I am very excited to present an interview with one of my favorite ASMR content creators, Relaxing ASMR! Recently I wrote a post where I discussed my interests with ASMR and then had the opportunity to interview another talented ASMRtist, Emma WhispersRed ASMR. You can imagine my excitement when I received a reply from Relaxing ASMR who graciously agreed to also do an interview. I stayed consistent with the questions to help maintain the theme of the interviews while also providing the opportunity to see the different thoughts and perspectives of such talented content creators. Below is a transcript of our interview:
Mark: When did you first experience ASMR?
Relaxing ASMR: Hi Mark, thanks for this opportunity to talk about ASMR. Like most people that experience ASMR, my earliest memories of it are from childhood. One of my dad’s pastimes during the cold, snowy winters was making his own fishing lures, particularly the type known as jigs. I used to sit on a stool at his workbench and watch as he melted the lead and poured it into the molds. After the jig heads were cast, it was time to paint them, which many times I was allowed to participate in. Once the paint was dry, I would watch as he took colorful, fluffy, feathery materials and tied them to the jig. Sometimes he talked to me gently as he made these lures, and sometimes we both remained as silent as the snow falling outside the window, the only sound being the clinking and clacking of his jig-making tools.
Mark: What made you decide to create a YouTube channel devoted to ASMR?
Relaxing ASMR: Maybe it’s because of my childhood jig-tying memories, that I enjoy watching people sitting at a table, doing things that require mental focus, especially drawing and painting. Years ago, I used to watch Bob Ross paint his pictures every week on TV, but thanks to YouTube, I discovered a whole slew of art videos that gave me that same calming, relaxed feeling. Yanghaiying is probably the first video creator that I ever subscribed to on YouTube. At the time, ASMR wasn’t a term I was familiar with and I’m not even sure if Yanghaiying realized that many of her painting videos contained elements of this perceptual phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response, but what I do know is that thanks to YouTube, I no longer had to stumble upon ASMR inducing situations by chance.
Like many people, I used to listen to ASMR videos at bedtime using my smart phone, but, after my wife presented me with a new iPhone for Christmas 2011, I became amazed with the quality of its camera. So, on the day after Christmas, I created a simple drawing of a truck, and uploaded it to a new YouTube account, and that video is still there to this day. It was fun, so I made another video, then another, and a new hobby was born.
Mark: What is the most common request that you get from viewers?
Relaxing ASMR: That could be a tough question to answer because it seems like my subscribers, which by the way are the best on YouTube, seem to have such varying taste, but if I had to say, I guess it would be requests for more aquarium and baseball card videos.
Mark: Who are some of your favorite ASMRtists? Do you ever have contact with them or any other ASMRtists?
Relaxing ASMR: I liken ASMR channels in much the same way I do music, meaning that I have never been 100% all-in to every song created by any particular artist. Years ago, before the internet and downloadable music, we had to purchase an expensive album or CD just so we could enjoy seven out of fourteen songs. Thankfully, those days are gone and now we can buy our music à la carte. There are many ASMR channels that I frequent just for one out of perhaps a hundred videos, but if I had to name a couple of channels that have the greatest appeal to me, it would be DonnaASMR and ASMRrequest. I find the majority of Donna’s and Ally’s content to be quite agreeable to my taste. Of course I could name others that I enjoy but the list would double the length of this interview. As for contact with other ASMR content creators, no, not really. Once in a while I may ask a fellow content creator a question about YouTube or a technical question concerning video or audio, but that is about the extent of it.
Mark: Where do you see the world of ASMR going? Where would you like to see it go?
Relaxing ASMR: I can only speculate, but I imagine that ASMR will continue to slowly gain widespread public acknowledgement. Some people will tout ASMR as new and exciting, but just because we now have a fancy name for this age old “feeling”, there is no reason to think that ASMR hasn’t existed in a portion of the population since the days of cavemen. Thanks to the ASMR community on YouTube though, I imagine that more and more non-ASMR people are discovering through media reports, that there are people in the world, perhaps people even close to them, that experience ASMR; but, awareness is only just that…awareness. My hope is that, such awareness will result in recognition that ASMR videos can and often do offer health benefits, and this might result in ASMR videos being widely prescribed as some sort of holistic therapy. If the holistic angle takes hold and becomes common place, enter the large-scale commercialization of ASMR using over the top hype and mass marketing techniques, and I’m not sure how I’d feel about that aspect of ASMR’s newly found mainstream popularity. Can you imagine seeing TV infomercials for ASMR video sets and ASMR audio sets, promising more restful sleep, better moods, less depression, and a greater ability to focus, all for just three easy payments of $19.95? What about “The ASMR Channel” on your cable or satellite service? It’s an age-old truth that anything trending will be aggressively marketed. Only time will tell.
Mark: What’s the best way for our readers to stay up to date with your work and follow your ASMR activities?
I’d like to send a HUGE Thank You to Relaxing ASMR for his time and for such thoughtful answers to my questions. I truly enjoyed reading his perspective on the world of ASMR and learning about his experience in creating such great content. Also, for those of you who haven’t visited his channel yet, I highly recommend stopping by; you’ll be there, relaxing for a while. Finally, I know that he has been approached by much larger organizations than my blog for thoughts and comments, and the fact that he chose to share them here is an absolute honor!