If you follow Indian motorcycle vloggers, chances are that you have already seen The HeartBrokenBiker Youtube channel. Possibly India’s first MotoVlogger, The HeartBrokenBiker (HBB in short) post videos of his rides, reviews, rants and daily commutes on Youtube.com
Now Youtube as a video hosting website, in return pays out to original content creators like HBB, depending upon their viewership figure of the channel. All though you need millions of views to even get few hundred dollars in return, there is no harm in getting little cash reward for what you love doing.
But when HBB got his first hard earned pay check, he decided to spend it through a very heart touching gesture in this winter season. What he did with the money is well documented in this videos.
Recently in India, many vloggers have popped up online who are creating really exciting video content. But documenting your rides and presenting it to your viewers is not that easy as it looks. There is little bit of technicality and hell lot of creativity involved in the process and it surely is a demanding job if you are serious about your audience.
We recently interacted candidly with The HeartBrokenBiker and got to know more about his “work life” and what motivates him to document everything on roads. Plus, he shares some important moto vlogging tips, in case you planning to go out with an action cam.
1. Please introduce yourself to motorcykle.in audience?
[Japanese] Konnichiwa! Motorcykle.in no Dokusha! (I start my vlogs with Japanese greeting)
Hello! readers of Motorcykle.in My name is HeartBrokenBiker and I am India’s First MotoVlogger. I make videos on youtube, of my motorbike trips, of backpacking around the world, stuffing my face with bizarre food across the planet and shamelessly killing valuable time playing Video Games.
2. What is motorcycle vlogging exactly & how long have you been doing it?
There was a time when people used to write diaries, then came the time of blogging. Then came YouTube, and people started making video logs of their life and experiences. That is called, vlogging. And when a biker video logs his motorcycling life, making videos while riding his/her motorcycle, it is called, MotoVlogging!
This is a fairly known thing in developed nations and is recently catching up a trend in India. People these days confuse moto vlogging with uploading 3 random clips of their trip or doing bike reviews on youtube.
I’ve been doing this since 3+ years now.
3. Why do you wear a mask in your videos?
In a very personal reason, I started MotoVlogging as a way to cope up with a painful breakup I had from a 10+ yrs of relationship. I noticed I had a very different personality when I quit my work and started travelling as a medium to heal. Hence gave a face to that personality by putting up a mask The HeartBrokenBiker.
In the Youtube world, people DO prefer to show their faces and have fans recognize them, bask in the fame, but most moto vlogger hasn’t for a few reasons:
- To start with, because they are recording through the helmet cam and the POV shot does not show your face.
- By the time people started using 3rd viewer angle, they had become conscious of the fact that you could get recognized by some psycho, later, and be attacked for simple reasons, like you might have shown him/her driving badly on the road, or breaking rules.
As for me, I enjoy the anonymity a mask provides. Imagine standing in a biker meetup where people are discussing your videos and they don’t know that it is you! Because you are standing there without a mask. It’s fun Besides, I like collecting masks.
4. What is the idea behind vlogging your daily rides?
I don’t. There are just too many moto vloggers vlogging daily traffic, observations, bad driving etc., I rarely do a video or two on that. I don’t care if making such videos will give me more views, because as soon as something feels like a â€œherd mentality I lose interest in it.
Most of my videos are touring, backpacking, saving animals or some random fun stuff during meetups. I rarely ride my motorcycle in the city. 90% of my bike’s mileage clocked is on highways, farms, fields, off roads and Jungles.
5. Do you shoot for yourself or for your audience?
When I first started, I just kept a log for myself and couple of close friends/family. Totally did not expect people to watch my videos and for about 2 years I had irregular uploads like may be one upload in a month, sometimes no upload for 2 months straight. I wasn’t even asking people to subscribe to my channel. These were my biggest mistakes.
Surprisingly, the world was watching. I had more international audience to begin with, and now a lot of Indian viewers. Also makes me happy to know that countries you did not think to have proper internet watch your channel or even those countries where English isn’t a dominant language.
So from this year (since I returned from my 3 months backpacking South East Asia), I’ve decided to make regular videos and make it for the audience. I humbly thank them for their support through comments and FB messages.
6. What is the most fun and the hardest thing about capturing moments on camera while riding?
The most fun is that you get to relive your trips and moments whenever you want, esp with audio and in slow motion That’s something pictures can’t do. It is also super fun to read comments and reactions of your viewers.
