Bomfunk MC’s and breakdancers. How bunch of nobodies went totally wild in Eurodance Era.

Hey whats up fam! I got messaged time to time and asked what Bomfunk MC’s and dancers are up to and how their life went at the time.

Those who don’t know, Bomfunk MC’s were this Eurodance era MC / DJ / Dancer group with producer JS-16, who was also producer of famous Sandstorm song. Bomfunk MC’s had one big superhit, it was the most sold single in Europe in year of 99-2000. So this Freestyler single was in that year in europe bigger than any other single or artist. People doesn’t really understand, but that year (that year only tho), Bomfunk MC’s were bigger than Beyonce 😀 The Freestyler music video went super viral at the time, and it was worldwide phenomenon (there was no term viral at the time) . The band performed all over the world and did all the biggest MTV Music awards shows and such.

Bomfunk and Bey (Destinys Child at the time)

So now it’s 20 years a go, but it seems to have been many kids favorite video and breakdancers in the band and videos were inspiration to many to start breaking. To this day I can be in Belgium or any foreign country and some people still come to me and say they started dancing because of me in this video, which is plain crazy.

I think Bomfunk MC’s started at first as just a 1-2 single song project, as many of that times bands were. Record label or producer would just pick random people, let’s ask this mc, this singer, this dj, maybe dancers and put them together as a group. If the singles go well, album will be done, if not, band will be cut. Little similar how they used to for boybands or girlbands at 90’s. 😀 To be honest, we were little ashamed of the band and the music, since we tried to be hard hiphop heads and thought the music was almost same as eurodance 😀

So it was very low budget project that JS-16 just put together. He had other similar projects aswell and Darude (Sandstorm) was one of them. Breakdancers were asked to join by B.O.W who is the lead rapper. His old school friend from late 80’s hiphop scene was Hypnotic aka Pete, whose break students we all other kids were. When first single Uprocking Beats came out, most of us were still just beginner breakdancers, maybe under one year of practicing.. So when these music videos started playing all over the world in everybodys home, we were again super ashamed, since our dancing was super beginner stuff in the first videos 😀 Gizmo was DJ but many times he only had only one Techics vinyl deck with him and for TV shows the decks weren’t even plugged 😀 He was just pretending to be scratching.

First single, Uprocking beats video

The first video Uprocking beats was super low budget film. Only the half of the video that is shot on color, was shoot on real film (at the time music videos were filmed with real movie film), half is black and white 8mm digital home video footage, because production company didn’t have money to get film for whole music video. That is the reason why half of the video is black and white. They got no money. Also the first windmill that I do on the video was not supposed to be in the video. They were filming the other dancer in that scene and I was just practicing the windmill 😀

You have to remeber, these videos were done and supposed to be shown only in this small local Finnish music video program Jyrki. To show for maybe one or two times for Finnsh kids. It was not supposed to get on MTV Nordic, or MTV international at all.

I was regulary touring dancer in this band for maybe one year total so here’s what I remember.. I was there like first year, then also I was there when they needed help in big awards or festivals like MTV music awards, Viva awards and such. After first year they were touring like crazy inside Finland, every weekend on bus 20-30 hours. That life wasnt for me, I had university, so I quit touring.

Freestyler video

Then came the shooting of Freestyler video. I remember I got 700 marks a payment from record label for that video. That is like 100 euros money now (back then there was no money named euro in 99!). My part was short, few seconds but we filmed like 10 times. I had normal faces in most shots, but in this one shot director said “make a mean face”, so that face came out to Freestyler, I wasnt happy 😀

It hit super big, everything was Freestailah! Rakamakafon!! Bomfunk were touring around the world and did all big festivals too. What was super sick is that singer B.O.W was super cool cat and he gave same amount of salary to dancers as the DJ and rapper got. Can you imagine? Lead vocal and background dancer with same salary? One of my dancer friend had this one festival salary ticket on frame in his house that was like 5 figure payment. I’m gonna be honest, but no other band ever in the world has given their dancers that big salary. Usually backdancers have like 50 euros per gig, or not even that.  

