The Sidemen (or simply SDMN, formerly The Ultimate Sidemen) is a group of seven YouTubers (KSI, Miniminter, Zerkaa, Behzinga, Vikkstar123, TBJZL, and W2S). The group was created on October 19, 2013. The name is an allusion to a term to refer to those who are "behind the scenes" and are much less noticed than the main people. Originally, Simon was a "side-man" to JJ and Tobi was a "side-man" to Josh. When the Sidemen channel was announced on May 16th, 2016, the channel immediately gained 1 million subscribers within 3 days thanks to every Sidemen member announcing it at the same time, making it the fastest channel to achieve this feat.
However, the Sidemen rarely used to upload videos on the Sidemen channel until January 7, 2018, when they started the Sidemen Sunday series. Ever since then they have uploaded a video on this channel every Sunday including a YouTube Original series named "The Sidemen Show" consisting of 7 episodes.
The Sidemen channel was also used to stream the whole "Sidemen vs YouTube Allstars' charity football series". There were 3 matches in that series, one in 2016 (Sidemen winning), 2017 (YouTube Allstars winning), and 2018 (Sidemen winning).
- 1 History
- 2 The Group
- 3 About
- 4 Controversy
- 5 Total Subscribers
- 6 Accommodation
- 7 Cars
- 8 Supported Football Clubs
- 9 Subscriber Milestones
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Gallery
- 12 References
In 2005, Simon Minter (Miniminter) and Olajide Olatinji (KSI) became friends. Simon would help JJ record videos by holding the camera. The two eventually connected with Joshua Bradley (Zerkaa), who was long-term friends with Tobit Brown (TBJZL) from secondary school. On Josh's birthday, the four were all in a voice hangout and started watching a stream from Ethan Payne (Behzinga). They then invited him to the group. This group was nicknamed - by Simon - as "The Original Five". Ethan coined the official name of the group.
They started recording and playing GTA 5 together, and then invited Vikram Barn (Vikkstar123). He was a fit despite not being as invested in FIFA as the others - so naturally, he joined the group, as it was an informal group at the time. The Ultimate Sidemen - (minus Harry Lewis of W2S) - officially formed on October 19, 2013. A few months later, in early 2014, due to Harry's success on YouTube, they asked him to record with them and he too fit in.
In addition to these seven, British rapper Jamie Adenuga (JME) is considered an unofficial member of the Sidemen, since he allegedly played a key part in the group's formation. He has been said to be a part of the Sidemen by multiple members.
Sidemen Sundays is a series that the Sidemen started on their group channel in January of 2018 and is still going on. Before that the Sidemen group channel was only used to stream Charity Football matches and to upload group videos rarely. But ever since Sidemen Sundays started, they have uploaded a video on this channel as part of this series every single Sunday.
The Sidemen Show
The members of the group are:
- Miniminter (October 19, 2013 — present)
- KSI (October 19, 2013 — present)
- W2S (Early-2014 — present)
- Behzinga (October 19, 2013 — present)
- Zerkaa (October 19, 2013 — present)
- TBJZL (October 19, 2013 — present)
- Vikkstar123 (October 19, 2013 — present)
All of the Sidemen are fans of association football and FIFA is the main game that is commonly associated with most of them. Each member of the group has at least two YouTube channels; one for "real life" videos and one for games such as FIFA and Call of Duty. Vikkstar123 is an exception; his main channel is not "real life"-focused and his second channel is Minecraft-focused (although he also runs a third Let's Play channel).
As their popularity began to grow, the Sidemen have branched out and started hosting their own events. Appearances at commercial gaming events such as Insomnia, as well as unofficial meet-ups are not counted as there are too many of them:
- 2016 Charity Football Match (June 2016)
- Upload Event #1 (November 2016)
- 2017 Charity Football Match (May 2017)
- Sidemen War (August 2017)
- Upload Event #2 (September 2017)
- KSI vs Joe Weller Boxing Match (February 2018)
- 2018 Charity Football Match (June 2018)
- KSI vs Logan Paul Boxing Match (August 2018)
- KSI vs Logan Paul Boxing Rematch (November 2019)
- Main article: Sidemen Beef
Behzinga and KSI
On August 3, 2017, KSI made a series of tweets announcing his disengagement with the Sidemen. He followed this up with a five-minute YouTube video on August 6, 2017, confirming his decision. He claimed that the reason he was leaving was primarily due to Behzinga (Ethan) as a person, stating he "can't stand him". JJ ended the video with a segment of him "rapping" comments which dissed the Sidemen, in particular Ethan.
On the same day (August 6), Ethan uploaded a video titled "REPLACING KSI IN THE SIDEMEN HOUSE". In the video, Ethan joked that he was taking JJ's place in the Sidemen House, and proceeded to mess up JJ's old room. The following day, Ethan uploaded a full length "diss track" targeting JJ regarding the current drama, simply called "Drama".
