Hier das komplette Interview aus der ISSUE 3 vom “Shaped By The Board”-Magazin.
Before we kick off this interview, name me three persons you really would like to kick their asses’ right now?
No hate here. PEACE.
Now please introduce yourself and the rest of the crew.
My name is Michael Grausam, I am 29 years old. I was born, raised and living in Linz. Actually I don’t see NOSTALGIA as a crew, but more a friendship thing, as long as you are having fun skating and filming, everybody can be a part of it! Some of the heavy hitters featured in our upcoming video „NOSTALGIA 3“ are myself along with Bernd Sommer, Mario Stocker, Thomas Renner, Matthias Oyrer, Philipp Nelweg, Alexander Stoderegger and a lot of friends.
Who came up with the name “Nostalgia” and why did you choose that name?
After finishing school in 2009 I joined the workforce as a technical engineer for hydraulic machines, after earning my first pay-packet I purchased a Sony VX1000 and started a blog called “Grausames Linz”. Within the same year I released my first full length video titled „Grausames Linz“. After that, I started filming for another VX1000 full length but I really wanted to take my time with this new project and in retrospective, it took around 3 years. Filming went good and as soon as we had enough footage we released our first trailer. I had to give this project a name. So many good memories and feelings whilst traveling and filming for this project, I thought NOSTALGIA would be a perfect name for this video! After filming years for something you kind of get that nostalgic feeling. Well I know I do, that’s for sure!
Tell us the story behind “Nostalgia Skateboarding”. How did you meet and what made you decide to start your own DIY brand?
As I mentioned above, I bought my first VX1000 in 2009 and I had no idea how to use this camera properly. I came across a really good german forum (forum.rollbrettmedia.de) where people posted plenty of instructions, tips and so on. This particular forum is used by many well known filmers and photographers and I found it to be quite addictive. This is where I first came in touch with BSL (Bernd Sommer Legend) and his group, also known as KFC-Crew, they were also using this forum. We chatted online but didn’t know each other personally. Then I had the premiere of my first own full length „Grausames Linz“ in Linzer Kapu and I was really surprised and excited to see them at the party. After a few beers that evening, we all started hanging out, rolling and filming together. As years past we found ourselves filming for the first „Nostalgia“ video. Somehow we made it to „NOSTALGIA 2“ within the next year. During this time I lost my board sponsor and I realised that nobody of us had a board sponsor. This put me onto the idea of making our own boards and for anyone else who enjoyed the brand as it was. I guess it came as no surprise to name the brand „NOSTALGIA“.
Beer or coffee?
„EULE“ beer from Graz.
What is your favorite 90`s song?
Gigi Dagostino – L’amour toujours.
What is the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Hahaha, I don’t watch TV! I just read books!
Nah, I am a fan of The Simpsons, I usually watch TV to relax and wind down, but usually fall asleep.
Not long ago you did a funny clip for a video-contest organized by R.O.M. (Rollsport Oberes Mühlviertel). You made 3rd place (Congrats!). Who came up with the idea for the concept of your video? Tell us about your experience you have made in the making of this clip.
First, a brief rundown of the contest. A team of around 5 people had the chance to skate and film a whole day at „The Fabric“ (indoor skatepark which is built from skate enthusiasts in upper Austria). With the footage we compiled from the day, we had to cut/edit a 5min videoclip and send through to the judges.
In April this year the organisers put on a big party for all the teams who joined the contest and each teams clips was shown.
But back to your question, one day Matthias (Oyrer) came up with the idea to join this contest. At first I
was’nt all that excited to be honest as I am not a big fan of contests in general. The more and more I thought about it, I realized that this is something completely different to a standard contest. I got all the crew together over a few beers and found out everyone was down for it, but it was clear from everywhere that we weren’t going to take it too serious. A few beers later Philipp had this great idea to choose Olympia as a topic for this clip and we were all totally hyped on it. The making of this clip was really simple, we just grabbed a case of beer, our Sony VX1000 and we put some nice clothes on. Actually it was a normal session for us with different style clothing.
How is the skateboard-scene in your area?
I think it’s a small scene but those involved are very passionated about it. I mean I started skating with around 13 and I am now 29 years old. I see a lot of people coming and going, so for me it’s nice to be part of a small scene. I am lucky enough to have motivated people around me, I don’t care how old or good they are, for me the most important thing is their passion and respect to each other.
Your top 3 Arnold Schwarzenegger movies:
1. Jingle all the way
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently related to skateboarding?
There are many funny things happening when we are on tour, but „what happens on tour stays on tour“.
What is really funny for me is that when we did this R.O.M. contest clip. From that day on, every Saturday and Sunday I would wake up and with at least one person linking @nostalgiaskateboarding on their Instagram story because they have been to a party where they played Gigi Dagostino – Lamour Toujours. Everytime this happens, it puts a smile on my face.
Which kind of music do you prefer when you are skating?
