Tyler Oakley on ‘Slumbering’ Around the Country

/ Nov 10, 2014


YouTube celeb Tyler Oakley just announced the addition of seven cities to his national “Slumber Party” tour, tacking on the likes of New York City and Boston to the shows he already held in Chicago and Michigan. Oakley has over 5.7 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, so these extra stops should make a lot of people extremely excited. Check here for tour details (and to get tickets).

As Oakley explained to us, this tour provides a new venue for him to do what he normally does while vlogging — that is, talking to a bunch of fans while wearing his most casual attire. Since YouTubers owe their success to audience members in a way that’s wholly unlike that of “traditional” celebrities, touring provides a way to even more intimately connect with the people who make their careers possible. It shows that YouTubers like Oakley care if they make the effort to travel all the way to a fan’s hometown.

Here’s what Oakley had to say about touring and performing in general:

Why did you choose “Slumber Party” as the theme for your tour?

For years I’ve done live streams from my living room in my own pajamas, inviting my viewers around the world to hangout with me on a night in. We’d talk for hours so it only felt natural to bring that same energy to the stage. Plus, a onesie is flattering on everyone.

What precipitated the announcement that you’d be extending the tour? Did fan requests contribute, or was this something you’d planned all along?

I know I want to go everywhere, so sometimes it’s just whatever works logistically with venues. I definitely see all the tweets from my people asking to come to their towns, and I can’t wait to add more shows.

Can you break down any given “Slumber Party” show for us?

There’s slumber party games, audience participation, and I tell stories I’ve never told in videos… If you want to see the magic, you’re just gonna have to come see the show.

How does performing live compare to creating videos for YouTube that you can later edit?

Performing live is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Having that instant feedback, person to person, is unlike anything you can ever do online.

As a public persona, you have a unique opportunity to promote causes you care about, like The Trevor Project. What’s the most effective way you’ve found to get the good word out there?

The best way to promote a cause is by just truly caring about the organization and its work. If you truly believe in what an organization stands for and the people it’s helping, that passion will come through no matter what you’re doing, whether it’s touring, making YouTube videos, or just sending a tweet.

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