Iván Miranda , at 40, has a somewhat atypical profession for someone his age: he is youtuber. And, although it does not show Fortnite games, in a way what you see in its videos can be considered the toys of a 40-year-old boy. Because Iván has, among others, a remote-controlled car that climbs the walls, a machine to make holes in the beach, a cannon capable of launching hundreds of plastic balls the size of an orange at about 100 kilometers per hour and, soon, a tank. ” But it’s red and plastic, don’t worry, ” he jokes as we talk on the phone. All his constructions are made of this material and he has made them to the delight of the more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube.to the videos that he records in an old carpentry shop in San Sebastián. It is the Basque MacGyver.
“As you can imagine, tinkering, I’ve tinkering all my life,” he says. At one point, about four years ago, he left his company and moved on to gimmicks on a professional level . His market study consisted of seeing that people like videos in which other people do things on the Internet. “I said to myself ‘well I do them too’ and I started doing tests.”
“In the end, being Spanish and being from here it is a bit difficult to believe that people will want to see what you do,” he confesses. “So when they start to see it you warm up and do more.” And so on until the summer of 2016, when he decided to upload one video a week .
“It is a brutal amount of work and until June of this year he had not failed a single week.” All this, while he had another job and without forgetting his work as father of two children who, obviously, their toys do not last too long.
Unlike the hero of the Phoenix Foundation, he does not do everything solely with his hands, but almost. His assistant is a 3D printer that executes the designs that he makes and enters. The parts are bought by him, except for the plastic, which is provided by his sponsor. “It provides me with all the filament that I can spend, which is not little,” he confesses. It is the red body that shapes each of their follies.
After a little debate, neither of us know how to name what he does. Buildings? Inventions? Finally we conclude that perhaps “pots” is the most accurate translation of contraptions , the word that is often used in his videos. Yes, Iván records only in English .
“When I started I had a moment to stop and say ‘do I do it in Spanish or in English?'”, He explains. In the end, since he wanted to be able to dedicate himself exclusively to this, he won English by numbers: they can see him without problems in the United States, Canada, Australia and much of Europe, Spain included. But with an “insurmountable” accent.
– Did they tell you something? It is a very characteristic accent, but it is not so normal to see.
– Yes, this has statistics: which country do you think is the one that gives me the most negative votes?
– Spain. But with a distance of about 4% with the next country. A lot of people complain about it in the comments: “you have a horrible pronunciation”. No, what I have is a Spanish accent and it hurts all Spaniards to hear other Spaniards speaking in English . It is so. It’s that it hurts, damn it. But we are used to speaking with five vowels that are vowels, vowels. When we try to say things like fish we do what we can. When you hear another you say “oh, how it hurts”, but it is what it is.
The whole process is done in the warehouse it has in San Sebastián. This batcave – Ivan, that we know, for now neither fights crime nor considers it – arrived after several moves. “When I started, I made videos in one of the rooms at home. Then I had a son and he took the room, so I was moved to the storage room.
Hence, when the YouTube channel “began to give a little dough”, to a commercial premises and later – and with more income – Iván finally arrived at the carpentry in which he is now, which also catches him close to home and allows you to move around with your gadgets. ” There I can be brutalized all I want . “