "We can't hear you." - which is both hilarious and frustrating at the same time. It's kind of important for people to hear what you're doing.


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

Yes! 100%! I was on FiveHitDune's Twitch Finds show where he will feature new/small streamers that he's come across, and that put me on TheSilenceNoise's radar. I got raided for the first time by him, and he and his community have welcomed me in with open arms. I was subsequently introduced to a lot of other very talented music streamers and everyone has been so supportive and welcoming, it's been amazing.

Before that happened, I was just streaming to no one, but still enjoyed doing it. I had no idea what Twitch Finds was or that anyone was seeing what I was doing. You never know who is watching so just do what you do and don't get discouraged!


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

I'm still working full time, but working from home. The extra time has actually given me more of an opportunity to find time to focus on music and streaming since there is little else going on. I'm an introvert anyway and just enjoy being home and doing my own thing, so it's not been bad for me.


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

Yes and no. Some of it is confusing and expensive. Music equipment in general is expensive, but the streaming stuff is a whole new challenge. I just try to work with what I have for now and I think eventually I can start upgrading once I have a better idea what I'm doing. It can be really confusing to get the computer to recognise what you want it to do. Some things that you think will just work, don't. It's a lot to learn when all I want to do is plug in my guitar and play, but I'm starting to get the hang of things.


On the other hand, I'm a graphic designer, so it's been really fun and easy to make emotes and alerts and stuff. I love doing those little things, it makes your stream look nice and like you know what you're doing. I guess a lot of this depends on what skills you come in with, but there are a lot of people that are willing to help, you just have to reach out.


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

In SO MANY WAYS! I've always loved making music and singing. it's therapy for me, but I've never really felt "good enough" and have really bad stage fright. Twitch has helped me start to get over some of those things and the endless support and encouragement from people has done so much for me. It's hard for me to accept compliments and feel worthy of people's time, but they keep proving me wrong and it means the world. It's like I've found my family through Twitch and I'm so grateful.


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

Good people are out there! Make sure you engage with other streamers and reach out, join the discords, chat with other creators and with your audience. It feels so good to feel part of something. If you need help with anything from getting your set up in a good place to venting about your problems, reach out! People will surprise you with the support and love they can offer you. Also, make sure you reciprocate! Support those who support you. If I could go back to when I first started, that's the advice I would give myself. You can't just stream in a vacuum. Watch other streamers and engage in their chat, make friends and build a community for yourself.


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

I just want to keep making new music. I already do mostly original songs, but I'd like to transition to doing that solely and cutting out the covers. I'd like to work on getting my music recorded also since I don't have any recordings of any of my stuff yet.


I've already started doing a lot more collaborative stuff with my husband (he streams under TealFishStudio) and we're doing art streams together, gaming (which is what we were originally intending to do on Twitch) and collaborating on music projects together. That's been really fun and I can't wait to see where that will take us. I'm also planning to do some collabs with other Twitch Streamers so more to come with that!


Shanda (ShandStar) is a variety streamer from Michigan. She first started streaming on Twitch in June 2019 and you can catch her doing music streams, singing and playing piano, crafting with art, drawing and colouring, or even doing an occasional cooking stream. Shanda also streams Twitch Sings regularly.


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

I discovered Twitch through my partner at the time actually. He had been streaming for a while and sometimes asked for my help. I made some friends through his channel and found I really enjoyed streaming. After a while, I thought it would be a great way to play music again. It had been a long time since I had an outlet to perform and practice. I really wanted to get back into a music routine, and it's been such a good experience.


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

I do! I warm up vocally for a little while, and always double check my tech. I've had too many streams start without audio, haha. And tea. I always have throat coat tea during streams.


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

The friendships I've made and the drive to grow my abilities. I love the people I've met! They are so encouraging and supportive.


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

TECHNOLOGY. Using music technology and pairing it with streaming technology is not my strong suit. Thankfully everyone is ridiculously patient and helpful while I figure out what button I pressed to make everything go awry.


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

Yes! So much. Even to the extent of Benjamin Bright walking me through how to set up Voxengo with Ableton and trouble shooting for an hour.


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

It honestly gave me a chance to slow down. I tried to take the time to re-energise and look at what new songs I'd like to learn.