On August 9, JJ uploaded a video of himself reacting to the aforementioned diss track created by Ethan. He confirmed he was working on his own payback track. This was called "Earthquake" and was uploaded on August 12 to JJ's main channel. It featured RiceGum. Ethan posted his own reaction video to the song less than 24 hours later.
Aside from a few quips, not a lot happened between Ethan and KSI for the next week - though Ethan confirmed he was working on a response to "Earthquake". On August 18, he uploaded "Finished" and claimed it'd be the last diss track he'd create. KSI uploaded a reaction video the following day (August 18) and says he's still deliberating whether or not to respond. Ethan has since stated that he will not be making another diss track.
Ethan later stated in a vlog that his relationship with JJ can still be rebuilt and the disses were just banter. It is believed that, with KSI not making another diss track on Ethan, this part of the war has concluded. KSI uploaded a video on 28 August called "CONFRONTING BEHZINGA" showing that the two of them are very clearly still friends and it was mainly just banter.
Deji and Miniminter
On August 5, Deji "jokingly" announced he wanted to join the Sidemen. Miniminter called him out, saying they didn't want him and that Deji should join Team 10 instead. This triggered Deji, who started to rant about how awful the Sidemen are and how they're on life support. This started a war-within-a-war between Deji and Simon.
Deji uploaded a diss track targeting the Sidemen group as a whole (despite only having beef with Simon via Twitter) on August 11. He "roasted" all five remaining members of the group. Simon responded the same day, uploading his own diss track titled "KSI'S LITTLE BROTHER - DEJI DISS TRACK".
Simon uploaded a "reaction video" to Deji's Sidemen diss - alongside Vik, Josh, and Ethan - on August 11 (the day Deji originally uploaded it and a few hours before Simon uploaded his own aforementioned diss track). Deji subsequently "reacted" to Simon's diss track on 13 August.
On August 20, Deji uploaded a second diss track directed solely at Miniminter, called "Ungrateful". Despite criticizing the track due to its "weak bars" and false information, Simon said he would not respond to any more diss tracks.
W2S and KSI
Taking place concurrently to the Deji V Simon "war", Wroetoshaw got involved. On August 8, he uploaded a 3-minute diss track titled "KSI Sucks". The video has over 51 million views and many considered it to be hilariously savage. Harry predominantly targeted the Olatunji family in the song.
On August 9, RiceGum uploaded his reaction to Harry's disstrack and was confused that Harry only mentioned him once (as well as it being a compliment) despite Harry featuring Rice's name in the title. RiceGum also reacted to other diss tracks against him and complained about their hostility.
On August 10, KSI reacted to Harry's diss track. A few hours later, Harry uploaded a video recapping the events so far (and discussing RiceGum's video), titled "W2S - KSI ROASTS MY SISTER". This featured Harry's "second verse", although it wasn't the "proper diss track". It didn't receive as much hatred as his original song and W2S explained his reasons for being so brutal.
On August 13 - after uploading "Earthquake" aimed at Behzinga, KSI uploaded a diss track music video called "Little Boy", aimed at Harry as a response to "KSI Sucks". The following day, Harry and his mum "reacted" to "Little Boy". The video was hilarious but incredibly awkward. Harry promised he'd post his response within "72 hours". The day after that (August 15), KSI reacted to Harry's reaction video - within his own video titled "I'm Getting Deported".
On August 19, W2S uploaded his second disstrack called "KSI Exposed". The video was brutal and many people have suggested he took it too far. KSI later revealed he got so mad at W2S that he could not upload his reaction.
On August 24, KSI uploaded his response to W2S' second diss track. He called it "Two Birds One Stone" and dissed both W2S and Joe Weller in the same track. He responded to Harry's accusations and summed up the situation between himself and Joe Weller. Harry reacted to this track and provided no evidence that he would respond again.
It is believed that the feud between Harry and JJ - although escalating much higher than originally intended - has concluded, with Harry still having won despite JJ being the last one to diss the other. In the song, JJ stated that he would be making no more diss tracks against Harry.
Involvement of Vikkstar123 and TBJZL
TBJZL vowed from the beginning that he wouldn't get involved in the drama. He instead launched "Team SKRRR" (implying that they avoid any involvement in any drama). Deji nonetheless insulted Tobi during his own diss track, yet Tobi let it go and still isn't getting involved.
On August 15, Vikkstar123 dropped his own diss track against Deji - something Deji said would never happen - called "THE END". The song was so fire, many people have said there was no coming back from it and that the war is over. Even KSI reacted to it and admitted that Deji couldn't come back from it. Nevertheless, Deji "reacted" to Vik's track, took it personally, got triggered, and said he'd make a new track aimed solely at Vik. Vik said that he will not be making another one, as the first was just a joke.
