Ok, it isn’t very professional, but it happens at least once to every journalist:
I erased my interview with Girl Skateboards pro Brandon Biebel! Maybe the recorder was stuck on pause? Maybe I didn’t realise because I was star-struck? In any case, this is as close as the interview went, or at least as good as my memory gets. Sorry, it won’t happen again, I promise!
Hi Brandon! Welcome to London and the new X-box Bay Sixty6 park. What do you think?
Thanks! It’s pretty cool, but it’s real busy, huh?
So, is this the first time you came to the UK?
Oh no. I’ve been once before, but I don’t remember much so this feels like the first time again.
I see you’ve just been signing autographs and taking photos for the last hour or so; do you still enjoy doing demos and autograph sessions, or would you rather travel abroad to skate new spots and film stuff?
I don’t mind doing the demos, you know it’s for the kids and all. It’s good. I like to see new spots, and I guess we’ll try and film some stuff if we can.
Is this the beginning of your European visit through the Summer?
Nah! I’m just here for a week and then I get back home to Sacramento.
Do you know where you’re going after London? I heard you were heading to Milton Keynes.
Yeah. We’ll be in England, maybe Scotland. I don’t know.
Before you rode for Girl, you were on ATM. That’s quite a difference. How did the change come about and how does it feel?
Well, in my eyes, Girl is the best company there is! No doubt! I wouldn’t ride for anyone else, but I guess it all came about through Lakai and hookin’ up with Rick (Howard) and the boys.
Judging by your part in ‘Yeah Right!’, it’s quite obvious that you know how to manual. How long does it take to get to a level where you can bust out tech tricks like that?
Oh man! I’ve been doing manuals since I was a little kid. It’s something I’ve always been doing. That and curbs, you know?
You like Hip-Hop and travel a lot, so what have you got playing on your I-pod during the trips?
I listen to some rap and R&B. I like to chill with some R&B.
Have you listened to the latest Ghostface album, ‘The Pretty Tony Album’?
Nah! I ain’t heard it yet. I don’t listen to him so much. It’s funny, I didn’t choose that track for my part in ‘Yeah Right!’ I guess it just worked.
So, what are you plans for the future?
I just got finished with my part for the new Transworld video, so that’ll be cool. Right now, I think we’re starting to film for a Lakai thing.
Will it be like ‘Beware of the Flair’, another tour video?
Nah! This’ll be a real skate video!
Ok, well that’s all I’ve got for you, so thanks!
Thanks to you and Crossfire man!