Trevor Moran and Sam Pottorff
We Are YouTube Nation
by Sami Speiss and Ali Speiss
Recently, Reality Dance had an anti-bullying Fall Fan Fest in Philadelphia featuring some of the biggest names on YouTube. We were lucky enough to sit down with two of the defining figures in the scene: Trevor Moran and Sam Pottorff. Both are co-founders (with three other boys) of O2L, a very successful YouTube collaboration channel.
Moran is a singer as well as making YouTube videos. You may recognize him from the TV show X-Factor. He is a very talented vocalist with an out-of-this-world charisma. He just recently released the single “Someone” on iTunes, with a music video due to be released on November 19th. Trevor is, without question, someone to watch out for.
Halfway through the interview, Moran’s best friend and YouTube collaborator Sam Pottorff joined us. Pottorff is a seasoned YouTuber who started out making videos just for fun a few years ago. From there, his success skyrocketed, making YouTube more than just a passion, it was his job.
What was the best part about filming the music video to “Someone?”
Trevor Moran: Filming it with my best friends, filming with O2L. We went to a beach in LA and we were just there all day, super fun. The weather was nice, everything.
Was it like a big party?
Trevor Moran: It was yeah. We basically rented out the whole beach. We had all production crew, all of our friends, blasting our music. It was fun.
Are there any rituals you do before you go on stage and sing?
Trevor Moran: I just wish myself luck, practice over my songs, do vocal warm-ups, take a puff of my inhaler and I get on stage.
When did you realize you like to sing?
Trevor Moran: I have actually done it my whole life but I just revealed it two years ago on X-Factor. I realized I liked to sing maybe at age eight, seven. I am not going to lie to you and say that I’ve been singing since I was born! Since I popped out of my mom’s stomach!
Do you have any advice for aspiring singers?
Trevor Moran: You should make YouTube covers because it will be on the side of other covers and you can just get known by that!
Everything is YouTube right now, it’s so big…
Trevor Moran: Yeah TV is out right now. Well TV is still in, its always going to be in, but YouTube is growing.
YouTube is now on Nickelodeon!
Trevor Moran: Yup, Awesomeness TV.
What musical artists inspire you?
Trevor Moran: Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga are awesome, but I mean I can’t be like Lady Gaga. (laughs)