1. Unloading the carpool at the late night skate jam
2. Watching the fast backwards skaters
3. That one reckless skater who never watches out for anybody
4. That one time you fell, but totally played it off…kinda
5. Trying to figure out if it’s your skates that stink
6. When you see a sweet move for the very first time
7. When someone comes up to the DJ Booth and requests “Funkytown”
8. Selfie Spin
9. Trying to walk after Skate-a-thon weekend
10. When the DJ got you in the zone
Some time last year, a brilliant article was published in Electronic Beats magazine.
“Sound in Motion” provides an in-depth look at the origins of style-skating and the music that provided the infinite loop which feeds the culture even to this day.
It’s divided into 4 chapters:
- Style Skating, Civil Rights and the Evolution of Rink Music
- New York City – Disco, Boogie and Beyond: Danny Krivit
- Style skating and James Brown remix culture in Chicago: ShaProStyle
- From the rink to the dancefloor: DJ Spinn & RP Boo
I hope this link never goes down, because this story is to pivotal to understanding the issues that created the skating culture, and the pioneers who paved the way.
It’s a long read, but it’s worth it. There’s also some great media bits included throughout.
Click the image to transfer to the article.
In addition to being an Official Skate Instructor, I’m also your friendly neighborhood Roller Disco DJ.
I LOVE skate music, (Just look at those pants!) and I’ve been invited to play some music for YOU!
Here are the details for the sessions:
- Thursday – LGBT Night (All Welcome) 7pm-10pm
- Friday – Roller Disco – 7pm-11pm
- Saturday – Roller Disco (+18 up only) – 7pm-11pm
$10 to enter, $5 skate rental
The Church of 8 Wheels – 554 Fillmore St. (At Fell) San Francisco, CA 94117
If you’re in the Bay Area, hope to see you there!
1. When people ask me about buying their own skates
2. Beginning skate students
3. Students after my hour lesson #swag 😉
4. How I think I look skating in a group
5. How I probably look skating in a group
6. That one dude who is always standing in the glide lane trying to show-off
7. When someone finally runs into him
8. Me skating when I first arrive at Golden Gate Park
8. Me skating at Golden Gate Park 5 hours later…
If you’re looking for more frequent updates and info, please join my facebook page here.
You’ll find skate graphics, tips & tricks, and info on local events in the California Bay area.
Hope to see you there!
If you’ve ever seen these images pop up on the internet, please know that this is NO ordinary “ol skool” skater.
When people were rolling to organ music in the 40’s, Bill Butler is the man that brought the funk and jazz to skating in Detroit and then most famously in New York. His artistry, skill and style inspired many of the popular incarnations of roller skating that exist today.
As these forms of roller skating become popular in various parts of the country, it’s important to honor it’s cultural origins and the unsung pioneers that have given roller skating it’s flavor and style.
If you skate, get to know Bill Butler:
Watch Bill skate: