What’s your hometown like?
It’s just an industrial, working class town and used to be pretty famous for iron mining. There’s big hills around which are man made mounds of the shit they didn’t use. They’re pretty crazy; it makes the area look a bit like the Moon. Back in the day everyone used to work in the mine, even my Grandad. I think it’s a pretty good place to grow up, but there’s just not that much to do. It seems like either you turn 18 and get a car or maybe play football half your life. Kids playing computer games… I don’t know. There’s a riding scene there that keeps getting bigger and bigger, but there’s just not many options. My friends and I just try and get away a lot.
When I was there I noticed that it consisted of pretty much just street riders. Do you have any park riders?
Nah, we don’t have many really. Our local skatepark has a jump box and everything, but because the park is kind of small everyone just seems to ride the pyramids. Throughout the town there’s a bunch of okay spots, some nibble spots, curbs and a few ledges, so yeah, we’ve got lots of street riders. I don’t want to sound cocky or anything, but I kind of think I played a part in that a bit. In Siegen everyone knows each other, so everyone knows me through seeing me around or in videos. Back when I started riding you would be so happy to see any rider with a shitty Walmart complete bike. You’d say ‘what’s up’ and go ride, but now you see kids every day with expensive ass bikes, people coming in from other towns. The past 2 or 3 years has been crazy.
Do you think street riding is becoming a bigger deal now in Germany? Maybe even more popular than skateparks? Yeah, there are definitely some areas where it’s more popular, like in Siegen, but give it another few years and I think it will be more so. I’m psyched that all the kids from my town are going about doing grinds and manuals and all that stuff. There’s dudes in my town like Eddie, my brother Carlo, and Mario who are sick as shit right now, I’m just stoked on all of them and that my town represents.