It has been two years since we have seen the introduction of the SLEEP-OVER brand with their first video. Since then a lot has changed, from the crew to the clothes and the vibe in general. Were the first video was sexy, to say the least, this one is strictly about the skating or as the founder Fatos Veseli said “I wanted this one to be for the skaters, the people that backed the brand”.
IN 2020 Fatos has taken the reigns and has pulled the brand closer to his own person. “At the start, I was wearing hoody’s, T-shirts and tighter pants but I was dreaming of the South of France. Driving along the coast in a cabriolet car. We needed and wanted to make those clothes to connect to our base but I wanted to evolve and project the brand to where I feel I want to be. Now we have gotten to a place where the designs and the cuts are our own. That means a lot.”
There is no denying that this brand is being propelled forward by hard work and love for what SLEEP-OVER means to the people working on it. Pascal Kurth & Gabriel Dimming worked on the video up to the moment the beamer projected the light onto the silver screen. “They have been the motor behind this video, not me. I want them to have their day in the sun, to shine for a moment, because they put it all into the video.” Fatos told me.
For people that have seen the brand grow, it has been quite the journey, but for the people in the know, it hasn’t been a surprise that the changes have worked. Their newest collection is being worn by both men and women alike. So cheers, to SLEEP-OVER and the hard work behind it, because that is the foundation of any successful brand.
Leon Charo-Tite is our next "Unsigned Hype" and he is from Freiburg/Germany and that part of his heritage can be an issue. Many have gotten stamped and sidelined as the "German Skater". To our U.S. audience, that's kind of like being stamped Canadian or Brazillian in the early 2000's.
For our #63 issue we traveled to the city of angels to shoot an issue together with an eclectic group of people.
People ranging from Hyun Kummer a.k.a. @Versace_plug, Guy Mariano & Eric Koston, Nyjah Huston, Jim Greco & Mark Appleyard all added their 2 cents to our video and issue.
Kai Hillebrand or Kaio, as most people tend to call him, was one of our main protagonists for this issue and during the shooting, he once took us aside and asked if we could save some of the footage for another project. Well, we said yes, the project didn’t take off and now we decided to ask our filmer, Peter Buikema, to remix to footage.
Whether you are in Los Angeles right now, or his local Ratingen, Germany you should try and enjoy, relax and go skate afterward! We know Kaio would like all of you to follow these instructions to a tee.
We met Sascha in 2018 in Moscow, we clicked instantly, he was motivated, goal-oriented and has a good pop and flick.
During that trip, he had a very positive attitude, which was not surprising since he is a skater going out skating. But he is also a Ukrainian in Moscow and at that time those struggles where a bit fresher than they are now. That all didn’t seem to bother Sasha all that much.
“Yeah, the radio… the Ghettoblaster just is a must on the session, man!”
Chad Muska, 1999, Feedback.
Well, it seems like this new generation is edging in closer to that feeling Chad had when he said that. Because Oscar Säfström basically told us the same thing:
“It was all filmed at a schoolyard in Stockholm, Sweden, me and Axel Berggren filmed, we put the speaker on full volume, cracked some beers on the spot and made this video.”
Oscar Säfström, 2020.
Now, in the end, Vincent Huhta’s noseslides may not be as big and he still hasn’t landed a Nollie Flip to Wheelie but the spirit is there and it is nice to see the future taking skateboarding to a very fun level.
Shoutout to these youngsters for giving us all that let’s go skate feeling:
Oscar Säfström, Axel Berggren, Gabriel Viking, Vincent Huhta & Sebastian Lundström.
Last but not least we have this Placelist which features the full soundtrack from yesterday’s release. This is also the right time to thank all the people involved especially Sam Nobbs & Ben Davies who came to us with an open mind and a proactive attitude about making this release as good as possible.
On some Simply Red shit “If you don’t know me by now” we have the full Drummer Boy video for you together with an exclusive interview with Ben Davies the creator of said video. So get to know the young Bristolian who filmed and edited this fine piece of video entertainment. Press play first but get ready to read right after it is a fun one!
Intro & Interview By Roland Hoogwater.
Tell us a bit about yourself for the people that don’t know you.
My name is Ben Davies and I am 20 years old from Bristol.
When did you start filming?
I started filming 8 years ago on a shitty camcorder until I eventually upgraded to a vx1000 which I have been using for the past 4 years.
