I have always dreamed about what it would be like to just “hang out” with a YouTube superstar. But like Tom Cruise and Emma Stone, the YouTube culture has gone to such a level that the “normal guys” who once made videos in their bedroom are now a manager, a publicist and an overly protective bodyguard away from splitting a pitcher with me at my neighborhood pub. Discouraging, isn’t it?
So when Chester See not only warmly invited us into his home for our feature interview, but also over homemade cocktails chatted with us about YouTube gossip, relationships and heartbreak long after the NMR shoot was over, it was a slight dream come true. From now on I will fondly look back at this experience as one of my most memorable and favorite interviews of all time.
Chester See is the Ryan Seacrest of the YouTube world: singer-songwriter for his own YouTube channel, founder and contributor of the YOMYOMF network, and an actor both on YouTube and in the traditional media world, Chester has become much more than just the songwriter he originally intended to be. Chester first started his YouTube channel in 2007, and over the past six years has charmed his subscribers with his smoldering good looks and his original love songs. Through the success of his own channel, Chester has gone on to collaborate with some of YouTube’s most successful creators as well as co-found the YOMYOMF Network with fellow YouTubers Ryan Higa and Kevin Wu (KevJumba). Yet with all his fame and heartthrob status — he gets marriage proposals about 49 times a day — Chester has remained a down-to-earth guy who told us over and over again during his interview how grateful he is for the opportunities YouTube has provided him. Seated next to his piano, in the pool house he rents behind a friend’s house, Chester talked with NMR about his dream girl (P.S. she is real), the weirdest piece of fan mail he has ever received and the responsibility he has as a YouTuber to stand up to against offensive comments.
For the full interview video, go to the last page.
What is a typical day like for you?
Chester See: Now a typical day is a lot of meetings, I guess. I am really excited about the space so I’m trying to do a lot of different things in this space beyond my personal channel so behind the scenes I spend a lot of time with our premium channel YOMYOMF. I don’t really have a title other than co-founder; I pretend I am the CMO and I am helping run the marketing strategies but I don’t know what my actual title is but I spend a lot of time with YOMYOMF. I started a production team, it’s for producers — myself, Cash Warren and John Strauss — and between the four of us we’ve been trying to create a bunch of different projects — feature films, TV shows — all of which incorporate the online influence in certain ways. Right now we are in, I guess, pre-production technically a feature film which is really exciting. I’m also currently acting executive producer of a show for Awesomeness TV. Awesomeness TV, I love them and they’re great. I adore Shana and Brian Robbins and Joe Davola; I think what they’re doing in the space is really exciting and I’m just happy to be a part of projects with them. Brian is actually involved with the feature as well, and I don’t know how much I’m actually allowed to say about the feature because I don’t know what stage we’re actually at so maybe I shouldn’t talk about the feature, but “Side Effects” is going to be a really, really fun show. I hate to do this, but it’s not even called “Side Effects.” We’re changing the title but it is one of their temple shows coming out. It’s a musical. Have you seen “Party of Five?”
How old are you?
And that is why. You’ve seen “Party of Five”! [points at camera man] Come on, Lacey Chabert, Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, Matthew … what’s his name? Anyone? Come on! Anyway, Matthew something from “Lost.”
Thank you! So the family is this broken family and what not; it’s a drama, a hour show. I play the oldest brother, Keith — I am sort of the Matthew of the group I guess — and I’m taking care of the family. Our mom died of cancer and our dad said he was going for a drive and never returned. I come back from college to make sure my little — I have two little brothers, two little sisters, twins that are 17 years of age, a 15-year-old little sister and a 13-year-old little brother — and the gimmick of the show, the way we get away with it being a musical is the youngest girl who is going through all of this craziness she is on this medication that has side effects. And the side effects are hallucinations of song and dance so at moments she’ll see things in very “Smash” or “Glee.” We bust into song and it’s all in her head but it is how she is perceiving the moment.
Have you ever been involved in something like this before?
Have I ever taken pills and hallucinated?
So at Coachella … no, I’ve never done a show in a musical format like this, and the director is amazing — his name is Matthew — I can never say his last name so I’m just going to call him “Matthew.” That’s twice I’ve landed on a Matthew! He’s great; he directed “Forget You” for Cee Lo, his music video, he directed “Hey, Soul Sister” — he’s done a lot of great work, and it’s really fun working with a music video director on a show like this because he’s very concerned with the aesthetics of how it’s going to look and how it comes together, and he has a vision — he’s so excited about his vision that you can only trust and be excited too. It’s going to be interesting to see how this thing comes together; should be a really, really great show.
