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The

MILEY STORY

I get asked a lot about how the Miley videos came to be. Well, it all started at a Disney World resort during a chorus field trip when I was in 11th grade back in 2008. Instead of enjoying Disney World and all the happiness it offers, I got sick and stayed in the hotel instead, forced to watch whatever the TV had to offer. Since it was a Disney resort, you can imagine what was on the TV. I never knew so many different Disney channels existed, but once you stay at a Disney resort you’ll find out. After trying to escape the Disney shows beaming into my brain, I found a channel that played music. Surprisingly, my ears weren’t bleeding. It was some girl who was singing on top of some rocky type beats. I was surprised that Disney was producing something that didn’t sound so corny. It was Hannah Montana aka Miley Cyrus. I actually liked the music, and as I was laying there sick, I got an idea for a new video concept. 

 

I posted my first “Miley” video on April 18th, 2008. It was a parody of her big song at the time, See You Again. I took her music and made it my own by adding a rock flare to it. I remember writing the parody and really spending a lot of time on each lyric. I wanted every line to have something funny in it. It wasn't until I decided to get a cardboard cut out of her when the song really came together. From there, it wrote itself! This video was one of the first times where I got all my friends together, even my mom, to be in the video, haha. It was time to post.

 

This wasn’t the first video I had that blew up. Different videos of mine have gone viral before but there was something special about the Miley videos. They struck a chord with the viewers. People watching truly believed I had a love for Miley and supported my journey of one day being with her, or meeting her. I couldn’t believe it, haha. It was ridiculous, but I think that's why it worked. The video starting gaining millions of views within the first few weeks. The response was insane and was so much fun to see how everyone was reacting. I knew I had to do more.

Even though that first Miley video hit 8 million views to date, that wasn’t the Miley video that popped off the most. It wasn’t until I decided to do another Miley video, parodying her song 7 Things. At this point the parodies I would make literally wrote themselves. I made a pop punk track parodying her song 7 Things, flipped the lyrics to be about how I loved her and wanted to be with her, throw the cardboard cut out in and BOOM! The formula worked so I thought hey why not make more? This is fun for me and fun for the people watching so let’s keep going! That’s when I posted my 7 Things parody. My channel began exploding and I was getting ten thousand subscriber a day. This video currently has over 30 million views. One of the big reasons it got popular, aside from how handsome Chris and I are, is It got caught on all the search results on YouTube when people typed in and viewed Miley's music video for 7 Things. So when ever someone watched her video, my video was right after. Oh, how the YouTube algorithms have changed. It was such a cool feeling seeing the videos I made blow up globally. It made me feel very excited to create and connect with people. 

I will still in high school during the success of the Miley videos. What was everyone thinking about my videos? Well let’s just say, I was kinda sky and kept to myself most of the time. I thrived being in my own environment, aka my basement where I'd be making YouTube videos. But once my videos started getting more poplar and going viral, the whole school eventually found out. At first people would joke about how they saw my videos and thought I was weird. Like, Dave, what are you doing putting these videos on the internet? Back then no body was doing that except for a few of the OG YouTubers. Once the Miley videos came out though, and things got bigger, people in school, not just viewers on the internet, started to react. One video production class began showing my videos to the students to when teaching about video making. People would come up to me and say "we were watching your videos in computer class". I was like, "haha what?! that's cool I guess". I was a senior at this point and freshman girls were asking for my autograph in the year book haha. Like wtf? It was wild. It was hard to relate to anyone at my school at that point, except others on YouTUbe, but the feeling felt amazing being able to create what I love, having fun, especially at a time when I had to decide what to do after high school and what to do with my life? Well I bought a Mercedes Benz and had a bit of that YouTube money in the bank so I thought, hey, let’s go to Cali and keep making videos! Maybe I’ll even run into Miley? 

In 2009 I moved to California. I was hanging out with new YouTube friends, making videos together and really getting into the whole YouTube world, as it began expanding mainstream. I kept doing Miley videos because people loved them and she was more popular than ever as Miley Cyrus now. Songs like Party in the USA were coming out so you know I had to make something out of them! There was never a real plan to meet her. The videos didn't have an ending. That’s when I got an e-mail from Disney UK. They had a fun idea to try to promote her new movie Last Song and asked if I'd send them some ideas. At first I ignored it and thought it was fake, but then my friend texted me and said she was mutual friends with the girl from Disney who e-mailed me, and that I should respond! I said okay I’ll come up with something! It had to relate to her movie Last Song, so I wrote up a song called Last Song as if I’m done with chasing Miley and making all those videos once and for all, since at this point I made probably 10 videos about her haha. I emailed them just the lyrics because I was still working on producing the song and everything was moving so fast. They responded without hesitation and said, “Sounds good, meet us at this hotel address on Saturday at 3pm. You have 15 mins with Miley to film whatever you want”. Literally, that easy. All I sent them was some lyrics! Like you’d think there were some more approval processes or restrictions. I mean it was Miley Cyrus! I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited to be able to film with her and have her in my what eventually became a music video for my original song Last Song with Miley! I was so pumped to see how my audience and other viewers would react. 