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

Definitely. It's always fun getting new gear, but it is really expensive. I can do fairly basic tech with Streamlabs and feel pretty confident, but as soon as I start on the music tech or PC components, I have to call for help. It's honestly such a learning curve for me.


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

So much!!! I really struggle with self confidence. While a majority of that was in my musical abilities, it was also in who I am. The community has been so encouraging even when I don't play my best or when I am beyond awkward. In fact, we laugh a lot more when I am just myself.


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

Be open and don't be afraid to be yourself. It took me a while, but I've had so much more fun since I started being fully myself, awkwardness and all.


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

I would love to be confident in the technology I am using, hopefully incorporating (and understanding) Ableton. I'd also like to add to my songlist and work on originals.


Spencer Joyce (spencerjoycemusic) is an Annapolis, Maryland, USA-based singer-songwriter and guitarist with 2 independently released albums that combine Ed Sheeran folk-pop sensibilities with Luke Combs country-soul, Maroon 5 R&B swagger, and Sublime-style punk reggae. He had been playing locally to the Maryland, DC, & Northern Virginia-areas since 2013, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made Spencer shift towards live-streaming on Twitch, which he now does 4 days a week.


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

I made it a New Years Resolution of 2020 to work on my online presence with my music, and in researching ways to do that, I came across Twitch. My cousin had mentioned it to me a couple years ago, and it kinda slipped my mind until the start of this year.


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

Since I'm a music streamer and I stream out of a storage unit 20 minutes from my house, I make sure I wake up at least 2 hours beforehand if I'm doing a morning or midday stream & be sure I've had a cup of hot tea so I can warm my voice up, and also give myself about 30 minutes to prep my stream before I start.


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

I'm motivated by my chat, when they come in, tell me how there day is going, request songs, and connect with me in Discord or other social media sites, it makes me feel validated and gives me energy to keep going on stream.


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

Just getting all the right equipment to produce a stream that is pleasing to the ears and to the eyes, I started out just streaming on my phone using the mic in my phone, the pic and sound quality definitely left a lot to be desired.


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

So much support! The first Twitch Music streamer to offer me advice & support was Melissa Lamm. Just how she interacts with her chat and the atmosphere she creates in her community inspired me to try and create a relaxed, welcoming environment in my stream too. But I could give a huge list of Twitch Music streamers that have offered me advice, raided, and overall been awesome and supportive. It inspires me every single day to do better and give back to the Twitch community!


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

I practically lost all of my live gigs when the pandemic caused the state of Maryland to shut down, so I turned to Twitch as my main gig. And in doing so, it made me have to rethink my streaming space as my fiancée also started working from home, and I couldn't always stream while she was working. Luckily I found a 24 hour storage unit that I was able to set up with power and do streams out of there.


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

At first I certainly did, because beforehand I was used to doing streams on Facebook, which didn't allow for you to plug up a mixer or other things to improve the sound quality or picture quality, so it was a big learning curve and investment. But it was definitely worth it.


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

Not only have I met so many talented and cool musicians on Twitch, but I've also met and connected with so many new fans who are really passionate and into my original music, something I thought I'd never experience. I can honestly say I've made more real, honest fans in the 7 months I've been on Twitch than I have in 7 years of playing locally in either A) 3-4 hour bar gigs where you're playing mostly covers while people eat dinner, or B) Local band shows where you're lucky if 10 people show up and if you escape with more than $15 to split.


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

Check out some streamers first, see how they interact with their chat. Don't be afraid to ask questions about gear or anything related to the Twitch community, we're all here to help! Also set a schedule & stick to it.


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

I would like to be able to use my monetary earnings from Twitch to build up my home recording studio and create more original music, my goal being to release a song a month with the possibility of 2 EPs a year or 1 album a year. In the future I'd also like to carve out one day for Sim Game streams such as iRacing, Microsoft Flight Simulator, American Truck Simulator, etc, and carve out another day for cooking streams.


