El Diablo Kash is one of those streamers who brings creativity and art to Streaming. With his skilled gameplay, he also brings some rad beatboxing to his stream. We got to talk to him about his streaming, Twitch and YouTube, and in the end he dropped some sick beats for us.
Let’s start with the basics first. So tell me about yourself.
On the internet I go by the name of El Diablo Kash. I kinda keep my real name away from public just because I find it a little more comfortable. But everyone calls me Kash. People sometimes call me Diablo. And I am from Tamil Nadu. I am primarily a beat boxer. I started on YouTube and I play games and Beatbox at the same time.
So what does Kash mean?
Kash just has a ring to it. So when I was thinking of making a name, Kash was something that just always popped into my head. And if I call myself cash that would be weird because I am broke and I am calling myself money. So it’s a Kash with a K.
You started with BeatBoxing on YouTube. What made you start Beatboxing on YouTube?
The first ever Beatbox video I made was when my dad came home in his friend’s car and I thought it would be a cool idea to check out the sound quality in the car. So I just took his phone and went to the car and dropped a beat inside the car and recorded it on the phone. I later put the video on YouTube. That also became the first video on my channel to get 1000 views. So I just decided to go with beatboxing on YouTube.
How did you come up with the idea to combine beatboxing and gaming together?
Beatboxing for all of the beatboxers is like a language in a way. It comes naturally. The literal definition of beatboxing is speaking music. So whenever I play a game or whenever my mind is somewhere else I just automatically drop a beat. Whenever I am in tense gunfights or tense situations I start dropping beats and stuff. And when I play multiplayer it’s kind of like a cool party trick. Whenever I dropped a beat people were like, “Dude, it’s so cool”. Getting reactions and situational beats are something that work really cool with a game.
You were already making videos on YouTube, so when did you decide to come to Twitch?
I never really visited Twitch until November or December last year. On YouTube I used to play with a group of people. I used to play GTA V and stuff and we used to make funny videos. All the people I used to play with were all from different countries and they were all YouTubers. Later they all got tired of oversaturation of gaming videos on YouTube. They all went on different platforms and one of them became a Twitch streamer. His name is BizMeisterr and he lives in Australia. I used to visit his channel occasionally just to support him. He hosted one person from Sweden called Joanna. She introduced me to the whole community and we became very good friends and we started playing a lot of games together. And all of them told me that it would be cool to see you stream. So that’s when I started.
How is YouTube different from Twitch for you?
The YouTube audience comes for the videos. They come for that particular kind of video that they like and they would subscribe to your channel for. My YouTube videos are really spontaneous. It’s fast-paced like jump cuts, jump cuts, jump cuts and like quick edit and stuff. When they see me live it’s a really slow interaction. It’s not optimal in terms of entertainment. On YouTube a lot of them expect only beatboxing. I mean beatboxing is something that I love but it’s not the only thing that I love. I just felt more comfortable on Twitch. Twitch felt like a fresh start.
The big question now. Twitch or YouTube? You are one of the few streamers who’s had experience on both the platforms.
I have a small channel on YouTube compared to its standards with 1200 subscribers. Over there despite the small number of subscribers I have 150 videos. I have been streaming on Twitch for 4-5 month and have had around 300 hours. The 300 hours on Twitch have been better than the three years on YouTube. It’s mainly because I am able to be myself and I am able to interact with people live and it is really valued. And it feels like YouTube’s algorithm and their entire SEO is manipulated by them heavily. So it doesn’t really feel rewarding being on YouTube.
What are your goals for your channel?
Whether the channel grows big or not doesn’t really affect me or my perspective on life. What I really want to do is I want to build the brand of El Diablo Kash like how Shroud has his own brand. The same way I want to build my brand which is based on humour, on music and games and art as well. So Twitch is a way for me to explore myself a lot more. Just with four or five months of streaming I have learnt so much about myself. As a person I respect myself and I appreciate myself a lot more compared to before.
At the end of the video, Kash dropped a really amazing beat for me. Check it out.