Was that transition easy some people have a hard time stopping skating and start filming.
At first, I would often want to skate way more than film. But for the past 2 years or so I have had a reoccurring ankle injury meaning I can’t really skate properly so filming has been my main priority. Although it sucks a lot to have an ankle injury it has also definitely had its positive effects with filming. I have found I am filming lots of stuff that I wouldn’t normally be bothered to film and filming is way more enjoyable because I’m not feeling like I’m missing out on skating (laughs).
You recently moved to London from Bristol can you tell us how the skate scenes differ?
Bristol is way more relaxed, you can just head into town and you know you will see people to hang out with because it is so small and everyone knows everyone and it is very friendly.
Whereas London is way more intense and unwelcoming until you get to know people then everyone is very nice. It is probably like this because in London there are so many tourist skaters coming through that the locals get fed up with it. So they are a bit less friendly until they have seen you a few times.
In terms of filming I think London is way better and lots easier to get clips. My friends Ryan and Pete and I went on some filming missions here and getting clips is a lot easier because of the quality of spots. I like going filming with a group of people and that was hard at first because I only knew my friend Pete Gronau in London so we would just go on duo filming missions which varied in success. Next year we will have a solid crew though as Sam Nobbs and a few other Bristol people are moving into town.
Filming is something you want to develop further outside of the skateboard context. What have you been doing and how does your skate experience play into those types of things?
I have been trying to develop my filming in a way where I can actually make some money. So I’ve been trying to do some music videos which is quite fun until the rapper doesn’t want to do anything apart from sitting in an expensive car and asking you to make him look cool and doesn’t want to give you any creative control (laughs).
Apart from that, it is good to earn some money and I know which type of artists not to work with now. It is also nice to work on something more widely appreciated because showing your skate video to your Auntie isn’t ideal and something like a music video they might understand more. And that is a good thing.
Southbank or Lloyds as the main spot?
Lloyds for sure. I find it hard to enjoy Southbank as its so hectic. Also, everyone is too good at skating so it is hard to have a fun chill skate. Lloyds is way more relaxed and a nice open space to chill at.
Drummer Boy took three years to make tell us why and did you struggle with saving footage for that long? People seem to want to put stuff out quickly today.
It took 3 years because our crew isn’t the most productive (laughs). We also intended to film the video purely in Bristol but we couldn’t quite do it because we got fed up with the shitty spots. During this time of filming we just filmed everywhere like London and around Europe. We did an interrail trip last summer and got good clips.
At the same time, saving clips was a struggle as well, people’s clothing styles and ability changed a lot during this time so I have had to cut lots of old clips from 2017 as they just looked too out of place in the video. But, some of the clips still surprisingly manage to hold up in the video which is good.
All my friends have been wanting me to release the video for a while now and I had to call it a day eventually (laughs). Also now, because we are no longer allowed to go skating in groups due to coronavirus I thought it would be the best time to release the video. It has also been a really good time to edit as I have had nothing else to do.
Tell us a bit about the creative process graphic and music-wise is that something you do alone or do you have help?
My friend Sam Nobbs helped me lots with choosing songs for the video. For the graphics, we both have our input but during quarantine, he hasn’t been able to come over to edit. I have just been uploading sections of the video to youtube on private and trying different songs and graphics and he has been telling me what he likes and what he thinks I should change.
You also started a brand called Interceptor what led you to make that choice?
Interceptor is run by myself and Sam Nobbs. We wanted for a while now to release some clothing together with the Drummer Boy video. We decided to make the brand because we felt that we had lots of ideas for graphics and it would be a fun project to work on together.
Obviously, every project needs at least someone to pull the wagon for a bit Sam seems to do that or does he just get stuff that quickly that you put him all over the video?
Sam always manages to get lots of clips for my videos which I am very happy about and it doesn’t always come easy but he commits and if he says he will do something then he will definitely do it (or at least give it a good try). He also films lots with Rich Smith from Skateboard Cafe so it is crazy that he always manages to get clips for both.
Finally, give us your 5 favorite clips from the video.
