Following his two fantastic performances at MiniFest we wanted to welcome Jack Maynard into the Humans of ESC family.
Just before his performance on Hastings Pier, we spent a few minutes getting know the YouTube star.
Hi Jack, welcome to Hastings Pier! Are you looking forward to going on stage?
Yes, I’m really looking forward to playing on the Pier. It’s nice weather and everyone looks like they’re up for having a good time. They look a bit rowdy (laughs) which is always quite fun and I’m actually really excited.
Last week in Lewes was also really good. I was actually quite surprised how crazy the kids were, and that’s what you want when you're on stage. I’d much rather them like that than standing around bored. It was really good and I really enjoyed it.
Have you played many college festivals before?
I’ve never actually played a college festival, but I have done loads and loads of freshers parties. Last year I did a freshers tour all over the country and I loved it. A lot of my friends would come and we’d go out afterwards and stay over. It was a great laugh.
But I think the college festivals are amazing. It’s kind of like a well done for finishing your exams and a welcome to college next year, which is pretty cool. The fact that it’s free is great too because students don’t have a lot of money to be spending on tickets. I’m really glad to be apart of it.
What was college like for you?
I didn't actually go to college, well I kind of did, I did an apprenticeship. I left school and my original plan was to work in carpentry as my dad is a carpenter. I was supposed to follow in his footsteps which is why I started a carpentry apprenticeship, but I didn't actually finish it. That’s where things got a little tricky. I was working for my dad but didn’t know how to tell him that it wasn’t what I wanted to do anymore. I didn't really know what I wanted to do either, but it was OK because he understood.
This was all around the time when my older brother, Connor, was starting to get really big. He was about 18 or 19 at the time, which meant I was 16 or 17. Seeing all of that going with him while I was building houses in the freezing cold wasn't the nicest thing, so I ended up stopping. I did a few different things after that. I worked with my brother for a little bit and ended up getting a TV presenting job, which then led to YouTube and everything else.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration for you YouTube videos?
People ask me all the time and honestly I never really know. A lot of it comes from watching other videos, you get ideas from watching other people, looking at trends, and seeing what’s going on. I don't really know how to explain it, but things do randomly just pop into your head. Suddenly you will have an idea and you keep growing it in your head and then it turns into a video - you post it and hopefully it does well.
Did you need any training in how to create or upload your videos to YouTube?
Well, my brother knew how to edit videos so he taught me that side of it and some of my friends were on YouTube already, so I kind of picked things up from them as well. But getting into it was quite an easy transition, especially coming from TV presenting, I kind of knew how to be in front of a camera and what it should look like and stuff.
So when did the DJing start?
I’ve always wanted to learn how to DJ and my tour manager, who is also my best friend, taught me how to do it. I started a little while ago when the YouTube channel was doing quite well. I wanted to explore some other avenues, branch out a little bit and DJing was at the top of my list really. I’ve always liked the idea of performing at shows, and gigs, and even doing events like MiniFest! As a thanks to George for teaching me how to DJ, he’s now my tour manager!
Can you think of a time where you had to be fearless?
For me, when I started my TV presenting. I was only 18 and I had to move from Brighton to Bristol, living on my own and I didn’t know anyone. That was my first step out into the real world - moving out and starting a job that I somehow blagged (laughs). I could do the job, but I didn't have any real experience in presenting - so I got quite lucky. But that was my big fearless moment for sure.