If you could live inside of any musical what would you choose?
I got to be cautious. That like sets me up to say– hold on let me think. I don’t know, the “Book of Mormon”? No, “Wicked”? I don’t know, “Grease”? If I could live in any musical, “High School Musical,” that makes me look way not cool. I don’t think I want to answer that question.
Your answers kind of went downhill quickly.
Everytime! [laughs] I don’t know, I’ve been in a bunch of musicals while I was in college. I played Teen Angel once for “Grease.” [starts singing “Beauty School Dropout”]
We were originally going to ask you to sing all of your answers during the interview.
Absolutely. [starts singing “I’d love to sing your answers”]
You went to UCLA for acting.
Yes, I studied theatre and minored in econ. It worked out well kind of in a weird way for me.
After graduating were you interested in getting involved in television and film, or was YouTube something you set out to pursue?
No, YouTube was never a pursuit. My first video was David Choi holding his laptop and being like, “You got to be on YouTube!” He’s not an old man; I don’t know why I made that voice. But he is holding my laptop, this one take, and we were both working with Warner Chapel at the time — he was actually signed to Warner Chapel as a producer-writer — and I was working with him and we were writing a bunch of songs. And it was just a great way to get your songs out there and get some feedback. I had fallen in love with it, I think. It was a bit of an ego boost when you’re online and you get some comments and good feedback, you’re like, “Awesome, cool.” And that kind of evolved as YouTube evolved. It became more about creating something innovative for the space, and because it became a business, and it has with the ad revenue that you can generate, I think content creators have evolved too. But you have to be careful with how you evolve because I think you have to keep in mind — Freddie Wong brought this up not too long ago — you really don’t want to start focusing your content on views or what you think is going to be the best way to get views or capitalize on a hot moment, like it really still, at the end of the day, has to be content you want to create and you are passionate about creating, and I hope that I’m still doing that. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have to check myself every once in awhile, because behind the scenes I’m like, “How am I going to get that SEO?” or like, “I have to do the next hit thing.” I got to make sure I am still having fun. And I did just recently with Tyler and Tiffany just a couple days ago, we had a blast doing a cover.
Is it a hard balance? Because you do want to set yourself apart on YouTube by hitting on current trends but at the same time you want to build subscribers.
They are and they aren’t. I mean, it’s a tough time for one to break in because it is so oversaturated; there are so many content creators at this point. I would be willing to bet there are more content creators each day than there are new viewers maybe. Every viewer is also a content creator at this point. I think you want to focus your energy and time on creating something amazing. That is a hard question to answer though, because there are so many variables in terms of what is your content? What type of content creator are you? Is it based on your personality? Is it based on your format? Are you a musician? I think it changes depending on what you’re doing, but hopefully your content is something that you stand by and you have created.
Is there any video when you look back that you wonder “Why in the world did I post that?”
Oh, that is half my videos [laughs]. Any video that I can think of right now. I was nervous about putting up this one video because it’s called “A Hard Story To Tell.” The title is “A Hard Story To Tell,” and it is three minutes of me talking about this moment in my life where my wife passed away and I was left with my son, and then at the very end of the story I talk about how I threw my son out the window, and then it cuts to a two shot and you see that I’m on a date, and I’m like, “That’s the one thing I’ve never said on a first date. You go.” And it’s just like a joke, but I set it up so you would think it was me talking and just telling my story. So it got a little bit of a backlash, there was some backlashing. Maybe that is the video I should have thought twice about putting up.
What has been your craziest fan experience?
I don’t have anything really crazy. I had a P.O. box for a while, and I need to reopen that. Somebody just kept sending me old VHS tapes of “Star Trek” and like, with no explanation, not even like, “Hey, you look like one of the characters,” nothing. Like no, just kept getting VHS tapes and envelopes with dirt in them, not even like a lot of it. Like, he went [imitates man scooping up dirt, putting it in envelope and mailing it]. One of the envelopes had Tic Tacs, and that is where I was like, “Now I’m not sure.” Now this is like creepy ‘cause is he hoping I’d cut my finger? So maybe that was the weirdest thing in terms of fan interaction.
Did you watch the VHS tapes?
Absolutely not! [laughs] I don’t have a VHS player. Do you have a VHS player?
That’s true. How long ago was this?
Two or three years ago. It is odd.
