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BusinessTodd Weaver from Purism doing a Reddit AMA 2018-03-28 6pm UTC (1pm EDT)

Mar 28th 2018 by linuxflower • 7 Questions • 118 Points

HAI Reddit!

We are part of the 20 person team at Linus Tech Tips (Linus Sebastian, Edzel Yago, Nick Light, and Colton Potter), one of the biggest PC hardware and consumer tech channels on YouTube (5,500,000+ Subscribers), ask us ANYTHING.

We're hosting a fun meet-up and interactive tech event on July 14th, 2018 in Richmond, BC, Canada. If you're around, you should come hang out with us! LTX 2018 Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3335654 LTX 2018 Website: https://www.ltxexpo.com/

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/YmnL8

EDIT: That's all for now guys! Thank you for ALL of the questions. <3

Q:

UGLIES NATION!!!!!

Brandon - Who was/is your inspiration for your music? I hear a lot of SKA/Punk influence in your earlier material and was wondering what bands/groups you would attribute that too?

A:

Colton, how are your working conditions? Do you ever get let out of the cage? How hard does linus beat you?


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i'm gonna answer this, but its gonna require a lot of writing so i'm gonna come back to it later!

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My working conditions are great actually. While I've been fired multiple times on camera as a sort of ongoing joke, I still remain a part of the company. There have not been any beatings at this time. :P


Q:

Hi brandon! if you had to pick one of your own songs, which one is your favorite and why?

Greetings from Chile!

A:

What was the most expensive production fail? (cost a ton and got no views)


Q:

whoa! would love to make it to south america one day. right now my favorite song is called optimism in F#. its the last song on the record we're about to release. i struggle with depression and tend to see the worst parts of situations and i wrote that song as a reminder to myself that i don't want to think or live like that. i don't listen to my own music or anything, but there's something therapeutic about being able to look back at a thought that you wrote out and thinking 'ok, i thought like that. i can think like that. lets think like THAT, and not like THIS.' not sure if that makes sense, but essentially it helps pull me out of funks when i'm feeling depressed.

A:

Probably NerdSports or our most recent Tech Showdown season.

We always want to keep trying new things, and we learn a LOT each time something doesn't go to plan, which helps when planning future projects.


Q:

Is that the song y’all sang last in Pensacola when there were a few minutes left in the set?

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what do you think is the most common mistake that people make when picking the parts for their first PC? what's the most embarrassing mistake you've made building a PC? can you tell I didn't plan this question out beforehand?


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I know multiple people who didn't know there were different motherboard form factors and ordered the wrong size that didn't fit whatever case they got. I ALWAYS screw something up when connecting all of the pins, fan headers, power, etc on the motherboard...


Q:

What has been your favorite tour stop so far? if you can't pick one, how about top 3?

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Are you planning on more scrapyard wars seasons?


Q:

oh man, thats a hard onw. for this leg i'd have to say Tulsa followed closely by St Pete. HUGE crowds, and crazy energy at both shows. Tulsa was a bit more wild, which i like

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We are! We're currently in the planning phases for the next season, which we're hoping to film within the next month or so.


Q:

Hey Brandon, what is the greatest city in the US and why is it Annapolis?

A:

Is Linus as fun to work for as it seems?


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all jokes aside, i love Annapolis and am super proud to call it home. we've got a dope music scene, a great art district, and slammin food. i will live continute to live in annapolis as long as i can afford to do so!

A:

Linus knows what he wants and will set a goal, then let us as employees figure out the best way to get to that goal. I respect that, it gives me room to figure things out, learn, and grow.

The guy is upbeat, energetic, and positive, and while we don't goof around nearly as much as you probably think, we still have fun.

Some of his jokes suck though. :P


Q:

thanks for the reply dude! Annapolis is awesome. I’ve been a fan ever since I got your CD Ninjah Reggae Assasins as a handout at The Whiskey.. rip

A:

What's for lunch?


Q:

ugh everytime i drive by that taco bell it kills me inside a bit

A:

McDonald's, Pho, or Mucho Burrito. Jon, Nick, and I can never decide.


Q:

But do you go there or go all the way to Edgewater?

