Q1: Where did you come up with the name “Peepeebumbumman?”
A1: Whelp I wish there was a better story around it but, during highschool I needed a name for something. I believe snapchat, but it could have been earlier. I can’t remember if I came up with it from scratch or heard someone say something similar, but regardless, I used it for that and so many things going forward. It was funny to me and that’s all that mattered at the time. I’ve worried about how unprofessional it sounds at times, like if I were to ever make it big, but people still tell me to this day that it makes them laugh, and that’s all that matters to me.
Q2: How long have you been streaming for?
A2: First stream ever was September 24th, but I didn’t really put my best foot forward until this past month. Honestly, I was watching your streams and seeing the amount of effort and passion you were putting into it, inspired me to do the same. Always enjoyed streaming but gave me the notion that I could put more effort into it, and I’ve been trying to run with it since!
Q3: What prompted you to start streaming?
A3: I’ve always been into making media of some type or another, ever since my early youtube days. I remember, I spent the night at one of my buddies’ houses around 2005. A game had just come out, Condemned: Criminal Origins for the Xbox 360. We played it that night, but didn’t have time to beat the game. At the time, we couldn’t afford a 360, but I wanted to see how the game ended. So I went home and youtubed the game, and found this channel, Piece of Pie software, had a whole playthrough of the game. It all took off there. Guy was hilarious to me at the time, and I just started to eat up Youtube content. Ever since then, I wanted to make people laugh just like all those people on youtube, and eventually twitch, did. Made probably 3 youtube channels in my days. Silly skits, gaming videos, and most recently a channel talking about profession League of Legends that I stopped doing about 3-4 years back. I’ve always wanted to make people laugh. I’ve had bad days/weeks/months where the only comfort would be someone’s next youtube video, or stream they had that day. I want to provide that for other people. I think there was always something in myself that stopped me once I got started, so this time I want to give it my all.
Q4: What has been the most enjoyable part of streaming for you so far?
A4: Making people laugh, I know it sounds like a simple answer but it’s what keeps me going. I try to think of new ways I can add changes to my stream to help facilitate that, make a better viewing experience. Anything to make the viewing experience more enjoyable for the people who are kind enough to share a bit of their day with me.
Q5: What has been the biggest challenge in your streaming career so far?
A5: Well, I think everyone tries to remain positive. I think most people who stream probably have a similar philosophy. Just enjoy streaming and try not to pay attention to the numbers. I believe in that as well, if it weren’t for that I wouldn’t be streaming. However, I think we’re all human. As much as I don’t like it in myself, some days it’s hard to see your numbers going down instead of up. You think, man I put even more effort into today’s stream but my viewers went down, etc. Sometimes it’s too easy to focus on the negatives, let the numbers of today’s stream dictate your feelings towards streaming. It’s times like that where I try and look at the bigger picture. First 4 months my average viewer was less than 1, so just take a step back and think of how far you come, how much fun you’re having! Some days though, it’s not as easy. Feel like it’s the biggest thing to overcome, but we’re all human.
Q6: What has been your favorite on screen memory so far?
A6: Oh man, it’d have to be my 24 hour stream. The amount of support and love I got then, was just insane. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever do one again, definitely takes a lot out of you. But the support and love I got during that stream, blew me away. So many people woke up early to see me finish from 8 to 9 AM and I think that was my favorite portion. Had some amazingly fantastic people stay up with me the whole stream, which was amazing for me, never expected that. Also glad I had my buddy GeneralGuide( look him up on twitch, fantastic streamer and even better friend) to help me carry out that last hour, would have fell asleep if not for him.
Q7: What is one goal that you would like to accomplish in the next year?
A7: I actually wrote down some goals a week or two ago. I think it’s important so you can see how you’re doing. The following things I wrote down were;
Average 30 viewers per stream.
10000 unique views.
Funnily enough, I already hit one of those goals being 100 subs. But this is my first month being affiliate. A lot of generous people came out to show support, which I don’t think I can ever show appreciation enough for. But I think it’ll be hard to maintain that many levels of subs if that makes sense. The novelty of being an affiliate will wear off, so if I can still have that many subs by the end of 2021, it’ll show that I’m consistently able to deliver an enjoyable experience, and it wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
Q8: What is one piece of advice that you would give to a small streamer who is just breaking into the business?
A8: I know I got into earlier about how hard it is to do this, so believe me I know it isn’t always easy. However, you have to love doing this. There will be days where no one comes to your stream. There will be days where you have the best stream ever, just try to not let one day dictate your feelings on streaming.
Also, get used to streaming to no one. You won’t start out with viewers. Like I said, the first 4 months of my streaming, I streamed to an average of less than one person. So most of the time, no one was there. What I did was, I turned the viewer counter off and pretended that I’m streaming to people. That way when people do show up, it’ll be like nothing changed. If someone comes in your stream and you’re not talking at all because no one is there, they probably won’t stay. Now maybe you don’t need to do this for four months like I did, but maybe even a bit. I think it did me a lot of good.
Q9: What is one reason someone should watch Peepeebumbumman on Twitch?
A9: Oh man, I have to sell myself here, though I think other people do a better job of selling me than I do myself. Well, I love video games and I love to entertain. I think my stream has a very healthy mix of humor, high quality gameplay, entertainment, and low quality gameplay. Some games I’m awful at, some games I’m very good at. Regardless of my skill level, I think I always bring humor and entertainment. And plus, if you watch me, you can redeem channel points to make me do 10 pushups. So even if you hate your experience there, you can get some joy from that!
Q10: Where are you from?
