Alex opened his Youtube channel under the name Altheking1006 on February 26, 2012. His first video was posted on March 9th, 2012, and was an Otis 2000E in a Virgin Megastore in Lyon, althrough he filmed his first elevator in October 2011 in Paris.
In Spetember 2013, a major channel change occured, Altheking1006 became TheFrench Elevatorchannel. In July 2014, he corrected this name (inputing some spaces) to create today's name, "The French Elevator Channel".
He has reached 100,000 views in December 2014, 200,000 in November 2015, and 300,000 in September 2016.
On November 1, 2016, someone shared his most watched video on Reddit, and it soon became a success. His subscribers count doubled in only 1 night, and his most watched video earned 14,000 views. Since then, he became the first elevator filmer in France, passing Fabien Pitorre in terms of subscriptions (but not in views).
He considers photography as a hobby more than a passion. He films various things. His main focus is elevator photography, but he also films escalators, and airplanes. He travels a lot to various places in the world. As he loves cars, he also plans to create a new channel, intended to make dashcam videos, as soon as he obtains his driving licence and a car.
As a student with a very difficult course, he uploads videos less regularly, sometimes there is only 1 video per month.
Travelling history :
- December 2011 : Dubai, U.A.E.
- April 2012 : London, U.K.
- April 2012 : Cannes, France.
- July 2012 : California, U.S.A.
- August 2012 : Armenia.
- October 2012 : Paris, France.
- February/March 2013 : Dubai, U.A.E.
- April 2013 : Valencia, Spain.
- Summer 2013 : Armenia.
- March 2014 : Geneva-Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Summer 2014 : Armenia.
- Summer 2014 : Austria (on the way to Armenia, flight connection)
- Summer 2015 : Armenia.
- June 2016 : Lebanon
- Summer 2016 : Armenia
- December 2016 : Northeastern France and Freiburg, Germany
Planned trips :
- May/June 2017 : Brazil and Argentina (this is for sure).
- Summer 2017 : Armenia (not decided yet).
Video Cameras :
- Sony Bloggie Duo (August 2012 - June 2013). Films in 1080p (most of the videos filmed with it are in 720p due to lack of memory).
- Nikon Coolpix P500 (irregularly used till late 2016. Now often using it). Films in 1080p. The best camera he films with.
Mobile phones :
- Samsung Galaxy Gio (2011 - April 2013). Films in 240p.
- Samsung Galaxy S3 (April 21st, 2013 - August 24th, 2014. Got broken). Films in 720p.
- HTC Desire 610 (main camera from August 30th, 2014 - September 10, 2016 but can be used as a spare). Films in 1080p.
- Sony Xperia E5 (Main camera since September 13, 2016). Films in 1080p.
- Toshiba (coming soon)
- Elitec (France)
- AML (France)
- Plaza Lifts (Armenia)
- Soretex (France)
- W. Sangalli (France)
- Webstar / Weibo Elevator Company
- Amonter (France)
- Some generic brands
- ... and others
- His name is Alex. He was born in France, but is of Armenian descent. This is the reason why he travels a lot.
- He fluently speaks 4 languages : French, Armenian, English and Spanish, and is currently learning Russian.
- He loves old elevators, especially without innerdoors. His favorite brands for old elevators are Otis and Schindler. For modern elevators, he only likes Mitsubishi and Kone.
- He absolutely hates ThyssenKrupp elevators, as well as all modern generics !
- In total, he has visited more than 30 countries in his life. He has filmed in 11 of those countries. List :
- United States
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
- He is the only person who has filmed elevators in Armenia, and the first to have filmed in Lebanon.
- He's the largest active elevator channel in France in terms of views and subscriptions, lloyd999ify is right behind. He often talks to lloyd999ify.
- He currently lives in a building with a brand new Schindler 3300
Here are some pictures shot by The French Elevator Channel :