This is a very hard question I like all the clips but: 1. Dylan Wilks back fifty-fifty shove it at 1:35 2. Lucas Castellano hippy jump at 9:00 3. Cosmo Conway’s fs flip at 25:26 4. Ryan Viens nose slide at 29:08 5. Sam Nobbs fs nose to fakie manny at 13:05
Today we are launching one part from Drummer Boy a video by Ben Davies shot all over Europe but based in Bristol, England. For those that have not seen one bit of Ben’s work go here and educate yourself. For now, enjoy Sam’s footage and read up on him below. Tune in on Friday for the whole video, it is worth it.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Text by Ben Davies.
Sam and I have been filming this part for a while now. During this time he has also been putting lots of effort into filming with Rich Smith for Skateboard Cafe and practicing with his band DamefrisØr for whom he plays keyboard and whos music feature in the full-length video.
Towards the end of the filming process for Drummer Boy, he put some extra effort in and managed to get lots of clips for the video so, much love to Sam for doing that! He also managed to pick up a savage knee injury trying a trick on the last day of filming for this project. So I want to say sorry for pressuring you into doing that trick (laughs).
We also started our brand called Interceptor and we made a few t-shirts which were released last year and since then we have been designing some clothing while working on the filming for Drummer Boy which will be out in full this Friday, May 1st. So this is the real entrée before you get the main dish. Enjoy!
First off, let us start with some facts about this tour.
On this trip, we had Vincent Huhta, David Jakinda, Hugo Corbin, Santiago Sasson, Marc-A Barbier & Juan Saavedra.
It was a nine-day trip.
We had one full dry day.
Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Lille were the places we traveled to.
In Holland, we stayed on a houseboat.
We spoke a lot of our own little twisted Brazillian influenced Portuguese (or that was what we were thinking).
Obrigado, irmao, vagundo, caralhao, poa, valeu, todo, junto, vagabundo where the words of choice.
I got to wear that sweet ass Palace Avirex Jacket for a hot minute and flex for a bit.
Juan Saavedra uses beard oil to keep his shit looking correct.
Santiago did the best line we have ever seen from him. It was like a stripper jumping out of a birthday cake.
David & Vincent are like brothers from different mothers. The only difference other than the obvious being that David packs like a Kardashian & Vincent packs like a 1920’s train-hopping blues singer.
Marc-A Barbier really loves to facetime with his girlfriend.
Both filmers have very similar names Petr and Peter. They also shared a bed which was easy when we needed to wake them up.
Scandinavians are simply better at life than the rest of us.
Hugo Corbin got injured on day one and had to go back home.
Bringing a Nintendo Switch was necessary even though I was skeptical at first.
Juan’s phone got stolen 🙁
Barabakaa is a Russian street spy and he will capture anything weird going on in the streets. Trust me watch the video!
Belgium has the best fries, Holland has the best-fried food and France thinks they have the best cheese! (I can already hear Santi, & Marc-A protesting)
We played a lot of bar sports but surprisingly didn’t drink that much.
Marc-A Barbier is the best house guest ever, he cleaned the boat every morning. Marc-A “Tu es bonne à marier!”
Santiago ordered way to much Nike stuff to the house so all of our guests ended up getting a nice pre-Christmas present.
IT RAINED 8 OUT OF 9 DAYS!
So basically this tour was preceded by some of the best weather Europe had seen in a long time. Like the year before it seemed like we would be having an almost endless summer. But as luck would have it, as the tour grew closer so did the clouds. As soon as we all arrived in Amsterdam (our meet up point) the signs weren’t good.
What was good
though was the food, we went to:
A Dutch-style snack bar. (also known in some regions of the Netherlands as brown fruit)
We ate Surinam food.
Indonesian food (must have).
Traditional Chinese food (fried pork belly!).
Had some German meat-heavy food.
And every morning someone made sure we had fresh eggs, some juice, coffee, toast, yogurt, and Nutella.
During this trip we traveled by train, which to be honest is still the nicest way to trave because nobody is forced to drive, we didn’t have to go through security, there is enough room for all the bags and you can still buy coffee in the vehicle without stopping. Also, Greta Thunberg travels that way so…
We also have to give it up for all the great parking garages inside of the cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp. The security guards also let us have our fun so an S/O is in place!
We also had some
great guests in both of those cities Pascal Moelaert, Aaron Tiekink,
Sneep, Ziggy Schaap, Alex Raeymaekers, Yannick Gores & Wallem.