You have a huge following that is always interested in your personal life. Is it ever hard–
I love Taryn Southern. Oh, are we not talking about that?
Are you guys dating or have you ever dated?
We dated for a while. We’re still very good friends.
Is it hard to maintain a private life and put up a boundary between what you choose to share on your channel?
Absolutely, and for me I struggle with wanting to be perceived as a mature adult among some of my colleagues on the business end of what I do, and then I still want to be perceived as this young, youthful carefree musician to the viewers, and I think I am both. I legitimately am both of those people, but it’s hard because I think I’m more the reserved, serious person throughout most of my day, and I try to let that be seen for whatever reason.
Have you ever dated a fan?
No, ‘cause I don’t think Taryn is a fan of my stuff. I’m just kidding; I think she likes my stuff. No, I’ve never dated a fan. That would be weird ‘cause you wouldn’t really know what– I don’t know, that feels like it would be weird. I’m open to it. I guess I’d just never know.
Are you dating anyone now?
So what would you look for in a girl?
What do I look for in a girl? It changed after dating Taryn, I will say that much. Taryn is a very, very smart girl. She’s brilliant, and after dating her, I want to date someone as intelligent as she is from here on out. It was very different dating her, so that’s at the top of the list now: I want to be able to have those types of conversations. I’m not looking right now, so I think that’s why I’m struggling answering this. I’m sort of just– I’m not doing anything. I’m just working. I am married to my work right now I guess. That’s lame; how lame do I sound?
The video featured on your channel right now is a song about friend zoning. You told a friend that you liked her and it ended up not working out, and almost every comment underneath is like, “How in the world did this possibly happen?” Why did you decide to feature this video as the first one everyone sees when they open your channel?
Yeah, I don’t know. I need to manage my stuff better, to be honest with you [laughs]. Yeah, that song came from a real place. That was about a girl named Nicky who was a friend of mine — we’re still friends — and I don’t know, I think it’s really relatable. It’s very common to fall for your friend and realize, “Woah, we have such a good thing going. Is this going to ruin it?” And if it’s not reciprocal then that can cause problems, and you start weighing that “Should I even speak up?” kind of thing. I was going through that, so I feel like that is a relatable song for a lot of my fans, at least that is how it comes off. At least that is what it seems like based on reading the comments outside of all the “How did this happen to you?” which is flattering. Ninety percent of my love songs are about how I didn’t get the girl. I think that is when I am most emotionally charged I think is why I write so many love songs. You should hear my latest song; my latest song is about Taryn. I put it out, it is called “Who Am I To Stand In Your Way,” and I just finished getting the produced version back, and I am really, really excited about it. But that song is about when somebody doesn’t necessarily want to be with you but you still want to be with them, but you realize like it really can’t be a one-way street. It’s sort of my job to step aside and let her do her thing.
Do you feel an emotional connection to all of your original songs? Would you be able to write about something that you hadn’t experienced?
Those are usually my better songs, at least I think so. When it is based on something real, I usually crank something out in an hour, and those are typically my favorite songs. When I was doing a lot of co-writing with writers, it is very contrived, and you’re in a room and you’re picking a topic, you guys bouncing around like, “Let’s write about this.” It doesn’t have the same sort of gravitize.
What is the most random thing you’ve ever written about in a song?
Bromance. The new song I’m going out with, it will be out in a month or so. Ryan Higa I am going to have him sing the voices; this music video is going to be nuts. So Ryan Higa is singing the verse, I have been talking to Toby about singing the other verse; hopefully he’ll do it. Wayne Brady is already written, and he’s going to do the bridge, so that’s cool, right? The track is called “Whistle While I Work,” and I co-wrote it with Jason Evigan who, just co-wrote and produced Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” so it’s got a really, really great production behind it. The song is like the anthem for the guy who goes to the club who is not actually poppin’ bottles. So like, the lyrics are “a few drinks at the house got to get things started because I can’t afford the club drinks that they’re pouring. Valet is 20 bucks so I’ll find me a meter, it’s five blocks away but the parkings cheaper.” It’s that guy who goes to the club. The hook is “I know somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody who knows,” and it goes six times. So in our last meeting we had this brilliant idea: like what if after we keep saying, “I know somebody, who knows somebody,” we end on Kevin Bacon? I kid you not, there are calls being made to see if Kevin Bacon will show up for 30 minutes and just randomly be in spots for the music video. There are going to be three versions, at least three versions, on Ryan’s channel, my channel and YOMYOMF network. It would be really really amazing if he– ‘cause the director was like, “You know what we could do? We could put him in a bathtub and give him a falcon and just set random situations,” so I don’t know. That might be my most random song coming up.
