Exploring Music In Skating By The Numbers | “The best skateboarding in the world can look fucking awful with a bad soundtrack.”

 

Music and skateboarding. It’s almost like one can’t exist without the other. The Pudding.cool went real in-depth to look at the music trends by genre, skate brand, etc. of skateboard videos over the years. They found out all sorts of facts, like how DGK is the most hip-hop loyal and which artists pair best with skateboarding over time.

 

Sample:

The videos didn’t just feature skateboarding—each skater’s section was accompanied by a song, often selected to set the tempo for the video, match the skater’s style, and contribute to the video’s overall aesthetic. My first skate video turned me on to a number of artists: Dinosaur Jr., Black Flag, and John Coltrane. In a time before Spotify or Pandora, skate videos provided something of a music tastemaker—a playlist of what’s cool. The playlist spanned all genres and all time frames. It felt diverse. It felt countercultural.

In what follows, we’ll examine how the music of skateboarding changed over time, how genres relate to particular styles of skating, and which songs are associated with specific skaters.

 

 

 

Click to PUDDING.COOL for the in-depth exploration into skateboard video music

 

 

 

 

New essay: we examine the genres and artists from skate videos. Link in bio.

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