Hailing from the small German city of Erlangen, Flula Borg has baffled and delighted audiences with YouTube videos about his misunderstandings of idioms like “party pooper” and “shooting fish in a barrel” as well as his do-it-yourself, off-the-cuff beats featuring what he calls “real sounds.”
Flula’s first taste of YouTube fame came in 2006 when he was featured in a Current TV mini-documentary on designated drivers in Los Angeles. Flula’s drunk non-sequiturs and his eccentric behavior towards his designated driver was viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.
Flula’s YouTube channel, which he launched back in 2007, is a smorgasbord of videos that includes eccentric covers of hit songs like Flo Rida’s “Whistle” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” his admiration for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Maverick and his curiosity and frustration with life in the United States, especially when it comes to the language. When he’s not filming himself performing or talking about the English language, Flula’s had time to write two novels — both of them completed in less than a day.
In his cramped, rented studio filled with electronic music equipment, Flula opened up to NMR about his frustrations with English-language idioms, why Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest NBA player ever and how he managed to write two novels in less than a day.
Check out the full interview below or visit the last page for the partial video interview.
It took you 15 hours to write your first novel.
How did you think of such an idea like “The Travelings of Rindle Dindle The Magic Dance Pony”?
I just decided in November all the writers, they have a thing like “Hey it’s November, let’s write a novel in a month.” And then I said, “No, I’m going to write it in just some hours.” So I just did waken up, 7 a.m., you know, turn on my computer, eat some almonds, bang, bang, bang.
And you just thought about it and just wrote it? How long did it take you to get it published?
That was three hours.
In three hours?
Yeah, yeah, I finished the novel and then I said, “Hey publisher place, shall we publish it?” And they said, “Yes,” and so I did do it, I have made it. I did not spell check it as it is too much time for me to spelling check, and I think people are okay with it, I hope. Sorry if … it’s in the title so …
Of course. And you also wrote a second book?
Yeah, “Timsy the Adventure Squirrel”; this is a choose your own adventure novel. I did write it in eight hours, and I did have some help of people that was like — I was live streaming it, you know, and people would say, “Hey! Perhaps his friend is a giant bear with chainsaw arms.” And so I said, “Yes,” and he is now in the story also.
So I take it your third novel will take four hours to write?
If you go massive, yes. So in five years I shall write just like a — zip! Then publish it.