I get totally hyped to listen good skate video soundtracks. I started this when Flip-Sorry came out and I also do it nowadays. I mean now it’s easy but back in the day, it was hard work to get the good tracks but worth the effort and getting hyped listening to them on a minidisc player. I was always like, OK now it’s Tom Penny’s Song, I need to get some fresh Fs Flip’s, now Mike Taylor, I need to get a Crooks on every fucking obstacle….and so on….haha
Who did the artwork of your last deck series and who came up with the idea for this artwork?
LOSCHKA (@fromchurchtochurch) is our man, he is studying painting at Art University in Linz and I love his works. We get together and have few beers and I pitch him my ideas and then I see what he comes back with. NOSTALGIA wouldn’t be the same as it is now without him. I also want to mention that he is seeing his NOSTALGIA works more as an illustration as an artwork, but anyway I am so thankful and always super hyped on all work he is doing for us. My goal is to do something like an real artwork series with him, needs no influence from my side, 100% LOSCHKA.
What inspires you the most in skateboarding?
I am always super hyped on projects like full length videos and magazines around Austria, that makes me super motivated and I have so much respect for everybody who is doing it.
Which animal would be the best type of president if the animal kingdom ever rises up and takes over?
Bag Animal @baganimal
Who was your favorite “Ninja Turtle”?
Turtle Productions @turtle_productions_vienna
What do you love the most about skateboarding?
I love it because I have been doing it so long now and it never gets boring.
In 20 years what will people be nostalgic for?
I have no idea, maybe how simple everything was in the past?
Who of your crew really reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie?
Hard question, but maybe BSL reminds me a bit of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both are from Steiermark and Bernd is a strong man by nature. If only he would take his lazy ass of his couch he could really pump his muscles up like Arnie.
You are about to release your next full length video in November this year called “Nostalgia 3”. How long did you work on this new video? Have you traveled a lot to get the footage you needed and what was the hardest bail during the filming?
We filmed for about a year for this video. Most things are filmed in each of our hometowns, but you will also see some footage from Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Rotterdam, Split and Barcelona.
About bails, Philipp is the guy who needs at least one slam for one trick, for Nostalgia 2 he was pissing blood after he landed his last trick, that was super sick. In Nostalgia 3 I guess I had the worst one. I was trying a Bs Tailslide on a curved ledge in Palm Springs, I put too much wax on it, hit the curb at full speed, managed something like a salto and landed with my ribs on the ledge. I was out of the game for more than 2 months. Nothing was broken luckily, the doctor in hospital said it’s just a rib bruise. I never thought that a rib bruise can be so painful, I don’t even was able to sleep without heavy painkillers for the first weeks.
What is the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?
Meeting up with friends, have a few cold ones whilst talking about the trip.
Have you ever been arrested for skateboarding?
Once, but just for a few hours. We had been in Makarska (next to Split) on a Radix Skateshop tour and apparently we skated some ledges which were protected as a historic monument. Cops came and we thougt it would be a standard bust, but we had to follow them to the next police station where they took our passports. They made us wait until a interpreter arrived as the cops couldn’t speak english or german. It took a while for everybody to get interviewed as they only had one interviewing room.
After they interviewed us, they let us go but they said we would get a big penalty because of damaging an historic monument, but fortunately for us, no one received anything.
If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your crew assume you had done?
Pulling NOSTALGIA stickers on a police car.
What do you think is the best spot in your area?
Hauptplatz Curbs in Linz, this is a legendary Spot.
What do you hate the most in this world?
What are the unwritten rules of the “Nostalgia” crew?
You have to love beer more than skateboarding, don’t ask me why Thomas Renner spends time with us.
Is there a spot you never been but you really would like to visit?
I definately want to skate Sydney or Melbourne (Australia).
What was the most beautiful spot you have ever been?
I fell in love with nearly all westcost spots in USA.
Is there something you do not like in Austria’s skate-scene?
Austrian people in general are often jealous and they start to hate, often you can feel it also in the skate-scene.
If you had to live in a different country, what would it be?
Who is the funniest person of “Nostalgia Skateboarding”?
Trust me, we are all quite serious people.
What is your favorite season to skate in Austria?
Is there a DIY full length skate-video we definitely should check out?
I have no idea to be honest.
What is Satan’s last name?
Jong-un or Trump, you can decide by your own.
You are quite active on your social networks. Do you think social media is important these days?
I don’t want to consider it as important, but 95% of people I know are using Social Media , so it’s a easy way to communicate with people.
What is the best piece of advice you have received relating to skateboarding?
You are responsible for yourself.
What do you like to do when you are not skateboarding?
Most of the time hanging out with friends and having a few beers.
What happens when you get scared half to death twice?
I am 25% alive and 75% scared to death, but still 100% skateboarder. LOL, what a stupid question 😉
Are there any plans for the future? Any goals you want to reach with “Nostalgia”?
I want to keep it alive with full passion, that’s it.
Thank you very much for answering my (stupid) questions. The interview is over, the last words are yours (for shout-outs and whatever you want us to know).
Big shout out to everyone who has respect for me and NOSTALGIA!