Red Bull Music Shares New LA Skate + Music Documentary – Watch Here

February 27, 2019
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Red Bull Music is sharing a new documentary exploring skateboarding culture in Los Angeles and its synergy with the city’s vibrant music scene. “LA Skate + Music” puts a spotlight on the skateboarders, filmmakers, musicians and individuals leading the intersection of Los Angeles’ skate community and the music it draws inspiration from. Serving as a mecca of music and the city that popularized skateboarding, Los Angeles’ diverse makeup allows those communities to enmesh regardless of one’s ethnicity, gender or financial status.

The documentary highlights a generation of influential Los Angeles skateboarders and the lessons skating has taught them. Director and founder of the Illegal Civilization skate crew/creative collective Mikey Alfred, The Bots drummer Anaiah Lei, local skateboarder and aspiring music producer Chelsea Castro, and skateboarder/musical tastemaker Hesh speak on how the city’s rich history at the intersection of music and skateboarding has shaped the way they pursue their passions. With “LA: Skate + Music,” Red Bull Music celebrates the indivisible influence of skateboarding and music on Los Angeles youth, told through the eyes of the creatives that celebrate that connection with their art.

“They just are related, always have been,” The Bots’ drummer Anaiah Lei says of the mutual influence between skateboarding and music. “For skaters, a lot of people find their taste in music by watching skate videos.” The documentary also includes the voices of local skateboarders like Long Beach-born Chelsea Castro, whose musical taste and exploration into producing her own music developed out of her love for skateboarding.

“Music plays a huge part in skateboarding,” Chelsea says. “There’s always a song playing when watching skate videos. Working on a video part takes so much time and effort, you want to find a song that compliments your style.”

The documentary arrives as Red Bull Music Festival Presents recently-hosted Illegal Civ Movie Motel, a day-long event held in an iconic ’50’s era motel celebrating the vision and work of Mikey Alfred and his entire Illegal Civilization crew. Featuring performances from Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Show Me The Body and Na-kel Smith, the event highlighted the impact Illegal Civilization have had across the arts through their directing, producing, designing, curating and skateboarding. Illegal Civ Movie Motel was part of Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles spanning across the month of February, featuring a selection of curated events around the musicians, photographers and individuals pushing culture forward.

Watch Red Bull Music’s “LA Skate + Music” documentary below.

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