Nathan Apodaca is right here for the great vibes.
About 8 a.m. on Sept. 25, his 2005 Dodge Durango’s battery lower out as he was making an attempt to get to work at an Idaho potato warehouse. This was not a brand new expertise for him: The S.U.V. has greater than 330,000 miles on it.
So, Mr. Apodaca grabbed his cellphone, his giant bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and his longboard — the skateboard stored within the automotive only for such emergencies — and wheeled the remainder of the best way to work.
That was his “morning vibe” as he filmed himself coasting down the freeway, boasting his mom’s Native American heritage with a feather tattoo on the facet of his head, chugging juice and lip-syncing Fleetwood Mac’s “Goals.”
As he sailed down the street, he took a gulp, appeared behind him and lip-synced to Stevie Nicks’s hovering vocals: “It’s solely proper that you need to / Play the best way you are feeling it.”
When he clocked in to work, he posted his TikTok however was uncertain viewers would react. “In the event that they ain’t feeling the vibe, I’ll simply pull it,” he mentioned. “No hurt, no foul.”
However really feel it they did. By Wednesday, the video had ballooned to greater than 27 million views.
“It’s only a video on TikTok that everybody felt a vibe with,” Mr. Apodaca, 37, mentioned. “I’m blissful that I may chill the world out for a minute.”
Amongst those that felt the vibe had been executives at Ocean Spray. On Tuesday, a consultant of the corporate went to the R.V. the place Mr. Apodaca lives parked at his brother’s home in Idaho Falls with a shock reward: a cranberry crimson Nissan pickup. The truck’s mattress was stuffed with jugs of Ocean Spray juice.
Mr. Apodaca’s morning vibe has additionally impressed celebrities, C.E.O.s and politicians to movie their very own takes of his video.
Even Fleetwood Mac’s co-founder Mick Fleetwood cruised in his personal video this previous week as he lip-synced Ms. Nicks’s voice within the group’s 1977 track, which has surged since Mr. Apodaca’s TikTok gained traction.
In keeping with Billboard, Fleetwood Mac’s “Goals” had its largest-ever streaming week final week with 8.47 million streams in the USA.
“@420doggface208 had it proper,” Mr. Fleetwood wrote on TikTok, tagging Mr. Apodaca’s account. “Goals and Cranberry simply hits totally different.”
At Ocean Spray’s workplace, the corporate’s chief govt, Tom Hayes, mentioned he skateboarded when he was youthful, however determined to partake within the pattern himself to “maintain the vibe going.”
“I received to let you know, it’s much more troublesome to do it while you’re consuming a bottle of juice,” Mr. Hayes mentioned. He mentioned it was nonetheless too early for the corporate to know if the video had resulted in an uptick in juice gross sales.
In Montana — the place Mr. Apodaca has pushed backwards and forwards to go to his daughters Makyla, 12, and Angelia, 15 — Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney popped out of the sunroof of his automotive and drank from his personal bottle of Ocean Spray.
“You’ve received to make time to have some enjoyable on the marketing campaign path, and I’m grateful that Mr. Apodaca gave us all a possibility to jam to some Fleetwood Mac and have a viral second,” Mr. Cooney, who’s working for governor, wrote in an announcement.
This wasn’t the primary time Mr. Apodaca’s movies drew web fame since his daughter Makyla first persuaded him to get a TikTok account in 2018.
In lower than a day, Mr. Apodaca’s model of “The Git Up” by Blanco Brown filmed by Makyla received greater than 700,000 views. “She was trippin’ out about it,” he mentioned. “I used to be trippin’ out about it.”
He virtually give up as soon as he received his TikTok fame, however his daughter Angelia inspired him to maintain being himself and doing dance movies.
Mr. Apodaca mentioned he didn’t understand how far his newest journey with fame would take him, however his bosses on the warehouse let him take a while to determine it out. He’s taking a depart from the potato warehouse and even has an agent now.
“I’m chill with it,” he mentioned. “I’m liking it. It’s superior that I get to calm down and do some movies alone time now and revel in it for a minute.”