98 some old school pictures and pictures from the set of Uprocking Beats

Things went insane. We was flying on helicopters to gigs. You know just couple of not so fresh kid breakdancers on limousines and helicopters 😀 It made not sense at all. This kind of electric breakdance music got big for a moment, and at one point, breakdancers in Germany started having their own bands, crews as Southside Rockers and Flying Steps released singles and songs. There was maybe even talks that we could have had our own singles done to our break team. Think about it, just 5 beginner breakdancers from Finland, no singer, no dj, no rapper but still releasing a CD 😀
Eurodance era was the best. I think at the time we tried to be real and not even consider to do that band thingy, but on this day I think it would have been cool to have released a breakdancer boy band song and video, hahaa. Prolly JS-16 would have hooked up us one banger for us for sure.

MTV Music Awards 2000

One of the most memorable events for Bomfunk MC’s was 2000 MTV Music Video Awards. That was biggest award show at the time. Everyone watched it, I think hundreds of millions of people watched it, maybe more, this is pre youtube or netflix era, so everyone watched MTV.

Again bunch of nobodies, just street kids that breaked were flown to Stockholm Sweden 5 days before the MTV Awards. All bands would be doing interviews and media stuff in Stockholm before the show for five days. Madonna, Spice Girls, U2, Back Street Boys, All Saints, Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, Wyclef, Ali G. All the biggest names were there hanging around. We dancers would live too in Stockholm Hilton Hotel with all the stars. Back Street Boys lived in same floor as us, I remember seeing Nick Carter every day so we started throwing wassups each other when we met. There was red carpet outside the Hilton hotel, and every time we step out the hotel, paparazzis would take pictures of us with flashes, because they thought we are band members or something. No we were just shitty breakdance kids from Helsinki that had no clue whatsoever.

We walked the red carpet and limousine came pick us from Hotel.
I remember Spice Girls were having their soundcheck on the MTV stage. Then me and Ronan Keating were standing together and looking Spice Girls at the side of the stage. Then Jennifer Lopez walked down with entourage just close by us, but didn’t notice or greet us. Then Ronan Keating turned to me and said ”I hate when she does that”. I just nodded ”yeah”.

Before the show started, Wyclef Jean came to our backstage room to battle us. He did some backflips and handsprings, so funny, he was hiphop head so liked our breaking a lot.

Then show started, Bomfunk MC’s won best Nordic Europe award and was nominated for one of best new acts in the world.

We performed our show there, I started my set from Wyclefs side, he was mc:ing the show so.

Then after the show, afterparty was nuts, I remember Robbie Williams so wasted, beatboxing and Wyclef rapping to it 😀

What happened after that?

This is the question I got messaged a lot. Do not message me anymore thank you 😀 After that Bomfunk didn’t have really big international hit and died away after two albums I think. I remember doing re-make of Uprocking Beats video (this time with full movie film, lol). Video had one million marks budget and I got paid like 7000 marks for that, which was big money! But there was no real hits and they lost their record deal I think. Last album was anyways like more rock ish and they didn’t even use breakdancers in the live shows. Few years back they did kind of come back nostalgia tour with new dancers, it was cool, 90’s music still lives with everyone 🙂

Us breakers continued to work on our craft, bboying and we got really good, and this happened mainly after Bomfunk MC’s. We gained new members and went to win big international contests and ended being pretty much one of most respected bboy crews in whole Europe. We took RSC Anniversary crew battle, then came 2nd in Freestyle Session Europe and R-16 world battle that were huge World championship level contests at the time.

Was it so cool?

To be honest, I think what we accomplished as a bboy crew in battles against best breakdancers in the world was more valuable than the success we had with Bomfunk MC’s. Meeting celebrities matches nothing to being with your crew in New Yorks sickest underground battles and coming up as a winner. That raw energy in breakdance circles is so much more than any festival stage you can perform, or any pop star you can become, in my opinion.

What now on year 2021? All this was like 20 years a go. Super short period of our lives. I haven’t met most of the dancers or Bomfunk MC guys for like 10 years now. Most likely all have gotten older, have families and live normal life. Some work still on dance or fitness industry, but I don’t think none of original members still perform or compete. I am skate shop owner and do longboard dancing in
Maybe you can see some Bomfunk in my skateboarding, dunno 😀

Don’t DM me about anything, stop it 😀 I’m not active on social media so can’t answer any of questions, made this post so you guys will have your peace 😀 English is not my language so sorry for hard to read text.

All love and peace to people, I totally understand the nostalgia and how this music was so big to many and part of their youth 🙂

Now I’m not anymore even old school head. I’m just old 😀

Vans Old Skool pro vs. Nike Zoom Blazer SB

What is best shoe for longboarding for me?

