A random dude added me on myspace, and I spotted this on his page.. The riding is pretty decent, I cracked up at the cop clips in it..
A few interviews will be posted soon!
Is that where you call home?
yeah for sure, my parents are in the process of moving away from illinois so im here until school is done for sure.
You are going to college, what is your major and how is that going for you?
Criminal Justice is my major and so far so good this is my junior year and im still on track for graduating in ’09
You seem to be into filming and editing, is it more of a hobby than something you would want to do as a career?
Definitely a hobby. I orginally just filmed but then i took up editing also. Its rewarding to see raw footage come together with music. I helped film for Lake Owen’s promotional camp dvd for the summer but outside of that i don’t really take it all that seriously.
You do a lot of tech riding, do you find those to be easier or do you just like the challenge of lnking a bunch of tricks into one?
Its a little bit of both normally the tech stuff just comes easier to me and i also find it fun to link stuff together that people might not think of. I like how open ended technical riding is and the creativity it can bring out.
When I had the chance to ride with you a while ago, you seemed to be a really dialed rider, is that normal or do you practice your stuff a lot?
haha well thank you. I definitely don’t “train” to do the types of tricks i do if thats what you mean. Some stuff comes more naturally than others for me but i kind of think that if i can’t do a trick consistanly then i don’t really have it so i try to get trick to the point where im not struggling to do it everytime.
The Ape dragon,what exactly is the trick, did you come up with the name for that trick or what is the story behind that, and do you have any tips on it?
An apedragon is pretty much just a word i use to describe anyone who is a man on a bike. Ape is what all the dudes at fbm use to for it and dragon is something i think justin simpson uses to descibe it so all i did was combine the two to make an ultimate word for it.
Millwaukee has a pretty big scene, whats it like being able to ride with all the guys like Jeff K, Dom, lil jon,Tony Malouf, and Mike Hinkens all the time?
Well Malouf is from Illinois but hes still out of hand. The scene here is amazing. Riding with all of those guys is unreal. They are all on their own level and at the same time they are all just normal ass dudes so its real good in that way. They are super motivating and always down for a good time.
Do you have any video parts or anything coming up soon?
well if Jeff K ever gets his shit together and works on his video I will have some clips in that. Other than that not a lot besides random web stuff.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
I frequent noodles and co, Wendy’s and Culvers often and when im with my girlfriend we end up going to Cheesecake factory and Olive Garden alot.
I could go on for days but right now i’ve been into Kanye West’s new c/d. Also recently i’ve been listening to lots of poppy stuff that my g/f likes alot like Mayday Parade, Cartel, and All Time Low. Im also into some heavier stuff. I pretty much listen to everything.
Do you plan on sticking around the Millwaukee area after your done with college? Well after I finish undergad im planning on going to graduate school here so I will be here until I finish that but I would like to stay here for as long as I can.
What are your plans for the winter? Any trips or anything planned?
I don’t really have anything planned yet but I definitely would like to go somewhere. Hopefully it happens.
What is your set up on your bike like, super light or set up for whatever is comfortable to you?
Well it’s pretty light nowadays since I rode Jeff K’s and his shit is rediculously light and I became jealous but im not going crazy with it. I want it to be as light as I can get it without having to worry about dieing if a part fails.
5 things you would like to do in the next 5 years?
1. Get my bachelors degree.
2. Get my masters degree
3. Travel outside of the country.
4. ride alot with all of my friends.
5. maybe start a career
If you won the lottery what are some of the first things you would do with the money?
First thing I would buy a Porche 911 turbo since in my opinion it’s one of the sweetest cars ever created. Then I would probably buy a house so I didn’t have to worry about that later and I would do something boring like invest the rest of it so that I could live off it for the rest of my life. I would probably also work on a philosophy degree in addition to my criminal justice degree im already working on.
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
wow there’s so many. My parents for always supporting me and my riding. My girlfriend Libby for always being there for me. My best friend Chris Beers. Jeff Dowhen, Antonio Wothe, Jeremiah Hughes, Anthony Mingione, Matt Hess, Andy E, Kuntz, Lil Jon, Jeff K, and Mike Hinkens for making me have a good time when i ride. Matt Coplon at Profile for the product hook up for filming Jeff and Mike. Garey at Misled, and AJ at LNKF for everything. Anyone else who has ever made me have a good time on my bike thank you.
Any other last things I might have missed you would like to say?
Just have fun and keep riding.
Alex Bermudez…AKA “The Lord of D”
What exactly is Give D, and What does the D stand for?
Oh man here comes my dumb story….One night some of my old riding buddies and I were shreddin the high school we attended.We were still beginners in riding ability and that night I set out to learn disasters with the crew.Well after so many tries I finally landed my first disaster…Everyone was siked as fuck and when I came to the group to receive praise I stuck out the fist and said “D for disaster”.Everyone acknowledged the fist pound as “D” from that night on and ever since then its been accepted as proper praise in SD.That all happened when I was a freshman in high school,its been over 6 years now of that term being in use.From there it spread around our area and then traveled with us to other parts of Southern California…I hear crazy things all the time still about being the inventor of D and all that…It’s kind of weird sometimes that anyone would even care to mention it all…D is just a fist pound.haha.But Give D is a crew,a way of life…A group of people who try to put fun,creativity and positivity back into BMX.
