heya, I'm RichaadEB - I make metal covers of video game music for a living. AMA!
hiya reddit, my name is rich aka RichaadEB and I make silly metal covers of video game music on youtube for a living. You can find my channel and stuff here if you're curious:
k so story time: about a year ago I quit my full time job as a Network Admin and moved to San Diego with two YouTube musicians, FamilyJules and Jonathan Young without much of a plan to sustain myself. Luckily, right in the process of moving, my little channel of about 5000 subscribers garnered considerable attention mostly due to a string of covers of music from a game called Undertale.
My buddy Ace Waters and I both saw mild success on YouTube and asked the developer of the game (toby fox) if they'd be alright with us selling our covers in the form of an album called Determination. Not only was this idea accepted, but the dev also had the idea of making the album officially sanctioned merchandise. The album was on the #1 spot on all of bandcamp for about 2 months straight and since then I've just been making covers full time for YouTube for a living.
I've also contributed music to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Into the Stars under the direction of composer Jack Wall (who I met because I covered one of his tracks from Mass Effect 2), had music appear in the fan game Hyper Dragon Ball Z, Assisted with the production of music for Crypt of the NecroDancer with my roommate FamilyJules, Contributed music to 4 charity albums, collaborated with tons of awesome people from all over the world, given talks at various conventions about my job, and have amassed over 125k subscribers and about 30 million views on YouTube.
My life has completely changed it's course in a matter of a year due to a silly project that started purely as a hobby, and I still have a difficult time coming to terms with that kinda
EDIT: I'm still answering literally every question (or at least replying to them) but am gonna take a break for a tiny bit so I can catch up on some recording - I'll be back in a little while, so keep asking questions and I'll get around to you when I return! Thanks for the super positive response, guys! <3
EDIT 2: Back now, gonna be here a bit longer then I gotta dip
EDIT 3: alright kids, I've been answering questions all damn day and I have a 3 hour drive to make ahead of me so I'm calling it here. Thanks so much for an awesome AMA everyone!! I hope it's been at least slightly entertaining for all the readers curious about my silly career! Feel free to continue dropping questions if you want, I might swing back and answer them over the next few days. Later!