Five Influential Video Parts with Chase DeHart

And five favorite parts of his own

19 Apr 2019

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Words and photos by Rob Dolecki

Chase DeHart is no stranger to the art of filming a video part. He’s been fifteen years deep putting out thirteen-plus sections. From his first in Shutterspeed 2, to his latest effort, which closes out Cult’s It’s Later Than You Think, smoothness, control, and that signature Dehart style have been hallmarks of all of them. In an effort to better grasp what has shaped Chase into the the style cat he is, we delved into five video parts that were pivotal moments for him. Garrett Byrnes’ Criminal Mischief section kicks it off, which isn’t too surprising if you’ve ever watched Chase’s Shutterspeed 2 part- the influence is very apparent.

 And as a bonus we also covered Chase’s five favorites of his own, which begins with Shook Put In Werk from back in 2006.

Garrett Byrnes - Criminal Mischief

   "It was the first real video I ever saw. Everyone had great parts. But the way Garrett rode, and what he wore had the biggest impact on me. He had the best sticker collages ever. The only thing I never did was take my pegs off. I just looked up to him from that video part. I could tell you every moment that stood out. The bump to nose manual down the picnic table, then he rides up and 90s off it and does the best roll-out ever. The 540 tail tap transfer to fakie- that roll-out too. I didn’t really even know how to roll out at the point, The way he did wall rides. He was the definition of how it’s done. I didn’t care to watch anyone else. I would save all his Blacken ads. The one of him doing a Ruben wallride on a picnic table out of the Toms River vert ramp- it was the first time I could really see his bike. I could tell you all the colors his bike was. He never had a disgusting bike. His sticker jobs were the sickest. I even went back and got his Props bio on VHS. He wasn’t Criminal Mischief Garrett in Seek And Destroy, the Props Bio was in between. Hearing him talk about stuff, like why he rode for T-1- I was like, this dude rules. I’ve traveled with him, and he’s more badass to me than ever."

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Mike Aitken - Up In Arms

"I had seen it after Criminal Mischief. My buddy got a copy of it at Woodward. We became obsessed with Mikey’s part. It was the same kind of feeling as Garrett’s. I didn’t have either of these videos at first; I could only watch them at my friends house. I sweated Mikey. That part- Slayer, The way he pedaled, the crash on the first big wall ride across the park. It was super intense. In my opinion, there are some tricks you just should not do, and that guy could make anything look amazing. There’s no one that could ever touch him. Whatever he was doing was the best.  I can remember all the moments from that section. He had a PA shirt on when he crashed and ran into a tree; he must have gotten it at a thrift store. My friends and I tried to hunt it down."

Mikey's part begins at 16:33 below:

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Steven Hamilton, and Edwin De La Rosa - Can I Eat?

"Doug Foulke, Timmy Martin, and I were heading to Austin and stopped at Chad Shackelford’s house in Ohio.  It was my first real road trip ever; I was like 15. Doug was filming me for Shutterspeed 2. We were sleeping on the floor at Chad’s. I’m at the house and Bob Scerbo, Edwin Delarosa, Vinnie Sammon and a few others were staying there too. Vinnie was like, 'You got big ears.' I’ll never forget he told me that. (Laughter) Bob showed us the video right when it was done. He had to use Chad’s computer to finish editing the video I think, or to duplicate the DVD- I can’t remember. But we were the first to watch the video. I’m in a room with the guys in the video, and I’m just a kid watching it. I saw where all the easter eggs were on the DVD.
     I always rode street, but I was tic-tac-ing. Then I watched this. Steven’s part came on, and I'm like, 'What the fuck?' It was the most eye opening video part for me. Some of the shit he did was shit that was not obvious. It was awesome. Like when he jumped on to the city hall bench then jumped over into the ledge to 270 off. Edwin’s part was so much control and how casual and powerful he was- that was huge. He was hopping rails to manual, to hopping another rail to manual- that line. How to do even hop that rail, period? I like when Ed whipped the curb cut. I didn’t know how to tailwhip yet. That was a big one to me. Later on, I’d appreciate his part even more.  It was an amazing time to see that video."

