With a combined following of over six million on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, as well as over 600,000 followers on Twitch, one might expect FaZe Blaze to have an inflated ego.
However, it turns out that he just seems himself as a “normal dude.”
“I’ve been getting people telling me that I’m ‘famous’ since I was a senior in high school,” he said. “I am a human … I don’t see myself as cool or anything like that.”
We at Syft took this interview to sit down and learn about all the intricacies behind “Blaze.” From a childhood in gaming to a young adulthood in multimedia, this complex figure has lived up to his moniker, burning up our screens at every turn.
Blaze was born Lucas Mosing into a loving Austrian family. This family connection would propel his love for video games: after seeing his mom and her sisters play the GameBoy Color, he knew he had to get in on the action.
“I would just play Donkey Kong, all the original GameBoy Color games,” he said. “Then I would just get every new GameBoy system that came afterward.”
After dabbling in handheld gaming, Mosing began to experiment with PC gaming. He recalls his days playing Runescape “like a psychopath” in the school library in elementary and part-way through middle school. He also remembers going over to his friend Parker’s house every day to play Nazi Zombies in Call of Duty: World at War.
Soon after getting an Xbox 360 of his own, Mosing grinded Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In 2010, he discovered FaZe Clan and knew what he had to do. After grinding to get into FaZe Clan – which Mosing calls a “crowning achievement” of his lifetime – he chose the name FaZe Blaziken because of his love for the Pokemon games, particularly Generation Three which included Pokemon Emerald and Fire Red. Every time Mosing restarted those Pokemon games, he always chose Torchic – the fire-type starter Pokemon – as it eventually evolved into Blaziken.
Additionally, when he and his best friend at the time made their first Call of Duty team, xJMx, one of the requirements was that each member have a specific Pokemon name. For example, his friend chose Dragonite while another chose Squirtle, but everything was done in the name of fun.
“This was back when we were really young and we didn’t really think about what it’s like to brand a team,” Mosing said. “We just had a little group of guys and it was all just trying to have fun on Call of Duty.”
Because Blaziken is a Pokemon property, Mosing was forced to change his name. Thus spawned his current moniker: FaZe Blaze. After starting his YouTube channel on Jan. 8, 2013, Mosing has since featured various types of content on his channel, from Call of Duty gameplays to vlog-style videos and, more recently, music videos.
Music has always been a passion of Mosing’s, as he’s been producing music for as long as he can remember. One day, he decided to pursue music and, to his surprise, the songs he’s released so far have over 20 million plays across all platforms. Particularly, he loves his own songs and said he can listen to them “all day.”
Though he’s only released singles thus far, Mosing hopes to tour the world in the future and put on live shows along with a full album. When live performances are eventually permitted again, Mosing plans to integrate the crowd, his fans and gaming in some way.
“Halfway through the show, I pick a random fan out of the crowd to one v. one me in a Super Smash Bros. game,” he said. “Or start the show off with a crazy video game moment where me and a couple friends are gaming and then it’s broadcast live on the screen, it jumps into the show.”
That said, everything depends on how the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, Mosing is exploring his creative side and thought about potentially making movies or a TV series simply because he “loves” to create content.
“I love TikTok. I love creating short little videos for the internet,” Mosing said. “I love YouTube. I love making long YouTube videos for the internet. And I love streaming — I can stream for eight hours. So everything is open.”
Speaking of streaming, Mosing recently hit 600,000 subscribers on Twitch. He says that it’s been a grind to amass a following because Twitch is so different from other content sites. Even if a streamer gets a great opening night stream with 50,000 or 80,000 viewers, it doesn’t necessarily equate to a consistent number over time.
“To grow on Twitch and to have a consistent fanbase on Twitch, you have to absolutely grind and build a community,” he said. “You have to put on for your other social medias and figure out creative ways to promote your Twitch streams and do events on your Twitch streams to get people to show out and show out consistently.
While getting good numbers of viewers and subscribers matters to Mosing, he said that the only thing that really matters are the “core people.” To Mosing, the people that really care are the ones that are always going to be there, no matter if it’s “100 or 1000 or 100,000 or even a million.”
“You should never look at your number of people and be anything but hyped about it because that’s people who genuinely care about you and that’s awesome,” he said.
Because of Mosing’s somewhat irregular streaming schedule – often, he streams very late at night until the early morning – he gets to say “good morning” to people from different time zones, which he says is a “very cool” feeling. When he starts streaming at 10-11 PM PT, Mosing says he’ll get some European viewers, and the longer he streams, he’ll start getting viewers from the east coast before getting viewers on the west.
Having said that, even Mosing sometimes feels burnt out. In order to continually regain his passion, he mixes up his routine, which is why he’s always exploring his creative side and understands that he’s “blessed” to have creative freedom. Mosing also credits leaving the FaZe house as one of the reasons for his renewed interest in creating content.
“I give them no shade for that,” he said. “I actually appreciate them giving me that push because I wouldn’t have made it by myself — I was way too comfortable in the environment I was in.”
On the topic of comfort, FaZe was recently put through diversity and sensitivity training so that members could discuss social issues and make gaming a more inclusive community. Mosing has noticed gaming’s shift to being a more welcoming community, though he says more work needs to be done.
“I think it’s moving in the right direction … It’s definitely a lot better than it used to be,” he said. Mosing says that practicing being respectful – online and in real life – and continually pushing respect is what will make gaming a more inclusive and welcoming environment in the future.
Mosing looks to create a welcoming environment of his own soon enough. He recently tweeted his plans to start his own gaming house in 2021. The idea came to him after being part of multiple gaming houses throughout his life.
“I know how they work and I see the full potential of a gaming house and I don’t think it’s been reached and not even close to being reached,” he said. “Just take it [a gaming house] to the next level.”
Mosing “couldn’t believe” the response he got after the initial tweet and is looking forward to getting a small group of content creators together to get the project underway. Among the many facets of this new gaming house, Mosing said that he wants the house to be a place where he and his potential partners can live effortlessly so they can just focus on producing content, managing relationships, gaining responsibilities, and watching their health.
Also, Mosing wants the house to be a place where the brightest minds in certain industries – such as business and health – can have meaningful conversations with content creators. Mosing hopes to create the best work environment for each creator.
As such, once the house is up-and-ready, he will enlist personal assistants to cater to each persons’ specific needs as well as a personal chef to make sure that each person is living in a healthy way.
But until that time comes, Mosing wants to continue streaming and creating content he’s proud of. Eventually he wants to visit his family in Austria – he is the only one who doesn’t live there – as he FaceTimes them frequently and misses spending time with them.
As a whole, Mosing says he wants to keep living a happy life and is grateful for everything that’s happened so far. Although he’s not one talk about one’s purpose, he feels his purpose in life is to create.
“I just love creating; I just love making stuff. Whether that’s creating life or creating content or creating food, I just love making stuff. It makes me happy,” he concluded.
We at Syft wish Blaze nothing but the best in his future endeavors. We can’t wait to see how bright this blaze can burn.