ArticlesBlog foundation. October 28, 2019100 Related tags : Creativity depression Liam Dryden spoken word YouTube Community YouTube Industry Post navigation Previous Article The Wall Street Code – VPRO documentary – 2013 Next Article Lecture 21 : Shallow Foundation – Design I Comments (100) April 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm Welcome home. Reply April 10, 2017 at 7:40 am Raw and powerful. I've missed your voice on YouTube, but it has honestly been a joy to follow your tumblr and see you grow and change and hold onto your integrity while others continue on the easiest path of least resist and least growth. Your voice has such value. Reply April 10, 2017 at 8:10 am thank you liam for this, helps give me motivation! keep going until you find joy and once your there take it in with a deep breath😄 Reply April 10, 2017 at 8:22 am what a beautiful poem and rant wrapped into one! i do feel like i have a comment that might be an unpopular opinion. so creators don't owe anything to their viewers and viewers don't owe anything to creators, right? it's not an obligation but a courtesy thing to thank the people who are dedicated to you and aid in your success and thank the person who inspires and entertains you. so i feel like you know, before just disappearing, it may have been nice for a heads up? either way, i enjoyed this video immensely Reply April 10, 2017 at 4:46 pm woah okay shit this is amazing Reply April 11, 2017 at 1:29 am This hit me hard Reply April 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm This is beautiful. Sending love your way. Reply April 14, 2017 at 7:31 am I'm only a viewer, but that event impacted me so much emotionally about how I look at the world. I can only imagine what it was like for you guys – the people actually involved in the situation and who know the victims personally. Reply April 14, 2017 at 7:32 am "Now you die an artist, or you live to be a personality" YouTube summed up. Reply April 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm welcome back! your words mean more than you can know. the fact that you are honest means you continue to grow! I look forward to seeing you again, perhaps this time with a bit of an edge. Reply April 14, 2017 at 10:14 pm I wish I could give this more than a like. This was so beautiful. I've watched it so many times now. Thank you for the quality. Reply April 14, 2017 at 10:21 pm This was powerful.Liam your voice has been missed. Reply April 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm Good job, Liam, truly. Spoken word is fun and furious and terrifying, and you delivered this with passion and precision. I don't know what it would mean to someone who didn't know the context, but as someone who does, thank you for voicing it. I've been waiting for you. Reply April 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm Holy shit. I've truly missed your videos. This was worth waiting for. Absolutely fantastic. Reply April 14, 2017 at 11:07 pm Liam we will always love you Reply April 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm Yeah, I like him. <3 Reply April 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm Thank you for this. Glad to see you're well and I've missed your authenticity on here. Reply April 14, 2017 at 11:57 pm I've been following you on Instagram and Facebook all this time and I never heard a single word about why you stopped making videos, and I kept wondering if you made a new channel or I was just somehow missing stuff you made, and I wanted sooooo many times to say, "Hey…are you…still making videos?" But I figured you'd say something when you felt it was time. I didn't realize people were being mean to you. That sucks, I'm sorry 🙁 There's a lot of pressure to continue creating on YT, it seems. I'm thinking of Chris Kendall and some others who've found it really hard to come back and have tried and people will just rip you apart if you miss one of your daily scheduled videos, let alone if you go on haitus. Like you owe it to the bajilllions of people out there to tell them every second of your life. Reply April 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm this is excellent, thank you. Reply April 15, 2017 at 1:52 am THIS IS WHAT IVE BEEN NEEDING FROM YOUTUBE LATELY HOLY FUCK. I know its against your poin and nt within the theme but welcome back liam. the entity of yutube may nt have needed you but we do. Reply April 15, 2017 at 4:26 am love this! Reply April 15, 2017 at 5:01 am A++ Reply April 15, 2017 at 6:03 am There are no words for how good this is. You invoke so much feeling into every single word that I had to pause multiple times just to take in what had just been said. Thank you, Liam. Reply April 15, 2017 at 6:59 am that "Howl" reference impressed me more than the nerdfighteria reference tbh. this was great!! i'm here after i found your follow-up video in my sub-box, but goddamn, that line about making your living out of writing about your friends… i'm at once struck by empathy but also fear because i have a feeling i'm heading down that path of journalism whilst other kids on my course go on to become writers, lol!! i hope you're on your way to sorting out these worries though. i personally haven't come to accept this notion yet but they do say, you don't always have to have launch your career in the things you love. sometimes work can just be work 🙂 Reply April 15, 2017 at 8:07 am What a pleasant surprise! Long time no see, this was wonderful! Reply April 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm 🙂 Reply April 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm been missing you. this genuinely made me shed a tear. Reply April 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm This is so good!! Reply April 15, 2017 at 6:58 pm Brain McCloud would be very pleased with this Reply April 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm It's so good to see you again, Liam! 