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10FROM10 | Twitch Variety Streamers (Part 1)

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


FairyLiveShow is an entertainer, podcaster and Twitch Partner hosting the Comic Book of Twitch every Monday, Thursday and Friday 3pm EST. Fairy's channel is an interactive comic, highly focused on the community and entertainment. Each stream is a new experience they make together, featuring different characters, fun shows, community games, loud reactions, and a non-stop party mood.


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

I knew there was a platform for streamers, but I just never thought of getting into it. My favourite person and now moderator suggested that I should start streaming as I was into the gaming industry anyway (chief-editor and reviewer to many popular gaming magazines and websites such as IGN, etc). At first I was very sceptical, but when he told me that he’s going to help and we’ll do this together, I took the leap of faith to try!


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

About 1 hour before the stream I start preparing. I start with hair, dress, and makeup, and then depending on the day or the special event or show I have to get ready for, I prepare all the other things I’ll use on stream. For example, if it’s a special guest show, I make sure to test all my devices, programs, platforms, read my script and have a pre-test with the guest. If it’s a fun event I’ll have to prepare all the crazy challenges (bean boozled, peppers, eggs, cakes, etc) and all the other stuff. This ONE thing I ALWAYS do though, is restart my PC and router, just to make sure that no blue screens or disconnections will happen (although they happen sometimes anyway).


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

For me, streaming is like going on stage from your own room! The adrenaline, the familiar faces that are going to show up and have a great time, the new people that are going to hang around, the awesome vibes you get from the community, the sharing moments, the goofiness, the spontaneous moments that will become clips, and most of all, the smiles you’re going to bring to people's faces that will make you feel like you accomplished the greatest mission of the day.


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

As a streamer, one of the most challenging things I had to do was to build an awesome community (which I’m still working on). And by “awesome community” I don’t mean people showing up on my streams, but people who understand who I am and have mutual values, beliefs and mindset. Plus, a committed community that will stay engaged and supportive for the bad, but also for the good moments. Because it’s more likely for people to stay around during the bad or sad moments, and in the good and successful moments they get jealous or just don’t care. So I’m very proud to keep building such an AWESOME community.


As a show-woman, TwitchVision was the most challenging experience I had. This was a song contest on Twitch that I had to organise, plan, and create with my team. It was the very first time I created such a huge show on Twitch, and also it was supported by Twitch and all our sponsors. So we needed to execute it as well as possible for the supporters, sponsors, participants, and viewers. And that’s a lot of people to satisfy! It was the most challenging thing I ever did during the past 2 years of streaming, but also the most rewarding one!


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

The music streamers’ community is highly supportive, kind, and positive. I’m not a music streamer myself, but during and after TwitchVision I made a lot of friends through this category, and every time I visit their streams or they visit mine, we have a great communication and good vibes.


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

Quarantine didn’t change much of my life as I work from home anyway and I’m kind of used to it. 2020 was actually a good year for me stream-wise, because more and more people seemed to find an escape on Twitch and the community got bigger and better. 2021 though was a little different audience-wise, as I noticed many people getting a bit more bored, depressed, and kind of changing behaviours and habits regarding the entertainment platforms.


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

It’s always a challenge, as we need to keep upgrading our stream, tech, and ourselves through time, and make a step forward no matter what. The most challenging part of it was not upgrading my tech and gear, but learning new technologies, programs and platforms in order to upgrade my production quality and the stream experience, which will never stop!


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

Streaming is an exciting yet challenging trip to my dreams. The people I meet, the new experiences we create together, the fresh ideas, the inspiration, the creativity, the fun moments, and the struggles we have to figure out how to overcome and when we overcome them, the reward of success! All these moments together make Twitch streaming a great experience and an adventurous journey to my dream in becoming a full time show host and creator. Even if this is going to happen or not, the journey is all that matters!


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

I would advise anyone interested in streaming the following:


1. Before investing in your equipment, invest in YOURSELF; read, learn, and get to know as much as you can before you start.


2. Fail fast and pay attention to the mistakes and learn from them.


3. Don’t get involved in drama. It’s time and energy consuming. Put this time and energy into your content instead <3


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

Season 3 of the Comic Book of Twitch is coming to an end by July; a lot of shows, special events, fun streams are going to happen and some of the big questions that were raised during mid-season are going to get their answers, with many plot-twists!