A:

Will you start taking ChannelSuperFun more seriously?


Q:

i'm ashamed to admit that i go there

A:

No. At least not for now. :P

We're focusing on a bunch of other projects right now, and if we were to put more focus towards Channel Super Fun we'd probably have to rethink our strategy. Dennis and I are working with the team here to put out content when we can, but we're not forcing anything.

We actually had a new CSF video come out on Floatplane where I stole other LMG employee things and constructed my own office. It's wonderful.


Q:

What are your favorite parts and least favorite parts of being on tour?

A:

being away from my wife and dog sucks. tour in general is very lonely. you're constantly around people but you still feel alone most of the time. it's bizarre. i love meeting people who've been touched by our songs and i love actually performing, but thats a very small part of how your time is spent. most of it is spent driving and eating shitty food.


Q:

When’d you get into reggae?

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honestly i got into reggae after i got into ska/punk. i don't really consider sublime reggae, they're a melting pot of a lot of sounds, one of which is reggae. i'm not sure exactly when i got into it but it was sometime in my early twenties. i was immediately really drawn to dub like scientist and king tubby. i loved the psychedelic aspects of it. been really into chronixx lately too. his latest album is insane.


Q:

If you were a WWE or WCW (let’s be honest WCW was the best) wrestler what would your intro song be?

A:

all-star by the mouth


Q:

Why did you choose Cleveland for your CD release party?!? Was it because CLEVELAND ROCKS!!?? 😂😂

A:

as a band we're infatuated with drew carey. there really was no other choice


Q:

What is your favorite way to eat crabs?

A:

with a can of beer!


Q:

Acoustic or Electric Guitar?

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i'm way more comfortable on acoustic


Q:

Hey Brandon, I'm a horrible singer, so what's it gonna take for me to get on stage and sing a song with you guys?

A:

learn a verse from the limp bizkut song of your choosing and we'll have you up on hard liquor


Q:

I used to love this band called Sweet Wet Earthly Desires ever heard of them?


Q:

Sativa or Indica?

A:

sativa


Q:

What was the inspiration behind the lyric "Hit them in their eyes with my creamy surprise"? 🤣🤣

A:

that line will haunt me until my dying day


Q:

Hey Brandon! I know you guys get into some crazy antics on the road. What is the worst injury anyone in your crew has sustained while on tour? and is there an epic story behind it?

A:

our original drummer had his ankle broken in an accident in new orleans in 2012 or 2013. we were dropping our trailer and some lady took a turn too sharp and hit the trailer. it pinned his ankle between the trailer and the curb. it was horrific.


Q:

Why did the guitar part in Snowflake change so much from Load In/Load Out to Keep it Together? Seems like the main lick was simplified.

Also, how about an encore with "Struggling" or "They Remain" next time you're in Houston? I haven't heard those live and they're some of my favorites.

A:

Next time we're in Houston we won't be headlining so we won't get an encore, but if you hit us up on one of our socials I'll def play you those songs by the merch table or out back.

So the live version of snowflake was with a different drummer. When TJ joined the band he changed the drum groove to the song and the lick wasn't sitting well over it. The new groove was super dope so we changed the lick to make it work


Q:

Who in the band has the worst farts?

A:

that would be me (brandon). I believe that I'm lactose intolerant and I refuse to adjust my diet.


Q:

With rising popularity, is it hard to fight off the massive amounts of pussy being thrown in your direction? Especially with a band name like Bumpin Uglies - I mean you guys fuck amirite?

A:

3 of us are married or in serious relationships so TJ is the unquestioned president of slam town. It’s right next to Space Mountain, if you’re curious.


Q:

Hey Brandon! I'm gutted I will miss the show in my home town tonight :(. Hope you guys have a good time! Would love to see the band at Mercury Ballroom here in the ville sometime.

My question is how do you start the songwriting process? Do you lay down music then words or vice versa, does the band come together as a group, drums first etc?

A:

i usually write everything myself on an acoustic guitar and then we get together and turn it into a band song


Q:

Hey Brandon- Currently listening to White Boy Reggae, by far my favorite song of yours. What is your favorite song that you have written?

