Before I get into my top 10 YouTubers, I wanted to mention how I consume my YouTubers! I have a Raspberry Pi 2 with OSMC installed. Then I’ve got the YouTube app installed on it. Every morning with breakfast I turn the TV on, it loads straight into my Subscriptions and I can watch the latest videos from my favourite YouTubers. I find this the best consumption method, because I’m usually having breakfast, checking emails, so I don’t feel I am being too unproductive seeing the world through the following’s eyes!
I guess I should also plug my own YouTube channel – head over and give me a subscription too – I’m doing cool stuff: Travel, Toddler, Behind The Scenes in vlog-style videos.
Below you’ll find my thoughts on them, and then one of my favourite videos from them – to get you moisten your appetite.
Louis Cole is on an adventure all right. As of writing this post, he has published a daily vlog for the past 938 days! And they’re not just daily vlogs, they’re daily adventures! Its not uncommon for him to lay his head at the end of the day in a different country, or even a different continent. He travels to the big places, and the little middle-of-nowhere places. He really is living the adventure, and films it in a style that you feel like you’re coming along with him.
I helped create a website mapping his adventures around the globe called FunForLouis Map.
This video really sums up how crazy and spontaneous his travels are. He put out another ‘this was my year’ video in Jan 2015 – but in my eyes this one was heaps better, snappier and epic!
The vagabrothers are the perfect mix of epic travel videos, informative documentaries with a side-order of humour! Two brothers (Marko & Alex) head off on epic adventures, but the style and which they film their adventures is up there with the best travel documentaries. I’m sure it’s because they’re a badass team together (and most others on this list are sole-beings) they can spread the load and pump out some epic content! They chuck out new videos every Tuesday.
I was first introduced to the vagabrothers as they won My Destinations Biggest, Baddest Bucket List competition that I was shortlisted finalist for! For the 6 month competition they posted all their travel videos on the MyBBB YouTube Channel.
It was hard choosing my favourite vagabrothers video – because they’re all so good! But I think this one pushes over the finish line for me, because they uncover dinosaurs and what man doesn’t like dinosaurs!
Also check out when they visited Wellington and we caught up for a beer and I like to think I introduced them to droning, which they now use perfectly in their latest videos!
A few months ago Casey changed this YouTube Channel focus, to pumping out daily vlogs. They’re epic. They document his life, his same-age-as-Scarlett daughter, and the building of his Beme empire.
There’s no denying his older videos had more thought and time behind them than daily videos could allow, but both his old stuff and his current vlog stuff are always entertaining.
This video below is a pretty typical old style Casey video. Although his vlogs aren’t too far from this to be honest. Check out this video too – life explained in 27 seconds – it’s easy to see why at heart Casey is a filmmaker, and secondly an entertainer!
The first on my list that isn’t a camera pointed at themselves, although devinsupertramp himself does make a cameo appearance in most of his videos. It’s likely you’ve actually seen one of his videos if you ever scroll down a Facebook news feed. Often being re-posted and re-uploaded to sites that share epic stuff!
He visited New Zealand earlier this year – check out this video from Rotorua’s ZORB… Indianna Jones Style.
It wouldn’t be a complete list without Fstoppers! I think they’ve probably been on my Subscriptions list the longest actually. These guys put out awesome photography related videos all the time. Again you may have seen one of their videos being shared around, because they have a few that have gone super viral – like this Stun Gun Photoshoot.
An oldie, but a goodie, this now five year-old video was what lured me into Fstoppers at the start.
They do amazing old-school covers of new hit songs. I’d seen some of their stuff over the past few years being shared around Facebook, but now that I know they pump out new videos every week – it’s well worth subscribing to.
Chase Jarvis is a fellow photography & filmmaker, filming awesome behind the scene videos of his commercial work.
Chase Jarvis only just makes it onto this list because of his recent return back to his YouTube channel. After a year hiatus, there’s no way he’d make it onto this list – but his return looks good! He’s only 4 videos in – but it’s already looking good. His old stuff is well worth looking back at too.
Not your average ‘how-to’ YouTube channel. This one has a twist… It wont fixed or improve anything, quite the opposite infact.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.
The author’s mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquillised, then released gently back into the subconscious.
Hands down my favourite word out of the is this one on SONDER.
10. Matt Mulholland
Matt is a musician and comedian from Wellington putting out stupidly funny videos… that actually have some talent behind them! So talented in fact, this guy gets TWO videos posted… because I love The Matrix and I love Back To The Future (Side plug: BTTF is showing at the Lower Hutt Drive-in in a few weeks!)