You guys really helped guide us through the raindrops to the right
spots at the right time. Without really ever complaining, chapeau!
Vincent Huhta and David Jakinda have been best friends for a long time. How far back? Well, David told me his mom used to grip Vincent’s board when he stayed over at their house when they were young.
This was their first tour together and when we asked them they both said I’ll go if he goes. Vincent even cut short a London trip just so he could come skate with David. Obviously they roomed together the entire trip and it feels like they motivated each other a lot as well not only verbally but also by actions.
When one would film a trick and was having a hard time the other usually skated the spot with him just to back him up and keep the vibe right. Which often resulted in us getting way more tricks from both of them at spots that weren’t typical. They would often make it a little sesh together and all we had to do was point and shoot.
Because of their bond, they also were at ease at almost all locations and truth be told just fun and easy to be around their friendship also extended and made us all as a group become a bit closer as well and that is worth a lot.
Last but not least all the skate shops, Ben-G, Skatestore Rotterdam, Lockwood & Zeropolis are all places that helped us and help their scenes on a daily basis. We all know that with the current situation things aren’t easy for them so don’t forget them and show them your support in both easy and hard times.
It wasn’t the first time that Converse decided to help the Berlin Skateboarding scene with an indoor facility during those dark days of the Winter. Meet “Push Berlin” – a project in cooperation with Converse.
In this video, a few Converse CONS ambassadors took a look at the park to show you around, which ended up in a session for everybody.
Featuring.: Danny Sommerfeld, Daniel Pannemann, Vladik Scholz, Jonas Hess & more.
About 4 weeks ago Jarne Verbruggen sent us a DM on Instagram, “Yo, a friend of mine made a part, would you be down to check it out?” well yes, we where! The thing is we can’t have eyes everywhere and obviously we get sent videos a lot (don’t stop doing that) but most of them don’t come with a Jarne co-sign. Anyway, we got the link, checked out the part and loved it immediately, it gave us a Beauty and the Beast kind of vibe. So we responded to Jarne by confirming our interest and the rest is what you see before you, a small portrait on a Belgian skater named Pieter De Clus.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Main text by Ben Daeleman who runs Jean Jacques Distribution.
About 1,5 yrs ago Pieter’s school contact me to let him to an internship with us in Jean Jaques. Of course, I was stoked on this, so was he. In the beginning, we didn’t do much besides talking and soon I could tell he was a misunderstood kid with lots of capacities. You can’t blame the teachers since they only act on what they know but I could see it was not working for him.
When the teachers asked me how the internship was going, I could only say positive things (besides him never coming on time but still, what is being on time? So I kept that to myself), they were surprised. Sometimes you just have to listen instead of trying to put your thoughts in someone else’s mind just to be the one who is right.
Pieter’s eyes are open, he is aware and a bit ahead of his time, he sees things through and I can understand it’s not always easy to put a mask on just to fit in. Luckily in skateboarding, you can throw off your mask and be you. Pieter might not be the best person to be put in a classroom, listening for hours to someone in the front of the class telling him what to do and how to behave, but on a skateboard, he knows how to express himself.
If I think back on what Pieter was like as a kid, cruising around in our local park of Mechelen, in fact, not much has changed. He is still doing just that but with more power and a bigger bag of tricks. He knows the park like a squirrel knows the forest and it’s great to watch him use every inch of it. This past year he was doing more and more trips, extending his horizon and developing his own style. During this process, he felt he was ready and decided to film a part. The last trip we did was the one to the US with the concrete dreams crew. We landed in Seattle and drove down the west coast all the way to San Francisco. We skated all the crazy concrete madness that the guys from Grindline built, nasty parks, scary as fuck (laughs). Pieter went all in for every session and pushed his limits, it was so great to witness.
Some of the highlights from that trip are in this video. Honestly, some shit seems random on video but once you’ve been there, at the spot you will look at things differently, believe me! Like we all know, it ain’t always easy to film the right trick on the right spot and then throwing it all together to make a part that satisfies you. This was the same for Pieter, a process with ups & downs. The same ups & downs that he has in his character. On the one hand, he has got this ‘not a single fuck has been given’ mentality but on the other hand, he cares a lot! I guess that’s also the thing that girls like about him or maybe it is his eyes (laughs).
Anyway, press play and enjoy Pieter De Clus’s part!