I posted my first “Miley” video on April 18th, 2008. It was a parody of her big song at the time, See You Again. I took her music and made it my own by adding a rock flare to it. I remember writing the parody and really spending a lot of time on each lyric. I wanted every line to have something funny in it. It wasn't until I decided to get a cardboard cut out of her when the song really came together. From there, it wrote itself! This video was one of the first times where I got all my friends together, even my mom, to be in the video, haha. It was time to post.

 

This wasn’t the first video I had that blew up. Different videos of mine have gone viral before but there was something special about the Miley videos. They struck a chord with the viewers. People watching truly believed I had a love for Miley and supported my journey of one day being with her, or meeting her. I couldn’t believe it, haha. It was ridiculous, but I think that's why it worked. The video starting gaining millions of views within the first few weeks. The response was insane and was so much fun to see how everyone was reacting. I knew I had to do more.

Even though that first Miley video hit 8 million views to date, that wasn’t the Miley video that popped off the most. It wasn’t until I decided to do another Miley video, parodying her song 7 Things. At this point the parodies I would make literally wrote themselves. I made a pop punk track parodying her song 7 Things, flipped the lyrics to be about how I loved her and wanted to be with her, throw the cardboard cut out in and BOOM! The formula worked so I thought hey why not make more? This is fun for me and fun for the people watching so let’s keep going! That’s when I posted my 7 Things parody. My channel began exploding and I was getting ten thousand subscriber a day. This video currently has over 30 million views. One of the big reasons it got popular, aside from how handsome Chris and I are, is It got caught on all the search results on YouTube when people typed in and viewed Miley's music video for 7 Things. So when ever someone watched her video, my video was right after. Oh, how the YouTube algorithms have changed. It was such a cool feeling seeing the videos I made blow up globally. It made me feel very excited to create and connect with people. 

I will still in high school during the success of the Miley videos. What was everyone thinking about my videos? Well let’s just say, I was kinda sky and kept to myself most of the time. I thrived being in my own environment, aka my basement where I'd be making YouTube videos. But once my videos started getting more poplar and going viral, the whole school eventually found out. At first people would joke about how they saw my videos and thought I was weird. Like, Dave, what are you doing putting these videos on the internet? Back then no body was doing that except for a few of the OG YouTubers. Once the Miley videos came out though, and things got bigger, people in school, not just viewers on the internet, started to react. One video production class began showing my videos to the students to when teaching about video making. People would come up to me and say "we were watching your videos in computer class". I was like, "haha what?! that's cool I guess". I was a senior at this point and freshman girls were asking for my autograph in the year book haha. Like wtf? It was wild. It was hard to relate to anyone at my school at that point, except others on YouTUbe, but the feeling felt amazing being able to create what I love, having fun, especially at a time when I had to decide what to do after high school and what to do with my life? Well I bought a Mercedes Benz and had a bit of that YouTube money in the bank so I thought, hey, let’s go to Cali and keep making videos! Maybe I’ll even run into Miley? 

Today was the day. Time to film. I had a show that same night at Chain Reaction. It was a busy day! I was so nervous the whole day I couldn’t eat. I remember driving down to Santa Monica where I was to meet with her at a hotel around 3pm. I rolled over there with my friend Michael from Totally Sketch. I remember calling him days before and asking him if he'd be around to help me film a video.. with Miley Cyrus. Once we got into the hotel we waited a while in the the hallway for her to be ready for us. She was doing press for her new movie Last Song, so there were lots of rooms where she'd go and do interviews then jump into another room. Once it was our turn, we went into the room where she was. I couldn't believe we were there, filming a video for my YouTube channel, for one of my original songs! I felt nervous but super excited. We said hello and chatted about my videos and how she has seem some of them. I was also holding a cardboard cutout of her with duck tape all over it so, yeah, you can imagine the room, haha. We didn't have much time to mess around because we only had 15 minutes to film everything with her so we got started right away.

Michael and I began giving her instructions and telling her the scenes. She was super laid-back and down to film whatever we wanted! Well most things. I asked if we could "lay in bed and talk" for part of the video but she just laughed and her team said, no. SO I STORMED OUT IN FURY! Just kidding. We laughed and then began filming us dancing around, and giving her flowers on the couch. We used whatever we could in the room to get a mix of content for the video. She was so surprised we were filming all these angles and scenes for a YouTube video, haha. I don’t think she knew what she got herself into. Neither did I making that first Miley video in my basement in Pennsylvania! When the video went live, it hit over a million views in 2 days and now has over 15 million views! It got picked up on a ton of news articles and the internet flipped out. They couldn't believe I actually got Miley in my video after all the videos I made about her. I couldn't either! I’m blessed and grateful for this experience because it changed my perspective on life and dreams. As long as you put in the hard work for what your passionate about, amazing things can come out that you never imagined!