So are you the man in charge of Give D?
Yes,I’m the owner and operator of Give D Clothing.I would be nothing without my team though,together we make things happen.Web edits,clothing designs,contests,parties,everything…
The team is pretty large, with a lot of pretty well known guys along with a few unknown people, is there a reason for it being so big compared to most teams?
Haha yeah,we have a rather large team,but we’ve downsized a bit lately.We’re down to a solid 12 person team but we have a large crew of people who are still GDC homies and all.If you support D then your a part of Give D in one way or another…We’re no different from your average sized bmx team.We just try to bring something different to the table with everything we do…
Give D is a clothing company, when do you expect to have some stuff up for sale?
We recently brought our new line of D shirts right in time for Interbike.The new line consists of 5 different shirt designs and soon all will be available via Paypal shopping cart on both the Dspace and D site.All of the new tees can be viewed right now on both the D space and Fasetto.com.We’re gettin around to numerous bike shops with carrying our apparel and we hope to soon be in Dans Comp mailorder…Stuff is for sale as I type this,you just gotta be local right now to get your hands on D goodies…Soon that will all change…
Is the company a full time job or is it something you do on the side for fun?
Well,the company started in September of 06′ as a side project due to my full time construction job.Shortly after creating GDC I was laid off due to downsizing of the company I worked for…My care for a construction career quickly faded out after losing my apprenticeship and I started really focusing on the company and what GDC could possibly become.I could’ve continued my apprenticeship elsewhere but I realized I wasn’t cut out for that 8-5 life,building custom kitchens and bathrooms…
Do you have any big goals set for the company?
I dont know if its considered a big goal but next year I want to have a prime D booth at Interbike with a legit GDC DVD debut at our booth.Between now and then we’ll have a ton more monthly web edits on Defgrip,new shirt designs,work our way into Dans comp/bike shops and get our first DVD out…
There has been a few web videos floating around a bunch of the bigger websites, is there a DVD in the works?
We try to pump out a constant flow of web edits,we’re constantly producing and making things happen wherever we go.GDC just recently got into really making web edits often,thanks to Nuno and Harrison at Defgrip.Defgrip recently picked us up for monthly web edits and we couldn’t be more happy with how its worked out.Expect a lot more web edits all the damn time….A DVD is definitely in the works.After this coming Friday,when “I Love L.A.” drops on Defgrip,we start to really put in work with the DVD and everything else we have in store…
What can you tell us about the DVD, whose in it, when is it expected to be out, is there a name for it, who all has parts?
Ha I can tell you what I would like and what I know for a fact…What I would like to happen is to have the DVD out by December or January…What I know for a fact is all of the D team will be in it.Thus being…Hoang Tran,Kyle Hart,Albert Mercado,Chris Hervan,Nick Corsiglia,Dirt Ron,Steve Kennedy,Steve Kerr,Steve Woodward,Tammy McCarley,Braden Ross and myself.Of course there will be others such as Dennis Enarson,Alfredawg Mancuso,Mario Carrasco and other friends of D in there as well…
It looks like the majority of the team is from the south west, is it kind of based around that area of the country or is this going world wide?
Give D is San Diego based,we all live here and we’re basically a big family that always together.Whether we’re riding,chillin or partying,we’re together kickin lots of ass.We have no plans on beefing up our team any time soon with out of towners but we can always use the support from everyone no matter where your located.I’m not sure how world wide we’ll get,only time can tell.What we do know is that we’ll keep riding and doing what we do best always…
Is there any big road trips or events planned for the team?
We plan on a roadtrip soon,no exact location on where yet,but soon…Next big event for the D team and San Diego for that matter is Biketoberfest at our local YMCA park.Its where we ride almost to often and its where you can also find us on a normal basis..GDC took title sponser this year for the event and I’m pretty stoked on that…We have a lot of things in mind,its only a matter of time until it all starts hittin.
Where will people be able to get their hands on Give D goods?
Well,like I said were workin our way around to bike shops in SD and soon Dans Comp.Right now you can find our shirts at Henrys bike shop in Santee and during the next week,in a few other bike shops around Southern California like Omega bikes,Epic,etc..The Paypal shopping cart will be equipped soon and if you really want D goodies,you can send me mailorders and an address to send merch to.All of which can be done if you email me at Alex@givedclothing.com
Is there any shout outs or thanks you would like to throw out?
First off,I would like to thank my grandmother,Doody…Shes the absolute reason why GDC is even around.She funds everything we do and is the sweetest lady on earth and I love her very much.Thank you to my crew for always kickin ass and producing to the best of their ability,which is always above and beyond expectations.Give D crew consists of my closest friends and they’re what keeps me going and flowing with positivity.Huge thank you to Nuno and Harrison at Defgrip for everything they’ve been able to do for us thus far…Also thank you to B-Dubbs,Jim Bauer and Nuno again at Odyssey.Thank you also goes out to my beautiful,supportive girlfriend Lauren,shes always there for me doing what she can.Thank you to everyone out there who supports Give D and everything we do!!! Thank you for this Interview Kurt! D to everyone!
