About Ro / FAQ

Provided below are answers to some basic questions with the intent for you to better learn about me. Feel free to ask me anything that you want by clicking Ask Me Anything in the sidebar.

Who are you? What do you do?

My name is Romanel Fleming, born and raised in Seattle, WA, USA. I'm best known as a content creator on YouTube, as well as a graphic designer with projects ranging from logos to vehicle texture packs for the Grand Theft Auto modding community.

My first main hobby was graphic design, dating back as far as middle school. My craving for designing picked up more throughout high school and college. Today, I primarily focus on my own logos, for my VEKTR0 persona. Between 2015 and 2017, I also created vehicle textures for the Grand Theft Auto modding community, based solely on law enforcement agencies in the greater Seattle area. This includes Seattle Police Department, Puyallup Police Department, King County Sheriff, and Washington State Patrol. Due to putting more focus on my YouTube channel, as well as work and my personal life, I took a long hiatus from the community as a creator in late 2017. In late-2018, I came back to release the Oregon State Police texture pack, which was my first release that didn't focus on anything within the state of Washington.

My passion for creating content on YouTube started in late 2014. I had previously had a channel where I would post small clips from Skate 3 on my PlayStation 3, as well as Need For Speed Rivals on my PlaySta;tion 4, but I wanted to do something more. Picking up inspiration from SpeirsTheAmazingHD and BayAreaBuggs, I launched my current gaming-focused channel in November 2014. The channel originally focused on LCPDFR (a police roleplay mod for Grand Theft Auto IV) and Euro Truck Simulator 2. These two series' led to the sequels "LSPDFR" (Grand Theft Auto V) and "American Truck Simulator".

Over time, various games and series' have come and gone, such as The Sims 4 and Far Cry 3. The Long Dark was on the channel for a while, but was killed off after 2 seasons, though may be making a return towards the end of 2019. Ghost Recon: Wildlands came and went, and has been replaced by the sequel, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Life Is Strange was featured on the channel, then ceased to continue when "The Adventures of Captain Spirit" launched. However, Life Is Strange will be returning to the channel on October 20, 2019. LSPDFR was replaced by "San Andreas: Law", which is currently in its second season. "San Andreas: Life" is a more typical Grand Theft Auto V series where I fight against the police and wreak havoc. Euro Truck Simulator 2 returned, joining American Truck Simulator in "Worldwide Trucking". A sister series ("Worldwide Transit") was announced in August 2019, featuring Bus Simulator 18 and Tourist Bus Simulator, and is launching on October 19, 2019. Rainbow Six: Siege, one of the longest-running series' on the channel, is still an active series.

As for employment, I started as a crew member at Five Guys in June 2016. In March 2018, I moved to a different Five Guys location, and was promoted to the Shift Lead position in August 2018. That November, I transferred to a brand new store, continuing as a Shift Lead. In February 2019, I left Five Guys for three months, before returning.

What's your current phone, and how do you have it set up?

Currently, I'm using the OnePlus 7 Pro, an amazing flagship smartphone with a ton of features, competing with other premium smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Apple iPhone 11 Pro. This smartphone packs a whopping 12GB of LPDDFR4X RAM, 256GB of storage, a triple camera (48MP Sony IMX586, 8MP Telephoto, 16MP Ultrawide) layout in the back with a motorized pop-up selfie camera (16MP Sony IMX471) in the front, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The screen is gorgeous 6.67", 90Hz screen, 19.5:9 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 3120x1440. The display does not have any sort of notch or camera cutout, unlike the Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy S10 series, and iPhone X, XS series, and 11 series.

It runs OnePlus' custom, near-stock version of Android, called OxygenOS. It's built on top of Android 10, and runs incredibly smooth, thanks to its high-end specs. The triple cameras in the rear take awesome images with Portrait Mode, are capable of taking slow-motion video at 480fps, and can take 4K videos at 60fps with Optical Image Stabilization. The brand new "Warp Charge 30" brings amazingly quick charging time. It can charge over 50% in just 20 minutes.

