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Dan Magee Talks ‘Cover Version’ in New Interview With Parade

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On Tuesday, Cover Version hit the internet like a breath of fresh air. Dan Magee and Kevin Parrott’s new full-length is made in the tradition of the classic independent skate film, and pays homage to London; and its rich legacy in skateboarding. Magee talks about the process, attention to detail that went into making it, and the evolution of the genre in a new interview with Parade. He also reveals the meaning behind the name and reveals some very specific influences in the excerpt that we’ve included below.

Graphically I see a connection with First Broadcast, is this the case? I heard rumours it was to be called Second Broadcast for a time, is there a connection?

For me, it definitely feels like the spiritual successor to First Broadcast, I would have loved to have called it Second Broadcast, but I don’t think Kev would have let me get away with it. Also, when we started playing around with video identity I made all the riders names up in the First Broadcast font to get them sparked or something. Obviously First Broadcast is nearly twenty years old now, so it was only really Korahn and Jak that were like “oh shit, it’s on”. Harry and Manny, I don’t think they even knew what it was, so I redid Manny’s name in Cartoon Sans just to bitch him out.

Anyhow, from this I think people started hearing that it might be called Second Broadcast. I guess First Broadcast is respected as a classic video and because the skaters for this new project were either unknown or people had only seen their older, stinkier footage, a couple of people were like “you can not call it Second Broadcast with this group of skaters”. I can’t speak for Kev, but in my head I was like, well fuck it then, it was only a thought and Kev ain’t gonna be down for that either. So it just became spun out to Cover Version because it has a triple meaning.

First meaning for me was, it’s not called First Broadcast but I want it to feel in the same world. These are unknown guys and we are mainly filming in London. In the days of First Broadcast, there was no internet. It’s not like anyone in that video was a superstar by that time. The second interpretation is, it’s a London video, filmed in London. I’ve done it before, Kev’s done it before, Hold Tight has been doing it his whole life. Jake Harris has done it, Palace did it, holy shit, what on earth can be brought to the table at this stage! It’s just re-inventing the wheel. So it’s just gonna be a Cover Version of every London video that’s preceded it. So it’s a vaguely ironic title because we actually just worked really hard to add something new to the canon of London skate films.

Third interpretation is something that Kev has touched on before, when we were making this thing, there are certain tricks and edits we love within skate culture, “oh Korahn you should try and get this line because it would look like Drake Jones in that kit, let’s go to Deptford and do a 90s looking line”. Let’s shoot that Manny 5-0 like the Adrian Lopez one in Dying to Live. Harry should do classic power stuff like the old DLX videos and Jak’s B-roll should refer back to Pappalardo in Transworld’s I.E. Stuff like that, either by design or coincidence, there are little things in the vid that refer to or are a tribute to the skate culture that we love. Cover Versions. Also, it’s a little in-joke for Kev and I, as it’s our C.V. Probably should have called it P45!

Head over to Parade to read the entire piece.

Images Via Joe Buddle / Parade

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Santa Cruz Skateboards’ ‘True Grit’ features Tom Asta

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In this latest “True Grit” video by Santa Cruz Skateboards, Tom Asta revealed that he never planned on becoming a pro but just enjoyed skating as a teen. He turned out to be one of the best pro skaters we know today.

He talked about growing up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and also showed his favorite skate spots in his hometown. Town mates Chris Cole and Ian Berry, and other pro skaters spoke about how they met Tom and how they have seen him develop into the skater that he is today.

The “True Grit” video series attempts to get an in-depth look into how skaters came to where they are now by visiting them in their hometowns and interviewing the people around them.

Watch more of Tom Asta in the Santa Cruz Skateboards’ welcome video below.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Vans Skateboarding Drops ‘Lizzie’ Video

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Get to know more about Lizzie Armanto through the lens of the persons closest to her in this 35 mm film directed by renowned filmmaker Greg Hunt and presented by Vans Skateboarding.

Lizzie is an X Games gold medalist (Barcelona, 2013) and the first-ever woman to make it to the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in 2016.

She was also the first female skateboarder to do the loop, a 360-degree vertical ramp on which the rider turns completely upside down while maintaining contact between the wheels of the skateboard and the ramp’s surface.

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