Murray is an actor and IT technologist with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Media Technology. He currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with prior residence in New Zealand and Scotland.
Murray also resides on YouTube as ASMR Muzz, posting relaxing Scottish-accented videos and tranquil ASMR trigger sounds.
In my interview with Murray he shares memories of ASMR from his youth, his inspiration for creating ASMR videos, his most popular video, his challenges creating content, his tips for new ASMR artists, and how his videos may be helping others.
Below are my questions in bold, his replies in italics, and links to connect with him and his videos.
When did you first learn about ASMR?
I recall having the effect of ASMR since high school, from the age of around 13 I was conscious that there were certain people who relaxed me when they spoke. The most memorable being my Religious Studies teacher who had such a slow, deliberate and smooth way of speaking. So much so that even the naughty kids in the class would be mesmerised into a relaxing state for the duration of the class.
I only found out about the acronym ASMR about 6 years ago when I found some videos on YouTube. Videos by asmraurette, Gentlewhispering and MassageASMR all helped to introduce me to the community and I realised that this was the name given to the relaxing sensation I’ve been experiencing since I was a kid.
What inspired you to begin creating ASMR videos?
I always wanted to try making my own ASMR content, since I now feel experienced enough to know what triggers worked and what didn’t.
Also, being an actor, I always want to find a creative outlet. Having small children and having moved to a new country, I found I was lacking opportunities to act and perform. Making ASMR videos at home is a great new creative outlet for me. And then I chose “Muzz” because it is my nickname.
How would you describe your style and the content in your videos?
My videos are primarily based around my voice and my accent. I’ve tried a few non-vocal videos but the reaction I get from my viewers is that they respond positively to the Scottish Accent and want to hear more.
There’s been an interesting demand for Scottish accents in the ASMR world, so much that they even did an article on it in a Scottish Newspaper.
I do also like to experiment with different object triggers, different textures mostly with tapping and scratching sounds. I’m also currently writing my first role-play video, a first for me.
What is your most popular video so far?
My most popular video is my Finnish/Suomi one. I’ve found that a popular trigger for me, is listening to someone with a foreign accent speaking English. I figured it would also work in reverse.
So I’m a Scottish guy trying to speak Finnish, Korean or Chinese. And so far, the response to my Finnish video has been amazing.
What are the biggest challenges for you as an ASMR artist?
Finding the time and energy to create content on a regular basis. Between work and children it often leaves me with no time or simply exhausted!
What advice or tips would you give to new ASMR artists?
Find a niche and put your own personality into the video. ASMR is a very personal thing and if the viewer can connect with your personality and attitude as well as the triggers you create, then they will come back for more.
Being able to see your eyes and connect on that level is important too.
How do you think your ASMR videos are helping others?
I’ve been thanked over and over by many viewers that my videos have simply helped with their lack of sleep. With comments such as “3 minutes in and I knocked out last night…thanks mate! Your videos alone have LITERALLY cured my insomnia. “ and “So happy to see you post this, I always need help getting into the sleep zone ”
Also, I recently did a video on the subject of overcoming Depersonalisation disorder. I received multiple comments from people who are going through this and I felt it was a good way to explain that it is possible to overcome it.
If you could fully understand one aspect of ASMR through science and research, what would it be?
Probably why there seems to be a fundamental comfort in hearing another person’s voice.
Also, I’m not sure but I think one of the reasons why we get relaxed watching certain mundane things (like tapping and scratching) is because for a short time it takes us out of our “information overload” life and gets the brain into a more natural, focused state.
I think more research in this area will reveal lots of interesting things about our relationship with the modern world .
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