Autumn is around the corner, the spooky season is coming up, and there is no need to wait for October, if you ask us. Scary creatures wander about in the dark of night and in the shadows, so be sure to grab a torch when you cast your light on our next partner to be featured in the showcase, Jazzy’s Games!
Jazzy is known for their amazing content on the game Don’t Starve Together, a perfect game for getting into that fall mood. Not only are they a Nodecraft Partner, but they are also Partnered on Twitch and part of the Klei Ambassadors.
We had the pleasure to talk with Jazzy and get to know them a little better. Here are some of the highlights!
Q: Where did your Gamertag come from?
A: I am a professional bassist by trade, and Jazz was the style in which I learned to play. Music is a fundamental part of who I am - hence the bass clef tattoo - and my respect for music has put me in a unique position as a content creator to curate and feature the accomplishments of artists in a way that celebrates their intrinsic value in any community.
Q: How long have you been creating content?
A: I posted my first YouTube video in September 2018 and my first Twitch stream was October 2019. I only wish I had started earlier on video content because it has been one of the most rewarding endeavors of my life.
Q: What caused you to want to stream?
A: YouTube was always great for edited gameplay and guides, and helped me establish my content in a space that would always be there. But for every 30 minutes of gameplay I would need to spend hours editing the content, crafting thumbnails, and writing copy for titles, descriptions, metatags, etc. I ultimately decided that what was more important to me was playing the games that I enjoyed and having the experience to back up what I taught to others. Streaming on Twitch offered real-time interactions with viewers, providing a direct, one-on-one relationship with my community that uploaded YouTube videos would never emulate.
Q: What's your favorite game to stream?
A: Don’t Starve Together has always been the main game of my channel and the bulk of my following thinks of me as a DST streamer. Even after all these years it is still my favorite game to stream because it provides so many opportunities for audience interaction, from chatting while farming resources, to laughing at the unexpected, or celebrating together when a boss goes down. DST is such a great game for streaming and building community, and I hope that it continues to grow on the platform.
Q: What is your most memorable gaming experience?
A: I was slowly losing health in-game and couldn’t figure out why. It was Winter so I assumed the cold, except I was sufficiently warmed up. So I started shouting “why am I freezing?” The other players on my voice chat were trying to help me figure it out but I didn’t notice that I was starving until the moment I died. The voice chat and Twitch chat erupted. It was a beautiful, idiotic, hysterical, self-effacing moment that I could share with everyone who played and watched, and it crystallized for me every conceivable reason why I feel the need to share these experiences with others.
Q: Are there any creators that have inspired you along your content journey?
A: From the Don’t Starve Together community, I owe a great deal of professional growth to James Bucket, a YouTuber who has carved a brilliant niche in the game with his unique and entertaining approach to video content. He also taught me that there is no such thing as spending too much time on any creative project because that extra effort is what will separate your brand from everyone else doing the same thing.
Q: What's your go-to game when you're not streaming?
A: Typically, the game that I’ve been streaming is the game that I will play offline. I like to spend that time learning more about the game and preparing worlds for streams. Many survival games I enjoy call for a fair bit of grinding for resources; I’ve found that I can sometimes sneak this in when the camera is turned off so that I can do more exciting and engaging stuff when I go live.