Today's diary is very special because I'm interviewing Pop Dissected! Pop Dissected is a Youtube channel that does video essays on your favorite pop stars such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Pop Dissected is also growing rapidly, I hope you enjoy this awesome interview!
What inspired you to start your Youtube channel? - I've always had a passion for music. Growing up, I was always seen as the 'odd one out' for the music I was interested in. By creating Pop Dissected, I've been able to proudly share the music and artists I love, and connect with those who feel the same. Has pop music always been your favorite genre? - Yes! It's always been my favorite, and my favorite artists are Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kesha and Avril Lavigne. Such great choices! All of those artists are amazing! Do you have a favorite video that you've done? - I'm proud of all my work! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be "What Went Wrong With Katy Perry's 'Witness'?". Katy is my favorite artist of all time, and I felt during that record cycle she was very much misunderstood by a lot of people. It meant so much to me to express what she was going through, and hopefully inspire empathy and compassion in others. Just because someone is 'famous' and 'wealthy', doesn't mean they don't have trauma or personally struggle.
So True! You've been growing at an amazing rate, what do you think it is about your channel that people are connecting to? - I think people love to hear video essays about THEIR own favorite artists and music! For the same reason I love what I do, I think many others are feeling seen and love to debate and talk about the music that inspires them, or the artists they look up to. The editing in your videos is so good and professional! How did you how to edit? - Thank you! I use an editing software called Adobe Premier, which I was fortunate enough to get for free at the university I attend. Do you try to make your videos opinion-based, purely factual or a mix of both? - A mix of both. When doing video essays, I try my best to be as objective as possible and give the facts about what I'm discussing. I will then add speculation, using key words such as "maybe", "might have" or "could" to indicate what I'm saying are merely potential reasons for the factual evidence I have given. I do have a few videos that are opinion oriented, such as "Which Tracks off of Taylor's Swift's 'Lover' Should Be Singles?" My opinion does slip in every now and then in some videos, but I'm doing my best to indicate when I am giving a personal opinion - so people don't interpret it as me giving a fact.
You do not show your face, or name are you planning on ever doing a face reveal or is that something you want to keep private? - For me, it's not about my name or my face. People close to me know I have this channel, but similar to the artist Sia - I like to keep it about the content. That's not to say people would be disinterested if they knew who was behind the channel, but my focus is the content. I may 'reveal' my face and name when my channel grows to be bigger, but as of now, I just want to focus on the content I am creating. What are your top 3 pop albums of all-time? - My favorite 3 would have to be "PRISM" by Katy Perry, "reputation" by Taylor Swift and "Like A Virgin" by Madonna! Amazing Taste! What advice would you give pop stars in 2019?
- 2019 is coming to a close, and a new decade is upon us. The music industry is always changing. We're in a state were streaming is the way people consume music now. We no longer HAVE to buy music in stores or even on iTunes anymore! With that, everyone has a choice, so it's hard to make people want to specifically be invested in YOU, when options are everywhere. But one thing I can say is, never stop. Always sing, always write and always create. And you don't need 'massive gains' in a professional career to feel validated. Every amount of work you put in counts towards what you want. Make connections, reach out to people and always be your true and authentic self. People can see right through you if you try to copy something or put up a false image of who you are.
When I began Pop Dissected, I never cared if I got the amount of views and subscribers I have now. I worked so hard to put out my content because I loved what I was doing - and it's paid off. If you love what you do - never stop doing it. Always be open to feedback and constructive criticism as well!
Thank you for reading my diary! Hope you're having a great Friday!
You can check out Pop Dissected here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm3Mzjv9yIGnTxMqQldhycg