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Eli Platt - Shook Winteractive

"The song in his part was perfect. Eli Platt has to be the most underrated rider; he was overlooked. That part is so next level, as far as bike control, and the lines he pieced together. Some of those lines are genius. It was the first time I saw someone utilizing their area in a way I could relate to. It’s not drawn out in any bad way; he had a really good flow. He had the best tailwhips. I already knew how to do tailwhips, but seeing him tailwhip really stuck out to me. He had some really good manual whips. I learned over-ices because of him. All the tricks he was doing and the way he was riding- he had so much control; it would impact me hugely. You don’t get those moments often where you watch a rider and it really hits you."

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Eddie Cleveland - Lotek Mixtape

"Again, the song. I saw that part before I met him. He reminded me how I feel about Garrett. He wasn’t doing what anybody else was doing; he had something special. I don’t really like barpsins, but I like the way he did them. The clip where he does a bar to manual to bars into the bank cut, then turns the corner and does a quick fakie- I thought that was amazing. I never pictured doing a barspin, but if I did that’s what it would be like. I just get attached to the way people do things. He is one of them that did it the best. I don’t think he ever did anything that wasn’t tasteful, on the dopest bikes. I was already doing my shit, but that was a wake-up call. Once you get sponsored, you start riding dumb shit on your bike. He wasn’t caught up in that. His bike was just torn down to the dope stuff. He was a huge influence, and we ended up becoming friends."

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Chase's Five Favorite Of His Own Video Parts

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Put In Werk, 2006

"There are moments that change shit for you. Whatever I was doing at this time just felt the best and came to me easily. I filmed the part in like three weeks. I like short amount of times to film; I’m a last minute guy.  

It was the first time I felt like I brought something to the table. It might sound ridiculous, but that’s how I felt. The bump jump 360 up the stairs, bump whip up the stairs, and bump 180 up the stairs in Atlanta. Ever since I rode the courthouse by my house I always wanted to do that bump whip.  I was already doing a lot of trips and parts, But  the response to this part was insane; I felt overwhelmed for the first time with love from BMX. My life changed drastically; I got a signature frame after it."

Chase's part begins at 23:33 below:

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Stay Fit, 2009

"Stay Fit was another chance to film for a full-length. We went to Australia; a lot of good times. We actually started Cult right when this video came out. I felt like I was on it more than ever. I had a lot of clips in it that were out of my comfort zone. I felt like I was stepping into another direction. I fucking hate the song; it’s the worst. The ice to gap to ice was a spot we’d drive by all the time. I can’t ride a flat rail for shit. At first I was going to do ice gap to double. That seemed scary to me, so I did ice to ice. 

In Australia, I jumped over a sign. Gnarly dudes turned it down. I like stepping up to the plate, but it’s gotta to be an awesome setup for me to care. It’s a sculpture, and they have some weird-ass signs. It was tall and and was pretty far from the bank sculpture, it wasn’t close to where I was leaving from. The bank was steep, and you only had six inches of space for your tires. We were already on our way to the hospital for Van to get stitched up when we came across it. Van was telling me, 'Well, we’re going to the hospital, so you might as well try it.' I had to pedal full sprint and I had to land in the street, I literally landed right next to this guy. It was a cool moment. The was a great trip overall. 

The ender clip was another scary thing at some school. It was a wall ride over a rail, down a block planter. The wall is short; I like to wall ride and carve. This one I had to smack the wall and just drop down. It was raining as we were getting there; we needed an ad, and I was leaving the next day. There’s some drummer boy in the background. I hate distractions. It stopped raining enough to dry up a bit, then It started drizzling again. So I just went for it. It worked out, though. It was the last thing I filmed for the video."

"In Australia, I jumped over a sign. Gnarly dudes turned it down. I like stepping up to the plate, but it’s gotta to be an awesome setup for me to care."