Season 4 is already in the making, and it’s going to be the most legendary season, not only for my channel, but for the Twitch Platform in general, as me and my team are preparing something very unique and special for the suspense lovers! I can’t say much about it yet, but all I can say is that I can’t wait for it! Thanks so much for asking <3


Ian (forrest_9191) is a variety streamer from the north east of Scotland and is also a broadcaster, presenter and podcaster. Ian's passion is horror and he runs a horror review podcast called Behind The Screams in which he talks about movies, TV shows, video games and a lot more. Ian has been a video game fanatic since a young age with favourite games/franchises being Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock, Silent Hill and a whole lot more. On Twitch you can find Ian streaming a variety of genres from FPS's, Survival Horrors, community games and a lot more. Streaming and Podcasting are my two of Ian's big passions and he loves that he can incorporate his hobbies into this.


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

I first signed up to Twitch around 5 years ago. I had heard through the grapevine that there was this site where people broadcast themselves playing video games and I had only really started getting back into the video game scene. I probably spent around 6 months watching various streamers and getting a feel for the platform before eventually trying to start my own streams – very unsuccessfully in the early days.


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. I usually hit the go live button and set off a timer (5 or 10 mins) on my starting soon scene. I’ll use that time to make myself a coffee before the stream.


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

I’m in the position where I work nights for my job. This often means I have significant periods of free time throughout the days which makes having the time that much easier. Motivation can sometimes be so difficult but for me I would be playing these games anyway so I don’t really find it to be that big of an issue.


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

Just trying to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. There are 100 different things that can go wrong. Games crashing, dropping frames, dodgy internet, trolls, etc., and ultimately it is just one person that is trying to monitor all of these issues so it can be a bit overwhelming at times.


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

I am in the fortunate position that a few of my close personal friends are also Twitch streamers which made my development on the platform so much easier. We also have an excellent community of people in our corner of Twitch. Without them I probably wouldn’t be streaming like I am now so I am massively grateful to them.


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

Unfortunately I lost my job in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic and although I went back to college, I had a lot more free time on my hands. So I was actually able to ramp up all of my projects, including Twitch whilst not really sacrificing the balance of my home life. My fiancé was also working from home which meant we were still able to spend a lot of time together.


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

Yes, I am not very technically minded and I am not super knowledgable about PC parts etc., so I do find this very difficult sometimes. I am lucky that a couple of my closest friends (who are also Twitch streamers) are much more knowledgable than me and they always keep me pointing in the right direction.


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

It has opened up doors to people across the world. I have made friends with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have from all corners of the globe.


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

Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. There will always be someone who plays a game slightly better, streams for slightly longer etc. All we can control is how good our own content is, so just focus on that and be patient about your growth.


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

Right now it is just a case of continuing to grow, I have a few pieces of equipment that I will be looking to upgrade but these are minor things to improve my experience rather than anything that is going to drastically improve my streams. I would love to do more collabs with other streamers and just slowly build on the good progress I have made so far.


Gabi Belle wears many hats - YouTuber, Streamer, videographer, photographer, audio engineer, producer, singer, musician, songwriter, editor, gamer, dog mom, tea lover - the list goes on and on. If you could boil her down to just a few things though, she’s a girl that loves Inuyasha, music, gaming, pop punk, and tea. Gabi has her own music on Spotify as ‘gabi belle’ and creates commentary YouTube videos about whatever unimportant topic piques her interest. Streaming is left for hanging out with the community, music, and gaming.


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

I only made a Twitch account a couple years ago to watch my friend stream on it. I still knew nothing about the platform, and right before the pandemic in February, I was getting serious about my YouTube Channel: Gabi Belle and thought it would be fun to try interacting with viewers in real time and express myself in my rawest, unedited form while doing what I love (gaming). I couldn’t really just game unedited and unscripted on my YouTube channel, so Twitch was the best place to do that.


Eventually I discovered the incredible music community here on Twitch and decided to try my hand at performing music on stream as well, as I’ve been singing and creating music IRL since I was 10. Eventually I learned about live looping as many talented streamers do, and am now just having a blast streaming a variety of different things like music, Minecraft, Just Chatting, drawing, etc, with my chat and community.


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

My pre-stream rituals… this is when I wish I was a guy and could just throw on a t-shirt and voila it’s time to stream! I spend about 30 minutes to an hour before stream getting ready. Of course I don’t HAVE to wear makeup. My community likes me for who I am and I appreciate that, and they’ve seen my naked face plenty of times. I just want to look and feel like my best self for them before stream!