Any other last words or anything I missed you think should have been?
69 brother.That is all.
Alex had said he would try to get a few guys from the team around for an interview.. so hopefully you can check back in a few days and see who was up for one.
I have been getting asked to get some info on the fairly new group of dudes who go by the name Give D.. I am going to get an interview with Alex and get that up here in the next few days. until then, check out the Give D website!.. I also added it to the links down and to the right..
I know, all the other blogs are already posting it up..
but G-sport has some info on the new Ratchet hub..
check it out.
So, I am going to try and cover new dvd’s that have just came out or are coming out to let you guys get the low down on these. Here is some info on the new video From Nothing. You can spot the trailer on BMXonline or on their website Youth BMX
So here it is!
Name of the DVD?
The Name of the DVD is “From Nothing”, and it’s just a showcase of all of the well know, as well as unknown talent from this city.
Who all has parts?
Full parts are John Dixon, Travis Kiesow, Tony Neyer, Josh Suhre, Jeremiah Smith, myself, as well as a 6 minute random section of all the locals, and a 3 minute “Friends” section which are out of town friends who have came here to film a few clips.
Who is doing the filming for the project?
90% of the filming was done by myself, but certain clips were also filmed by people like Chad Shack, Will Stroud, Walter Perringer, and other riders in the vid.
What is the expected length?
The length of the video I’m not 100% but I think it’s a little over a half hour long. 31 minutes I want to say.
Any special features you can tell us about?
Special features are just the typical bonus material, about 7 minutes of crashing, and a 10 minute random footage montage of just dumb stuff I’ve filmed over the years.
Anything that will stand out in the DVD?
I think what will stand out is how diverse and unique Cincinnati is. Not only the city itself shown through the old architecture in the spots, but also the personalities here are like no where else, and most who travel through here, or stay with us will agree. Every night going out riding mostly consists of non stop laughs and jokes, and I really try to emphasize that in most of the parts. The riders here all have different styles, and after watching every part you’ll notice that. It’s not the same tricks being done by different people, I hate watching those kinds of videos. Aside from all that, just keeping it light hearted, but entertaining. That and I really am picky about videos and filming in general. I hate the elusive overused fisheye, and I try to always think of the best angle for every shot, but since 10% wasn’t filmed by me, there’s always things Im not happy with but that’s life. Same with editing, I tried not to over edit it, other than the intro, I really just let the riding speak for itself.
When do you expect to have it out?
It was actually just released Friday here in Cincinnati, and I started mailing them out the day before. The premiere was amazing, around 200 people crammed into one backyard, I couldn’t have asked for a better night.
Where can people get it and for how much?
As of right now, the only two places that sell it are Dans Comp, and Empire. They are retailing for $12.99 because I am more concerned with as many people as seeing it as possible. I hope that by making the quality top notch, and the price lower than most that it will be successful and get as much coverage to this wonderful city as possible, there’s a few people here that definately deserve it.
Any inquires on the video can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the trailer as well as info can be found at www.youthbmx.com. thanks.
I spotted the trailer up on The Come Up and I was curious to know some more details about it so I got a little intervew for you all to check out!
Name of the DVD?
ACT LIKE YOU KNOW
Who all has parts in it?
The people that will have parts are the names listed in the beggining of the trailer. I suck at spelling so im not even going to try to butcher there names. Also there will be a pretty decent sized friends section.
Who is doing the filming for the project?
I, Brandon Galosi will be doing the filming, along with jason who edited the video.
What is the expected length?
Were not sure what the expected length is going to be, just as long as everyone is happy with there parts, thats bascially going to determine how long it will be.
Any special features you can tell us about?
Yeah, were going to have a pretty big bonus section to the dvd.We have two photographers that are friends, nick photo, and scott marceau, they are both hopefully going to have slide show presentations of there work. also there is going to be a decent sized 8mm film section. plus a ghetto footage montage. maybe a short skate film.
Any thing you want to share about what will stand out in the film?
This film in general is a representation of my friends and what we are doing as a whole in Northeast Ohio. Alot of people know this area for the chenga skateparks, but in fact theres much more going on here than that. I wanted this film to be not a one man project, but a group effort show casing everyones skills in whatever way they want to. For example we have one film school major, two graphic desgin majors, and alot of really good riders. combining all those skills and making a interesting fun video is the key goal. Also no one has really made a video in our area just based on kids from here and the spots in the area.
When do you expect to have it out?
We are all hoping to have this done by next summer, we live in Ohio so in around a month there could be 3 feet of snow, and the weather is unpredictable most of the time. As sterotypical as it sounds, theres going to be NO ramp footage, only street because its way more interesting, and theres lots of spots people have not seen ridden before. So thats basically the reason were giving it till then.
Where will people be able to get it?
Well no one really buys videos anymore, So i think were just going to have a release party for it at kerry sayres shop at Rise Above in Lorain Ohio. Then there will be a Google video premier, and I think were going to hand out 100 custom dvds in the local area.
Check out the video at about 2:13.. by far the funniest thing I have seen in a long time..