Even if you haven’t heard his name before, it’s almost impossible that you haven’t seen at least one of Roy Purdy’s videos. Roy is a rising YouTube and social media star who recently just hit the 1M milestone on Instagram earlier this week. Roy has an insane amount of talents including skateboarding, dancing, and rapping just to name a few. We we’re lucky enough to ask the multitalented creative a few questions, see what he had to say below:
JM: Before diving into questions tell our readers who you are.
RP: My names Roy Purdy. I’m 19 years old, and I make music, viral videos, dance, and skateboard.
JM: Where are you from?
RP: I was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. I actually still live here to this day, but I’m finally moving out to LA next week.
JM: How did you go from a small town kid to an internet sensation?
RP: That’s the beauty of the Internet, you can chase your dreams and be discovered no matter who you are or where you’re from. My big start was on Facebook. I would always make funny videos and post them online, and then randomly some of the videos on my Facebook page started getting lots of shares and went viral. Then I just kept going and worked my way up.
JM: What inspired you to start making videos?
RP: My inspiration for video making was definitely skateboarding. I started making skate videos of me and my friends skating in middle school. Then in my early high school years I thought to myself, “why not try to make other types of videos to?” So I did. I started filming skits, dance videos, music videos, etc.. and that’s what led me to making the kind of stuff I make today.
JM: What was your first viral video?
RP: My first viral video was in October 2015. It’s a video of me handing out random stuff to trick-or-treaters, instead of giving them candy. Lolol.
Lol instead of candy, I just gave out random shit..😂☠️ pic.twitter.com/1JM3RDF3Ok
— ROY PURDY (@RoyPurdy) November 1, 2017
JM: What’s your favorite video you’ve made?
RP: My favorite video I’ve ever made, is probably one of my recent skateboarding edits, or the music video for my song “PINK AND GREEN.” Skate edits and music videos are my favorite videos to make.
JM: Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to right now?
RP: Ouuu that’s a tough one. I would probably say Knox Fortune, Kali Uchis, Trippie Redd, SavageRealm, Brockhampton, and old 80’s disco music. Lol. Oh and I just discovered these two small artists on SoundCloud, BARBUDO and YEEK. Both those artists are really good.
JM: When did you start to make music yourself?
RP: I started playing music when I was 10 years old, and then around age 12 I started writing my own original songs. I took piano lessons, guitar lessons, played in a rock band, and would always write raps in my notebook during class haha.
JM: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
RP: 5 years from now I’ll have done at least 2 big headlining tours, one in the US and one all around the world. I’ll have dropped A LOT more music and have my own TV series.
JM: Any final words of wisdom for our readers?
RP: If you haven’t seen much of my videos or checked out my new song, “PINK AND GREEN,” just search “Roy Purdy” on YouTube quick and check it out! Good vibes only baby! We out here spreading love and positivity. And shouts out to Lil Jake and Lyrical Lemonade! <3
plot twist pic.twitter.com/xhmPZW951f
— ROY PURDY (@RoyPurdy) October 8, 2017