Involvement of Caspar Lee
On August 19, Caspar released his own parody diss track (which he called a "compliment track") on KSI, the Sidemen, Deji, and Jake Paul named "STOP THE DISS TRACKS!!". Many people failed to see the sarcastic undertones on this track. Deji took his "compliment" sarcastically. Due to this not being a legitimate diss track and Caspar being a generally well-liked individual, nobody was expected to make a proper reply to this.
NetNobody and KSI
On August 20, Sky Does Everything (real name Adam) released his own diss track on KSI out of nowhere named "'Diss Track ED". On August 25, after the main bulk of the Sidemen Beef had concluded, KSI reacted to Sky's track. In the video, KSI said that Sky first congratulated him for finally doing what he really feels and wants to do on YouTube. After KSI released his early diss tracks, Sky quickly started to "roast" KSI on Twitter claiming that JJ hasn't changed or "evolved" at all; until he released the aforementioned diss track. KSI said that he would be making a response diss track against Adam which would "ruin" him.
Adam stated in an interview with Keemstar in early September that he'd be dropping a second diss track immediately after KSI posted his response. On September 4, JJ posted a video claiming he had gained access to - what he thought was - that very diss track. He reacted to Adam's "leaked" track alongside his brother in a video titled "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA". Most people thought the leak was legitimate and that Adam had indeed been ruined. Adam laughed and claimed on Twitter that the "leak" wasn't real and that he's actually made another.
On September 8, KSI uploaded "Adam's Apple" - his official diss track against Sky. This track featured Adam's ex-wife Alesa and exposed a lot of personal information. However, like he originally claimed, soon after JJ uploaded "Adam's Apple", NetNobody uploaded "Bend the Knee" - his second diss track against KSI. In the video, he claims that he predicted/had knowledge of KSI's track and that the leak was part of a game he was playing.
On November 11, DramaAlert uploaded a brand new video in which he said that if they both like his tweet, that they made up. Both of them liked his tweet, confirming that they don't have beef anymore.
The Sidemen have a combined total of more than 110 million subscribers across their channels.
This is an overview of where each of the Sidemen lives, or have lived in together. Prior to moving into the locations below, most of them lived with their parents/family except Zerkaa who had a flat:
(February 2014–May 2016)
(May 2016–March 2019)
|Stratford Halo Tower
This is a list of the current (as of September 2019) and former cars owned by each of the Sidemen. Some of this information may be outdated and therefore incorrect. Additionally, if you can find out some of the blank dates, feel free to fill the gaps in if you have a good source (or leave it in the comments below):
- Nissan GT-R (June 2017 — present)
- Mercedes A Class (Unknown — September 2016)
- Tesla Model X P100D (November 2017 — unknown)
- Range Rover Evoque (Unknown — November 2017)
- Ford Fiesta (Unknown)
- Lamborghini Aventador (November 2014 — unknown)
- Porsche Cayenne Turbo (2015 — present)
- Porsche Boxster (Unknown — 2014)
- Audi A3 (January 2015 — present)
- Range Rover Evoque (Unknown — present)
- Tesla Model S P90D (October 2016 — present)
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage (May 2015 — present)
- Volkswagen Scirocco (May 2013 — present)
- Lamborghini Gallardo 50th Anniversary Edition (June 2015 — present)
- Range Rover Evoque (September 2014 — August 2015)
- Audi A5 (Unknown — present)
- SMART Fortwo (2010 — unknown)
- Audi TT (Unknown — unknown)
- Audi R8 V10 Plus (December 2016 — May 2019)
Supported Football Clubs
|Behzinga||West Ham United|
|Vikkstar123||Sheffield Wednesday F.C.|
Note: The following dates are according to SocialBlade. Dates may vary by ~1 day (2 days if you live outside of North America) due to differences in time zones.
- 1 million subscribers: May 18, 2016
- 1 million subscribers: September 14, 2018 (MoreSidemen)
- 1 million subscribers: August 22, 2020 (SidemenReacts)
- 2 million subscribers: March 22, 2017
- 2 million subscribers: August 4, 2019 (MoreSidemen)
- 2 million subscribers: November 15, 2020 (SidemenReacts)
- 3 million subscribers: May 27, 2018
- 3 million subscribers: February 12, 2020 (MoreSidemen)
- 4 million subscribers: November 22, 2018
- 4 million subscribers: October 2, 2020 (MoreSidemen)
- 5 million subscribers: June 15, 2019
- 6 million subscribers: September 28, 2019
- 7 million subscribers: February 16, 2020
- 8 million subscribers: May 5, 2020
- 9 million subscribers: August 29, 2020
- 10 million subscribers: November 30, 2020
- None of the videos on the main channel have received less than a million views.
- They have joked that Click are the 'BTEC' Sidemen.
- The Sidemen channel has more subscribers and views than five of the members main channels; Tobi, Ethan, Vik, Simon, and Josh.