Do you enjoy going out to clubs?
No [laughs]. Not anymore, ‘cause it’s just so loud! I sound lame again.
Do you know how old you sound right now?
I sound lame again [laughs]. But it’s like, it’s so loud, so crowded and sweaty and hot, and it’s fun for a second and then 20 minutes into being at the club, I’m like, “[yells] This is great! You guys want to go eat?” I don’t understand why it is so much fun for people; it’s ridiculous in those clubs.
Did you used to like them? Would you dance at them if you went?
Yeah, but I think it was when I was in college it was more like you were very inebriated and it wasn’t about conversation. I don’t know, I was in a different mindset back then. Maybe I’m just lame now. [sighs] I’m so lame now. Somehow I went from Natty Light to wine; that is when you’ve known you’ve grown up.
So when you’re going out, what would be your drink of choice?
Manhattan. I love Manhattans. Maker’s Mark neat and a lot of bars make them with– can I change my answer? I have fallen in love with any cocktail that involved serrano peppers. It’s like the newest, coolest, hippest thing. Go to a nice restaurant, or even jalapenos vodka cocktail with a little [makes clicking noise with mouth] — that was the worst click-click noise [makes noise again] boom, that was better. That pepper just turns it into heaven in a glass, it’s amazing. After this we should all go get cocktails.
Done and done. What would be your dream Friday night?
You know what’s funny? I just tweeted something about this the other day. I haven’t really enjoyed my Friday nights, Saturday nights, because they all kind of blend together now based on work that I do, so I don’t know anymore. I think here is the perfect Friday night is I’m married, I have a kid and we’re going to go see a Disney movie, and I don’t know where I’m going with this, but my point is that that would be way more fun if I was already married and had a kid. I want to be married and have a kid, and a garage.
In that order?
No, I think garage, kid, married, and I’ll have to explain why it is that order to my parents later. I kid. I say it all the time: I’d love to settle down — I’m into that. I think part of it is all my friends have kids ‘cause I come from Northern California in a smaller town. No one has kids out here! If you in L.A. you’re 40, and you’re like, “Wait, I’m supposed to think about settling down?” I feel like it would change things for the better — that sounds horrible. I don’t want a kid just to change things. I see my friends who have kids, and it just seems like it gives their life; it is a different purpose there. I want that. That sounds nice.
Fans are going to be sending you more than dirt now. What have you learned along the way from your first YouTube video to your most recent?
Don’t pay attention to the negative comments. I don’t know what I’ve learned specifically from being on YouTube and the first video. I’ve learned how to work DSLR; that’s kind of helpful. I can work my way around Final Cut a little bit now. I like to think that I’ve– a couple things, and I don’t want to quote Spiderman, but you do have a responsibility when you become influential. And for me, one of the most moving, I used to get a lot of messages — I still do, but it’s hard to read all the messages now. But I used to read all the messages, and I still read a lot of them, but I used to read every single message when we first started in 2006, 2007, 2008, and a lot of those messages were just people venting, literally. I became their friend, and they were like, “Hey, my mom has cancer, and blah, blah, blah, this is my day.” Not even asking for advice, just being like, “This is what is happening in my life” in the messages. That’s it. And I did get a lot of people saying, “Thank you for your music. Your music has helped me through this time,” and sometimes it puts things in perspective, like how well we have it off. I say “we,” just because being alive, living in the States and the opportunities we have, already I feel like I’m a lucky person and these kids all around the world going through their hardships and some serious hardships. It made me realize that everybody is going through something. Everyone is dealing with their stuff and life can be hard for everyone, so I actually went through a stage, I was writing a lot of songs about that, about how we’re all going through stuff — we will get through it, that was the overall theme. So I try to keep that in mind, remind myself how lucky I am to be where I am right now.
Do you think fans feel that personal connection with you because of the structure of YouTube or do you think there are other reasons?
