It’s hard to choose a skater that stands out from the crowd of professionals, all just as good as each other. Of course there are the overhyped ones that everyone talks about, those that’ve been at the top for years. And then there are the others, who despite their impressive level, know how to act discreetly. When you really focus on the style and on the energy emulating from each skater, you start to realize that these underdogs deserve a closer look. Matt Miller is no stranger, he’s got his own signature model with DC and he’s regularly participating in the semi-finals of the Street League, but he remains discreet and has always tried to keep his distance from the business side of skating. While newbies to skate would only see a couple of well-executed tricks, true amateurs would see an outstanding pop, some unbelievable switch ollie, followed by a “nollie backside 360 backside nosebluntslide” executed on a picnic table (which no one was expecting). A hint of hip-hop in the background, and there you go: his video for the launching of his new shoes, definitely worth a watch. I had to know more about this guy.
Jacker / Hey Matt, how was the last Street League, it took place last week-end in New Jersey right ?
Matt / Yeah Was fun, was a great time.
J / How was the atmosphere in this kind of contest, was it more like chilling with the pros or were you all in competition ?
M / No, everyone is homies with each other. Everyone wants their friends to do well too. There is no like, crazy competition between each other, although everyone wants to do well for themselves too. It’s definitely crazy. There are many people in the arena so it’s definitely intense.
J / Tell us more about you, where did you grow up ?
M / I was born in northern California and then I moved a bit everywhere in Cali. I grew up skating in San Francisco and right now I live in Long Beach.
J / You don’t seems to make many interviews, are you a quiet guy or are you just not into the skateboarding business ?
M / I’m not like that. I’m more like flying on the other radar kind of guy. I don’t know (laughs).
J / Could you tell us what is your typical day ?
M / A tipical day is wake up, take the dog for a walk and then skate all day with the homies and then come back at night and meet up with all the homies again and we would do a barbeque and get pissed or do whatever there is to do around us, some- times we would go to the skate park and hang out.
J / Which skaters do you skate with on a daily basis ?
M / Basically I just skate a lot with my homies here in Long Beach. I have a ton of good friends around, there are a lot of good skaters that live around here. I also skate with DC too as we are going to so many trips and that forms part of the daily stuff too for sure.
J / I imagine that you travelling a lot with DC team too, what was your favourite skate trip ?
M / Oh man, so many, too many to pick one, every one is my own favourite because every one is different you see ? But if I had to chose one right now I think I would say a trip we did last year for my shoe launch. It was awesome, we went to some islands the last three days and enjoyed the time we spent there so much. It was pretty amazing.
J / You just turned 30 right ? How did your vision in skateboarding and life changed over the years ?
M / I still enjoy it as much as I’ve been enjoying it since the beginning. I still feel young. You are as old as you feel and I definitively don’t feel old. I don’t know, I feel more mature though, I’m not that young punk kid living in SF anymore that’s for sure but I’m still having fun and I still love skating and I’m doing it for the right reasons, I’m skating with all the homies even if there’s no camera recording, just have fun all day you know ? That’s what’s all about.
J / How did the Matt Miller DC Shoe design process come about ?
M / DC Shoes asked me what I wanted for my shoe, so I thought about all the best features I like from all the shoes I skated with and the designers put it altogether. What came out was pretty awesome, we went through some iterations and the result was sick so I stayed with that.
J / Are there any other sports besides from skateboarding that you enjoy ?
M / I was raised watching American Football all my life, as my family comes from Pittsburg it was a natural thing, we were always watching soccer and golf too.
J / What are your favourite skateboarding spots of all time ?
M / I grew up skating in Pier 7 in San Francisco so I guess there are some attachments to that place, back then that was the spot, I use to go there everyday.
J / We know that the US is pretty repressive in what concerns skateboarding. What was the last time you had issues with security or cops ?
M / Oh man, it’s pretty mellow, last time I was in Philadelphia skating around Love Park a couple security guards came all normal and punched one of my homies and started running after me and my other homie, so we broke up separate ways, they chased me two and a half blocks, it was during the night and it was pitch black so they couldn’t see us. We came back the next night and the security guards were in normal clothes. He said he had a gun and was looking for some kid that skated on some court house or something among those lines, it wasn’t us but I looked my homie and told him - “Let’s get the fuck out of here”. The situation was pretty sketchy.
J / What was your biggest influence in skateboarding ?
M / Oh man, a lot of people, that’s a hard one bro. As a kid I would watch Stevie Williams and obviously Kalis. I’m a huge fan of Reynolds too and dudes like that. I guess all the legends we know. I guess the one I watched the most of is Mike Caroll.
J / What music genre do you listen to ? You seems to be a hip-hop fan.
M / Well to be honest I’m listening to a lot of classic rock right now and old school rap. Those are my two main genres I guess.