After that, I change my stream title and notification to something different each time, then I have a page of programs on my Stream Deck that I use to open my OBS, LumiaStream (which turns on chat integration for my coloured lights. Subscribers can change the colour of my lights in real time!), Ableton (DAW for music), Songlist Bot for song requests, and Ultimate-Guitar for song chords. I plug in my guitar and keyboard, turn on my camera, light, and action!


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

I love seeing my community members pop in and feel excited to hang out together almost as soon as I go live. It puts a phat smile on my face despite feeling tired at times!


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

We are our own worst critics. I will end stream and believe I did terribly, I sang horribly, the volumes were all off because it’s hard to tell at times, I responded to a chat message wrong, I was too boring, and the list goes on and on. This isn’t a problem that’s unique to me either - creators in general have perfectionist qualities. We believe our creations are a direct reflection of ourselves, our work ethics, and who we are as people. Sometimes we need to learn to let go and understand that done is better than perfect!


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

Other music streamers have only shown me support and encouragement. They will help me with specific issues, they have helped me get live looping set up, and even offered to screenshare and call me to help me with things, though they have never even met me before. Their generosity and kindness makes me feel proud and grateful to be alongside them. It makes me want to do my absolute best to represent the community well.


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

Since I started just before the pandemic, I felt a bit alone during my beginning stages of streaming because I didn’t have anyone to ask for advice or help besides my one friend (who was very very helpful and amazing). During the pandemic, I found tonnes of streamers flood to the platform and create such an incredible environment to be in.


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

I already had the gear to start streaming because I work with audio, video, etc. My audio equipment I already had from making music over the years as well! I’m lucky to say I did not have much of a challenge getting it set up. The challenge came when I had to adapt traditional filming techniques into an online gaming space. I learned very quickly I should not be streaming in 24fps.


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

I have made some of my best friends from streaming, who are people I talk to every single day now. In a time where I felt so alone and isolated, as well as growing up I was constantly moving, I have more honest friendships now than I ever had with people in real life. I’m even attending a wedding of a friend I met on Twitch in 2022!


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

Definitely start streaming with whatever is laying around your home if you want to. You don’t need to start with the fanciest gear! My advice later on though, is to not stream if it’s just because everyone else is doing it. It’s a lot of work, and if it’s affecting your mental health negatively or it feels like a chore, or you’re getting burnt out - STOP. Reevaluate why you are streaming, how much you really like it, and evaluate if you need to take a much needed break, or stop entirely! There’s a lot of pressure to be on every platform and FOMO if you want to "get big" or when you’re not getting the results you’ve hoped for as quickly as you’ve hoped for. You are valuable, important, and people care about you, whether there is 1 person in your chat, 8, 50, or 1,000. If something doesn’t feel right, stop.


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

My future plans are to constantly improve the quality of the stream, which is really a “now” plan rather than a future plan actually. In the future I’d like to keep streaming 2-3 times a week, and have it be a supplement of my YouTube channel. I also just want it to be a fun honest place to hang out and feel like you’re chillin’ with friends.


Jiggly Peach is a variety streamer who has been streaming on Twitch since September 2020. Jiggly (she/her) is a huge fan of beautiful indie games, music, gin, dogs, drag race, and all that glitters. She can often be seen wearing something sparkly and is constantly distracted by chat. From time to time her partner Peachy (she/her) joins her for co-op games, drinks, and chill vibes. Jiggly strives to continue building a warm and welcoming community.


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

Peachy and I had been following TRNRtips on YouTube - he started talking about trying out Animal Crossing: New Horizons so we followed him onto Twitch. Watching the gameplay made us want to give the game a go ourselves so we bought a Nintendo Switch and started playing.


From there I guess it just snowballed, we both really got back into gaming and often talked about myself potentially streaming. Peachy discovered an IRL friend had also started streaming so we all started watching/supporting each other. After a few months of procrastination and trying to sort the right equipment - I’m one of those Mac users - I finally took the plunge and have never looked back.


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

I wouldn’t say I have any rituals, generally, I press live then use my ‘starting soon’ music to post on socials and take some deep breaths.


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

The community. My work (pre-pandemic) was always very busy and extremely social, going from that to nothing was really challenging - I’ve found a lovely community on Twitch, it’s become a great escape. My background is in events and performing arts, so the performing side motivates me to go live and the events side motivates me to be organised.