Absolutely. When you follow a mainstream artist, you’re following them as this perception of them, and it is not nearly as real and you only see them in that light. They’re on a pedestal, so to speak, and they’re a little untouchable, whereas an online artist, you constantly see them in their real environment. And because of the vlogging and talking directly to the camera and the commenting, you really get to interact with that person, you feel like you get to know them. I feel the same way by the way; I’ve done it myself. I’ve walked up to a YouTube star and been — I did this to Julian Smith; I love Julian Smith’s work — and about a year and a half ago I was at Whole Foods and I saw him and I was like, “Julian!” [laughs] Literally, as if we’re friends, “Julian!” and instantly realized I don’t know this guy — I’ve only watched his videos. And he was like, “Hey,” and I was like “You … I … love your videos! I see your videos!” and I was stuttering trying to explain myself, and he was like, “Oh thanks.” And I was like, “I YouTube” — I was literally stuttering; I was like fangirling. “I YouTube too” [laughs]. And then he introduced me to his wife and it was really kind and nice, and I walked away being like, “I am literally fangirling over a YouTuber right now,” and I thought I knew him when I saw him. I get it, I relate.
Who are you fangirling over right now?
Who do I fangirl over right now? I still have a crush on Tom Cruise. Is that weird? A man crush on Tom Cruise.
Right? We gave him such a hard time in mid-2000s or whatever you call those, that era, and I get it, but I just love his work and I’m always excited about the next thing. “Oblivion,” are you going to see “Oblivion”? Oh, speaking of movies — and don’t be mad at my ADHD here — Gerald Butler in “Olympus Has Fallen” might be the best action movie I’ve seen since, I don’t know, the ‘90s. I loved it. It’s “Die Hard” meets the White House. I guess I am fangirling over Tom Cruise still. Still a big fan of of the Tom.
You talked about it earlier with us, but when do you think a creator needs to address negative comments on their videos, and when have you personally done that?
You know the answer; that’s loaded. I think that there are certain negative comments you should stand up and speak out to, and I just did this before you guys got here. There was a comment that said, “There are a million things wrong with being gay,” which that is not a message I would want anywhere, and I wouldn’t want someone to see that. I just don’t want to be associated with that in any way. I responded back with a “You should probably unsubscribe and find someone else to watch. Take care, buddy.” I think things like that, we are so cautious of what we say and we’re trying to be politically correct, but if you actually do stand for something and you actually do believe in something I think it is your responsibility to speak up. I feel like you’re not being true to yourself if you don’t speak up. If you actually truly believe in something and you’re not using this amazing opportunity that you have because you are an influencer online — you have access to these eyes and ears — and you’re not going to take that moment to help convey your message, I think you’re dropping the ball. So when it comes to things like that you should speak up but the nonsense stuff like, “Wow, you suck. My ears are bleeding,” whatever, you got to just ignore that kind of stuff. And I do know YouTube — I don’t know how many NDAs I’ve signed — YouTube is on top of the commenting thing, by the way, they are helping out. They’ve got some things in the works I believe, so I hear.
You’re involved in so many different roles on YouTube — writing, producing, acting, creating — where do you see the future of this space moving towards?
I have this conversation a lot about where the future of YouTube is going and what it could potentially be. I think that right now we tend to look at YouTube as a stepping stone to something else still. It is a place of awareness for a lot of people and the word “legitimacy” is not really attached to a lot of the online influencers just yet, although it should be. I think the biggest issue is that we don’t get the same sort of marketing power, and marketing is everything. I mean you look at the shows in the traditional world and whether or not you’ve seen “Mad Men,” you know what “Mad Men” is. I’ve never seen “Mad Men” but I know what it is. Why? Because they spend millions and millions of dollars on marketing money. There are billboards and posters and articles and it’s talked about, and that in itself creates a brand that is worth something; they pay for higher quality brand just by marketing it. And it’s so oversaturated online, there is so much content being created, and there is some great stuff but nothing is getting the same kind of support; there is no spotlight on something. I don’t want to use “House of Cards” as an example, but unfortunately it is the only really big example out there right now, but “House of Cards,” everyone is talking about “House of Cards.” It is a brand in itself even if you haven’t seen it. It is worth something to you but they spend a ton of money on that show and they put the right traditional marketing behind that show. It’s that sort of money that we need before we are going to see some really … the economics make sense online first. I think right now the reason everyone is so concerned with treating the internet — at least for the better quality, high content stuff — like an IP where you can take it and sell it upstream, that’s still a big strategy and people can put stuff online for this low budget because that is where the real revenue is going to be. Economics don’t make sense online when you try to create something on a bigger budget and you’re trying to make your money back on the ad revenue, ‘cause it is just not there. It is just not there yet. And until we actually create the right perception of what we’re doing online so the brands can see, okay, this is not user-generated content that you can’t trust — this is high-quality stuff, it’s consistent, it’s similar to what we’re used to paying for in the traditional world — when that happens I think we’ll see some of those rates go up, and we’ll be able to make sense of what is going online for creating content and making money for the ad revenue right there.
