The Reverb Remix Community is YouTube’s Sensitive, Supportive Refuge
“Don’t mind me, I’m not totally listening to this 3:00 quietly crying in my pillow to avoid waking up your media”
“It’s crazy to think it’s almost a year old and I still think of you every day, every single day your name stays in my head.”
“Hey you, you’re not alone here I’m not going anywhere and I love you.”
All these comments are on Ryan Hemden’s YouTube video Heath – Conan Gray (Sleigh and Reverb). Out of nearly 700 comments, the vast majority recount stories of heartbreak and loss.
“When I came to know that [my video] “I was surprised and I was overwhelmed by all the comments,” said Hemden. “People felt like the comment section was a safe place.”
Many people would not describe the YouTube comments section as a “safe place”. The platform has notoriously toxic comments, often filled with trolls or mindless comments. This is due to how little accountability there is, unlike Twitter or Reddit – the user’s profile does not collect all their previous comments or likes.
YouTube has made several attempts to clean up its comment sections; In 2016 it introduced tools to ban people from commenting on certain words, and in 2017 if people got “hungover”, they started shutting down comments on videos from minors. This is, for the most part, ineffective and the comment section can sometimes be bad.
But comments on “slow and reverb” remixes are the exception – a sensitive repulsion from the toxicity often found on stage.
Hundreds of songs have been uploaded with this label, which have been replaced by advertisements – tempo slow, voice several octaves lower, a faint echoes added. The comments are filled with detailed personal confessions. Answers are kind and endless helpers.
Hemden said the emotional response has something to do with the slowness of the songs.
“If you take a song and slow it down, the listener will pay attention to every single word,” Hemden said.
Twelve-year-old Ramona began making “slow and slow” videos a few months ago and agreed that the slow effect makes the words more impressive.
“The meaning of the song may resonate with them based on what they are experiencing,” she said. As someone commented on one of her videos, “The whole song hit me like a concrete wall with 100 needles.”
But for some, it is more than just lyrics. Isaac Sigala, a “slow and revived” producer with nearly 35,000 followers, makes videos from nostalgia for the “chopped and spoiled” music he grew up listening to. The style of slowing down popular hip-hop songs by Houston-based DJ Screw in the 1990s, “chopped and spoiled” music is most indebted to “chopped and spoiled” music.
When Sigala started making his own remixes, he was unhappy with the emotional response.
“I knew it was going to happen,” he said. He said, “When I first started, I had these kinds of feelings [slowed music]. I could see how other people would express their feelings as well. “
Manufacturer and doctor
But nothing can be quite ready for anyone when intense intimate commentary floods in on their video. As creators wake people up daily sharing their innermost thoughts – Hemden said they get about seven new ones a day – they develop an intimate relationship with their customers.
“I didn’t feel like they were strangers, you know? I felt like I belonged to them,” said Heman.
Producers sometimes play the role of temporary therapists.
“I try to help as many people as I can,” said Sigala. “I would not ask them to read in person. That is how it is for me and them, not for the world to see.”
Sigla’s friends became like this; Sometimes people will message them months later to tell them that they have gotten better. “It makes me feel better about myself and them,” he said.
“Sledged and Reverb” video producer Breyenne Moore said he relates the mental health struggles of many of his commentators and he responds in an attempt to make them feel alone.
“If I see something that I am looking at, I definitely comment and try to give them something uplifting,” he said.
Ramona, on the other hand, appreciates her clients by connecting with them. He commented on it Heath Video, “A random POV here: You’ve grown up yet and still can’t forget about them and that’s on your mind.”
It has received 7,300 likes and over 100 replies. One person replied, “Haven’t seen him in about three years, but can’t forget him.”
Ramona wrote back, “It’ll be fine <3"
Hemden said he felt protective of his commentators and would act as a mediator to keep the discussion kind.
“I’m sure there is no hateful comment towards people sharing their stories because it works bravely,” Hemden said. “Someone really needs to be courageous to share their story.”
Making “slow and reverb” videos can take less than 10 minutes, but the emotional labor required by the creators after that can consume endless hours. Financially, they earn nothing for their work. Despite some millions of views, many creators say they are unable to monetize their remixes for copyright reasons. It often does not even matter to them.
“As long as I can help those who are in the comment sections,” Sigala said. “It is all good.”