KRONICK: So, who are some of your musical influences?
CHAD: Aw man. Shit. My music is so diverse that I get influences from everywhere. But I'd have to say I have a heavy Hip Hop influence. But then again, my music is not really Hip Hop. I mean, it's Hip Hop based, but... it's out there. Some next level shit. I'm trying to involve everything from Rap, Hip Hop, Jungle, Drum and Bass style stuff all mixed into one. Just trying to do new stuff that hasn't been done. My music changes. Everytime I make a beat, it turns out different. Sometimes it's mellow paced, sometimes it's fast paced. I produce different kinds of music for different reasons. When you hear my music you're not gonna be able to say "oh this is Hip Hop", or "oh this is Drum and Bass", or "oh this is Rave", or "this is House". It's just gonna be a combination of everything, all together. Just fat beats is what I'd call it.
KRONICK: In magazines I've seen you skating while rocking a pair of headphones. Is that real?
CHAD: Before, I used to rock the headphones alot. But lately I've been into the ghetto blaster more. That way you can have everyone feel the vibe, ya know? When I used to skate with headphones I'd be breaking alot of Walkmen. Now we just strategically place ghetto blasters around.
KRONICK: It eats up batteries though.
CHAD: Yeah. I need a battery sponser. If anyone out there knows anyone, I'm in need of a battery sponser. Duracell or something. Hook me up, man.
KRONICK: Your shoe by eS is a really big deal. Did you help to design it at all?
CHAD: Yeah, yeah. I worked with another designer who helped me with it, but basically I did most of the design and came up with the ideas like the stash pocket and stuff. It worked out nice. I'm trying to come out with some new shit soon, some downlow shit.
KRONICK: About that stash pocket, doesn't a guy named Tyrone Olson also have a shoe with a stash pocket?
CHAD: He bit my shit. Hehehe. And this other dude named Kris Markovich came out and bit my shit too, fuck that shit. Player haters, like you said earlier. I was pissed, man. Whatever, he might have thought he came up with it too, but I know my shit was out first. I don't know, whatevs.
KRONICK: Seems like alot of skaters are going into business for themselves nowadays. You're doing it with Ghetto Child and Diakka.
CHAD: I'm just an entrepeneur, myself, or whatever you call it. I'm just trying to utillize whatever I get from skateboarding right now and try to make something better out of that that's gonna help me in the future. I just started Ghettto Child and I don't know too much about business so it's going slow right now. We're just checking it out, learning the steps, and trying to get something going on, and make some dope stuff for people to wear and ride. With Diakka we're just trying to make fat watches. It's all new, so the business is all new to the people we're working with trying to do it. I've found it's a hard thing to get into, but the more I do it, the more I learn. I'm just trying to take it one step at a time, make a little company, and make something happen. Ya' know?
KRONICK: After watching the Shorty's video Fulfill The Dream, I noticed that you were skating things that had never been skated. Handrails in particular. Do you get scared when you go to a spot and there are no marks on it?
CHAD: When I see something that I think is possible to do and I see no marks on it, that means no one has done it. That makes me want to do it more, knowhatImean? If I see something and I think I can do it, and it looks possible and I think it can be done, it makes me wanna do it before someone else does it. That's definately one of the dopest things, finding something that no one has skated before. That's what I'm always on a mission for. Got to find something new, ya know? You got to find something that's hard and has never been done or something new that's never been done.
KRONICK: People who don't skate don't always notice the details of the handrails you skate. Sometimes you'll be skating a square rail, sometimes a round handrail, sometimes a kinked rail.
CHAD: I don't even understand it myself, because balancing on a handrail period doesn't really make sense. It just kinda happens. You just lock in, balance it, and it works somehow. It all depends though. Square handrails you can definately stand up easier on it without having to worry about your board slipping out from under you. I don't know, it's kinda hard to explain, I don't understand it myself. If you think about it your board will definately slip out, if you don't think about it your board won't slip out. Does that help? I don't know. I try not to think about it and pretend that I'm just riding along the ground.
KRONICK: How do you apply your griptape?
CHAD: I always just put a line in the back so I can tell the front from the back.
KRONICK: You guys have dope music in the Shorty's video.
CHAD: That was like the first beat I had ever made for my part.
KRONICK: I like the way your part was edited.
CHAD: Yeah. The music kinda carries the skating. It was crazy, I was just starting to learn my MPC (a drum machine).
KRONICK: What exactly happened at the beginning of Peter Smolik's part where there was a woman walking away, some security guards, and all kinds of shit?
CHAD: The security guards said, "one more time, then you gotta get the fuck outta here." Then Smolik just busted it. I hit my trick, then Smolik fuckin busted a switchstance frontside 360 to lipslide on his last try. He tried it a few times before getting kicked out. We didn't think he was gonna land it, then last try, he just BOOM busted it.
KRONICK: In the video Smolik does some trick I've never seen before. Some ol' tailslide to noseslide shit. It looks like he's on a snowboard.
CHAD: He does a switchstance tailslide to switch pop-out to backside tailslide to fakie.
KRONICK: Shit is banannas!
CHAD: I knew Smolik was crazy for a long time, but people just didn't want to give him props. That's how it is, you gotta try and get on a good sponser. Then people start giving you props. It's kinda wierd like that.
KRONICK: That's really wierd because you'd think in skateboarding that a person's skating would be able to speak for itself. But it's the same thing in Hip Hop, there are alot of dope emcees out there that get no love because they're not signed.
CHAD: Yup, same thing. And there's alot of emcees that are probably way fucking better than half the dudes rapping out there with record deals. Even with me, when I was skating for Maple a long time ago, I was pretty much doing the same tricks that I'm doing now. I wasn't getting no props, narmean? Slowly I built my name up, and it happened.
KRONICK: Are there any tricks in particular that you try to stay away from?
CHAD: Hmmmmm... (a long pause) Heelflips. I don't like heelflips. I don't know why. Sometimes I'll do a heelflip shovit, but regular heelflips I don't like. I just do kickflip everything.
KRONICK: Any last words?
CHAD: Watch out for Muska Beats.
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