TheRustyPieces are an original, independent, genre-defiant, full time music duo who began live streaming on Twitch in June of 2020. When long-time singer/songwriters Jessi Dalton and Weston Eric Sherman found each other in late 2015, their chemistry (in both songwriting and love) was immediately apparent. They wasted no time in cooking up their first batch of soulful catchy ear candy and never looked back. A fresh unique sound and a story book romance were born. That chemistry remains apparent in TheRustyPieces live streams where their love shines through even as the two endlessly, hilariously, and often mercilessly verbally spar with each other between songs. Blending washboard, suit case bass drum, shakers, tambourines, and acoustic rhythmic loops with guitar and rich vocal harmonies, TheRustyPieces have created a one of a kind sound that you won't soon forget. They have two primary missions: #1- to create soulful music that gets stuck in your head after the first listen. #2- to be the good vibes odd ball party stream you go to when you need to laugh, smile, and forget about the rest of the world for a few hours. TheRustyPieces stream (frequently, irreverently, and exclusively) on Twitch from their home (in a room that looks like some kind of macabre but whimsical museum of all thing weird) in Memphis, Tennessee, where they live with their awesome kiddo and three adorable pooches!


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

We became friends with a gamer (digitalsenseigaming) who worked at a local bar we performed at frequently here in Memphis. He told us we should be streaming on Twitch a long time ago. Once all the bars shut down we finally decided to check it out and, after a two month long Twitch Music binge, we finally decided to take the leap!


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

Generally we like to start getting ready about 15 minutes late then run around frantically in a state of panic for about 45 minutes. We have a drink to calm the nerves then hit the “start streaming” button and desperately try to act like we've actually got our shit together.


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

There are so many reasons to keep pouring our time and energy into Twitch. The genuine friendships we're building here are as wonderful as they were completely unexpected. For musicians and especially for songwriters having an audience is everything. It's amazing that any time, day or night, we can hit a button and suddenly be entertaining and hanging out with people from all over the world. What's better than that? We've also been able to truly be ourselves in our stream which is something you simply don't get to do on stage.


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

If you could name us a part that hasn't been challenging we'd be impressed. It's overwhelming at first because you don't only have to master all this new technology, but there's also an entire cultural framework that is a complete mystery at the onset. On top of that it's pretty weird when one day you're on a stage singing to a live audience then a few days later you find yourself in the back room of your house talking and singing to the wall while your dogs look at you like, “What the hell is wrong with people?”.


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

We can't count the ways we've been offered support and encouragement within this community. It's really amazing. We have numerous Discord voice chats where other streamers selflessly dole out solid advice and share their own experiences. People have helped us with all kinds of tech issues. The support extends beyond music and streaming as well. Sometimes other streamers, mods, and members of the community are simply there for emotional support when they know you've had a rough day or week. It's like a family but without that one weird uncle who creeps everybody out (instead there are like 7 or 8 of them).


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

Before Covid came along we were professional gigging musicians playing 4 live shows a week. Now our lives pretty much consist of Twitch, Twitch and occasionally Twitch (on a slow week we also try to squeeze in a little time for Twitch).


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

You'd have to ask our neighbors who probably hear us swearing at a computer through the paper thin walls.


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

The way things are right now, life would really suck without Twitch. It's an absolute game changer. It's given us an audience for our music, numerous friendships, challenges to keep our minds sharp, motivation to keep on creating, and it's made us feel much less lonely in this crazy world. We're really not sure what we'd do without it, and we don't want to find out.


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

Here's a bunch of advice in a completely random order: Before you start streaming it's helpful to spend time watching other streams, but it's SUPER helpful to get involved in the chat instead of simply watching. Even if all the weird emotes and commands make it seem intimidating, you can just jump in and say, “Hi. I'm new here and I have NO idea what's going on.” and people will happily welcome you in and help you out. Don't wait for perfection: the sooner you start streaming the sooner you can start perfecting the art. Staying involved and developing genuine friendships in other streamers' communities is rewarding on every level. It's amazing what a supportive rather than competitive mentality people have. Be yourself: learn from other streamers, but don't ever imitate them. Set reasonable goals for yourself, then be prepared to pick yourself up and keep moving forward whether you meet them or not. If you're not feeling very confident just fake it till you make it. Don't worry about your viewer count. Most people find it beneficial to hide the viewer count during the stream so you're not constantly badgering yourself with questions like “What did I just do wrong that caused 5 people to leave my stream?”. Constantly be thinking of ways to make your stream more fun, unique, interactive, engaging etc. Never stop improving! Also... Discord, Discord, and Discord.


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

Twitch is our new musical home and we plan to keep it that way!