I use Nova Launcher as my main launcher, as it's highly customizeable with new features being added frequently. My setup is simple, with 5 folders (Google Apps, Social, Multimedia, Financial, and Utilities) and "Another Widget" (a customizeable clock widget similar to Google's Pixel clock widget). I also use Flat Circle Icons as my current icon pack.

For gaming on my phone, I have Alto's Adventure, Alto's Odyssey, Asphalt 9, and Mario Run. Social apps include Discord, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, and Snapchat. For music, I mainly use Spotify, though I occassionally use YouTube Music. Utilities include Speedtest (by Ookla), Handshake, and Opera VPN.

How did you come up with your nickname?

The VEKTR0 name is originally based on the word "vector", though it's obviously been modified with a zero instead of an 'o', and a 'k' instead of a 'c'. And of course, it's intended to be all-caps, to help it stand out more. On top of that, the 'R' was moved to be before the zero, that way my shortname, 'Ro', is perfectly fitted at the end. The name originated in mid-2015, in a small GTA Online session with some friends. Not only is 'vector' a reference to the vector designs that I've been making for the past few years, it's also one of my favorite guns. The name was publicly debuted just days after its creation.

What's the story behind your current design?

My first real 'face' logo debuted shortly after the VEKTR0 name was unveiled, and was inspired by Barely Alive's logo. The logo changed over time, and I eventually decided to change things up and come up with an animal-based logo. 'fl0manel v1' was introduced in October 2016, and was the first of a few different fox designs. The 'fl0manel' name was my original persona back in 2008, was retired in 2013, and was reborn in 2016. The 'fl0manel' logo can commonly be seen along side the VEKTR0 name in a font titled 'Futura'.

In early 2018, my design at the time (titled 'fl0manel v3') received an update to make it neon-based. This change in design was a turning point for me, as many people enjoyed the new aesthetic. Over the following months, the coloring of the design changed to match a monthly theme. This started in February with a Valentine's Day theme, with March featuring a Saint Patrick's Day theme, April featuring an Easter theme, and May featuring a personally chosen theme. The coloring from the May update is what was used as the standard color scheme for 'fl0manel v4'.

Speaking of 'fl0manel v4', this update released on June 1st, 2018. Keeping the neon elements from v3, fl0manel went through a redesign, which saw the end of the fox and the beginning of the lynx. This newer design does not have facial features, unlike previous designs, since it just features a neon outline. This simpler aesthetic allows the design to stay simple. In December 2018, I released 'VEKTR0designs v5', a global design refresh covering VEKTR0media (my YouTube channel, with new animations and thumbnails), VEKTR0creations & VEKTR0photography (new screenshots and photograph template).

August 2019 through October 2019 featured the slow roll-out of VEKTR0v6, the latest update. In this update, fl0manel was redesigned with a new fox outfit, and I ditched the use of fonts for the VEKTR0 main logo. Instead, I took inspiration from my old logos to create a new, original design. This update also brings back monthly themes, which will start in November. Also included is a new title animation (for use with the intro and outro), and will include other animations closer to November.

What programs and equipment do you use to create your designs?

To create all of my designs, I use Adobe Illustrator CC to create the original shape of the logos, then export the design into Adobe Photoshop CC where I do everything else. Because both programs are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, I use both my PC and my MacBook Pro for designs. And thanks to the Adobe Creative Cloud, all of my files are stored in the cloud, so they're accessible from all of my devices. These files are periodically backed up locally, in case of connection-loss or other mishaps.

What programs and equipment do you use to make YouTube videos?

Let's start with my equipment. My microphone is a Blue Spark XLR microphone (originally used and signed by TheNorthernAlex), connected to my Behringer Q502-USB mixer, which is connected to my PC.

I use a program called 'Noise Gator' to apply a noise gate to my audio in real-time, allowing for my audio to only turn on when I am speaking. This helps reduce background noise and general mouth/nose-generated noises, such as licking lips and breathing. After this, Noise Gator passes my audio to 'Audacity', which is the program that I use to record my personal voice audio.

I use Nvidia Share (previously known as Shadowplay) to record my gameplay, gameplay audio, and an extra audio source. If I'm recording with other people, this means recording (in most cases) Discord. If I'm recording by myself, I record my microphone's audio input so I can sync my audio easier.

