Ever dreamed of a bunch of your favorite YouTube stars coming to your neighborhood? Well, it’s happening! Greenhouse Entertainment and The Cloud Media got together and rounded up your favorite YouTube artists for a six-week national tour called The DigiTour! Throughout April and May, your favorite artists like Dave Days, David Choi, Destorm, Ricky Ficarelli, Christina Grimmie, The Gregory Brothers (Hide yo’ kids!), Mystery Guitar Man and many more will stop by 27 cities and perform for you live (not behind a computer screen)! We caught up with drummer Ricky Ficarelli and got the inside scoop on The DigiTour and the next beat in his career.
ME: When did you realize you had a talent for playing the drums?
RF: My dad played drums when he was younger so there was always a drum set in my house. When I got into middle school I started doing band and got involved in the school programs. I thought to myself, well I have a drum set so I might as well use it.
ME: How did you get signed to The DigiTour?
RF: I started putting up YouTube videos about ten or eleven months ago. After I put up my second video, the co-producers of The DigiTour, Chris Rojas and Meridith Valiando signed me to their production company. I just kind of got thrown into this awesome circle of YouTube performers and I’m lucky enough to have gotten a spot on the tour and be a part of all of it.
ME: How has your life changed since you’ve started getting lots of viewers?
RF: My life has changed a lot. The first half of this year I was in normal high school and when all this crazy stuff started happening I relocated out to California. I’m doing an online school and running around town with all of these meetings and to different studios. My life has taken a really big turn, and I’m really blessed. I’ve been living in LA for a few weeks and I’ll be here up until the tour. After the tour my family is going to try and relocate out to LA.
ME: What’s it like transitioning to California from Florida?
RF: They’re both awesome, I think the only difference— well there [are] a lot of differences. It’s just that back home in Florida I have all of my friends and It’s just more chill and out here I’m running around and I’m busy. The weather is different and it’s a lot more dry out here. It’s two different feels. It’ll be nice to switch back in between and the DigiTour actually ends in Florida so when it ends I’ll be back home.
ME: What can the audience expect from your performance on the DigiTour? I know you posted a video about searching for band members to play along with you. How’s that coming along?
RF: As of right now we’re doing a band search. There [are] hundreds of awesome submissions so final decisions are being made. I’m also getting the privilege to play drums with the headliner on the tour, Dave Days. What I’m doing for my own performance and my opening act, all of that is coming down to the wire and all of the final decisions are being made.
ME: Your videos look awesome! Where are they recorded?
RF: Me and my dad turned my garage into a recording studio and we decked it out. Really it’s been a process since middle school. I’ve dabbled with recording softwares. Over the years I’ve been getting more equipment and I’ve been learning how to record. This year I started making videos and I have a few friends that went to high school for film and are continuing that in college. I do all of the audio and they record. It’s a bunch of team work.
ME: Have you ever been faced with people putting you down?
RF: Yeah of course, being on YouTube people post on your videos and say whatever they want. Of course I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback but from time to time you get people that are, lack of a better word, haters. I just try to focus on the positive energy and just don’t focus on it. You just have to do what you’re passionate about and have fun and if you’re doing that, nothing can stop you.
ME: How do you decide which songs to cover?
RF: I get emails, tweets and Facebook messages and comments. I get tons of stuff. What I really try to do is try to play songs that get requested most often.
ME: Have you any worked with any bands or musicians?
RF: A few months ago I put drums on Cymphonique’s record, Master P’s daughter. She has a show coming out on Nickelodeon later this year. As of right now I haven’t worked with any other artists.
ME: Which is the most difficult cover you’ve done?
RF: You mean skill-wise? I would say I spiced up my Ke$ha cover the most. It’s all about having fun, but I would say that one kind of has the most spiced up drumming in it.
ME: Do you have any other talents?
RF: My main passion is drums but I can play guitar, bass and I did band all throughout middle and what I went to of high school. I can play all of orchestral and classical and stuff like that. I’ve dabbled around with acting, but because of all this DigiTour stuff and music, I’ve put acting off to the side.
ME: Do you plan on going to college or is this what you want to pursue?
RF: Well right now I’m halfway through my junior year so after this year I have another year of school to go through. My plan is to keep my grades up and see where music takes me and I’ll just have to see where I am a year from now and see if I want to go to college.
ME: Where you starstruck when you found out who you would be performing with on The DigiTour?
RF: Yeah, I’m a big fan of YouTube so when I started getting involved in all of this, at first I was like, ‘Alright I used to watch these guys all the time, and now I’m hanging out with them.’ I’m pretty good friends with all of them now. Yesterday I did a video shoot with Dave Days for a couple of music videos. I’m very excited for the DigiTour, and it’s gonna an awesome time.
ME: What do you want to do in the long run? Join a band?
RF: I would say the ultimate goal is to one day find the right band that works and honestly I’m living out one of my dreams right now which is going on tour and playing drums. The ultimate goal would be to go on tour and find the right band and work on with music.
Check out Ricky’s cover of Ke$ha’s “We Are Who We Are” and tell ME what you think!
Photo Courtesy of The DigiTour