SeductiveBaz has been a prolific member of the YouTube Poop community for over four years now. In this interview, Baz will be asked about his various experiences as a pooper, including how he was first introduced to the videos, his biggest influences, along with other matters.
Let's start at the beginning. How did you first learn about YouTube Poop?
God, it feels like such a long time ago now. It was back in the autumn of 2006, and I discovered it in I think the best way I possibly could have discovered these videos, completely by chance and with great confusion. I was just starting to use Youtube for the first time and I did a little nostalgia driven search for that old Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon I used to watch as a kid, when I came across SuperYoshi's and RetroJape's videos. I'm pretty sure the first one I watched was Robotnik on the Toilet by SuperYoshi and I have to admit I didn't really get it at first. Those early poops don't really use conventional jokes, they're more like really weird but hilarious dreams. But when I went through the rest of SuperYoshi's and RetroJape's videos it started to click, they started to seem funnier and funnier and eventually I realised that they were fantastic. But of course this was back before the term Youtube Poop was being commonly used, so I had no idea how to find more of these videos and I just took them as sort of one off novelties until sometime in early 2007.
Early 2007 was when the big boom happened. Lots of new people were trying their hand at making poops and bringing their own unique twists to it. So I guess I became a proper fan of Youtube Poop for a few months, now that it had a proper name and everything, and eventually in April I decided I wanted to give it a go. What followed were some terrible videos, some of them really bad, I mean really bad. What I really wanted to do was make videos in the same vein as those I discovered first, those early surreal WMM poops, but I was pretty terrible at it, and my videos stayed pretty terrible until the Youtube Poop forums came along, which is when I started to evolve my own style. But I'll get to more of that in a minute.
There have been a fair amount of people who credit you with essentially starting up 'rape poops,' where ear rape and distortion effects have a large presence in the video. Would you consider this to be true? To what extent do you think you have been involved in shaping YouTube Poop into what it is now?
I don't agree that I started up rape poops at all. I was one of the first to do it, and my mindset in the latter half of 2007 was often to see how louder and how more frantic I could make my videos, but I was taking a lot of inspiration from JazzDanceForChildren and TangerineImpz. I'd give them credit over me. I'd seen ear rape being used sparingly before in a few people's videos, but JazzDanceForChildren was the first person I saw who was using it for the entire length of a video. I really loved the effect it gave, I think it makes a video have an even bigger impact, and I jumped on using it very quickly. To match that sort of impact in the visual department, my videos became increasingly fast paced; it got to the point where I was really trying to beat the viewer into submission both visually and audibly.
I'm really not sure how much I've influenced the direction Youtube Poop took. I'd be quite happy if I had an impact on these videos, at one point early in my 'career' I really wanted to try and leave a mark, but that motivation ended up being replaced with just wanting to entertain the fans I already gained. I never really gave it much thought again, and that's why I really have no idea now. But I'm curious to know how much I might have influenced poop now, heh.
What mindset do you tend to have when you make a poop? Is it simply for your own entertainment, to incite reactions from others, or something else?
I did grow to enjoy making videos quite a bit, once I got into the swing of it and found my own style and everything, but really my main motivation has always been to get a reaction. You know, I've only ever laughed I think twice when making a video. If it wasn't for other people enjoying my videos I never would have made them for as long as I did. I always tried to move forward with my videos, I was always wanting to try something different, so I didn't get bored and I didn't bore others. I think I failed in that regard, even to the end I found it hard to resist going back to making loud and fast poops, which became a bit like going on autopilot for me. But it was always to entertain. Getting comments from people, especially the poopers whose videos made me want to start this in the first place, was the main joy in all of this for me.
So yeah, for the most part I'd say I made my videos to entertain others, but those others were initially the poopers whose work I admired, and then them and other people who came to enjoy what I was doing. I was never really interested in gaining a mainstream Youtube audience. Confusing and annoying the mainstream audience was always fun though. I actually kind of regret not doing any proper trap videos, now that I think about it.
Who have been some of your biggest influences when it comes to pooping?
Early on it was primarily the 'founding fathers,' SuperYoshi and Tetsuo9999 especially. Their early poops were heavy on slow down effects and repetition, and that's still my favourite style of YouTube Poop. Never fails to make me laugh. That's another regret really, that I never managed to make a video in that style. A little later on, when I joined the forums, I became aware of poopers like TangerineImpz, TyrannosaurausReich, JazzDanceForChildren and Gnomebob. Their suff was fresh and exciting, and I saw them developing their own styles at the same time as myself, so I was seeing this constant stream of new ideas coming out at that time, and it was through watching their videos I started to develop my own fast and loud style. I actually had a sort of secret friendly rivalry mindset in 2007 with them, when making a new video I'd often think things like "let's see if I can make this video louder than Jazz's latest one", stuff like that. They were very inspiring.
Your last poop was uploaded almost two years ago as of this interview. Do you consider yourself 'retired' from making these? Is there a chance you could get back in the swing in the future?
Well, I've come up with two regrets for videos I never made in this interview already, so I guess I've got some unfinished business to take care of. I don't really consider myself retired, more like a lazy bastard who's been wanting to make videos again but just can't find the motivation. It'll happen someday. I'm not happy with the last bunch of videos I made, and I always wanted to go out with a bang. I just don't know when this bang will occur. So yeah, we'll have to wait and see.
Let's talk about YouChew. You have obviously been a significant figure in the community, even reaching to moderator status in the past. What made you attracted to the forum in the first place, and what keeps you coming back?
Ah, good ol' Youchew. What made me attracted to it in the first place are the same things that keep me coming back. It's laid back. It's tight knit, even though it's constantly growing larger and larger. And it's full of clever people with very silly humour.
I actually only joined on a whim originally. I browsed Youtubepoop.com for quite a while before joining; in fact, I actually remember browsing Conrad Slater's own site for new poops before he had even set up Youtubepoop.com, and one day he posted an interview with Stegblob, at one point calling him the only pooper to come from Scotland. So I sent Conrad a jokey email going "oh ho, well I am also a scottish pooper so you should feature me too", and I was just expecting like an automated or a copy pasted reply, but he sent a very nice and polite email back and suggested I sign up to the forums.
I didn't really have any interest originally in the forums; I'm not a very social person at all online, and every other internet community I've browsed I've just been a lurker. But it was a very polite email so I thought I should have a look. And I loved the place right away, even though it was a lot smaller when I first joined. It really brought me out of my shell a bit, made me want to get involved and become a proper part of it, and that really motivated me to make more videos. The latter half of 2007 was my most profilic period I think, and that was due to the forums, making me, to be honest, want to show off a bit and try to impress other poopers, now that I was now in a community with a lot of them and being able to actually get to know them.
Lastly, what words of advice do you have to say to all the poopers out there?
Just try and recognize what it is you want to get out of making videos, whether it's making yourself laugh, making others laugh, confusing random people or trying to attract the opposite sex with your new sentence mixing My Life Me rape poop, and go out there and do it. That's what it's all about, it's all in the doing.
Oh, and keep watching new videos. Now that I think about it, I think that's why I haven't had the motivation to make any new videos for so long; I've stopped watching. Keep watching, get inspired, try and top your own videos. Keep moving. That's what I'm going to try and do anyway.