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YouTube is every procrastinator’s first port of call. It’s hard to believe, but there are people who also use the popular video site as a creative platform, rather than a cat-filled time drain. Take Patty Walters, for example. At the last count, the Minneapolis-born vocalist’s filmed cover versions have earned him a whopping 429,756 subscribers. It’s proved invaluable in giving his Brighton-based band help in getting a foot on the first pizza-smeared rung of the pop punk ladder.

"I was super interested in YouTube culture," says Walters. "I loved watching vloggers, but at the same time MySpace was a dying platform. I wanted to further my career as a musician, so posting covers on YouTube felt right. I kept pursuing that while doing the band.”

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