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Let 'Em Talk, 2010

"This was right after Stay Fit. We did a quick promo at first. I had just taken a bad fall right before our first official trip. It wasn’t going to be a full-length at first, but the trips were going so good so we decided to make a full-length. I was just really excited to ride. So we had all this excitement, and a new company. We were motivated, but it came naturally. This was the first time that I truly filmed with Navaz. If there’s anyone that grasps my type of riding, it was him at the time. You’d be surprised how hard it is to come across filmers who can actually film a line. A lot of that part was really fun because I was able to film those lines.

My last clip in Philly was a dream. I remember everyone saying it was impossible, but I had a feeling it would work. Even when I see it to this day, it doesn’t add up; there is literally no room on that step. Moments like that seemed to happen a lot. I got last part, something I didn’t expect. Getting a response from that was like a second wave; it was a big deal for me. It was a big time in my life; a huge transition. Filming for that video felt so natural, all of us were in a good place. All the trips were so fun; so many stories. It was a memorable time."

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Talk Is Cheap, 2012

"It was different; I didn’t really get to film as much. It was memorable for me, because  I was going through a personal change. I knew what I wanted to ride, and what I didn’t want to ride. It was another time where everything felt content and able. I don’t like to be the guy that’s trying to progress and stressing. I go through that, but I think it always stands out to me when I'm doing what was completely natural for me. It always shows. Some video parts I was scrambling, and I never care for those.

Some of my favorite clips in this are the roof clips at the end. I got to film a lot of Philly clips. It felt good to be filming around my area. The ice tap to three off the ledge; it’s gone now. Moments where you are riding where you always ride, but now you have someone to be there, and it brings out some shit you start doing and makes it more fun."

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It’s Later Than You Think, 2018

"After Talk is Cheap, I filmed my own video, the Butter Mixtape. Cash was being born and I was riding the East Coast a lot. I filmed some stuff, and the etnies Chapters video. I wasn’t in a good place personally from 2014 to about 2016. That was a big waste. I felt lost in way more areas than just bike riding.  I felt the direction of BMX was kind of weird; I couldn’t relate. I was going through some other shit. Poor effort in life; low quality all around- bike riding, personal life. I lost myself, and lost my reasons for why I was doing what I was doing in the first place. It had it’s moments, but my Chapters part was gross; it was a weird part of my life. Then I had some clarity and started getting really into bike riding again.  I stopped drinking, I stopped partying, I stopped smoking for the most part. I got back to myself, and stopped being an idiot. I was riding a lot, and I felt good, but I felt like I had no way to show that. Then we were told we were filming for ILTYT. It was one of those things where everything was easy. I liked riding my bike again. I didn’t care if I was on top. That video came at a good time. All the trips were memorable. I can get pretty nit-picky, but I told myself I’ll embrace everything that comes my way. That’s what I did. I hate ditches, but If we go to a ditch, I’m riding the ditch. I felt like myself again, I could ride how I wanted again.  To this day, I love riding, I’m not trying to hang on to BMX and keep a check. It’s never the goal, but the love and feedback from this was overwhelming, and means a lot to me. 

There are times I try too hard and think too much into it, and need to step back. I do what I do, and I don’t change much. Sometimes people can make me feel that isn’t enough. How many times I get asked why I don’t ride a free coaster and four pegs. I appreciate what people are into, but it’s just not for me; I bring me to the table and that’s all I want to do. 
The rail tire ride in to the red bank was a lot going on, and I’m scared of tire rides, I had to duck my head on the roll out under the sculpture. A lot of the clips in that video just felt really good and just came. The last clip- someone was showing me a spot, and I was like, “I’m going over here real quick.” I turned the corner and seen the outrail. I was just eager to ride, and grinded the out rail just to grind it, as soon as I landed, I was like, 'Veesh. I can land over-grind on that rail', and then it worked. My whole part seemed to go that way, I like things to just come to me, I can’t force it, it never goes well if I do. "

"The rail tire ride in to the red bank was a lot going on, and I’m scared of tire rides, I had to duck my head on the roll out under the sculpture. "

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