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

Letting go. I’ve found myself looking at the viewer count and judging myself compared to others. I get in my head too much and tend to over-think things. I recently switched streaming software so that I no longer see viewer count and I already feel freer. All I focus on now is who I can see in chat and the game.


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

Absolutely, the community we have has a lot of fellow streamers who have been so encouraging and helpful. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support of other streamers on Twitch, viewers, or Peachy (it’s soppy but she is my biggest cheerleader).


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

I’m honestly not sure I would have even started streaming without the pandemic. Before Covid-19 I was forever busy with work and wouldn’t have had the time. I’ve found it very easy to be sucked in by Twitch, it has certainly taken a huge role in my life and now I’m working on ways to get that balance just right. I take 2 days a week completely off Twitch (and if possible away from screens too). I think it’s important to take yourself away from it at times.


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

Oh for sure, I like to think I pick up tech pretty quickly but streaming was a completely new world of tech for me. I’m constantly looking at fellow streamers and thinking about ways to upgrade my stream to keep it fresh and exciting.


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

It’s brought me a sense of purpose during these strange times we’re all currently living in, it’s brought me friends, community, and a lot of love.


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

Be social, get out there and get chatting, however, don’t self promote. Personally, I find it quite off-putting if someone comes into a stream and even mentions their own; when I watch a streamer I’m there to see that streamer. It may sound strange but if you keep yourself active within the community, once someone finds out you stream (maybe from looking at your profile) then it’ll grow from there. Let yourself grow naturally; follow for follow can get you the followers but there’s a big difference between followers and viewers. You want viewers that want to watch you, so be you.


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

I’m trying not to make any big future plans as I’m trying to just go with the flow. I’ve already got further than I ever thought I would so for now I’m going to keep going. I’m not the type to set follower or sub-goals, I appreciate any viewers I get and I’m enjoying building a community of like-minded people. I'd like to maybe delve into some cosplay. I’ve got a few ideas for more ways to interact with the community but I’d like to keep those as a surprise.


Joliet4 is a singer-songwriter from the midwest, sharing her journey as a new artist with her internet viewers. She mostly writes in the pop and folk genres, but dabbles in rock as well. She's been streaming for 2 years, reaping the benefits of consistent practise in front of an audience. She has big plans for her music career, and is working with GRAMMY-winning producers and engineers to meet those goals. She looks forward to whatever the future brings, and intends to document it all through streaming.


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

I was a viewer for a couple of years, actually. My husband and I game and we would catch a few streams throughout the week. I actually attempted to stream No Man's Sky when it first came out, but didn't keep up with it much. In 2019, we saw that Twitch had created their own game, Twitch Sings. It was karaoke, something I had recently been having fun with on a phone app called Smule. So I downloaded it and that's how my streaming career got started.


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

Yes, I make sure my computer is running ok, my camera and lights are all working well, I make a coffee, tune my instruments and I warm up my voice.


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

That's an interesting question. Motivation to do music (or play a video game) is not usually an issue. I would be doing it regardless. But running what basically amounts to a TV show to broadcast it is very consuming. But it has improved me as a musician. I've made huge strides in the last couple of years just because an audience of beautiful, encouraging, non-judgemental friends is there to hold me accountable. And that's why I go live.


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

Twitch is all about community, and I love the social interaction. But my real life responsibilities and mental health prevent me from going very deeply into even my own community let alone my fellow streamers. It's frustrating that I can't give more, and I sometimes feel lonely. But that's just the way it is right now.


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

Yes! The music community on Twitch is incredible. Everyone is so encouraging and kind, helpful and welcoming.


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

I have greatly benefited from extra viewers, I think. Having to home school my little one has been a challenge at times, but it's been fun and we are getting through it. I tried not to add anything extra to my streaming plate, saying no often and just trying to maintain a consistent schedule. This has worked well, I think. I don't feel burnt out and I still love streaming.


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

Gear upgrades were certainly a priority in the beginning. But my community rallied behind me and lifted me to where I am now. My community is also responsible for getting my stream running at all. They are much more tech saavy than I, so I lean on them for all that stuff. My limited time is much better spent on improving my songwriting and musicianship right now.


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

Well, I wouldn't be able to pursue my dreams like this if it weren't for Twitch. So I'd say it's completely changed my life.


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

Just start! If you like it, be consistent with your stream schedule and content and prioritize your strengths. Stream what you're good at.