A10: I’m from central New York. Most people haven’t heard of the town I’m from, but the closest town you may have heard of is Syracuse. I’m currently living in the DC metro area!
Q11: Besides playing video games, what do you like to do in your free time?
A11: Honestly,I feel like that’s my favorite thing to do so it’s hard to catch me doing something else. I’m a big sports fan, I watch football, hockey and soccer. I watch WWE, lost interest in it for a while but recently got back into it, even got my fiancee to watch as well (no idea how I swung that). I’m an introvert but if you get me in a room with close friends of mine, I can be the life of the party, so pre-quarantine I used to love hanging around my friends, miss that very much. But most days are work, eat dinner and watch whatever show me and my fiancee are currently binging, and then stream.
Q12: What is your favorite food?
A12: It’s so hard to choose between pizza and wings or burgers and fries. I think that the pizza is so bad around DC that I’ll have to opt for burgers and fries. Just something right about that combination.
Q13: What is your all-time favorite video game?
A13: Now this is a hard one, there are so many things I could choose, all for different reasons. Final Fantasy 8 for being the first game to spurn my love for gaming. Pokemon Yellow for being the first game I ever beat. Call of Duty 4 introduced me to a lot of people in my school who I was too shy to talk to in real life, and they ended up being some of my closest friends to this day. League of Legends for also having me meet some of my closest friends that I never would have otherwise, and showing me eSports which I still love to this day. Witcher 3, introduced me to the whole witcher series as a whole. Loved the game so much that I read all the books and played the previous games. At the end of the day, I’d have to say World of Warcraft. Been playing that game since 2004 or 2005, and still play it to this day. Met so many people through that, my most played game ever by far. I remember how taken aback I was the first time I ever went to Ironforge. I got lost in WoW, have so many good memories in that game that I just can’t choose any other game.
Q14: What is your all-time favorite movie?
A14: This would have to be Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I’m not the biggest movie buff. Don’t get me wrong, I love movies but this answer is more tied to the good memories I have with my friends watching the movie, rather than the movie itself. Still a fantastic movie.
Q15: What kind of music are you most likely to be listening to on any given day?
A15: Ever since they put Tool on Spotify two years back, it’s been by far my most listened to band. I always get into spurts of listening to one band in specific but this has probably been my longest spurt. But I’ve done similar ones with System of a Down, Radiohead, Kendric Lamar, Radical Face, Jonathan Coulton. Right now however, it’s all Tool.
Q16: Besides streaming, what would be a dream career for you?
A16: If we can include Youtube, then for sure that, a Youtube gaming channel. I think twitch fits more what I want to do currently, but Youtube was always a dream of mine for so long. They both fit the niche of wanting to entertain people while playing video games, the two things I love.
Q17: What would be the ideal vacation for you?
A17: Large cabin in the woods, all the people I care about most are there. Board games, large TV for gaming or watching movies, KanJam, bean bag toss, some drinks. Just everyone there, enjoying everyone’s company. Maybe near a beach instead of a cabin in the woods. Either could work and I know Katie loves the beach.
Q18: If you were to strike it rich, what would be the first thing you would buy?
Q18: Doesn’t sound very fun but pay off Katie’s and my student loans. Been a weight we’ll have to shoulder for a long time so getting rid of that would give us some room to breathe.
Q19: Is there anyone you would like to give a shoutout to for supporting you throughout this experience? If so, who?
A19: First of all, there are so many people I’d love to thank, that it’d be hard to list them all. It in no way discredits what they’ve done for me, this Q and A would just never end. However, all those people who are always in the stream, gifting subs, having a great time with me, just know I appreciate you all more than words can express. So many close friends and avaid viewers, I wouldn’t be streaming if it wasn’t for you.
For specific shoutouts, I’d probably have 3 so I can keep it brief.
First of all, the man himself, sALvation767. Like I said, I’ve been streaming prior to learning about your stream. But seeing the love, the hard work, the dedication you put towards your stream really. You really inspired me to put my best foot forward. I said earlier about how I always wanted to do something like this, but I’d usually do it for a month and then quit. You really inspired me to push forward and keep going. That along with all the shoutouts my man, I can’t thank you enough.
Next one would be Brett. Remember how I said I averaged less than one viewer a month. Well whenever he could be, he was always there. So many of my friends are kind enough to spend their time in my stream and I can’t thank them enough for that. Brett was one that was there from day 1 and still here. There was probably a span of more than a month that Brett was the only one talking in my chat, and I can never put into words how much I appreciate it.
Lastly, Katie. She has been so supportive of me doing this. I know it isn’t easy for her to share me with my stream, especially when Fast and Furious is on and she’d rather me just watch that with her instead of streaming. But she knows how much this means to me and has been the most supportive partner ever, I can’t thank her enough for that. Truly means the world to me.
Q20: What is the next big step for Peepeebumbumman?
A20: Next big step, I guess it all matters what you think of that meaning. I could say partner, although that might be too big a step for me. I’m thinking 1000 followers is the goal I really want to hit next. Was at around 25 a month ago, and now we’re sitting at about 220. I know I’m a long ways away but I think that hitting that number would be a good indication that I’m on the way to accomplishing the goal I’ve had for many years now. A month ago, at 25 followers, never would have imagined being this far. I want to say that same thing a year from now.
Q21: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the readers?
A21: Thank you for taking the time to read this, felt like I wrote a short novel, so if you made it this far, I think you deserve some sort of medal! I want to thank everyone who has ever supported me, and appreciate you all for checking out my content. I want to continue bringing you all joy so stay tuned, even more things to come for Peepeebumbumman!