This blog started as sneaker blog and we used to own Sneaker shop, so we are going to give a little review how we liked some shoes we use in Longboarding. Go see videos in our Instagram to see how we skate!

I am professional street dancer and have owned speakershop so I give quite attention to details, materials they use, pricing and usability in shoes. Important is also how the product is really developed for it’s use (even the look is old school classic). It makes no sense to wear 50 year old shoe model with 50 years old materials in these days.

At worst days of my sneaker addiction, I had close to 100 sneakers in my closet, and to this day still have dosens of ten year old brand new shoes that haven’t used, lol.

Skate shoes have not been on my radar since in street dance skate shoes are not best for streetdancing, so in a way skate shoe scene was new to me and fun to research.

As the sad skate shop aesthetic, most important for us was to try to find minimal, all black skate shoe.

There were not many smooth all black skate shoes, but the skateshoes I have now used are Nike SB Zoom Blazer Chukka, Vans Old Skool and Vans Old Skool pro.

Nike SB Zoom Blazer Chukka

Nike Blazer is classic Nike sneaker and I have used them way back, but what surprised me was that there was no really not much evolution in the made of this shoe. It says SB as skateboarding, but the feel, fit and materials were as cheap as ten years a go in normal Blazer. I thought it have been big product development for SB line, but there wasn’t much. TBH Nike has been lazy, just putting the SB logo to 40 year old shoe 😀 For skating the shoes fit is not optimal for me at least, it’s narrow but still not supporting the feet as good it should be. The look of Blazer is super nice, I love when skate shoes does not look like skate shoes.

Vans Old Skool black/black

I love the look of Vans Old Skool. Super classic shoe from 1960’s. This cheapest version is really for just walking, the canvas material feel cheap and is not sturdy enough for even long boarding. Like toy shoe, not real shoe.

Vans Old Skool pro black/black

Pro version of Old Skool shoe is best one thus far we have used for longboard dancing. In longboard freestyle and dancing you don’t really do much Ollies or kick flips, so shoe wears mostly from bottom. The sole must be bit thinner that you can really feel the boards concave while carving. The materials in pro model are so much better than normal Old Skool, so definitely recommend this one, even it is bit pricier. The heel is sturdier, suede material on top, this feels really more good work shoe wise in general.
I longboard 3-4 times a week, some times more than that and the shoe lasted about 9 months, until the breaking side shoe broke down from sole.

Let us know if there’s other all black skate shoes you recommend!

After 9 months it looked like this
Nike SB Zoom Blazer SB review
Nike Zoom Blazer SB
Vans Old Skool black/black review
Vans Old Skool black/black

Entered Longboard dancing World Cup SYCLD

This years Longboard dancing World Cup SYCLD was held online, so me as Sad Skate shop employee decided to enter the contest. It was super fun process to make a line for contest, didn’t get through to finals since level was super high, but can say practicing and making this entry really made me better longboard dancer.

Most times when you just practice normally Longboard dancing, you will concentrate on new tricks or steps, so won’t be putting effort for full long lines, so I fully recommend to get your mind to full lines too.

Here in this line I tried to make few challenges, to make it harder for me.

1. Try to use tricks that not many others use
Originality is the key for me and always important, so tried to combine to one flow some weirder original tricks that are not very common. First trick is my own variation, then magic man to finger flip and caveman with slide are somewhat rarer tricks I believe. Also tried not to use the tricks and steps that are used by many, so I didn’t use any crossteps, Peter pans or 180 no comply’s in this line.

2. Tried to make everything go with music
Every pump and carve, tricks did to beat. I like to go with the music so I tried to pay attention to beat. Music is coming from small speaker in my waist. Also there was message, Drakes – Started from the bottom now we here, which resonates to my longboarding as well.

All in all, I am very satisfied with this line, it gave me much motivation and hope they will continue to have it again next year for those who can’t travel to Netherlands for live Longboard dancing World Cup.

It was super nice to feel the vibe and love from everybody, and so super supportive to a nobody and no special long boarder like me in this contest. Hope to see you in SYCLD some day!

How Longboarding changed my way of traveling

We have been backpack travelling all over the world, most of countries ever wanted to travel. Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, USA, Brazil, Cuba, Hawaii and all over Europe. On our trips we have been using local buses, taxis, Ubers and of course walking.

After Hawaii, to get someway back to that careless Surfing feel, decided to buy a longboard.
And on our last trip to Barcelona in September 2019 we decided to take Longboard with us. And oh boy, the it changed all.