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

I want to keep improving. I want write better music, work with other artists and learn how to live loop and make my own tracks. I also want to give more to my community somehow, so I hope I can work on all these goals this year.


Purpl3Flurp is a Long Island based interactive, variety streamer. Usually on Twitch you will find Flurp streaming video games, cooking, digital art, travel and more! Flurp is a people liker, gamer girl, cat mom, theater techie and craft beer taster.


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

Quarantine hit and I saw it in the app store and decided to download it. I started watching a Fortnite streamer and thought: Why am I sitting here watching someone play video games? And why do I kinda enjoy it?


Then because I couldn't answer those two questions I wandered into the Music section. I found JustineGriffin (improv violinist/singer/guitarist/looper). I would blast her lovely music through my house. She then raided CharliePlaysGuitars (guitarist/singer/fun human) where I made a lot of my friends.


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

Yes. The most important thing to do before a stream is to make sure your stomach is full, your bladder is empty, and your drink is between the two at all times.


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

The slight chance of quitting my day job forever.


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

Trying to figure out a single answer to this question.


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

I don’t stream music. I have no kind of musical talent. But I guess. I don't know. not applicable. Can we skip this one?


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

If it weren’t for Covid I wouldn’t be here on Twitch. The week before we were sent into quarantine I had this exact conversation:


Co-worker: If I could stay home every day of my life, I would. Video games and online friends are all I need.


Me: Yikes, be careful what you wish for...

.......

Co-worker 3 months later: *regrets saying that with such sincerity*


OK, so the roles may have been reversed there.


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

I'm the kind of person who's like "I don't need a tripod, I have a binder clip and some tape."


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

I've learned a lot about culture. Two of my favorite facts:


A lot of people outside of the US do not know what Italian ices are and it is normal for people in Finland and some other countries to have a clothes washer and dryer INSIDE their shower.


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

I have a million things to say about this. The biggest thing is probably to be consistent and active in the community. Hit me up if you need advice.


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

I don't know. I don't even know what I'm eating for dinner tonight. I'll let you know.

No, that was dumb answer. I'm seriously so overwhelmed by all my ideas I can't seem to get any of them done. That's where I'm at right now. But watch out world because this interview has inspired me to work harder.


Retro_Stu is a 30-something variety streamer and mental health advocate with a hardcore love of retro culture and a thirst for time travel! Stu plays a lot of metroidvanias, rogue likes and anything else that grabs his attention. He also presents a podcast where he travels back in time to get stock for his retro shop with each guest allowed to bring back a selection of things from whatever year they end up in! Stu streams Monday to Friday on Twitch with (apparently) wholesome vibes.


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

I'd known about Twitch for some time but never had a set up that would be capable of streaming myself - I think my account is something like 6 or 7 years old now! I'd never actually watched anyone stream and like a lot of people, lockdown, coupled with me being newly self employed, pushed me to get out there and try to connect with people. Having worked in offices and commuting for about 10 years I was used to daily interaction and conversations with people - but going self employed and then relocating just before lockdown I felt more isolated than ever and really Twitch felt like a chance to just connect with someone - anyone!


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

Nope - not really. I stream 5 days a week so it's all very much second nature now, usually once I get that 10 minute countdown screen on I'm just topping up my drink, going for a pee or chatting with anyone in chat who has got there early!


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

The community. Pure and simple. I had no idea in my head of what Twitch would look like for me - I didn't have a goal of any sort and still don't if I'm honest. It's enabled me to meet some wonderful people (I even got to meet some in real life a couple of weeks ago!!) and that's the biggest motivator. The mental health focused streams had a bigger impact on people than I ever realised or imagined. I've been reduced to tears by people who have messaged me off stream to say if it wasn't for me being so open and welcoming they would never have shared their story or opened up to their loved ones about their own struggles and that just blew me away. So whilst Mental Health Monday is one stream, I just love to chat and hear from everyone on each stream because hearing about them, whether it's about overcoming obstacles or just being happy because they are in the chat is great - having lost 14 hours a day to commuting and work I'm very particular about my time and just so grateful to anyone who chooses to spend any amount of time with me.


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

Ummm tough question really - there are 2 that instantly spring to mind - one was someone who was well thought of in the community turning very toxic and trying to turn people against me and the other was someone making very openly suicidal comments in chat - having to balance dealing with them the right way but also managing the impact it had on others in chat - that was something I never thought I'd encounter but Twitch can throw anything up!


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

Support and encouragement from streamers has come from all directions - I'm nearly at 1.4k followers and I've only been streaming for 9 months. It's bonkers.


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

It's the reason I started streaming! Had it not been for Covid impacting on my eBay reselling and my freelance social media management business I would never have had the time nor inclination to start streaming.


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

Stream tech - yes. Upgrading the stream - no.


Like a lot of streamers I have to get by with what I have. I'm getting married in September and have the usual bills etc. to pay so any tech improvements for the stream are few and far between and will often be funded by the kindness of people subbing to the channel.

But tech is just one aspect, if you've got a basic system you can still do great things, from personalised overlays to your own unique redeems etc. I think it's important to make your stream your own - by all means borrow ideas but twist them, bend them, make them you! I think that's one challenge I relish - "What can I change and how can I make it something people won't have seen or expected?"


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

Immeasurably so. It's increased my general confidence, it's given me a whole new circle of friends at a time when I was feeling my most isolated and it's inspired me to create new things and use my time to put more out into the world. Without the support, encouragement and love from the community I've found myself in none of this would've been possible. I'd have been hidden away in my shed trying to paint gamecubes and make ends meet whereas now it's opened me up to so much more. Not forgetting it's been the best free advertising I've had for my business - previously I'd paid for Facebook advertising and not got anywhere - I joined Twitch, I advertise my site, and people are excited for the next t-shirt design to come out, they tell their friends who order a shirt or a mug and it's one thing to believe in yourself but to have that reinforced by the Twitch community just elevated me to new levels.


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

There are so many things I could say but the reality is I'm still only 9 months in so have a lot to learn myself but that's the beauty of Twitch - anyone can do it. Even if you have no obvious plan from the outset - give it a go, make mistakes, endure the tech issues but ultimately remember to do it for you and keep your focus on building a community. Don't go into it thinking "I can make money here" because people will see through it and that's not a plan that will last. The best thing you can give Twitch and it can give you - is a community of people that will support, will encourage, will be there for good and bad times and still come back because they believe in YOU. You might think you're a weirdo, or boring or whatever it may be, but there's an audience and a community out there for everyone. Longvoid put it best when he compared our group to "a graduating class" - as we all got affiliate around the same time - and seeing how everyone grows and changes and adapts is something to behold - you're rooting for each other - people you've never met - yet it feels like you've known each other a lifetime.


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

Future plans? I'd have to have a plan before I can do that haha! But honestly it's just finding new ways to entertain, do things a bit differently, mix it up not just for the audience but for me as well. The bottom line has always been "I don't care about the numbers, I just want to entertain those who want to spend time with me" and that will remain the bottom line. Yes I have around 1.4k followers but that's just a number, the real things to look at are the people behind those numbers, the ones that come in day in day out, that chat, that support and that message you to say "I'd had a really bad day but you really put a smile on my face" - whatever my plans end up being - it will be with the community at the center of all of it.


RobynEvaMay is a Geordie streamer from the UK who plays and streams mainly horror games on Twitch and speed runs the Resident Evil 3 Remake. Even though Robyn is a big scaredy cat, there is that love of horror games, with Resident Evil being Robyn's favourite franchise!


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

I only found out about Twitch in April 2020 during the first lockdown in the UK, I had just finished the platinum for Resident Evil 3 remake and wanted to replay RE2 remake and the person I lived with suggested I watch some people on Twitch to refresh my memory. Then I found a streamer called Scuba and just loved him and so watched all his streams for about 5 months, then the person I lived with wanted to try streaming so bought all the stuff. They didn't enjoy it so I gave it a go so the stuff didn't go to waste and the rest is history really.


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

I just make sure my water bottle is filled, I've eaten and a clean shot glass for shot redeems.


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

Beating my personal bests for my speed runs and getting to talk to all the amazing people I've met on Twitch, plus the chat never fails to make me laugh. I'm always interested to see what's going to happen in chat every stream.


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

Playing the game Visage. Off stream I would have quit that game so fast, but I forced myself to finish it even though I was the most scared I have ever been in my life.


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

I have found so much support with other streamers, they're always there cheering me on when I do my speed runs. When I came back to streaming after a week off for some personal stuff they were all there to support me and welcome me back.


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

It has given me the time to stream as I am now working from home I don't have to go to the office or travel on public transport. It has also given me something to focus since I can't really do anything I would normally do like going out and seeing friends.


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

Yes, a little bit as I am not very tech savvy and I find something tricky to understand.


