Daniel, better known as “RememberTheBeat” or RTB, is a man of many talents. From his one-trick AD Yuumi matches in League of Legends, to his self-proclaimed status as a “filthy weeaboo”, the Aussie YouTuber has risen to new heights over the last few years.
When RememberTheBeat started making YouTube videos over nine years ago, he had no idea how much viewership his videos would attain.
“When I just started YouTube I wasn’t thinking about making it for an audience of a hundred thousand plus — I was just thinking about making it for my friends.” RTB said to Snowball Esports.
Now over four hundred thousand subscribers later, RememberTheBeat has built up his YouTube profile with League of Legends content for all viewers to enjoy. However, he definitely focuses more on the “fun” aspects of League these days.
Continually building his YouTube career throughout his days in high school and university, RTB had a rather unorthodox method of juggling the two.
“I kind of just focus more on YouTube and less on uni. I kind of put in the bare minimum for uni [now].”
Thankfully, his interests in media arts worked in his favour for his university degree.
“For my course I did media arts; it coincided with what I did, so it was really relevant. I was doing video work in both fields, so I applied my video knowledge to my university courses very easily.”
Whilst being a YouTuber is considered rather taboo by the older generations, RememberTheBeat was fortunate to have parents who saw the potential in his work.
“I think while I was blowing up I was also earning more money, so they were like ‘oh s**t okay’, and also I was still studying so I wasn’t doing anything that crazy.”
RTB proved his ability to juggle both sides of his work, and from there, his parents definitely seemed more than happy to let him pursue his passion throughout his high school and university studies.
“I wasn’t doing any crazy leap of faith; I was still going to school, I was still studying for my HSC and still going to uni. YouTube was always on the side, so they saw my YT slowly build up and saw how I was able to make a living out of that.”
Even now towards the end of RTB’s time in tertiary education, his parents thought it only natural he continue doing what he loved.
“When I finally graduated it makes sense for me to keep doing it. They basically said, ‘You’ve tried everything and you’ve always done YouTube on the side and it seems to work out pretty well now so just go for it’.”
Becoming a rather prominent YouTuber in the Oceanic League of Legends scene throughout 2020 and 2021, it was only natural for him to attend big live events like PAX Australia and SMASH after COVID restrictions eased.
On attending live events, he said: “I think I wasn’t too big before COVID. I think my biggest blow-up on my channel was during COVID, so it was exciting to try and do live events now that I’ve grown a more established audience.”
RTB was more than delighted to finally meet people that he’s looked up to in the content creation space.
“For SMASH I really wanted to meet some of the Trash Taste Podcast people, I happened to run into CDAWGVA which was cool.”
“For DreamHack, I was excited to meet a lot of the casters and Ovilee from NA. I also heard I was on Midbeast’s team and I haven’t talked to Midbeast in real life before so I got to [meet] him as well there.”
While attending both events, RTB pointed out the loyalty of his fans from Sydney, and how that impacted his experience at the events.
“I feel that my Sydney audience was a lot stronger than my Melbourne audience. I felt I had a lot more people in Sydney who were a lot more ‘jokeish’ because they knew what I was like. In Melbourne, it was a little more held back so it was quite an interesting experience in both. But yeah, it was good to be out and about just talking and meeting new people in the field.”
RTB extended that same jovial feeling when being recognised out in the streets of Sydney.
“I’m kind of used to (being recognised) now, I feel like my Sydney audience is my strongest. It’s interesting cause it’s where I’m from–it’s where I grew up, but it’s the internet which is so big. So it’s kind of funny that Sydney seems to be my strongest city.”
Daniel shared how being recognised affected him, and how he’s now found himself more than used to the occurrence.
“Before it was a shock, maybe the first few times. But now it’s just whatever I guess.” RTB elaborated further about his thought process behind his experience.
“I see it this way, it’s like when you run into people from your high school and stuff. Let’s say there were a couple of hundred people who knew you in your high school, that’s the same sort of chance. If my audience in Sydney was a couple thousand that know me, that’s a pretty high chance, because you tend to run into people from your high school all the time, right?”
Speaking of real life, RTB tends to spend a lot of his time on one of his other passions when he’s not making content. More specifically, he enjoys football and supports his team when he can.
“I go to football games like soccer, I follow the Western Sydney Wanderers. I’m part of the active group there called the Red and Black Bloc (RBB).”
Funnily enough, RTB explains that his interest in the club spread across into the creation of his alias.
“You might see the similarity in their name and mine, they were formed at the same time around my YouTube channel so that’s why there’s such a heavy influence.”
For RTB, soccer really allows him to become a part of a different sort of community than the one he partakes in online. The large difference between the two helps him relax and switch off while not creating content.
“I enjoy going to watch football games and being involved in that sort of community and doing stuff for the football club as well, because it’s such a change from what I do online. You wouldn’t usually expect League of Legends players to be enjoying soccer games — it allows me to completely switch off of YouTube because it’s so different and there are no similarities at all.”
There was one shortcoming when it comes to playing the game he produces content for, however.
“I can’t play games because if I’m enjoying a game I might as well make it a video — it’s a double-edged sword. If I’m having fun I should make it a video, if I’m not having fun then what’s the point of playing it to relax? So I can’t play video games for fun without making content.”
The future remains uncertain for Daniel, but instead of looking to the future, RTB focuses on the present, and how he can compose and produce the best content possible for his audiences.
“I feel like I go along per day, I just try to make the best videos I can as of now. So I try not to think about what I’ll be making in the future.” he said.
Whether or not RTB continues playing games, one thing remains certain: RTB will continue to make content for everyone around him to enjoy.
“Even if I stop doing YouTube and start doing something else like music videos, which is something I do on the side as well, I’d be happy. As long as I’m creating something and people are enjoying it, no matter the medium I think I’ll always be doing that for the rest of my career.”