The Next Big Star is Actually One of Your Favorite YouTubers!
It’s the story we all know and love: Boy makes YouTube account. Fans become obsessed. Instant success. When we fist met Ricky Dillon, he was one of six original members of the YouTube channel, Our Second Life. It was love at first sight. When they announced their break-up earlier this year, we were obvs devastated!
Luckily, the split was for the best. Ricky has spent time focusing on his individual career and after our catch-up sesh with the North Carolina native, we are convinced he is just on the brink of major celeb status. Need proof? We have it all here:
Congratulations on your newest single, “Beat,” which just dropped last month! What else can you tell us about that?
“Well, the music video came out the same day on that Monday. I’m super excited about it. It’s really different than anything I’ve done before. It’s really choreographed and really dance-y. It’s just really cool. It’s kind of dark and, what’s the word? Risqué almost, at least more than my usual stuff.”
If the video is anything like “Stars” we’re sure it’ll be awesome!
“It’s not like “Stars.” I love them both, though. “Stars” is my post-work with a lot of effects and editing. This video is more about the actual performance. This will look like it’s one take, but it was two separate cuts. It’s different and more about the actual performance and shot. It’s cool and it’s really different for me.”
You filmed “Stars” in Iceland! Could you tell our readers more about that?
“Yeah, it was insane. Honestly, every shot was miserable to film. When you watch the video back it looks very pleasant and nice. It’s really pretty there, but I guess we went at a bad time. It was constant heavy cold rain and winds. It was hard to shoot, but it turned out really good. It was very pretty and cool to look at, but behind the scenes it was freezing.”
Did you get any injuries while shooting?
“No nothing bad. We almost broke our camera though. We were filming and one part and it got really rainy, so the camera got way too wet. It stopped working for a while but it ended up being fine. We had a trash bag around it (laughs).”
Who are some artists that influence you the most?
“Demi Lovato is my number one! I love her confidence, lyrics and what she stands for. She’s just an incredible vocalist as well as a performer. I also love Kesha’s style of music, just her fun party style. I like that a lot. And production-wise, I really like Zedd. He’s an amazing producer. I love “Break Free” by Ariana Grande and he produced that song. I love Artpop by Lady Gaga and he produced a lot of that. And, of course his own stuff I love, too. So, those three are my biggest.”
What would be your dream collab?
“Vocal-wise, Demi Lovato, definitely. Production-wise, Zedd. The ultimate song for me would be for Demi and I to do a duet and have Zedd produce it. It’d be cool.”
Let’s talk about your YouTube videos for a minute. In one of your recent videos, you performed dares and pranks that fans tweeted at you. Which dare do you think was the best?
“I’ve done some pretty crazy ones in general. Anything in public where I embarrass myself is pretty good. It takes a lot to do that but it always turns out really funny. I’ve done a lot where I’ll dance in front of big crowds and it’s pretty embarrassing. I put music into it, but when I film it in person I just look like an idiot dancing around.”
You and Miranda Sings also had some awesome videos together. Do you have a favorite duet with her?
“We’ve done a lot. I loved our videos when we did duets. I played the trumpet and she sang. Those are pretty funny. I also love our “Slurpee Bath Challenge” on her channel. It was really funny and so over the top. Anytime we get together and film it’s a blast.”
You’ve collabed with so many other great YouTubers, too. Is there one that really stands out the most?
“I love my collab with Jenna Marbles where we prank called other users. That turned out so well. I really like that one, and actually I justuploaded a video recently with Smosh. We did a 3-way Yoga Challenge. It’s really funny.”
Your videos are so funny! How do you come up with ideas for them?
“Actually, I keep a giant list on my phone. I can be anywhere — shopping, eating, on my couch at home — and when I get an idea, I’ll just write it down really quickly. When I’m thinking of a video, I just pull from that list. I literally keep a giant list so that I never have to sit around and think too hard about what to do.”
Let’s talk a little bit about Our Second Life. We were so sad when you guys announced your split a few months ago! Do you think there may be a possibility for a reunion in the future?
“No, we all love doing it, but it’s so hard to rely on five other opinions and decisions. We never argued. We actually all got along. It was just hard to always agree. It was also hard because we each have our own individual careers. When you look at a boy band — like One Direction — that’s their career and what they do. They’re just doing One Direction. With us, we had O2L and our own career, so it was hard to balance both and give 100%. Now that I’m on my own, I’m able to do 100% with everything I do for my own career. I don’t think we’ll ever do a reunion. We’re still friends, so we still can see each other here and there.”
What about featuring each other on your channels?
“Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. We still collab with each other all the time. Kian (Lawley) and I are planning to collab again really soon. We’re all still good friends and that’s never going to stop.”
I’m sure you’ve all been busy working on your own projects, but have you been able to hang out at all?
“Definitely. I just saw JC (Caylen) last night and we hung out. I hang out with Trevor (Moran) all the time. I see Connor (Franta) quite often. I saw Sam (Pottorff) a lot this summer because we did a lot of events together. We literally hang out all the time. I saw them all at Vidcon recently.”
Do you have any other exciting news you want to share?
“Just the main thing is my new song “Beat.” I’m so excited. I think it’s my favorite song I’ve made so far.”