🙂 Reply April 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm Gave me chills. Reply April 15, 2017 at 10:07 pm I missed you Reply April 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm I don't know what happened, Why I didn't see this in my sub box. The hairs on my arms stood on end. Reply April 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm greatjob!As you changed over the last two years, I think your audience also changed and grew… maybe in similar ways. I'm so excited to begin this journey with you, again. <3 Reply April 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm GOD FUCKING BLESS LIAM Reply April 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm Damnnnn Liam. I don't know what to say, other than I missed this, your content, you. Thank you for being honest. Reply April 17, 2017 at 12:53 am Liam, you are amazing, wonderful and truly honest. There really are no words for me to say. Reply April 17, 2017 at 2:49 am i missed you. i missed you. oh my god did i miss you. your wit, your creativity, your face. i missed seeing your videos because they made me think and smile and feel. and here you are. risen more or less from the ashes of your past. these "narcissistic fuck ups" you invested your time in were your friends and it's not fucking fair that you got dragged into all of this bullshit. but it doesn't really matter…you're back. right?all i can say is i missed you and your videos and i look forward to more in the future. Reply April 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm Liam: I know that you’ve got bills to pay but seeing your face on my dash really brightened my day. I know that you’ve got a 9 to 5 job and if you hadn’t you’d have arrogant baby-boomers calling you a slob, but youtube was your passion and used to be mine, I felt we grew up together even though it was purely online. Friends grow and change, platforms do too, but I’ve just got to say it was nice to hear from you. You never knew me, like so many others I watched from afar; a Scottish teenager who happened to be a youtube star. As soon as you started talking, it felt familiar and safe, the lilting of your accent echoing through this place. For that I say thanks, it was good to catch up, and as you go on your journey be safe, and good luck. Reply April 18, 2017 at 12:11 am YESSSSSS Reply April 18, 2017 at 2:14 am daaang. i was a really avid member of the youtube community from ~2008 to ~2012/13 when shit started to get super corporate. i'm sure it did before that, too, you'd know better than I would. the remaining youtube community feels very superficial. this was really really important to hear, i think – a big part of my identity came from the youtube videos i watched as i came of age and it's all very different it's good to see you. it's good to hear this. thank you. Reply April 18, 2017 at 6:13 am 👋🏻👋🏻 liam! Reply April 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm BRO WAS THAT A 21 PILOTS DIG Reply April 18, 2017 at 11:52 pm This is beautiful. Thank you so much Reply April 20, 2017 at 8:06 am Bravo. That's really excellent. Are you really venting or just getting clarity about how you feel? Also, you should compete in Poetry Slam competitions. You're very good at it. If you want to check out a master from my hometown of Portland, Oregon, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSPQUK5lJvc Reply April 21, 2017 at 7:11 am As a Spoken Word artist myself, I'd like to just take a moment to thank you for gathering your thoughts into this form. Poetry can say so much more – due to the rhythms, rhymes, structure, and the way it's performed – than many other forms of self expression, and I think that not only was this beautiful, very accurate, and thought provoking, but also I think you needed to do it. You can almost see the weight lift off you at the end there. Thank you Liam. I'm incredibly glad this fed into my subscription box, and that I'm here to see it. Take care man, I hope you're doing alright. Reply April 22, 2017 at 4:00 am I actually felt my heart beating faster by the end. That was amazing! Reply April 25, 2017 at 10:18 am I can't believe I was out of town and missed this! Every once in a while I always come back to watch your old videos. I am so excited. Reply April 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm amazing!!!! Reply May 1, 2017 at 11:04 am Dude you're an evolving Pokemon First evolution: No beard, short hairSecond evolution: Beard, short hairThird evolution: Beard, medium wavy hair Reply May 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm You set a high watermark for comeback videos, Liam. I'm inspired Reply May 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm You set a high watermark for comeback videos, Liam. I'm inspired Reply May 6, 2017 at 2:18 am Holy shit. Yes. You, just yes. Keep being this and then whatever else you wanna be 🙂 Reply May 11, 2017 at 3:38 am <3 Reply May 18, 2017 at 8:51 am Have missed you so much, this was beautiful Reply May 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm Man, great to see this. Scottish YouTubers unite! Reply May 28, 2017 at 10:27 am Thank you for this. Reply June 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm Like comment and subscribed, in that order. Reply June 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm great video well done Reply June 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm "now you die an artist or or you live to be a personality" wow, that really spoke to me. great verse! Reply July 6, 2017 at 11:52 am I missed you, man. Sometimes when I get a second at work, I do wonder what you're doing now. I'm really glad I remembered during a moment that I was still at the computer. I hope things are okay there. Reply August 8, 2017 at 12:24 am Thank you for subtitle this, and allow a non native English speaker understand it 🙂 Reply August 10, 2017 at 6:18 am I am so glad you are back. Reply August 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm he looks and sounds like john lennon Reply August 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm There… is so much in this. I think I have to watch it like 20 more times to fully grasp it.I think it's cool that you chose to do other things Liam, though I always appreciate you peeking in. I don't know why you should add your shout into the void. Not really. I just know that I enjoy it when you do. Reply August 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm They weren't my friends, but I idolized them. Well, one of them. I still haven't moved past it really, I think of him almost daily and to me it still 8s an open wound. I hate how it's been steeped under the rug, Though I don't know what to do about it either.I can't imagine how much it must impact your life still. I think about what it might have done to you or Charlie or…. a lot