BLADE LIFE: An Interview with Brett Dasovic
Alright Brett, I figured that I could come up with better questions if I could sympathize with you Minnesota kids as far as terribly cold weather goes, so I waited until getting home to Cleveland to write these. You know, step into your shoes a bit… Now that we have that on the table (pause for sip of hot chocolate), tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, my name is Brett Anthony Dasovic, I am 23 years young, I am the type of person who gets excited about the smallest details, and is known by his friends and family for being excitable and talkative. I do my best to be articulate and care for everyone around me. I skate just like I live my life. I care about every detail, and I use that caring attitude to be productive, as well as defined, in what I choose to do with my tricks and attitude towards the sport. I am influenced by everything from music and life events, to how my friends are feeling and what my current living situation is. I am who I am, and even though it can be a bit too much for some people, I have learned who truly appreciates my attitude and demeanor, and I do my best to show them all the respect in the world because in the end that is who I am… a person in the world who just wants to gain respect, and show the same to others.
Over the years you have wholeheartedly supported a lot of companies and, through sponsorships, they have returned the favor and supported your skating. You’ve been on Razors since 2004, if I’m not mistaken; what sparked the move over to USD, and what does 2010 hold for you?
You are correct. I started skating for Razors as a shop-flow rider for an online skate shop in 2004. Through this I met Geoff Acers, who is one of the most amazing individuals I have come across in this sport. USD came about in early 2009; they asked me to be involved with the company because I was already affiliated with Kizer, which is another brand that is run under the brand of “The Conference.” I was extremely reserved at first, because after skating the same blade company for so long I was worried I would never be able to get used to skating a new company, and that is a big issue to someone like me who always wants to be skating at his most comfortable! I decided to finish filming my part for my upcoming video project, titled “TML2: The Breakdown,” skating Razor skates and after that I went about trying USD model skates because they were adamant about me skating for them. This was the first spark. Razors does a lot for their flow riders ,but even before I chose to be a member of USD I felt a certain connection, with how I choose to both skate as well as live my life. These two meshed well with how I felt the direction of the team was headed in 2010. I thrive on communication on all levels because I am a naturally talkative person, so to hear feedback and give feedback in return is something I am extremely passionate about. From the get-go USD told me that they really wanted riders who were excited about skating their brand and representing a company that has an amazing team! I made this switch and since then I feel a certain sense of pride in telling people I am a member of USD, and I feel that the general population of rollerbladers picks up on that, and they notice that I not only love what they make, I love HOW they treat me as a member of the team. In a lot of companies you can be easily written off just because you are the “new guy.” All I can say is that I got personal congratulations from Demetrios who is their team manager, Jeff Dalnas, and both of the Kelsos (whose pro model skate I am proudly riding as we speak). I could write an even longer novel but basically all I can say is that I am proud to be a member of the Stretch Crew in 2010, and you will see that more than ever before!
How did growing up in Minnesota influence the way you skate? Like, aside from the people you looked up to, do you feel like coming from this part of the country, kind of removed from the center of the industry, makes you look at skating differently?
I believe that in this day in age, location has nothing to do with how much exposure we are able to receive. I would say more than half of the recognition I have gained in this sport has come from the fact that I love to put out edits on the web and basically enjoy showing the blading population what I am up to, and how much I just love to skate all the time and get it filmed at the same time. I do look at the skating industry differently because I am not a pro rollerblader. I have not earned those stripes and I am not at the center of what is happening with the sport directly. This has vastly changed in the last few years, and I hope I can continue to move up, but when you really think about it, Chris (farmer) is from Minnesota, and he is among the most prominent skaters in our sport and is heavily involved in how we are portrayed and where the sport is headed. I want to become a bigger force within the industry as time passes, but always remember it is not where you are from, it’s what you do and how hard you are willing to work to get where you want to be!
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miss you buddy!
nicely done John, I dig that top soul pic a lot.
photos are beautiful as usual.
WORD! reminds me of the constant inner lining feathers holding together the cleverness of this website.
kinda like the inner residue needed to gain revenue in a mob operation, our overall cognitive drama thus becomes exonerated to the depths of local news correspondents i.e. me and u.
REMEMBER THAT EVERYTHING YOU’VE JUST LEARNED FROM A PROPER BLADER NAMED STEVE FRANZI IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE BENEFITS RENDERED TO THE CONSTABLES BLINDED BY MONEY GREEN AND THE BELIEF THAT OUR GET IT DONE REGARDLESS STANCE IS SIMILAR TO A PONZI SCHEME.
fnk siiick! getting TML2 nxt week aaand premiering it next friday yeew.. hello from Malmo/Sweden!! and rolling crew.. growing daily!
Brett’s skating is amazing. I wish I had known/bladed him before I moved away from MN. Seriously I got TML2 last night and watched both his and farmer’s sections five times.
picky eater? buddy, you ate an apple core off my tray at panera
Yet another example of why ONE is so awesome; great interview! -B
Congrats brotha. Your blading is nice & steezy, ONE always knows the biz! Keep Blading!
sick good to see more of brett i like 1000 times more now he is skating usd carbons and does anyone know what the ‘RV’ is all about?
Amazing photos and amazing style, the AO top soul is how I dream to do it.
SO DOPE, basically Im having trouble coping with the fact that my stunt double is landing smacks on the tops of each object with a fat HAMMER like dudes trying to make due with their natural habitat in IRAQ.
Its gotta be tough for blade buffs in the Navy to make names when their stuck in their chosen trade, doods posted up in Army brigades busting plenty of moves in the desert oasis.