The Unofficial “#ASKMATT (Ep. 6)”

By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria

Matthew Watts

With close to 1.5 million video views, Matthew Watts is a YouTuber you need to have in your subscription list. Posting weekly videos, Matthew Watts has eighty-two uploads with content ranging from how-to videos to testing out popular apps.

Matthew has recently made his channel more interactive by looking to viewers for feedback on what to upload next. Tweeting out three options, Matthew lets viewers vote on what idea they would like to see made into a video. Matthew’s goofy and outgoing personality earns him 18.5 thousand subscribers!

To top it all off, Matthew is not only Canadian, but he used to read The Magazine as a kid!

The Magazine got the chance to chat with Matthew and create our own “episode” of #ASKMATT. He tells us all about creating his YouTube channel, who he is most excited to see at Buffer Festival, and the history behind his channel name VivaLaWatts.

The Magazine: How would you describe your channel to someone who hasn’t viewed your videos before? 

Matthew: I think I would say I am a vlogger that makes comedy videos about anything that I find comedic or entertaining, whether that be an app, or a topic, or yeah…that is how I would describe it. I don’t even know how I would describe my channel actually. It is like a mix of everything. 

The Magazine: How did you come up with the name VivaLaWatts?

Matthew: So, one of my favourite TV Shows was Viva La Bam, I am not sure if you are familiar with it or not. It was with this skateboarder Bam Margere and I really, really liked it so when I was trying to come up with a channel name, I thought I really like this show and my last name is Watts. So, I am just going to swap out Bam for VivaLaWatts, and that’s how I came up with it.

The Magazine: This is your second year at Buffer Festival. What is your favourite thing about the event?

Matthew: I really like that it is a different experience than other festivals. It is a screening, and it kind of showcases people’s content rather than them. You get to see people in a different way. It is not a big meet and greet, you are really focusing on content and showing off people’s hard work, and their efforts and you get to see it on the big screen!

The Magazine: Is there someone you are most excited to see at Buffer Festival?

Matthew: I am really excited to see Rhett and Link. I am really pumped to see their screening.

The Magazine: What are your favourite videos to make? 

Matthew: I really like app videos. I like finding fun and goofy little apps to play with and then kind of experimenting with them on camera and having fun with them. I like showing people the fun that they can have with these apps.

The Magazine: Halloween is coming up, what are you planning on dressing up as? 

Matthew: Oh, I found an inflatable unicorn costume that I really want to buy. Basically your legs become the unicorn’s legs. So I am considering that. Maybe? I don’t quite know yet. But, yeah, an inflatable unicorn. 

The Magazine: What advice do you have for our readers who may want to start their own channel?

Matthew: Just do it. Just dive into it. You don’t have to have a plan. You don’t have to know what you want to do. Just start posting stuff and it will come to you.

Thanks Matthew!

Make sure to check out his channel VivaLaWatts yourself, and don’t forget to subscribe.

(Photo Credit: Matthew Watts)

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