Hardest part is to capture a fast moment. Something weird happens, like a crash or a near miss that you will thank your life stars for. But sadly, your camera was off at that time. Or maybe a goat is trying to chase a tiger and by the time you switch on the camera, that moment is over. Sadly, these are the kind of things that go viral on youtube.
7. Which is one vlog episode of yours, you are really proud of and why?
That would be “Bikers feed homeless on world motorcycle day 2014.”
I was discussing the idea of providing food for homeless around our city with two friends, on World Motorcycle Day. The plan was, if they did not come, I would do it alone. Somehow the word spread and 20 people turned up!!! We got delicious homemade food, parcelled, and rode throughout the city (Secunderabad/Hyderabad) sharing it with orphans, inmates of old age home, beggars, destitute and homeless people.
We ate the same food. It was a very happy and satisfying ride/moment and I’m proud of what my fellow bikers did. Below is the video that I am talking about.
8. Are you an animal lover?
Big time! I love all creatures and not limited to cute cats and dogs. I love snakes and spiders too, except â€œcentipedesâ€. I don’t hate them, but I’m a bit scared of them. Must be some childhood trauma.
On the other side, it must be shocking to people that I also eat almost anything any type of meat and insect that is edible. I’m a Bizarre Foodie. Let me not get into details else people will be left puking.
9. Do you follow any other desi/videsi vloggers? If yes, who is your favourite?
Yup, I follow quite a lot and the list is too big to mention here. I am a fan of anyone that has a good personality, is creative and puts in hard work on his/her videos. Anyone who is subscriber hungry or does stuff only for views does NOT make it to my list.
Shout out to desi moto vlogger rvkVikas for being a gentleman he is, and videsi Spacep0d because I find a lot of common thoughts with him and he speaks his mind. A warm hug to all Indian moto vlogger, do your best.
10. What future holds for HeartBrokenBiker Youtube channel?
I’d want to finish editing my 200+GB of pending videos from my touring and backpacking since 2012, especially riding in Malaysia and Singapore. I’m guilty of being lazy at putting up videos.
There are some more things in the plan since long. Been working on â€œmotorcycle riding tutorials from real experienced people as a way to contribute back something good to motoring world and will step up a notch on my video gaming vlogs too.
I’m not too sure about the future yet, I’ll just do my thing and if people like it they will follow, else bleh.
If you’d like to follow the journey, do subscribe here
11. What advice would you give to a biker who wish to start vLogging? Any tips/trick/do’s and dont’s?
- You don’t need a GoPro to motovlog. Just start off with a phone camera strapped to your chest or shoulder. Try making 20 videos on different topics and then stepup your camera spec.
- Audio is very very VERY important. Keep it clean and audible. This was my biggest mistake. Bad audio will make people go away within 30 secs or less.
- Maintain a strict schedule. Upload video at least once a week. Else youtube will not suggest your video to anyone and later it takes too much time and effort to catch up. Also was my mistake.
- Be Creative and have your own Uniqueness. Don’t just plainly copy someone’s vlogging or editing style. You might get a short burst of fame, but then it will die down.
Besides, you will never earn people’s respect that way.
- Don’t be a dick to people who suggest you things in comments. Don’t act like a know all person. There are many people in this world who know way better than you do.
Always keep yourself open to learning.
- Realize that making good youtube videos is super tough, esp if you are one person doing everything.
You will spend anything from 4 to 12+ hours in just editing a good video, besides the time spent in planning and shooting and STILL there will be haters. Your video could STILL struggle to reach 100 views meanwhile some shit/stolen video by some d**k can get 10x times views. You should have the mentality to ignore that and keep doing what you love to do.
12. How open are you for collaborations opportunity with other vloggers? If yes, what is your idea of a perfect logging partnership?
I love collaboration a lot, esp. with people who have a good sense of humor. It is like mashing up creative minds and it brings out really awesome videos. Check out the video below on How NOT to buy a motorcycle which I had a collab with another moto vlogger Zohair and a fan Risheel.
For me, in a perfect vlogging partnership, I would love to work with people who are good at role playing. I don’t mind being behind the camera and having others be actors in skit videos. I am willing to write the script, be the cameraman, do editing and whatever nonglorious work. So boys and girls, if you’re good at acting contact me 😀
The HeartBrokenBiker has kindly and exclusively chosen motorcykle.in for releasing his brand new logo that will be part of the video and channel branding from now on.
Presenting the new logo. Taaaddaaa..
Images/videos credit: The HeartBrokenBiker
Have something interesting to add to this story? Comment below and let us all know.