Dominik is a super busy dude, hes the guy behind WoozyBMX.com and does a lot of other big projects, this interview took a bit of time to work in but it was worth it. Check it out!
table top photo by pierre mandt / www.dia-mandt.com
Sponsors at all?
I am lucky to get support from Sunday and Etnies.
Thanks to Bodo at Sportimport, Jim at Sunday and Benni Kopp / John
Povah over at Etnies.
around 12 ?
Your the man beind Woozy, how long have you been doing that for?
for around 6-7 years now.
Do you work at all outside of the website?
i film and edit videoprojects for different companies and media. and do
some layout/graphic jobs here and there.
Did you go to college for web design or anything like that?
i did it for a few years, also worked at a smaller agency real short
but decided i had to start something on my own to be happy. i am lucky
that it worked out.
Do you have any big changes or plans in the works with the site?
the site has been going strong for years. i am happy that some more
companies decided to work with us in 2008. things look pretty good. its
been super fun. we are working on some high quality video content right
How much time do you find to ride?
i try to ride almost every day. even a little curb session can be so
much fun and stress relieving. i need it ! haha !
What was your first experience with BMX that got you hooked?
i guess it was the lovely full chrome 20 inch bike that one of the
local shops in my hometown carried…. i saw it and i had to get it !
What kind of riding do you like to do the most?
carving, street, mini… ah whatever looks fun and i feel like at the
Are you more into going big or more of a technical rider?
i guess i would have to pick the “technical rider” thing
What are some of your favorite trick and what not?
going fast, manuals – maybe 180 ?
What is one trick that gives you the most trouble?
this is a hard one…. i really dont sit down and try to learn one
trick… to me if it comes natural i am happy if not most of the time i
will skip it…
Where are some of your favorite places you have been able to travel?
spain, japan and poland have been my favourite ones so far….
Where are some places you really would like to go someday?
i still have australia on my list and austin and a couple of places in
the us aswell…. but i am really happy so far….
Who are some of your biggest riding influences?
i guess i have to say the guys in the early baco videos
Any videos or riders you are really digging right now?
everyone that has fun or looks fun is good to me….
Do you find it hard when you go to shoot photos or video to not ride?
sometimes its really hard. i went to berlin to shoot for wethepeople a
few days ago and i really felt the need to ride but if you only have a
few days to shoot and you have to get footage and a company pays you to
do your film job there is really only a slim chance that you will be
able to ride. filming is as much fun as riding to me so its all good. i
am definetly not complaining ! hahaha !
What kind of camera gear do you have? Video and photography
video: i mainly use a HD camera right now , sony fx 1 with century HD
fisheye, also do some stuff with the dvx100a, i have pal and ntsc
equipment so i can film for euro and usa projects. photo: just a digi
quicksnap on iso 800.
What kind of computer do you use, and what photo and video editors do you use?
apple and pc. final cut, premiere, after effects and photoshop
Do you have any other people who help you run the website or is it just you doing a million things at once?
markus wilke helps out a little currently – i am psyched on this, then
a lot of friends and readers send in videos, photos, news, – which i
always love ! thanks to everyone who ever helped out. i really
appreciate it ! but anyway i do a million things at once every day !
What is the best part about being your own boss?
freedom, i can decide what to do next
What is the worst part about being your own boss?
hmmmmmm ? probably that work never ends.
What do you think you would be doing if you never started BMX?
porn cameraman ? ha ! i dont really know but i guess definetly
something in the videography and design area.
What do you feel about the current state of BMX?
i like it.
What are your plans for 2008? Do you have any big plans?
i am working on a couple of nice videoprojects for different companies
right now. nothing i can talk of right now. just wait and see.
Will there ever be a Woozy DVD?
there were already a bunch out years ago but right now i am
concentrating to push the quality on the net. i found my niche or
whatever you want to call it and its really fun to work in.
Who are some of your favorite people to film and work with?
everyone who doesnt need a million tries to do “that trick” ! hahaha !
just kidding – its all cool. i dont want to mention any names here….
i cant think of anyone who really has been a pain in the ass to film
and work with so..i have been lucky !
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
doing the same but having more fun and learning more positive things
What are some of your favorite movies, riding or non riding?
my head explodes right now….
What are some of your favorite bands?
….. and again….
What are some of your favorite websites?
…. and again !
If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
i really dont know right now ! can you ask me again tomorrow ?
How many hours would you say you spend on a computer in a day?
this is something i can relate to…. depends if i am out shooting or
not. everything from 5 to 14 hours a day….
What are some of your interests outside of work and riding?
my girlfriend, friends, good food, movies, news, chocolate, art, music
What would your dream car be?
one that runs without fuel
Who or what is your biggest influences in your life outside of BMX?
probably my girlfriend and all my friends and people i work with
Where do you see BMX going in the next few years?
growing and getting more stylish. love it.
If you could spend the day with anybody, alive, made up, or dead, who would it be and why?
cant think of anybody right now…. sorry…..
Do you have a crazy story nobody would ever believe happend to you?
yes i have one that happened to me in tallinn but i am still not able
to talk about it….. sorry…. maybe someday….
Do you have any advice for kids getting into BMX?
yes. have fun and stay away from comments and message boards.
How about advice for starting a website?
just do it if your into it.
If you could change one thing about BMX what would it be and why?
less sh*t talk.
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
thanks to you kurt for the interview. vera, all my friends and family –
i love you, all the websites that link and re-post our
videos/articles, everyone who checks out the site and videos, koln, all
the companies that work with me, chuck norris, bodo at sportimport, jim
c at sunday, povah and benni at etnies.
Anything I forgot you would like to add?
THANKS ! and sorry for freaking all you guys out….its all good. take