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

It has completely changed my life; I have met some incredible people who when all this is over the first thing I will be doing is meeting them in person. It has made me have a lot more confidence and skill than I realise I actually had. Before streaming speed running just seemed very out of my abilities, but now I'm getting times I never thought I would ever get and it's been a whirlwind of 4 months since I started.


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

Don't get hung up on numbers otherwise you will drive yourself crazy. Play what you enjoy not what is going to bring in viewers. It's more enjoyable watching people play what they are interested in. Just have fun, it doesn't have to be serious.


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

I am going to keep trying to beat my personal bests for my speed runs and I would love to reach the top 10 in the world for the category I run for RE3 remake (Any% NG+ Console), and I am looking to perhaps branch out to other categories or speed run another game.


When I reach my next follower goal I am thinking of doing a knife only run on RE3 remake as well. I am also planning some more co-op streams with some streamer friends I have met during the last few months.


Vibi (shesvibi) is the alias of Canadian born pop singer Valerie Borghesi. The Niagara Falls native created her moniker from sounding out her initials "V.B." and spelling it out into a name as catchy as her melodies. Based in Toronto, Vibi has been making a statement through her high energy performances, red hot aesthetic, and impressive vocal abilities.


Her latest single Fallback Girl (2021) produced by Yuri Koller (J-Soul, PVRX, OVO) was the debut that introduced Borghesi’s fans to Vibi. Fallback Girl has been garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews and has attracted many new fans that tune into her live Twitch streams every Tuesdays and Fridays.


Vibi is most recognised for her performance opening for Bryan Adams and Walk Off the Earth at the 2019 televised New Year's Eve concert in Niagara Falls, Canada, with an audience of approximately 60,000 people. Additionally, she has opened for the successful acts Ria Mae, Virginia to Vegas and Hollerado.


Most recently, Vibi took home awards for “Best Female Vocalist” and “Adult Contemporary Artist” at the 2020 Niagara Music Awards.


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

I thought Twitch was only for gamers, I knew about it only through YouTubers that would mention it. Then just as the pandemic took away the live music scene, I had a couple music friends make the move to livestreaming on Twitch so I gave it a try! I've been loving it so far.


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

I do a vocal warmup, grab a glass of wine, and prep some riddles to share on my stream, haha!


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

People keep saying how much commitment it is and it makes me chuckle because I suck at commitment BUT Twitch feels so natural for me. It's no more of a commitment than pre pandemic when I would have live shows a few nights a week. I also get so excited between each stream for the next one because I try to think of new ways of engaging with my growing community. My followers who engage in the chat motivate me to show up next time and give them an even better show.


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

I'm still pretty new to Twitch, so the main challenge is just learning all the different programmes.


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

Yes! @hey_t0ny has been a big supporter and new friend along the way.


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

I mean it's easy to balance life and Twitch when all your plans include staying inside, haha. The pandemic is what made me get into streaming. It substitutes live performance for me.


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

It's a fun challenge! I love learning and growing.


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

Again, I'm still pretty new, but it's given me hope and purpose in a time where I feel stagnant and trapped. When people tell me my stream brightens their day, that's what I thrive on.


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

Just do it! Don't be afraid to learn in front of an audience and be yourself. Be the version of you that has the most fun with your closest friends :)


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

I'd like to do more streams with guest musicians like a mini concert. I want to introduce my audience to their new favourite artist out of the insane talent I've met along my journey.


Simon J (SimonJMusic) is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. He's been performing live for over 15 years and has toured venues across Ireland, UK, and Canada.


Simon has released two EP's, Reflections, recorded by Andy Knightly (David Gray, Bell x1) - and most recently he recorded, produced and released his EP, Breaking All The Rules, which he recorded during lockdown and released on all music platforms. Simon streams on Wednesday and Saturday evenings (and occasionally other days), and takes music requests, performs loops, and loves playing Marbles!


His streams are focused on fun and having banter, while also having a very inclusive and friendly atmosphere that the last follower and the first follower all feel the same inclusion in the fun.


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

I think I discovered Twitch through Limmy - I began watching his streams and slowly started to discover smaller streamers, and then the Music section.


I was kind of blown away how well it works. I have been playing live for over 15 years, I used to busk in Dublin, and as well when I lived in Canada, so Twitch was an ideal platform to play and something I felt I had good experience with (taking requests and playing for hours on end!!)