I have 2 external hard drives, a 4TB Western Digital for all of my recording files and finalized projects that are ready to be uploaded, and a 2TB Seagate for all of my editing. Once a recording is finished, I use the 4TB drive to transfer all recording files to my MacBook Pro. My MacBook Pro is used to edit videos through Final Cut Pro X, as well as create thumbnails with a custom template in Photoshop CC, and then uploaded through Google Chrome.

This setup will change significantly when I get my NAS (Network Attached Storage) and my new PC build is completed.

What's in your current PC build?

Here are the main specs (full info can be found here.):

Case: NZXT H700i
CPU: Intel i9-9900KF
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080ti (Founders Edition)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB @ 3200MHz
PSU: Corsair RM850x
Storage: 2TB Samsung Evo Plus NVME SSD, 2x1TB HDD in RAID 0 configuration

What's in your new PC build?

Here are the main specs (full info can be found here.):

Case: NZXT H700i
CPU: Intel i9-9900KF
GPU: ASUS GeForce RTX 2080ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB @ 3200MHz
PSU: Corsair RM850x (White, 2018)
Storage: 2x2TB Samsung Evo Plus NVME SSD (there will also be a NAS build prior to this build that'll be an additional 8TB)

Is there anyone that you would like to shout out?

First of all, I would like to thank Jase Wolf (a.k.a. Jwbjnwolf), who's been helping me with building, running, and modifying this website since the very beginning. He's also been a great friend, and has supported me and my channel for a few years, now.

Secondly, I'd like to give a shout out to Kovin for being an long-time subscriber to my channel, and being one of the most active subscribers.

Next, a huge shoutout to those who have donated to my channel, including 'somniumisdreaming', who was the first donator. Thank you so much, m'dudes.

Last, huge shoutout to my homies Mike_Art03a, JeepinDan, Hardtruck1, ShortZ, and Carper (also known as Carperino/Fartknockr), who are part of my Bad Fellas Entertainment collective (more info on that, below). Honorable mentions go to Mister_Bald, and Smoke Eater Gaming.

Favorite YouTube channels?

Most of the YouTube channels that watch are gaming-related, so I have to start with SpeirsTheAmazingHD, who's the first YouTuber that I ever subscribed to. Without him, I don't know where I'd be. He's helped me through some pretty rough times, and without him, I wouldn't have found BayAreaBuggs, and TheNorthernAlex. I also watch Call Me Kevin.

When it comes to technology-based YouTube channels, I frequently find myself watching videos from Unbox Therapy, JayzTwoCents, and LinusTechTips.

What is Bad Fellas Entertainment?

In early 2016, I became a part of TheNorthernAlex's community, TheNorthernPack. Through this community, I've met some awesome guys and have formed a great bond with them. We play games together, laugh, and have all sorts of fun. At some point, I thought it would be awesome if we formed an official group. In late 2017, I started our collective, Bad Fellas Entertainment. The name is from a song by Barely Alive and Astronaut, which released in mid-2015 on Disciple Recordings.

What type of music do you listen to?

I was introduced to Hip-Hop/Rap in 2004, which I frequently listened to until 2014. In 2011, I was introduced to EDM, originally listening to Dubstep.

Though I mostly enjoy the life-threatening sounds of Dubstep (you know, the robot sex noises, growls, and storms of bass) as well as Drum & Bass, I also enjoy the calmer side of Electronic music, such as Melodic Dubstep, House, and Progressive House.

Favorite artists in Hip-Hop/Rap?

Eminem (Marshall Mathers). Simply put, the Rap God himself is forever going to be my #1 pick for best rapper. Besides his solo career, the head of Shady Records is also part of a duo with Royce da 5’9” (also a favorite rapper of mine, also from Detroit) called Bad Meets Evil, as well as a member of D12 (Dirty Dozen).

