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  • (tapping noise)

  • - That's the kinda sound you wanna listen for.

  • Hi, I'm Nathan and I go by Taeha Types online

  • on YouTube and Twitch,

  • and I'm a content creator that creates videos

  • regarding the custom mechanical keyboards.

  • (casual music)

  • So I first got introduced into

  • the whole world kind of

  • very briefly in 2013

  • when I was building my first nice, high-end custom PC.

  • And I was in college at the time

  • and I also majored in software engineering

  • so knowing that I was gonna be programming,

  • I assumed that I was gonna be programming

  • for the most of my life,

  • so I wanted to find the nicest keyboard

  • that I could at the time

  • with the budget that I had

  • and I found the mechanical keyboard subreddit

  • and it kind of was radical from there.

  • (laugh)

  • Not many people, you know, are into mechanical keyboards

  • and not many people spend a lot on mechanical keyboards.

  • And when you meet someone online

  • who has that same shared interest as you,

  • there's this automatic level of connection

  • that you an suddenly start talking with them about.

  • So, in the keyboard community,

  • everything in general is made in a limited run

  • because all these products are mostly run

  • by a community of members.

  • They're not made by large corporations, large companies.

  • You get other people to join in on your projects

  • so that you bring the cost down,

  • and then once the project's done,

  • that's kind of it.

  • So if you missed out on that project,

  • there's no way for you to get it,

  • other than by on the aftermarket.

  • I think the platforms are definitely integral

  • in growing the community.

  • But I think more so than that,

  • it's just the fact that we share this silly hobby.

  • I think that's what brings people together.

  • For a lot of newcomers,

  • I think it's a very interesting and novel thing to see

  • someone building a keyboard from scratch.

  • I for sure, didn't know how a keyboard was built

  • until I dove deep into the hobby so,

  • I think there's that novelty factor

  • for a lot of new people.

  • And most likely, for new people,

  • I'm mostly dealing with parts that they have never seen

  • or even heard of.

  • So, I think there's that.

  • For a lot of returning members,

  • who have been watching me for a long time,

  • I think it becomes less about the keyboard,

  • to be honest, and more about just hanging out with me.

  • What am I cutting?

  • Ah, yes, I forgot to explain.

  • So your stabilizers come like this,

  • so you can see how there's these two little prongs

  • that are sticking out.

  • So when you bottom out,

  • it prevents the stabilizer from hitting evenly.

  • So I definitely wasn't the first content creator

  • for the mechanical keyboard scene to arrive.

  • But one think I think that I provided differently was

  • I kind of made the media easy to consume for newcomers.

  • I feel like Razor's gonna hate me after.

  • This is what this keyboard sounds like

  • (quick tapping noise)

  • (quick tapping noise)

  • I think certain people have different preferences.

  • For me, I think acoustics I would prioritize over feel.

  • My viewers know that and when they come into my stream,

  • we generally talk about how a certain build sounds

  • at the end quite a bit.

  • (quick tapping noise)

  • They all sound that thocky?

  • Yeah, I mean these are Tealios though.

  • Tealios aren't generally known for their thock.

  • People consider it to have a higher pitch

  • but they're really smooth,

  • and switches do feel pretty nice.

  • I wouldn't say this is universal,

  • but generally if you ask keyboard community enthusiasts,

  • they will say the sound they strive for is called a thock.

  • (laughs)

  • It's kind of like a nice, not very high-pitched,

  • kind of low-pitched deep

  • I don't know how to describe it.

  • It's just a thock.

  • You know it when you hear it,

  • but there's no way to really predict

  • what it's gonna sound like.

  • Yay!

  • I've been streaming under the Makers & Crafting category,

  • but when you look at the numbers between the people looking

  • at channels streaming under the Makers & Crafting category

  • versus any other category, it's massive.

  • Discovery has been hard

  • and the one thing that's helped me to stay alive

  • is being noticed by these big gamers

  • who bring exposure to my channel.

  • I believe my first big client

  • was a streamer named BeasttrollMC.

  • You can consider him the first biggest client

  • that kind of kick started my career.

  • - Our brand new keyboard.

  • - [Nathan] But yeah, at the time I just realized

  • okay, there's tons of people out there,

  • these high profile people on Twitch,

  • who show their keyboard every day

  • that's their job.

  • They work on a keyboard,

  • they show it off,

  • some people have hand cams on their streams.

  • And, maybe I should target these folks.

  • These are the kind of people

  • who might be interested

  • in the keyboards that I'm building.

  • I think Tfue probably is

  • the biggest client undoubtedly

  • that I've had so far.

  • And his first message, I believe, was like,

  • "What's the most expensive keyboard

  • "you can build me?", obviously.

  • So we started working from there,

  • I reached out to Keycult, one of my sponsors now,

  • and they also produce high-end luxury custom keyboards,

  • and they also have a commission service

  • of their own.

  • But I work with them on my own service as well.

  • So, we started working from there.

  • It was a multi-month project.

  • (tapping noise) You just hear the pure switch noise.

  • (tapping noise)

  • Nice.

  • (clicking sounds)

  • And it was finally finished in January

  • of this year.

  • And, getting that off my plate

  • was such a big relief (laughs).

  • I'm very glad he liked it.

  • - Oh my god!

  • Dude, this thing is nuts!

  • - I mean, at first

  • I thought it would just be a side gig

  • that I would do at home

  • to de-stress on the weekends.

  • Last September,

  • I decided to quit my job full-time.

  • My friends and boss,

  • they had no idea why I would leave

  • a secure programming job in the Bay Area

  • to pursue a career in content creation,

  • but it's been working out so far (laughs).

  • It's left me with a couple things,

  • I guess one being maybe I can do more stuff like this

  • that people enjoy and that people watch.

  • And then there's also the stress of

  • how can I top this now?

  • Like I've landed Tfue,

  • what's next for me?

  • (upbeat music)

  • I think this thing works too.

  • (thunk)

(tapping noise)

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