Skateboarders Who Became Musicians
Skateboarding and music, the perfect mix. We've curated a list of some of our favourite tracks by skateboarding musos.
Skateboarding has always had a home within the music sphere, with many skateboarders crossing over to the music scene at some point in their career. In a bid to highlight these multi-talented sportsmen, we have curated a list of some of our favourite tracks by skateboarding musos.
After solidifying his place within the skateboarding world, Guerrero ended up pursuing music and found himself playing with skate rock band Free Beer and experimental group Jet Black Canyon. However, the music that brought him success was his solo work. His critically acclaimed music is mostly instrumental soundscapes which incorporate music genres like rock, hip hop, funk, soul and jazz.
After falling in love with music and more specifically drumming at the tender age of 9, Mascis found himself joining hardcore group Deep Wound at 17. He later founded Dinosaur Jr. in 1984 alongside Lou Barlow and Emmett Jefferson “Patrick” Murphy who would replace him on the drums, resulting in Mascis picking up the guitar. This switch led them to national success and allowed them to provide songs to several skate videos. He also released solo albums under the moniker J Mascis + The Fog.
Matt Costa is not only a crooner but back in the day, he could kick-flip like a champ. This led him to a pro skating career which was short lived due to a bad landing off a 10-stair ledge that shattered his leg. The then 19 year old had to put off skating for 18 months but ended up picking up the guitar and putting together some low-fi tunes. His music drew a lot of attention and he was soon recording albums with Tom Dumont, and was signed to Jack Johnson’s Bushfire Records.
Look Mike Vallely is known for a lot of things, he’s everything from a skateboarder to a minor-league hockey player but more importantly he’s also a musician. Vallely joined a band called Resistance in 29185, but got kicked out because he was prioritising skateboarding. He later found himself writing his own music before being invited by Black Flag to join their reunion show in 2003. In early 2014, Mike V was announced to be Black Flag’s new lead vocalist.
Famed for his variations and stella parts in Powell Peralta videos and being one of the first African-American pro skaters to sign with Vans, Ray Barbee powered on to produce his debut ep in 2003 titled Triumphant Procession. His music style is very much influenced by where he grew up - think groovy and jazz-influenced instrumental tracks which he produced and engineered at home. He’s also famed for live looping pedals and drum machines.
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