Have you ever ever felt like your mind juice is simply… leaking? Like all of your craziest ideas and weirdest concepts oozing out of the dumbest holes in your cranium? That is the thought behind the brand new unscripted and unfiltered Mind Leak podcast(opens in a brand new tab)hosted by YouTube creators and besties Seán McLoughlin (often known as Jacksepticeye) and Ethan Nestor (aka CrankGameplays).
The pair have by no means had an issue filtering one another out earlier than – they’re beloved for his or her rambunctious and typically off-the-wall reactions and in-game collaborations – however on Mind Leak, they’re getting actually candid. Every episode is a bewildering ping pong match between two delightfully irreverent brothers and their loopy brains.
The pod is produced by content material studio QCODE (whom the blokes take their proverbial hats off to for “letting the phrase vomit out”) and Premiers tomorrow, April 19, on all main podcast platforms and a brand new YouTube channel. Mind Leak.
Forward of the discharge, McLoughlin and Nestor sat down with Mashable to speak about how the podcast reignited their creativity and scratched a brilliant particular mind itch.
Mashable: I listened to the primary episode and, as somebody who additionally suffers from ADHD, I really like the concept that it is principally a protracted ploy for the 2 of you to lastly date.
Seán McLoughlin: We have each listened to podcasts for some time, and I’ve all the time been concerned about doing one however by no means actually knew what to do. I all the time felt like there needed to be a plan or some massive gimmick. And I used to be like, “I simply need to hang around and chat and have enjoyable and attempt to make one another snicker for about an hour each week.”
Ethan Nestor: And it isn’t simply the audio podcast we’re captivated with. We’re enthusiastic about different issues we will do off the podcast, like go to the Blarney Stone or deliver Seán to Maine and trip a lobster boat or one thing. It is truthfully simply an excuse to permit us to hold round and bullshit extra.
SM: We’re horrible at maintaining with one another, so it forces us to remain pals.
The easiest way to do that is to place one thing on the schedule as a piece obligation.
SM: [The podcast] gonna tear us aside as a result of now it is only for work.
EN: Yeah, we’re contractually obligated to be pals.
What number of episodes have you ever recorded up to now?
SM: We now have 5 accomplished now. We needed to repair a few of the startup points earlier than releasing them utterly.
Did you say teething, like a child teething?
SM: Yeah! We’re infants. We do not know what we’re doing. And since Ethan could be very busy earlier than his Creator Conflict(opens in a brand new tab) factor, and I traveled rather a lot, we recorded just a few episodes. I feel the following ones we’ll in all probability do extra in actual time the place we get the viewers suggestions.
Because the episodes go on we’ve some extra critical episodes the place we type of speak about our youth and our faculty days after which we’ve some the place we do not speak about something critical for an hour and half.
We even have our horrible recommendation phase beginning now. We’re getting feedback, tweets, and actual viewers interplay that we did not actually have for the primary episode. I feel as we dwell on it, that is our excuse to let the intrusive ideas out. At any time when folks ask for recommendation on one thing, it is like our excuse for being assholes for no cause.
The podcast is an excuse to be assholes for no cause?
SM: If I did it on my channel, I might be cancelled. But when I do it on a podcast, it is enjoyable [laughs]. I feel once you take heed to the podcast, you recognize, it is a totally different house than if you happen to have been watching a YouTube video, or enjoying a sport and attempting to speak on the identical time. And the truth that there are two of us, we simply bounce off one another and if one particular person is laughing then that is tremendous. I simply hear laughter and I do know it is good.
How lengthy have you ever recognized one another?
SM: We met at PAX East in Boston in 2015. We used to go there and do meet and greets and panels and meet followers and stuff. I met Ethan at [Markiplier’s] panel the place he did a backflip after which gave me a hug. It issues to you.
EN: Completely different eras, actually.
Why was it a special time?
EN: I feel the neighborhood was just a bit totally different again then. Everybody was a bit extra, I do not know, it was nonetheless a little bit of the Wild West of YouTube. There have been nonetheless loads of folks — in a great way and a foul method — who idolized YouTubers again then. And so folks have been extra inclined to go to conventions to see YouTubers and stand in line and stuff like that. It was even slightly rarer to be a content material creator on the web. And now I really feel like everyone seems to be broadcasting.
