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It’s the spine-tingling trend that swept the globe, but what is life like for one of the superstars of the ASMR world? We chatted to Emma Smith, AKA ‘WhispersRed’ on YouTube, ahead of her upcoming performance on Thursday March 12, as part of HOTA’s Out Loud Festival.

Not sure what ASMR is? Head here.

What was your background prior to discovering ASMR?
I have experienced the ASMR sensation ever since I can remember – there wasn’t a name for it, though I knew it was a nice feeling that made me feel calm. Once I discovered ASMR videos and I found there were other people who experienced the feeling and there was actually a name for it, I dove straight into the community and never looked back! I felt as though I had found my people.

How did you first discover ASMR, and what made you decide to create a YouTube channel dedicated to it?
After first discovering videos online I started a Facebook group called ASMR UK and heard of meet-ups happening for ASMR content creators. I started a channel so I could attend the meet-up. My aim was to be more involved in the community.

Why, in your opinion, do people love ASMR so much?
ASMR has existed for as long as human beings have but quite simply it would be the digital age. As we now have a way to communicate it all over the world. We seem to be waking up to who we really are as sensory beings and our role as caretakers of ourselves, each other and of this planet. We’re discovering ourselves through listening and noticing how our environments make us feel. ASMR among other current movements, trends, events has a small part to play in that. More and more people of all ages are using it for their wellbeing, which shows us that more people are taking responsibility for their health both mentally and physically. 

Why do you think your channel in particular became so popular?
I didn’t expect the ASMR community on YouTube would become so big and I never thought my videos would receive so many positive comments and views. My aim was just to have a way of better communicating with others in the community and try something new.

Are you a full-time ASMRtist now?
Yes.

Have you performed many live ASMR shows before? If so, what is the audience reaction like? 
Every live experience I have been involved in has been very special and this will be no exception. To see ASMR experiencers and their friends and family altogether in person is truly wonderful. Our intention will be to provide a calm, relaxing and sensory space for the audience to become totally present and experience sound in detail. It will be an audience/stage format, very comfortable with attention to the smallest of details, as is tradition with ASMR and how I aim to present my videos. Afterwards, there will be a meet-up to give us all the opportunity to chat and share experiences. 

What are you most looking forward to about these shows?
Meeting the Australian ASMR community! I have had many requests over the years to visit and bring an ASMR event to Australia, so I am most excited to be doing that. The beauty of the country is definitely a pull for me, and I am interested to visit any sound healing centres. I also have a fellow ASMRtist and friend named Dmitri (MassageASMR) who I haven’t had the opportunity to meet face-to-face. One of my first stops will be to meet him and hopefully work together.

What can audiences expect from your live ASMR show?
Every live experience I have been involved in has been very special and this will be no exception. To see ASMR experiencers and their friends and family altogether in person is truly wonderful. Our intention will be to provide a calm, relaxing and sensory space for the audience to become totally present and experience sound in detail. It will be an audience/stage format, very comfortable with attention to the smallest of details, as is tradition with ASMR and how I aim to present my videos. Afterwards there will be a meet-up to give us all the opportunity to chat and share experiences. 

Keen to see Emma in action? Head to www.hota.com.au for all of the details.

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