DeStorm (pronounced, Day-Storm), came from Baltimore City with a passion for entertainment, and also naturally gifted with great athletic and artistic abilities. He has recieved scholarships for those talents such as: a scholarship majoring in Music and Arts, and a scholarship in Track and Field. In addition to that, he is also a songwriter, a singer, and a producer. Because of his catchy melodies and tunes, his music has been featured in various product commercials such as WinterFresh, Heinz, KFC, and even at Showtime at the Apollo. Another underground achievement that he has made, is being the founder and CEO of Platinum Rings Productions (founded in 1998), which aims at producing fresh, new music, to be utilized by new and upcoming artists in America. But in December 2004, DeStorm came to a point in his life where he wanted to seriously launch his career, so he moved to New York City where he began ghostwriting for Universal Music Group, and Atlantic Records. Later, his partner got fired and he was left alone in such a big city. Desperate for money, he worked at Red Lobster and eventually fought the establishment in court for unfairly firing him. Things turned upside down when he had to find somewhere else to live because of his money problems. So with what money he did have, he hustled at local subway stations, singing his heart out with his boombox, hoping for monetary donations from the crowds of people to get back on his feet. Little did his family know how bad it really was, because of their high expectations of how awesome his life must be in the Big Apple. He withheld the dissapointment from his family, and eventually had enough money to stay at a motel. Later, he upgraded to an apartment in uptown Harlem.
His interest in YouTube begins when he reads articles on the internet about how people are making a living off YouTube. He begins partnering with another YouTuber who wanted to collaborate with him by making spoofs, and funny videos on YouTube. Later, his mom passed away from cancer and it put a crushing hault on his life because, his hero wasn't going to be present with him anymore. Her dying wish was to live until Mothers Day to see Barack Obama become president, and for DeStorm to become what he needed to be to his siblings. He tried everything in his power to help his mother, even by being her personal trainer to train her back to health. From all the inspiration he had bottled up from his mother, he transformed that energy into a song called, "Barack Obama Is Here", which gave him lots of exposure by performing it on the "Morning Show" on CBS. His subscribers were slowly climbing because he had to invest in great videos, with great content, to keep a following YouTube crowd. He searched for his niche by doing blogs, spoofs, and lots of other things trying to find his way to success. He starts to see growth on his channel and he says, quote, "Im going to apply for partnership, because I have a thousand subscribers now". A friend on YouTube helps him out with his partnership, letting him now that he has such a good chance because of his successful music video, "I am The World". The video helped him become a YouTube Partner in April 2009. A YouTube gathering called "789", took place in New York City where YouTubers from all around the world got together to meet each other. DeStorm’s brilliancy, gave him the huge push that he needed to build his YouTube career, and it was by making a video with the biggest YouTube Stars in it named, "Almost Famous". The views from his video helped him climb from about four thousand subscribers, to an outstanding 14 to 15 thousand subscribers. Also, a show called "The Hook Up", was started to entertain his subscribers, while he tossed around other ideas to see what he could bring to the table for his viewers. He figured out that instead of just singing into a microphone, he had to burst with entertainment. So, he upgraded his equipment, did collaberations, used crazy thumbnails, and then, he started to see the growth that he was investing in by trial and error. Continue on to Part 2.