SuperBam: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Let’s start with the basics: Why did you start making videos?
Danny Casale: I’ve been making videos for as long as I can remember. I discovered YouTube when I was 11 years old, which is when I was first exposed to the possibility of having an audience watch my videos. Until then, I would make home movies, burn them to DVDs, and show them to my friends and family.
The home movies sound amazing! What was on them?
Oh man… a lot of ketchup used as fake blood. It smelled so bad! My mom would get mad at me for wasting ketchup in these unnecessarily gory action-horror movies. The cast would either be my younger siblings, one of which was a newborn at the time, my friends, who innocently thought they were coming over for a playdate, or both. Even back then, I would always make use of the resources I had. One time a tree in our backyard fell, and the next day I was telling my brothers and sister to crawl under the branches to make a disaster-film. Good times!
What’s the most interesting thing about you that nobody knows?
I can totally touch my nose with my tongue! I was saving that for when I’m on a late-night talk show one day… but I’ll give it to you, SuperBam.
No way! Ok be honest… How many times a day do you do this?
At least once a day for sure. Some people recite mantras; I touch my nose with my tongue.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to fly, but that’s boring. I think the ability to know exactly what I want to eat would be awesome. Like, my stomach craves something spicy and…BAM! My eyes zap a bowl of delicious spicy ramen in front of me.
You can never get enough ramen! What’s your favorite kind?
I’m admittedly just getting familiar with ramen culture, even though I’ve been living in New York City for a few years now. Here’s what I know: any bowl of ramen spicy enough to have my brains drip out my nose is fine by me.
You didn’t start out making animated content. What made you choose animated content over live action?
I’ve always loved to draw, but was never sure how to make a living doing it. Ever since I uploaded my first YouTube video 12 years ago, I’ve been doing live action stuff. It wasn’t until I took a stab at animation two years ago that I realized the potential of it. The storytelling possibilities are endless! If you don’t have access to a location, props, or an elephant… you just draw it.
Absolutely! If you dream it you can draw it. What animation are you most proud of?
I’m super proud of the collaboration I did with Dan Mace, where we made Casey Neistat’s broken gear come to life and seek revenge. It was my first collab with a creator of that scale, and it took days to film and animate. What resulted was an amazing short film with over one million views and a scene where Casey is about to have his brain stolen by a broken GoPro. Definitely weird; definitely awesome.
Who are your favorite creators?
I love the podcasts and commentary from Joe Rogan and H3. I am also inspired by Casey Neistat’s and Gary Vaynerchuk’s hustle. Artists/animators Jack Stauber and Bill Wurtz continue to wow me with the limits of weirdness, and my good friend @ketnipz kills it with his art installations and clothing lines revolving around this cute pink cartoon character, Bean.
I’m sure you have a ton of viewers who are aspiring artists and animators. What’s the most important piece of advice you could give the ones who are thinking about starting their own YouTube channel?
Stick with it. I fell off YouTube and content creation for a few years. During that creative hiatus, I realized I lost something special… and once you fall off, it’s tough to get back on. This is why I consider myself very lucky to have been re-welcomed into the YouTube community when I started uploading again.
What’s your ultimate goal as a creator?
I feel like I’m accomplishing five new goals every week, which is super motivating and exciting. In the big picture, I would love to have a show, clothing line, products in stores, art galleries, and do more collaborations with creatives who inspire me. In the bigger picture, I just want to inspire kids. It’s as simple as that!
Why was it essential for you to start using SuperBam?
A lot of my videos are viewed as memes. The meme community, while strong and noble, have some who rip content without giving credit to the creators. Once I started gaining an audience, I realized that my videos were being re-uploaded to YouTube. Some of these videos even had a lot of views, which made me feel like I was being ripped off. SuperBam nixes that worry and gives me the control I need as a creator.
What would you tell someone considering working with SuperBam about the service and staff?
I’m in love with the support and communication I get from SuperBam’s team. There’s always quick back-and-forth dialogue when discussing an issue or questions I have. Every second counts in the wild west of online content creation. From a productivity standpoint, you can’t beat it!