Alex Diaz: El Famoso de YouTube

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Posted March 14, 2012 by Astrid in MatriPuntos
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Alex Diaz became famous by creating foolish videos, criticizing Puerto Rican britoleras (Britto consumers) and the colorful and authentic dubi dubies (the art of keeping frizz free hair).

The catchy “Jelou My Pipool” motto was born en el campo adentro through his wife Leyra Albaladejo.

He loves to eat arroz, gandules, lechón and alcapurrias; She is the inspiration that keeps him going and a year after they posted their first video on YouTube they have reached over 2 millions views. They are in fact the Puerto Rican YouTube account with the most subscribers (more than 25 thousand) and counting. His charisma and enthusiasms puts a smile in our face every week or so with each new video.

Alex never imagined that his sense of humor and sassiness would make him the vlogger (Video Blogger) of the moment.

After this year of good craziness, how do you feel?

“I uploaded my first video to YouTube with the hope of having at least 1,000 followers on twitter, a year later we have more than 5,000 followers on twitter and almost 40,000 fans on Facebook. I am really grateful with all the success, God has blessed us with people that support what my “posita” (wife) and I have been doing for the past twelve months, and that is what really matters. I am really grateful for all the love and respect people have to our work.”

Alex, who works as a weekend DJ for Univision Radio in Puerto Rico, wanted to create un espacio divertido y entretenido donde la personas se pudieran desconectar de las noticias negativas que se ven a diario.

What was the real motivation behind this Project?

“To be honest, además de ser una herramienta de entretenimiento, I just wanted to spend an enjoyable time with my wife. We both work hard everyday and creating the videos is the way that we disconnect from work and from the routine. We really enjoy the whole process, I love to video blog and there is nothing better than doing something you love with someone you love, it is a dream come true.”

Can we assume Leyra is the boss?

“Well kind of, let me say yes, so I do not get in trouble… Seriously she is the director of every video. She is the coach, if she doesn’t  like the final product, people will not like the product either. She is straight to the point… at the end she always pust the magic touch.”

 How do you get along working together and being a couple?

“We do get along, even though Leyra es como todas las mujeres, peleona y mandona. We do not pretend to be the perfect couple, because we are not. We have our conflict situations, however, the key is to resolve them before doing any work. Imaginate trabajando con una mujer molesta… imposible. Es como si llamaras la guerra.”

What is your approach when Leyra turns “rabiosa”?

“Ojala y se pusiera rabiosa como Shakira… Umm I am getting in trouble here.”

“Well, we have known each other for such a long time that we already know the things that take us out of control. We are not just husband and wife, we are best friends. But that does not mean that we do not fight. Of course we do. 

I have to be honest every time we are working on new video we end up arguing with each other, which is not bad, because it always has a happy ending. Making love after a fight is not admitting you are wrong and she is right. It’s an acknowledgment and a celebration of the love you share even in times of discord.”

A lot of people have supported your work, however, how do you feel about the hatters that criticize your work? 

“There are different types of haters, the ones that criticize your work because they don’t like the content and there are those haters that criticize my job because they can’t stand me. I find it funny; I do respect everyone’s point of view. At the end of the day it is good to have people that dislike your job… it gives me more perspective of my job and help me make better decision on how to create the next video.”

Speaking about creating the videos, how is the process of choosing witch ideas and building every thought together?

“ I get the subject and ideas from my own experiences, things I see or hear on the streets, I always talk to “posita” first to see what ideas she may have in mind.  I am also getting a lot of help and hints from my followers, which is good because it gives me the opportunity to create content I know they will like. Es importante contar temas contidianos con jocosidad, donde la risa no falte.”

How long does it take to create a video ?

“It takes me around 7 hours to create a video, between writing the script, recording the video and the editing process.”

Have you ever thought on doing TV?

No, I am not interested, I want to have the control of the content I use and on television I will not be able to do that. On TV you don’t have this freedom, you have a producer and a director that tell you what to do, and I don’t want that. Quiero ser yo, como hasta el momento: Autentico. Sin personas que me estén diciendo lo que tengo que hacer en televisión. This is an online project and I will keep it online. Lo que me ha dado a conocer ha sido YouTube, el internet. No le encuentro razón para cambiar el formato.”

