The show in its simplest form, was born January 14, 2016. By this I mean, I had an idea to do a one off video, paying tribute to some of Eddie’s gear, go over some effects pedals and kind of a mini rig rundown.
In this video it’s mentioned that if viewers liked this content, more videos would follow. The exact description of the video was as follows:
First of several video blogs talking everything and anything Edward Van Halen. This is just my introduction to you. Your positive feedback will decide whether or not I make more of these.
The video ended up being well received and fans expressed interest in having more content like this made available. So, very shortly after I followed up with more videos, around 6 more before the end of January, each did fairly well. It was clear at this point that he would try and turn these segments into a show.
A name that stuck with me since the onset, was EVH Gear Discussion, and thus the show concept was moved forward with under that moniker.
The channel started off with less than 30 subscribers in 2017 and saw decent subscription gains in the first quarter. Before the end of the first quarter, the show/channel received its first sponsor, that being vanhalenstore.com
At this point, the show was now sponsored, and still was sitting at only 300 subscribers. A feat at that point I thought he would never see. It was only a few months later, in late July I recorded a video saying thank you for reaching 700 subscribers.
Shortly after the show received its second sponsor, from a Canadian sign & printing company “Simple Signs & Graphics” from New Brunswick Canada. Simple Signs & Graphix work could be seen on the EVH Gear Discussion bumper stickers and large banner visible behind Eric on the broadcasts.
EVH Gear Discussion started having some of the industry’s biggest names on the show and this snowballed quickly. The channel grew rapidly and hit 2000 subscribers in late December. On the day of the last (official) show for 2016 (Friday Dec 23) the channel broke the 2,000 subscriber count.
Eric would like to thank the fans that made this show and a dream become a reality in 2016. It could have never happened without you.