Monday, September 30. 2013
Brandon, How are you doing Man? I’ve just finished watching Chapter One for the fifth consecutive time and I must say your part is insane.
In the last Three years you have put out three video parts with Emerica. And you finished Zoo York’s “True East.” How much time did you have to film for Chapter One?
I think probably around two years, give or take.
Every part seems better than the last. Has it been really stressful to film for so many video’s in the last three years?
Thanks. Yeah at times it gets a little stressful. Mainly just making sure you have enough decent stuff and hoping you don't have to go back for tricks.
Colin, Leo and new kid Jeremy Leabres all have parts as well. Were the four of you skating together a lot while filming for this video?
Yeah, we took a bunch trips all over together. We all crashed at Miner's house a few times and skated SF, and they spend a week at mine and skate Boston.
You have three tricks with a died blonde Mohawk, is there anything in particular that inspired that?
We went to Europe and Leo, Heath, and Jerry said they were gonna dye their hair blonde and asked if I was down and I was. The mohawk came about at a rest stop. Reynolds had some clippers and Miner had them and said let me shave a mohawk. I said go for it.
There are a lot of west coast clips in your part. Have you been spending a lot of time in California in the last year?
Yeah, mainly Miner lives out there, so I would go out and stay at his house a bunch.
Who did most of the filming for your part in this video?
That kickflip in SF to start your part was mental. Does skating SF spots come naturally; or do you sometimes go back to a spot a few times for a trick?
I went to that spot three times and skated it for hours each time not being able to get it. Went home and Miner convinced me to fly back out four days later for two days just to get that line. That's how SF spots go for me. Tons of time and energy, but the spots are always fun and unique
This part is really gnarly. Tell me the process when going for the bump to bar gap back 5-0?
That spot just sucks. Mainly because the roll up is dirt so you gotta set wood up. The 5-0 was easy. I was trying back smith after. That was hard. We got kicked out and planned to go back the next morning before the flight and I rolled my ankle later on that day so I couldn't go back.
The frontside lipslide into the alley looks ridiculously high. Did you run a warm up trick or just go for it?
Just a lipslide. That's easier to me than any other warm up frontside.
When you ollie up onto the loading dock your getting towed in by a car. How fast where you going and how do you come up with skating this type of spot? How did you find that spot?
I think I was going maybe 15 or 20. I don't exactly remember. We were going to another spot right by there and happen to see that and thought I could ollie up on it.
Some of these spots are death defying. Is there any trick in particular in your part after you landed you were just thankful to be alive hahaa?
I wouldn't really say glad to be alive, more just glad to have finally landed it. There were so many tricks I went back too and tried for hours. The kickflip SF line, back 3 over the bump to bar, tailslide kickflip and the ollie over the bump to bar then board slide up were just a few that I struggled to get.
In your part you do a ridiculous backside 360 over a bump to bar in Brooklyn. Do you have a favorite trick from New York in your part?
I think the tailslide kickflip just because we went and fixed the ground to start, then went back five times for countless hours. One session I ended it with some heat stroke. Also, I was stoked because every time I would hit the bump it was a different feeling and pretty much every time I woud get into a saggy tail slide, and the one I ended up riding away from felt good.
Is there anything you’re working on right now?
I'm filming some tricks for the Kings line Zoo just released. It's gonna be sick, like all New York footage.
Well again Brandon congratulations, the video is amazing and you shut it right down. Any last words?