We love all kinds of music and we admire people who can run two careers at once. In a moment of brilliance, we decided to have a look at which famous skateboarders have been involved in music. We were surprised to find quite a few famous skateboarders who was part of bands at one point or another. We compiled a list of our favourites.
Steve Alba played in several bands while working on his skateboard tricks and flips. He played for The Flamethrowers, Powerflex Five, Blue Flames, and Screaming Lord Salba.
Shane should probably stick to his day job of skateboarding, but he did try his luck with music. Like many other skateboarders, he went for rap as his style. He released a solo album called ‘Switch Heel’ and used the moniker Goatmouf Gumbo. We love his vert styles, but his music styles not so much.
Chris Gentry is a legend on the vert and has also taken up rapping. He has his own channel on which he raps about recent events in the world of skateboarding and BMX. His rhymes are hilarious and often tongue-in-cheek. You have to check it out.
Matt Hensley ended his skateboarding career in 1990 and became a paramedic. He also started a Celtic punk band called ‘Flogging Molly’ in 1997. The band tours a lot and is very popular. Matt has played the accordion in the band for the biggest part of 20 years.
Steve is another one of the greats. His music career went much better than some of the other skaters on our list. In the early 80s, Steve and a group of other skaters formed the band ‘The Faction’. ‘The Faction’ had a huge following thanks to Steve Caballero. The punk group’s slogan was ‘Music by skaters for skaters’. They did very well amongst their fellow skateboard lovers.
Ray Barbee has been a career skateboarder for more than 20 years. He is also a songwriter and plays different instruments. Ray released albums in 2003 and 2005 on Galaxia Records. He collaborated with fellow skateboarder-musician, Tommy Guerrero, to write songs for The Firm’s ‘Can’t Stop’. Ray’s music has a strong jazz influence and you can see the same style in his guitar playing and skateboarding. He has recently been involved with the new longboarding phenomenon and had a vital role in setting up the online brand longboardavenue.com
Tommy Guerrero wrote many of the songs he skated to in his sections. He also provided the soundtrack for many other skaters. He was part of the bands ‘Free Beer’ and ‘Jet Black Crayon’. He released his first studio album in 1998 and seven other albums after that. He had the most success in his solo career.
Danny Garcia got involved in music through the help of another skateboarder, Matt Costa. Danny started his band ‘Revered Baron’ in 2013 and has released a self-titled album. The sound of his music mixes American folk and blues and also includes some rock and sixties psychedelia.
Getting into music didn’t work out so well for all these skateboarders, but some made great music that is still enjoyed by many. We admire these guys who can make great music and skate well.