Matt Perks is a popular YouTuber.
He has more than 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name DIY Perks.
Love for Legos & electronics-
Matthew Perks hails from Yorkshire county, England, United Kingdom.
As a child, he had a passion for building Lego but as Lego was expensive, he used to obtain them from charity shops.
Matt grew up building the 1980s Legos and Lego Technic was his favourite.
This passion for building things with Lego, later transitioned to building various electronic items.
In fact, Matt’s first YouTube video is based on Lego.
The video is titled- LEGO Remote Follow Focus and it was published on 14 February 2012 and in this video, he built a follow focus for his camera because at that time, his camera didn’t have a good autofocus.
At 8, Matt started disassembling his toys to learn their working mechanism.
Later, he got interested in electronics and started learning it.
Starting DIY Perks-
Matt started his YouTube channel by the name DIY Perks on 8 February 2012 and during that time, he was studying in school.
He started his channel just to record his projects and he used to work from his tiny room of 2½ by 3 metres.
It was a constant struggle for Matt to work from his tiny room which at that time served as his workshop, studio and store room and likewise, he worked there for five years and then, moved to a bigger place.
Initially, as he had only a few tools, consisting of just a coping saw, drill, saw and a few chisels, he used to build simple things with materials like cardboard and sponge but over the time, he started building complex electronic gadgets like a concrete Bluetooth speaker, water-cooled PCs, submarine, etc.
Even after gaining a substantial number of subscribers, Matt intentionally uses a minimal number of tools, so that people could easily replicate his projects.
Becoming a full-time YouTuber-
Right after finishing his school, Matt became a full-time YouTuber and by that time, his channel was performing well and he started earning from it.
Even though he didn’t receive any formal education related to electronics, he learnt a great deal about electronics by reading websites and experimenting and through trials and errors.
As Matt has to build the products himself and simultaneously film them, these processes are time intensive and thanks to this, it takes him around a month (sometimes a few months) to publish a video onto his YouTube channel.
A successful YouTuber-
As of October 2022, Matt has 3.97M subscribers on his DIY Perks YouTube channel.
He earns from a variety of sources like advertisements on his YouTube videos, receiving sponsorships, affiliate marketing and he also accepts donations through Patreon.
On 26 May 2020, Matt started his second YouTube channel by name DIY Perks EXTRA and as of October 2022, he has 45.8K subscribers on it.
He also has a website.
Matt uses Vegas Pro for editing his videos and occasionally Adobe After Effects and shoots his videos with a Nikon Z6 camera.
He uses the Anet A8 3D printer to print small components for using in his projects.
In one of videos, Matt collaborated with Arun Maini of Mrwhosetheboss YouTube channel.
A camera geek-
From a young age, Matt has always been interested in cameras and he is a camera geek.
He uses Adobe Lightroom and DxO OpticsPro.
Matt takes inspiration from Marques Brownlee of MKBHD for his clean and sharp shots.
Matt hasn’t revealed much about his personal life except that in 2020, he got engaged.
Some interesting facts about Matt Perks-
- As Matt doesn’t have the time to develop prototypes, he meticulously designs the products and after fully assembling the products, he tests them.
- He is a cynophile (dog lover).
- As his father is from Sheffield, Matt has a northern England accent resembling a posh Sheffield accent.
- Rocket League, DiRT racing games and Red Dead Redemption 2 are his favourite games.
- Even though Matt is tech-savvy, he built a mud hut (cob house).
- He uses homemade lights for his studio and he also made some lights out of old LCD televisions panels.
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