Royce da 5’9” (Ryan Daniel Montgomery) is an incredible lyricist and is part of the duo PRhyme with DJ Premier, as well as a quarter of Slaughterhouse (with Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, and Joe Budden). In 2016, Ryan started his own label, Bad Half Entertainment, and released a mixtape (“Trust The Shooter”) and a studio album (“Layers”) through it. In 2018, he released his “Book of Ryan” studio album, which features several artists such as J Cole, Eminem, Jadakiss, and Fabolous.

As of May 2018, I started listening more to G-Eazy, a Bay-Area based rapper, who's worked alongside Halsey, Dillon Francis, and E40. My favorite track with him is titled "Me, Myself, & I".

I've also started listening to Joyner Lucas, following his appearance on Eminem's "Kamikaze" album.

Here are some tracks to check out:
- “Endless Summer Fresstyle”, G-Eazy, YG
- “Ex”, Ty Dolla $ign, YG
- “Me, Myself, & I”, G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha
- “Fuck Everybody”, Terror Reid
- “Cocaine”, Royce Da 5'9"
- “I Love”, Joyner Lucas
- “Tabernacle”, Royce Da 5'9"
- “Not Alike”, Eminem, Royce Da 5'9"
- “Dumb”, Royce Da 5'9", Boogie
- “I Mean It”, G-Eazy
- “Same Bitches”, Post Malone, G-Eazy, YG
- “You Got Me”, G-Eazy

Favorite artists in Electronic music?

Since the days of DESTROID, a group headed by Excision, an artist by the name of "Space Laces" has always had my attention. While he may not have released very much content when compared to other artists around him, his unique sound design and hilarious endings to songs makes his music of high quality. He finally released his first EP (Overdrive EP) on June 6th, 2018, through Never Say Die Records.

In late 2017, I discovered an artist going by the name "IVORY". Signed to Never Say Die Records, IVORY is yet another great artist with a unique sound design. His latest EP (Next Level EP) was released on April 30th, 2018.

An artist by the name of "Chime" has been around a while, having released music through several record labels, including Firepower Records and Circus Records. Previously known as "Dec3mber", Chime has a very digital sound design, frequently featuring sound effects from video games. He makes a good range of music, from Melodic Dubstep to heavier Dubstep.

Next up is the legendary Virtual Riot, a German producer who's created amazing songs across several genres (Dubstep, Melodic, Riddim, and Future Bass). Valentin is signed to Disciple Recordings.

Last, but certainly not least, Barely Alive. Currently my favorite duo in music, Matt and Willie have released plenty of tracks across several genres, from Dubstep, to Drum & Bass, to Hip-Hop/Rap, to Trap, and so on. They are signed to Disciple Recordings.

Other great artists include Eptic, Kompany, Myro, Soltan, Riot Ten, Dirtyphonics, PhaseOne, Hi I'm Ghost, Bandlez, and Getter.

Here are some tracks to check out:
- “Deeper In Love”, Barely Alive, Great Good Fine OK [ELECTRONIC]
- “Overdrive”, Space Laces [DUBSTEP]
- “Triforce (Eliminate Remix)”, Panda Eyes, Virtual Riot, Barely Alive, Eliminate [DUBSTEP]
- “Beyond the Stars”, Eptic [MELODIC]
- “Rapture”, Kompany [DUBSTEP]
- “Last Stand”, Dirtyphonics, PhaseOne [DUBSTEP]]
- “Your Love (Myro Remix)”, Dodge & Fuski, Myro [DUBSTEP]
- “Double Up (Bandlez Remix)”, PhaseOne, Young Buck [DUBSTEP]
- “Kyoto Funk”, Bandlez [RIDDIM]
- “Money Walk”, Riot Ten [TRAP]
- “Hysteria”, Virtual Riot [DUBSTEP]
- “Killswitch”, Topi [DUBSTEP]
- “Rumble”, Space Laces, Excision [DUBSTEP]
- “We Don't Play”, 12th Planet, Bandlez, Barely Alive, Chibs, Dirtyphonics, Dodge & Fuski, Eliminate, Fox Stevenson, Hatcha, Infekt, Modestep, MVRDA, Myro, Oliverse, PhaseOne, SampliFire, Terravita, Truth, Virtual Riot, Virus Syndicate [DUBSTEP]

For more songs that I recommend, check out my Spotify playlist.