Jack Nadeau, "Subby" (YoungSub3) is a sports broadcaster by trade who most recently was a play-by-play and public address voice for the University of Kansas and its athletic teams. With sports gone, he took to Twitch to spend his free time with music. After being inspired by so many talented people, he decided to jump into streaming himself, a true baptism-by-fire experience. For the past five months, he has been streaming music, impersonating terrible accents, and reeling off only the cringiest of dad jokes.


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

I came to Twitch about a year ago solely to watch gamers - I honestly had no idea there was a music community within Twitch until this past March. I have been working in sports broadcasting for the past two years but lost my job due to COVID-19. I began watching music streamers on Twitch in late March and after some encouragement from folks I met on the platform early on, decided to begin streaming music myself. I had no previous experience singing/playing guitar in a live performance setting before and really wasn’t properly prepared to be a “streamer” in the beginning - I streamed off my phone with no supplemental guitar or audio gear. It was just something I wanted to do for fun to pass some time.


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

I frequently make a cuppa tea and true to form - usually am fashionably late. I originally started streaming 5 minutes late as a “schtick”, but as time has gone on I’ve found myself scrambling to do last minute things right before I go live, ha!


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

For me, the Twitch music community has been a huge blessing in my life. It’s given me a light in a rather dark time. No matter how busy my day has been, no matter what mood I’m in, it’s being able to go live and see so many supportive friends that keeps me eager to stream. We also have plenty of shenanigans in our streams, so it’s the excitement of never knowing what song I’ll have a random voice crack or how many times I’ll have to do the splits every stream that keeps things fresh.


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

For me, it was getting my musicianship up to speed. I have been singing in different settings for years but played guitar very casually as a hobby. I found it extremely difficult to first add songs to my repertoire as I was having to exclude many amazing songs simply because I could not yet play them on guitar. I came to Twitch with an acting background so fortunately I was comfortable being in front of people, but it was the actual music aspect that was most challenging for me as a performer.


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

I am INCREDIBLY blessed to have connected with so many amazing musicians who are also amazing humans. From when I was first starting out and meeting people, to present day after I’ve met so many talented streamers, I find that everyone I meet and interact with is a positive influence in my own Twitch experience.


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

Covid has made it difficult for me to find work in the broadcasting industry so fortunately I am able to devote adequate time for both streaming and viewing purposes. The Twitch music community has become a family to me.


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

Although I am only 25, I am not the most proficient from a technology standpoint. My graphics/overlays have been fairly basic from the beginning. Keeping things simple has become an identity of my streams, but mainly because I lack the experience/ability to make things very flashy. However, I am always striving to improve my stream from a content standpoint. One thing I am especially proud of has been starting a segment to spotlight other talented new/small streamers that stand out to me with BIG talent. There are so many “undiscovered” talents on Twitch and I try to do my best to give those people the attention they deserve.


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

It has rekindled my passion for music. My life revolved solely around sports before Covid and I was neglecting so many other interesting hobbies. Connecting with other streamers, I have learned new songs, been recommended new artists and just overall have a much deeper desire to grow closer to music than ever before. That is a change that will carry on forever.


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

Everyone comes from different backgrounds/experiences, but above all else, just jump in with confidence. I started with the most basic set up of all-time. It took me quite a while to upgrade to a very amateur level set up. I am still always looking to improve what I have to work with. But music and performing is something I am passionate about and I continued on because it was something I loved to. I would encourage others to just start, set goals and understand it may take time to reach those goals, but the journey itself will be incredible. Don’t get caught up in viewer count, don’t worry about how much exposure you are or are not getting… do this because it is something you love and want to do and it will be one of the best experiences of your life.


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

I began streaming five months ago with no serious goals or plans for the future as a streamer. I am pleased with how far this journey has taken me in five months. As long as I can keep content fresh and keep people entertained and engaged, I would consider that a success. For me, "Partner" status is not a goal of mine. I want to continue to give back to the music community for what it has done for me, especially the small streamer community. For those that know me and are familiar with my streams, I jump at any opportunity to support someone new or someone in need of a confidence boost. My community has been so incredibly supportive of small streamers and I want to continue to inspire people to lift others up and encourage others to continue performing and sharing their talents.

Tina and I would both like to say a huge thank you to each of the 10 music streamers: Anna, Jon, Katana, Lovisa, Josh, Rosemary, Shanda, Spencer, Jessi & Weston, and Jack 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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