SM: Again then, folks weren’t actually doing trademark offers on YouTube movies, there was no copyright system like there’s now; the entire panorama has modified. Individuals would solely earn money from advert income. It was very bizarre to do like a 60 second embed in the beginning of your movies, it was unparalleled.
EN: Individuals thought you have been slightly bought if you happen to did enterprise with manufacturers again then.
Seán, within the first episode you mentioned that you just felt such as you have been in a rut by way of content material creation.
SM: Sure, I try this. It is simply my factor.
FR: [Laughs] Content material seasonal melancholy.
SM: I feel final yr, due to a whole lot of private issues that occurred round me, like pals transferring and folks hanging out in particular person once more, I used to be like, ‘Man, I do not I haven’t got anybody I can go to fulfill” and I nonetheless have not been in a position to journey as a result of we did not have time to take action. There have been a whole lot of issues in my head that took maintain of me, then I went again to remedy, began new remedy, and now I am tremendous.
I do not suppose the podcast got here straight out of that, however I need to strive more durable to do all of the issues that I’ve needed to do and maintain laying aside. I simply need to have extra enjoyable and never fear. After [being a content creator] for 10 years, it is monotonous and like a cycle, it’s extremely very like work. Attempting new issues, making them fascinating once more, having enjoyable with them and never having to fret about issues a lot is my purpose for this yr.
What are a few of the issues on this checklist?
EN: It ‘s much less of a listing and extra of a scroll.
SM: YouTubers all the time have stuff to do. I additionally needed to do a story podcast in some unspecified time in the future with a narrative I had in thoughts. Comics are one thing that pursuits me. TV reveals, motion pictures… I need to do all of it, however I’ve to verify I take the time to determine which of them are greatest to do proper now. If I am going in and attempt to do them unexpectedly, then I hate myself and none of them really get completed.
EN: I feel having one other particular person to bounce on, to carry you accountable, is so useful for my mind. This is among the the explanation why Unus Annus(opens in a brand new tab) labored was as a result of I needed to do issues with one other particular person. Typically shared distress is good. Seán and I’ve such nice chemistry and our brains are precisely the identical. So it is tremendous straightforward to do stuff once you each have slightly mirror to shout into.
SM: That is how I function. As a result of if I do it myself, I do nothing. However then my girlfriend and I am going to a restaurant and we sit down and I all of the sudden begin typing.
EN: I did this on a regular basis. Again once I was nonetheless enhancing my very own stuff, I might Skype with just a few pals and we’d edit our movies collectively. And neither of us would ever say something, nevertheless it was good to exist alongside one other particular person.
Is there anything you need to share on the podcast?
EN: Clearly, Seán and I don’t reside in the identical place so we won’t be able to report [in the same physical space] fairly often. And so once we can try this, it will likely be a enjoyable little giveaway for the general public. I actually hope that the neighborhood will rejoice in it. Will probably be like slightly Christmas each time these movies are uploaded.
SM: There is a massive pattern on YouTube as of late to get it proper once you add it. The title and thumbnail should be wonderful. The thought should be actually good. It needs to be tremendous re-watchable, it needs to be retention-based. However for us, [the format of this podcast is] extra fascinating as a result of we do not take into consideration any of that. I feel it is extra thrilling as a result of it is like old-school YouTube the place you simply go and see what is going on on.
EN: On the finish of the day, we simply need to be as accessible as doable as a result of it is simply going to be Seán and I hanging out. And we all know our communities will love that very a lot. We did not really need the podcast to have a schtick as a result of it will possibly get outdated after some time.
SM: Sure, as a result of I feel we have a tendency – once more with ADHD – to outgrow our schticks.
I am all the time amazed at what number of creators endure from ADHD as a result of, such as you mentioned, it is laborious to focus. However you’ve got each been in a position to produce a lot content material and construct complete careers.
SM: We get bored too rapidly. Ethan determined to get punched within the face a number of instances. I am very excited to see him throw palms.
I hate combating, so I will simply must see later if he acquired knocked out or not.
SM: It is good. We’ll have a podcast episode on it. If he wins, we’ll have fun, and if he loses, I will snicker at him.
EN: We ‘ll report it instantly afterwards, and we ‘ll name it “the concussion.”
SM: We’ll flip it into content material.
EN: It ‘s true. The whole lot is contained.