Do you see that happening in the near future?
I do. I also think people are going to be very smart about how they create revenue too. There is a ancillary revenue that you can create from the content right online. I think people are trying to tackle this, and e-commerce being a part of content, brand-integrated content, is another way people are finding– it’s another way to monetize the content that you create. Hopefully, it is done well and it’s not just an advertisement but it is good adver-tainment. I do see it happening, but again we need some real success stories online. If I were YouTube, I would probably pick a few YouTubers and really — content creators and projects that are online — and really market the hell out of those and see what happens, ‘cause I’d be curious to see how quickly a Daily Grace becomes a household name if we support her like a traditional star.
To use Grace Helbig’s exact words: Do you think traditional media and social media will fight to the death or have sex with each other?
Oh no, they’re totally sexing it up, because right now they are very dependent of each other, and I think we’re going to see a lot of content that bridges the gap before we see the online world take over. Not to mention the networks, I mean they have so much money it’s not hard for them to swallow up some of these online distributors before it gets out of hand. They’ve got their eye on it for sure. I think you can say it’s safe to assume that 36 million that Warner put into Maker, I just view that as an insurance check. It’s like just in case you guys are really making some big moves here, we want to own a piece of it. I don’t think the TV or network world is scared of the online world and fighting, taking over. There is going to be some synergy going on. I use the word “synergy” — I hate when people use the word “synergy.”
What are your long-term plans? Do you see the internet as a stepping stone for you or a permanent home?
I don’t want to think of it as a stepping stone. I want to be the poster child that says, “Hey look, we’ve got it right here online. We make sense of this, and the brand should feel the same.” I mean the other thing that is very confusing to me is that the network world they work off the Nielsen system, which is, I mean how much information are they really getting from the Nielsen system, and how many times do you watch a TV show and they keep trying to sell me tampons and I don’t want any tampons? I don’t think it’s smart advertising. When you have someone’s IP address and you have access to what they’re searching, you can fine-tune those ads and really raise the conversion of viewer to consumer. That is a better place to sell. Why are the rates so far off?
Chester, what shows are you watching that are linking you to tampons?
Don’t worry about my tampon commercial shows. I like my shows [laughs]. Actually, I’m just kidding. I don’t even watch TV anymore; that’s the truth. I just remember when you’re watching a TV show, how often more than 50 percent of the commercials don’t even apply to you? So what do I care? And by the way, I’m all for the ad world knowing more about me, because at the end of the day, if I am in the market for a car, show me some friggin’ car ads. If I’m in the market for some suits, show me some suit ads, like I like to see those ads. Now I’m actually interested in your frickin’ ad, but when you’re showing me something that has nothing to do with what I want I can’t wait to hit skip in five seconds.
What are your future projects coming up?
The feature which I can’t talk about. The musical for “Side Effects.” I am starting a new show right now; we’re getting it ramped up. “Internet Icon” is about to be released on YOMYOMF but I’m creating a show called “King of the Cover” that we will be releasing on YOMYOMF that will be a lot of fun. There is another feature that I’m looking to get into that is a found-footage love story based on real things, which is really I think, it has never been done, so I’m excited about that one. N.A.B.B. which is Not Another Boy Band that consists of me, Tyler, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui and Dave Days; we’re looking to create some sort of show online, so that is in the works right now as well. I am doing a series also where I’m going to be doing a series of music videos for my channel, for YOMYOMF, so a lot of behind the scenes of the making of and how I came to write those songs will be on YOMYOMF. And music videos will survive on my channel, and that is going to get exciting because I’ve never put an album together, so this will actually be my debut album which is crazy. I put out singles for seven to eight years; I think it is time I should have an album. The album will be called “Chester Makes Love … Songs” so it will be 10 or 12 love songs that I’ve written.
Why have you never come out with an album before this?
I don’t know. I think I was always really anxious to put songs out and I never waited to get 10 [laughs]. I think that is actually the answer. The answer is I’d have two songs and I was like, “I have to get these out! Get them out there right away!” So now I feel like it would be nice to actually have an album because everyone is always like, “Where is your album? You should have an album.” Lumping them all together might be a good strategy to get them to buy other songs, though I’m not trying to get you guys to buy anything — I shouldn’t have said it that way.
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