of other people almost daily. Thank you a lot for this. I've been missing honesty on this platform and have moved away from it quite a bit because of it. I understand you, but I would love for you to continue doing things like this every once in a while Reply August 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm I don't know how I managed to miss this video when it came out. Thank you for making it. By the time the scandal broke I had already stopped following Tom and Alex, cause they became less interesting to me, so I wasn't aware of what happened, just that a number of creators I did follow, like you and Charlie became less active. I'm sorry to hear that you are still experiencing the consequences of their actions, but I'm glad you felt comfortable sharing this with us. When you want to come back, we'll be waiting for you. Reply August 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm Charlie brought me here. Reply August 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm Simply exceptional Reply August 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm amazing. <3 Reply August 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm I really liked this, it's empowering to see people standing for themselves. It's also nice to see that even if you aren't going down the path you planned, you're making people know that you're ok with it. Thanks for making this fist bumps Reply August 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm fuck life has been hard ever since then. i was just a kid when this all happened and i was so close in the community and it was destroyed and things have changed and its so much. fuck my path has changed so much but definitely im sure not so much as yours has Reply August 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm Much love to you dude <3 Reply August 21, 2017 at 12:25 am Thanks for this, take care of yourself x Reply August 21, 2017 at 12:43 am I'm so confused… Reply August 21, 2017 at 3:25 am Love love love that you as a white straight cis man give credit to the true new voices of the world, the diverse people who haven't been allowed to have voices until now. There's still a big uphill battle, but I think it is more admirable of you to get out of the way for people who have been silenced for centuries, and to give up your ego to help them thrive. Reply August 21, 2017 at 4:33 am great job, indeed Reply August 21, 2017 at 4:41 am i just found you, cool stuff you got. i was wondering now that another 10yrs have gone by can you make another video where you talk to your 19yr old self….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB60i-sqlW0 Reply August 21, 2017 at 6:39 am We've missed you. Reply August 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm Oh my gosh. You're so yay. Yay. Yay. I love this. Yay. Reply August 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm I thank you for not playing the ukulele, Hoot, etc, ^oo^ Reply August 22, 2017 at 1:32 am This gave me chills. Yes to all of this. So so good! Reply August 22, 2017 at 3:35 am Thanks. Bless you… Always Reply August 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm This is fucking incredible. Reply August 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm The realist video on this damn website in years Reply August 24, 2017 at 2:12 am Dang son. Calling people out! Be yourself and do what you love. I fell in love wit YouTube 10 years ago for the community of creative people that I could look up to and be inspired by. Don't feel like you have to be a certain way and succumb to the pressure of what other YouTubers are doing. Keep making amazing content and be yourself <3 Reply August 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm Was that a greatjob at the end? 🙂 Reply August 28, 2017 at 1:59 am You gave me chillz Reply August 31, 2017 at 1:19 am I missed you Liam. Reply September 13, 2017 at 8:17 am Damn that was amazing Reply September 22, 2017 at 7:15 pm woah. Reply September 27, 2017 at 10:09 pm Snaps to you, bro. The fact that you have found a way to make a living in a field that you enjoy and that gives you a creative outlet, whether ascribed to your own face or to someone else's, is majorly impressive and something to which many people aspire and never reach. Reply November 22, 2017 at 3:04 am Love you Liam good to see again! Reply January 7, 2018 at 10:23 pm I feel so old sometimes, when as a teenager, I watched this channel among others. It's weird to see all those channels and people my age start to fade. It's so nice to see you again. But to also understand that people grow up. People move on. And life happens. Never have more truer words been spoken. Reply January 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm Holy shit he's back. Missed ya Reply January 30, 2018 at 8:07 am Ooooh boy, this is the improve poetry I aspire to sooo much. Reply February 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm Is that Ben de la Creme? Reply February 8, 2018 at 8:55 pm I really didn't expect that, well done! Reply April 8, 2018 at 8:56 pm actually cringey Reply July 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm Shivers down my spine when you said:As they say in my home town, 'Please like, comment, and subscribe' I miss the old YouTube crew and culture. It can never go back to what it was, and clearly the setup allowed for unwanted things to occur. A lot of good things happened too. It's really sad that the bad spoiled the whole thing. I appreciate your perspective and art, Liam! Edit:I've listened again, and this time the beaten path and the frayed coattails gave me shivers. Good pieces of art strike you differently each time you hear them. I'm definitely going to come back to this again and see what I react to next time. I know I'm two years late in seeing this. I've been much less active on YouTube since 2014, watching random videos, but not being subscribed to anyone or being part of the community. I don't even have access to my original account anymore. This past month I've been on a binge of all the creators I used to watch before the meltdown. I'm glad I've circled around to you and found this. It's really cathartic to hear you address the fallout of what happened. I'm sorry your career crumbled because of other peoples' bad decisions. Reply Comment here Cancel reply Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.