An Interview With Grandayy, YouTube's Meme King

5 April 2018, 11:45 | Updated: 9 April 2018, 09:41

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Meet the man behind the memes

Grandayy is known for his YouTube meme edits, which regularly gets millions of views. We reached out to the man himself, to see what makes him tick.

1. What kind of stuff makes you laugh?

Many things make me laugh. Anything from cleverly executed jokes to the most stupid non-sensical memes you can think of can get the job done. But mostly the stupid non-sensical memes.

2. Do you have any predictions for what 2018’s biggest meme will be?

No one can really predict the future evolution of memes. I can't even tell you what April's biggest meme is gonna be.

3. Some of your videos seem incredibly complex, how long does it take you to complete an average meme edit?

It varies a lot depending on the video. Some are just quick edits which can take less than an hour to make. Although there's always the extra time needed for brainstorming, planning etc of course. But on the other hand, other more complex memes like my musical memes can take several hours, even over 20 hours sometimes.

4. What was the most difficult video you’ve ever made?

If you count all videos I've ever uploaded on Youtube, it'll have to be the video about an actual functional redstone calculator I built in Minecraft (yes that is a thing I actually made and I'm not ashamed). I planned and built it by myself, which took me easily over 100 hours in all. It's on my other older channel "grande1899".

But on my Grandayy channel, the most difficult would have to be either my Shooting Stars mashups / edits, or my Trump parodies "China Gang" and "China (Na Na Na)".

I'm also quite proud of how my Japanese Puffer Fish meme turned out in the end, editing-wise:

5. Do you believe memes are an art form?


6. You became YouTube’s number one source of ‘We Are Number One’ memes. What attracted you to that meme?

I loved the song since the first time I heard it (and still do). Apart from Robbie Rotten being perfect for it, I also find the melody unironically good. When the meme started gaining traction I was watching the actual music video along with memes that other people were making with it pretty much everyday. So I then decided to contribute something myself. I believe the first proper thing I made with it was a meme mashup with Bring Me To Life by Evanescence, which I uploaded on my then pretty much unused Grandayy channel.

Even just this first meme video got quite a good response, so I made a few more We Are Number One memes in the following days (along with a note block cover on my grande1899 channel of course). People loved them and the meme channel started blowing up, so I kept going at it for a while, and the rest is history.

7. The ‘We Are Number One’ meme eventually grew into something bigger, when it was revealed that Stefan Karl (Robbie Rotten) was suffering from cancer. You and other meme makers started to use memes to raise money for Stefan. How did that all come about?

Yes, that was one of the reasons why the meme became as big as it did. Although it was really sad that Stefan Karl had just been diagnosed with cancer, he still fully embraced the meme and even announced a live performance of We Are Number One for all the internet fans. This made the meme even more wholesome than it already was.

Promoting Stefan Karl's Gofundme campaign in our videos was the least us meme creators could do to help out. It was really nice seeing everyone participate. It wasn't just on Youtube, people also spread the word on Reddit and other social media.

8. Do you have any messages you’d like to send to Stefan?

I really admire Stefan for his positive outlook on life. Even with all he's going through he keeps promoting and spreading happiness. I hope he never forgets how much happiness and joy he brought to people all around the world through his work, and how he's still an inspiration to many to this day. And I hope he keeps making the most out of the rest of his life. As he always says, "Life is now".

9. What other meme channels are you a fan of?

Vsauce is my favourite meme channel. I also like PewDiePie, Dolan Dark, Gus Johnson, and HowToBasic, and not just because they are all run by the same person.

10. What can you tell us about your life outside memes?

My life is just memes. But kidding aside, I'm from the tiny island nation of Malta. And I recently finished my studies and graduated as a medical doctor. However, as ridiculous as it may sound, I've chosen to work full-time on memes instead of working as a doctor, at least for the time being. Oh and I love video games. Witcher 3 best game.

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