Also, I feel bad because I don't know the names of everyone in the band, what are they? And how long has your bassist (He goes by Wolfie I think I read somewhere) been growing out his hair and beard?!? That shit is majestic AF!

Love you guys so much!!

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Hell yea! Right now my favorite song is Optimism in F#. Wolfies been dreading his hair for like 4 years now. They require their own green room at this point.


Q:

Who's more stoked about the album, the band, or Uglies Nation?

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i think Uglies Nation, the hype has been real!


Q:

Hey Brandon, big fan and fellow song writer here. I'm just curious about your writing process. I know you out a lot of thought in your song writing and it shows.

What I'm wondering is if you sit down and force yourself to write or do you wait for it organically? Do you start with a catchy concept or hook first?

A:

the ideas have to happen organically. you can't force a hook. once i have a good hook i can usually sit down and make myself write something. the best songs are the ones that just pour out of me though


Q:

What’s up Brandon, fellow musician here. I’ve always been curious as to what your writing process is for songs? Do the lyrics come first or the music?

A:

it varies from song to song. my phone is filled with lyrics in the 'notes' section and riff ideas in the 'voice memos' section. eventually they meld together to form a song


Q:

Have the police ever stopped a show?

A:

every house party, ever


Q:

What's your favorite kind of whiskey?

A:

if we're talking strictly whiskey i'm gonna say jamesons. been really into scotch over the last few years though. i really like laphroaig


Q:

Hey! Could y’all do me a huuuuge favor and meow more please? Your meowing is significantly lacking.

A:

MEOW


Q:

Beast from the East has been getting amazing reviews - do you think this is your best album to date? What is your fave song to play live off of it?

A:

I love it! It's definitely our best work sonically. Hard Liquor is a lot of fun to do live, especially when we get people to do guest verses. Keeps it fresh and exciting.


Q:

Brandon, my wife and I met you at the Urban Artifact in cincy ohio.

She got smashed and screamed "i love tropidelic!" And then gave you a hug and told you she wouldn't let go until you sung to her.

Do you remember that? Because if you do I will tell her and she is going to be super embarrassed.

Also, what was your favorite song to work on?

And what is your favorite Ballyhoo! song?

A:

Ha!!! Yes that was super funny. Yall gonna be there on Thursday?

My favorite song to work on is on the new record, it's called Apathy. Super crazy instrumental outro. Favorite Ballyhoo! song is either Close To Me or The Struggle. I like the sad boi jams


Q:

Hola friend, can we get a shout-out for Rombello? Love you guys!

Also, how did Stan get his name?

A:

FAMBELLO!!!! God, I hope they bring that back. So much fun. No great story for Stan's name, we just thought Stanley was a cute name for a dog.


Q:

Ever gone drag?

A:

Currently in drag.


Q:

What is your mentality when it comes out to pumping out so many versions of the same song? (I love it)

A:

I write everything on an acoustic guitar so everything kind of has an acoustic version ready to go. We've had a bunch of line-up changes over the years and every new player bring a new vibe to the songs so sometimes we'll get really excited about a new arrangement and want to record it


Q:

What are some current bands that you would consider in your same genre?

A:

Ballyhoo!, Passafire, Tropidelic, The Skints, The Movement


Q:

If you were a potato how would you be cooked and why?

A:

scattered, smothered, and peppered


Q:

Did you go to prom with that guy in Dallas? Awkward prom pose..

A:

He wouldn’t put out :(


Q:

Fave video games to play?

A:

PUBG!!!


Q:

Pc or xbox?

A:

xbox these days cause a bunch of my friends play on there. way better game on PC, though


Q:

candy, candy canes, candy corn, or syrup?

A:

candy!


Q:

When can we jam man? I'd love to pick up a few techniques! I've almost perfected Grind, just that first chord after the intro trips me up. I play two versions of that chord and I'm not sure which one it is.

But about the jamming.....I'll definitely drive!

A:

next jersey show we'll find some time!


Q:

ANy thoughts on releasing your cover of One by Bad Religion ever?

A:

it was You. i've got a cool folky version that i wanna record in the next year or two. stay tuned!