Feeling of just cruising around the city and beachwalks, all night all day. Totally free. No worries of traffics, schedules or anything. It changed way to travel and will probably never travel again without the board. Amount of freedom it gave us was something special.

Under there are videos of us long boarding in Barcelona and Tokyo, so check it!

Longboards are easy to learn, very stable skates and wheels smooth and big, Our friends started longboard in their 40’s and could learn it super fast, longboard almost becomes part of your body, no matter how old you are.

Jos Suomessa olet kiinnostunut longboardauksesta, Heldance pitää sessioita melkein joka päivä Helsingissä. Minulla on myynnissä myösä hyviä longboardeja edullisesti jos kiinnostaa aloittaa 🙂

Loaded Coyote complete is very light and agile longboard. Sold in and around 159e

Kuinka käyttää 360-asteen videokameraa taiteessa?

Olemme nyt käyttäneet 360-asteen videointitekniikkaa tanssin kuvauksessa ja toivomme että mahdollisimman monet taiteliljat löytäisivät tämän tekniikan.

Mikä on 360-videointi?

Kun perinteiset kamerat kuvaavat vain eteenpäin ja rajatun alueen näkökentästä, 360 kamerat taltioivat kahdella kameralla kaiken ympärillä olevan alueen. Eli jos kuvaat 360 kameralla, kuvaat samalla myös taivaan, maan, kuvattavan kohteen, itsesi kuvaamassa, eli kaikki suunnat.

Tämä tarkoittaa sitä, että voit materiaalin ladattuasi itse vaihtaa kuvakulmaa tai zoomailla materiaalia jälkeenpäin. 3D laseilla voit oman katseesi kautta vaihtaa myös kuvakulmaa vapaasti kuten istuisit tuolissa tanssijan edessä. Toisin kuin normaalisti, kuvattava artisti voi liikkua kameran päälle, taakse tai sivuille ja silti esitys on nähtävissä.

Taidetta kuvattaessa tässä on hirveästi plussia

– Ei tarvitse kuvaajaa, voi itse jälkeenpäin zoomata tai kääntää kameran kuvauskulmaa

– Videon katsoja voi 3D tekniikan kautta olla kuvassa kuin virtuaalimaailmassa, eli katseesi tai kännykän kääntämisen mukaan vaihtaa kuvaa, joka tuo tilanteeseen huomattavan todellisuuden tunnun.

– Kamera osaa häivyttää selfie-stickin, eli se näyttää kuin olisi dronen päässä, siis kamera voi olla hyvin korkealla ja matalalla, eli kameraa pystyy näin liikuttamaan itse eri suuntiin, ilman kuvaajaa.

Kameroiden hinnat ovat tulleet paljon alas ja ovat ehdottomasti jokaisen euron arvoisia.

Gopro Max on kamera jota itse käytämme, ja tämän hinta on noin 550e. Toinen kuuluisa 360-kamera on Insta 360 One x 2, jonka hinta on noin 480e ja tämä on saanut paljon hyviä arvosteluja.

Suuri kiitos Kordelinin säätiölle tämän 360-projektin tukemisesta.

Jos haluat lisää tietoa tai kysyttävää, ota meihin yhteyttä Instagramissa.
Voimme myös antaa lainaan 360-kameraa ja opastaa käytössä!

Why buy my longboard or skate in small local shop even if it’s more expensive?

Why buy my longboard or skate in small local shop even if it’s 20 euros more expensive?

Answer is simple. You will get more. Local shops support local scene, kids, riders, organize events, make videos etc. All this extra content you get for 20 euros or dollars. You are same time helping kids to get some day maybe professional skaters or Olympic skaters. Skate parks get build because of skate community and shops are big part of building it.

By buying in big corporate sports stores, your money will get lost in huge investment companies accounts who really don’t give a shit about longboarders, skaters or scoot people.

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How to longboard dance? Caveman

Made quick how to to longboard trick called Caveman. In Japan it is usually the first longboard dancing trick you learn, so here you go.
It is done in this tutorial very slowly, remember to get there more speed when you get comfortable, also jump higher and if deck doesn’t touch the floor at all, it is the best. By deck touching ground you can easily combine finger flips or slaps to board to caveman.
Also landing the trick can be varied, cross feet landing, body varial etc.

Remember, there are many ways to do these tricks so do your own research and choose the right way, there are lot’s of caveman tutorials in youtube.

