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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Deftones Skate video

By Reggie Altema
XGames.com

Sacramento, Calif., rock band The Deftones have been moving crowds for 25 years and they're currently on tour promoting their new album, "Koi No Yokan." What you may not have known about the band is that they are fans of skating, and called upon skater and filmmaker Brett Novak to direct their latest video, "Romantic Dreams."  What Novak ended up creating looked like a high-budget skate video, set at night, starring Jason Park.

Park sat down with XGames.com and talked about how he became the star of the Deftones' video, what it was like filming it and shared his views on which skate video parts were most in synch as far as skate style and soundtrack.

XGames.com: Where are you from?
Park: I grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii, for most of my life up until I moved into downtown L.A. a few months ago. If you've never been to Hawaii I highly recommend visiting, it will always be my favorite place on this planet.

Jason Park in downtown L.A. during the filming of the Deftones' "Romantic Dreams" video.

Who was the first company to hook you up?
808 Skate was the first, which is a sick local skate shop on Oahu. They've been helping me out for a long time and I owe a lot to those guys. Thanks buddies!

How did you become the star of the Deftones' "Romantic Dreams" video?
My buddy Brett Novak, who directed the video, just called me up one day about the project asking if I wanted to be involved with it. I had no idea what to expect at first, but I later learned that the band has a long history being involved with skateboarding so it was rad to have been a part of the whole thing.

Why was it all skating downtown L.A. at night?
Brett had the idea of shooting around downtown L.A. at night from the start, so it was a pretty simple plan to execute.  The video was filmed entirely around where I live, so most of the spots in the video are places that I skate pretty regularly.

How many nights did it take to film? Is it easier filming at night in downtown?
We filmed the music video throughout three nights of pushing around the city. Filming at night was nice. By the time we got out and started shooting most businesses had closed down for the night and most streets were empty, so we were able to get a lot done pretty quickly.  Plus skating around downtown at night is ridiculously fun.

You have a modern Rodney Mullen style when you skate flat. What inspired you about those freestyle tricks from the '80s?
I'm not sure. When I first picked up a skateboard I would try to learn freestyle tricks just as often as I'd try to learn any street or transition tricks. In fact, the reason I wanted to start skating in the first place was that Rodney Mullen skate video at the end of Tony Hawk's "Pro Skater 3" video game.  Some people will know what I'm talking about.  So I guess that game kind of helped shape the way that I skate today, which means wow, I'm a huge nerd.

Jason Park, just stoked to be a part of the Deftones video

What video part worked perfectly with a song that left the biggest impression on you?
As far as skating style, I'm a huge fan of anyone with a creative approach to skating. Some of my favorite skate videos include "A Happy Medium," "Round 3," "Cheese and Crackers," "Man Down" and any of the 303/Denver Shop videos. As far as parts that worked perfectly with the song used, some of my favorites might be Heath Kirchart in "Sight Unseen," where he skates to "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues. Evan Okeson in "Boyish" where he skates to "So High" by the Dayton Family. Also Spencer Nuzzi in "OVERdose" where he skates to a Crookers song and then a Rusko song.  Those were pretty great.

What do you do when you're not skating?
I like going out to shows a lot, but my favorite nights have probably just been spent binge eating and playing "Smash Bros" with my friends.