YouTube first and now an application for Smart phones

En cuanto a la app para Iphone, Ipod y Ipad fue una idea de mi amigo Jonathan Ocasio y de AlgoMasEntertainment. The idea behind the phone application is to have an intimate relationship with our followers. Le queremos brindar contenido exclusivo atraves del app. Es bien cool porque los que estan en el app son gente que apoyan el 100% de nuestro trabajo y el ambiente es totalmente relax.”

By: Astrid D. Rivera

Photos: Felipe Torres

Special thanks to www.ticherts.com for providing the amazing “camisetas” for this photoshoot. 

 


About the Author

Astrid

Periodista con más de 7 años de experiencia en el mundo de las comunicaciones donde ha tenido la oportunidad de entrevistar a grandes celebridades, politicos y personalidades influyentes. Ella posee un bachillerato en Periodismo y una Maestría en Periodismo Multimedios de Florida International University. En el 2012 fundó LatinBlah.com una plataforma digital dirigida al mercado hispano. Rivera también es la anfitriona del programa radial Miami Despierta.

10 Comments


  1.  
    Ivan torres

    Alex tiene razon. Llevar su arte a tv le quitaria la magia que ambos han puesto en los videos de youtube. Y solo es el comienzo, asi que muchos exitos




  2.  

    Oh my god!! Alex, I am so proud to be Boricua!! and to have you as a facebook friend. Thank you again for placing Puerto Rico out there and for letting everyone know, what it is to be a Puertorican in this era. You represent us, who we are and what we are. There are a lot of misconceptions about us. You are doing a great job!! Sigue Pa’lante papa que pa tras ni a cojer impulso!!! Eres de los buenos!!! Te deseo el mejor de los exitos!! Tu te lo mereces!! Bendiciones a la familia desde Texas !!! wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :)




  3.  
    esther santiago

    LOS VI POR PRIMERA VEZ HACE COMO UNA SEMANA Y YA TENGO LOC@S A TODAS MIS AMISTADES PORQUE LE ENVIO UN VIDEO DIFERENTE A TODOS Y LES DIGO “MIRENLOS TODOS POR FAVOR, ESTO SI ES BORICUA!!!!! DE VERDAD LOS FELICITO POR SU TRABAJO Y QUE DIOS LOS CONTINUE BENDICIENDO!!!! ;)




  4.  
    esther santiago

    LOS VI POR PRIMERA VEZ HACE COMO UNA SEMANA Y YA TENGO LOC#S A TODAS MIS AMISTADES PORQUE LE ENVIO UN VIDEO DIFERENTE A TODOS YLES DIGO “MIRENLOS TODOS POR FAVOR, ESTO SI ES BORICUA!!!!! DE VERDAD LOS FELICITO POR SU TRSBAJO Y QUE DIOS LOS CONTINUE BENDICIENDO!!!! ;)




  5.  
    ADA RIVERA

    VIVO EN ROCHESTER NY Y ALEX Y SU BELLA FAMILIA ALEGRAN MI VIDA A MIS HIJOS DE 7 Y 10 LES ENCANTA VER SUS VIDEOS ,SOLO LE DESEO BUENA SUERTE Y QUE DIOS LE BENDIGA A EL Y A SU FAM BELLA.OH POR FAVOR ALEX MANDALE UN BESOTE AL CACO PRA!!!




  6.  
    Michelle

    Nice interview. Alex and Leyra are role models.




  7.  

    Muy buena entrevista los felicitos a los 2, soy seguidor de Alex Diaz y le deseo mucho éxito en cada meta muchas bendiciones.




  8.  
    Jeissa

    jelou mai pipolllllll!!!! muy lindo de verdad q me encantan son muy graciosos y son una pareja bien linda y complementada dios bendiga siempre su trabajo para q sigan haciendo lo q aman… gracias pipollllllll EXITO!!!




  9.  

    THIS IS A TRUE PUERTO RICAN AND IM UP IN TAMPA FLORIDA BUT LOVE TO SEE THESE KIND OF GOOD THINGS OF MY ISLAND… ALEX DIAZ NO TE QUITES PAPA Q ERES DE LOS BUENOS..




  10.  

    AWESOME INTERVIEW!!! Love the pictures, mucho love!!





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