Can you longboard dance on any board? How to choose your longboard.

There is no one way to choose your board. It all depends on your own style and preferences and of course how tall you are, weight and so on.

Few good to know point of views are

Nose and tail
If your longboard dancing deck have about symmetrical kick tail and nose, it will be easier to do tricks with the board. So it would be safe to say to look up to board with symmetrical kick tail and nose.

The length of wheel base gives you more space to do longboard dancing steps, so you want to choose bit longer board. It depends on your feet size and so on, so be sure to try out different size boards.

The brand
General consensus is to buy from real longboard brand, and particularly a brand that is really spezialized on longboard dancing. It is also because these brands help organizing events, sponsor local riders and builds community. These brands produce longboard dancing videos and how to videos. So by buying from local real longboard brand you will be investing to yourself as well.

Well known longboard dancing brands are Simple, Majutsu, Timber, Loaded, Travelol, Pepper, Crown, Moonshine etc.

longboard dancing

Longboard dancing to us

classic long boarding

Cool questions came to our Saddancer longboard shop via social media. Here few Q&A, and don’t forget this is just how one person sees it, nothing else 🙂

What is longboarding to us?

Street surfing
Southern Island of Okinawa in pacific ocean is where we live while in Japan and started longboarding. Skimboard and surf started in Hawaii where cousins are from, so for us we see longboarding as street surfing. Classic longboarding is the truth, boardwalks with bare feet, long decks and deep carving. The original style where longboard dancing originated from

Originators of longboard dancing Adam and Adam
Their youtube videos coined together the Art of longboard dancing and we have all watched Adam and Adam videos repeat thousand times. What you see in their videos is their mad energy, they just went crazy with the board, zero f..ks given what others think, so much creativity. They were wearing crazy outfits and goofing around, like now days youtubers and tictocers are doing. Just having fun with the board.
If some one had said to Adam and Adam that what you do is not longboarding and they had quit, there would not be longboard dancing. Thankful they continued. .

Why so many Caveman variations
Why some do so much caveman variations is that in Japan first trick you learn is usually caveman. When came to Europe was surprised how the style is so different, probably Hans Wouters is super big influence and style is more like short board tricks on longboard, which what we are working on now. Every country has their own foundations, styles and heroes they look up to. And it is all about having your own style and own way of long boarding.

Why you do hand waves while long boarding?
Handwaving in long boarding is definitely not part of fundamental and foundational longboard dancing. It is just streetdancing on longboard. Doing waves is not something that we came up to, we used to go to Cali every year to breakdance battles, waving is from Cali, at the time many locals had deck and were goofing with hand waves while long boarding, so that’s where I saw it first. Even asked Adam if it’s okay to do handwaves while 180 step. Also of course Sepakumas crazy hand styles are inspirational, so legendary.

Sepakuma with Skrillex

Freestyle means free style, not let’s do everybody same stuff

All in all there are different approaches to longboard dancing. The original styles from classic longboarding, different styles from different styles from different countries. It is not only one way to dance. Good to be open minded, freedom of freestyle.

longboard dancing & skateboard 360 camera Gopromax review

Bought 360 camera while in Japan. I think it’s the best thing I’ve had for years. For solo skater like me, it gives so many possibilities to film your longboard dancing, it’s incredible.
Basically you don’t have to ask anyone to film and you can get good footage, play with the sick angles and be creative 200 times more than with normal cam. It’s kind of your own drone, action cam, photo cam, gimbal and sick 360 degree cam in one vehicle.
In Japan they didn’t have Insta360 (other 360 action cam), only GoproMax and Ricoh Theta. Gopromax is good, but have to admit the next generation of 360 cams must be the ones to get. It takes super long time to import movies to your phone with wifi, then rendering and selecting the angles another hour or two, then finally editing and sharing it. Even if I’m super fast, for one 1 minute clip it can take good 3-4 hours of work. Also the app crashes like windows 95 and is super unstable. Once I updated the software, it started throwing camera off 360 mode, so for one longboard & dance session I did not have any footage on my cam, only sky and floor. But all in all, I’m having fun with it, but probably next generation is going to be better. 550e for Gopromax and stick, it’s bit expensive still I think. Ricoh Theta was more cheaper, but the video quality was no good for skating, the stabilizer was no good at all.

I’m super exited to work with this 360 camera and videos, it gives a so much more to my longboarding in general