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

I'll usually make sure everything is working and loaded up right (something usually breaks down on me just before I click to start!)


But I'll grab a beer, do some vocal warm ups (Jeff Buckley has always been my ritual for that), check in with my mods to see if they are ready, and then take a deep breath and click to go live and pray nothing breaks down in the process!!


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

It can be! But I think producing fresh and engaging content is both energy consuming and also hugely rewarding.


I love that Twitch allows for musicians to take control of their own content - to not have to rely on time limits or set-lists and to be free to create the atmosphere and content that they wish!


I think pushing yourself outside your comfort zone is something I always try to do - to go that extra step that might seem scary, but people want to see how much you can give.


My motivation is to keep improving, but also to make sure that the stream is engaging and fun, while also making everyone feel they are valid and included in the stream.


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

Two weeks into streaming I was raided by Limmy, with over 1,000 people in my stream, it was quite a surreal moment, but something you either sink or swim with! I think that moment defined if I would stay on Twitch long term, and I had the most incredible night, which eventually finished around 4am. There are still a dozen or more regulars who came from that raid and have stuck around ever since, so it was a huge turning point for me.


I guess the challenging part was adapting to Twitch and not having expectations that you will have huge viewers or get raids all the time. Being satisfied that even one person shows up, regularly and enjoys it, was something I had to focus on and make that the centre of my focus. The numbers game is always difficult but I found switching off the counter and getting lost in the music is what made me feel gratitude towards it. So getting to a point of not caring about exposure and numbers would be the most challenging and the most rewarding.


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

For sure. The music community on Twitch is great. I still view myself as a bit of an outsider though! I'm not the type who floats around social circles, and much prefer discovery to be organic, but from the people I have met, it's been hugely supportive and I've met some fantastic streamers and friends.


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

Well pre-Covid I was a drama teacher, which I had to postpone due to lockdown rules here in Ireland. I also couldn't gig, so two of my creative outlets were removed.

Streaming allowed me to jump back into that, and kept me busy and creative in a time I really needed to be! I am also studying a masters part time so juggling the two has been surprisingly great! I found that the stress of studying a masters can be balanced by the distraction and positivity of creating new content or writing new songs and showcasing them for people on Twitch!


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

I definitely did at the start! I used to stream on a MacBook Pro from 2012, luckily through Twitch and the community I was able to buy a PC around Christmas time, a proper studio microphone, and for the first time I'm really happy with my setup. I see some streamers who have incredible set-ups that cost thousands, but I'm satisfied to be able to just stream (without having to use a potato to do it!)


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

Very much so, it's given me back my creativity and ability to perform again. I was an actor, then a musician, then a teacher, so not being able to do any of those 3 during lockdown was slowly starting to drive me mad. Twitch allowed me to get back out there again and play music and create content, which is what my motivation in life is. Also streaming 3 or 4 times a week and creating new content, changing layouts, editing videos etc., can be in itself a full-time job!! So it has definitely changed my life for the better (but maybe I've developed a few more wrinkles and bags under my eyes because of it!!).


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

Take it slow and keep the expectations realistic. It's not a sprint, but also don't have to think of it as a marathon! Think about community rather than selling yourself. Try to enjoy each stream and see it as progressing as a streamer and as an individual. I've learned countless new skills from streaming - from video editing, to looping with various instruments, to speaking different languages and learning new phrases from across the world!


Also, turn off the viewer count! It will only distract and make you obsessive over it - the focus should be on the content and not a numbers game.


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

I just released an EP that I recorded myself during lockdown - it got some great feedback and next stages are to include a music video with it. I luckily met some friends, one of whom is a actor and a streamer who dropped into my stream, and he lives with 3 videographers. So, I pitched an idea of shooting a music video to the title track of my EP. They loved the idea and the video is in its final stages now - I saw some of the cuts and it looks incredible! So I'm very excited to share that with people!


Also since TwitchVision, I'm hoping to write more songs, perhaps even do a few more comedic/satire songs - maybe not just about Twitch this time!


I am also planning a 90s theme night, and generally just making the stream more engaging and accessible for everyone and to keep putting myself out there, even if it's scary and difficult, it's something that I find rewarding and only stands to improve you as a musician and as a person.

Tina and I would both like to say a huge thank you to each of the 10 Twitch streamers Fairy, Ian, Gabi, Jiggly, Joliet, Flurp, Stu, Robyn, Valerie, and Simon 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 do 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.

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