Sunday, August 4, 2013

Youtube Star Ricky Ficarelli Interview - "My Prince Charming is the Drummer" by Tatiana Mclane

Hey girls! I have to warn you that you won't be able to contain your emotions if you ever get lucky enough to meet the most adorable under 25 drummer on the planet right now. Yup! I'm talking about Youtube star Ricky Ficarelli. The 20 year old handsome Italian hottie sports a mop top head of wavy brown hair, big brown eyes, and a naughty smile even while he's rocking out on his drum set to a cover of your favorite song or playing with his new band King The Kid.

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I got the chance to meet Ricky for the first time the day after I had spent an entire day modeling for Betsey Johnson for her Prom line at her Topanga Mall Boutique. Playing the part of a gothic prom queen can be fun, but it is exhausting playing a human mannequin posing in a store window while shoppers gawk at you. So, I can somewhat relate to how Ricky must feel when he has a whole venue of girls fans screaming his name or trying to a sneak peek through his tour bus curtains. It's exciting, yet a little creepy! lol! Back to my first Ricky Ficarelli encounter. I was eating with my music lawyer parents who rep Ricky at a restaurant on Venice Beach Boardwalk. I was still groggy from yesterday's modeling gig, so I was sporting a pair of sunglasses to hide my tired eyes when my Dad waves a gorgeous guy over to our table. God! I scream on the inside. This guy is so cute! I slowly push my chair back and try not to fall over as his hotness has made me weak in the knees. Finally in an upright position, I put on my sweetest smile as my dad introduces me to the hottest drummer on earth! Thanks Papa! It's times like this that I thank my lucky stars I'm your daughter.

Old School Lois Lane style, I take out my notepad and trusty pen and walk out of the restaurant into the Venice Beach sunshine to conduct my interview with Ricky. He tags along like an eager puppy dog following me to spot smack dab in the middle of the Boardwalk. But, hey I thought it was a cool place for an interview for a first timer from Wellington, Florida to talk about himself while hanging out amongst the cool California Venice Beach crowd.

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Ricky was eloquent and pretty precise about what he wanted to do with his music career. He began drumming at a very early age after discovering an old drum kit of his Dad's. He was a natural. And his parents picked up on his amazing musical talents eventually hiring a drum instructor and supporting their son's desire to become a professional drummer. Richard Sr and Karen should be proud of their son's accomplishments as he has become one of the world's most famous Youtube drummers under age 25. With millions of hits on his Youtube drum cover videos, his dreams of drumming for a living have become a reality. Headlining the Digitour twice was a super nice treat for his Youtube fans to see him drumming live for other Youtube stars including Dave Daves.

Youtube drum cover fame wasn't enough for ambitious Ricky Ficarelli. He wanted to play with his own band and tour the world, so he could finally meet his fans in person and not just on the internet via Youtube. I am so glad he finally put together an amazing band! With a regal moniker "King The Kid", these three guys are destined to rule the pop rock world.

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Ricky Ficarelli is currently on Tour with his band King The Kid. Check out Ricky's and the band's websites and Facebook like pages to see when they will be in your hometown so you too can see why " My Prince Charming is the Drummer".

See King The Kid perform:

See Ricky Ficarelli with King The Kid on Tour:

Princess Kisses xoxo

Tatiana Mclane Queenie4ever
P.S. Ricky Ficarelli was the gorgeous model for my Queenie4ever fashion shoot " My Prince Charming is the Drummer." Check it out at

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1. How would you describe your clothing style?
I’d describe it as pop rock. I got the whole skinny jeans look going on. I’m just a normal guy. Sometimes I wear semi casual other times jeans and a t-shirt.  

2. What has been the most fun you’ve had in Los Angeles?
Going to Santa Monica Pier. I went on all the roller coasters and stuff.  

3. Do you have a catch phrase?
I say legit a lot. 

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4. Do you have a name for your fans yet?
Not yet. Maybe in the future.  

5. What inspired you to start drumming?
My dad played drums when he was younger. So there was a drum set just laying around the house. I started learning at 11 or 12 and it turned into a passion.  

6. How do you decide what songs you cover on Youtube? 
It’s based on the requests I get by fans or personal preferences. Whatever people seem to want.  

7. What is a typical day like for you?
I’ve been practicing and rehearsing a lot to get ready to hit the road. 

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8. Have you had any memorable fan experiences yet?
The 1st time I received fan mail was from a girl all the way in Germany 4-5 months ago. I’ve also had a handful of times where people have noticed me when I’m just walking around.  

9. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I was really into Dragon Ball Z during my childhood. I had all of the action figures. I still actually play the video games.  

10. Do you have a favorite band or musician?
Influence wise it would have to be Blink 182 and Travis Barker. 

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11. Do you play any other instruments?
I play a lot of other instruments like the piano and the bass. I like to produce and record my own songs. I like to do a little bit of everything but I can’t really sing.  

12. Do you have a favorite Youtube video?
Of my videos the cover of K$sha’s We R Who We R. Of other Youtubers I like Ray Williams Johnson and Dave Days.  

13. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start drumming or become a musician?
You should jam with other musicians who are better than you so that you can learn from them.

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14. What’s next for Ricky Ficarelli?
The King The Kid Tour. Depending on the success of the tour I might have some cool opportunities coming up.

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