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 www.sadskateshop.com
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 😀

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 myös Tori.fi:ssä hyviä longboardeja edullisesti jos kiinnostaa aloittaa 🙂

Loaded Coyote complete is very light and agile longboard. Sold in www.junnuille.com and www.saddancer.com 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!

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

30 days longboard dancing mission

Wen’t trough 30 days longboard dancing x street dance mission in January. The season wasn’t best for long boarding, since you can only skate in car garages in Finland, so result was fail (lol), 27/30 days was the final numbers, few days missing because of getting sick with car smoke etc, but all in all would recommend this longboard dancing mission to everyone. It kind of makes long boarding part of your daily routines and gives you so much motivation. Here are some videos of January. So glad now in end of March that sun is starting to shine.

Saddancer how was this 2019?

It was huge year for us. Started everything again from the beginning. Moved back from Okinawa to itä-Vantaa. Organized 6 events in Japan and Finland. Skated every day. Went to Barcelona. Thankful for all the people met and vibed.
Next year is going to be cool I guess. Cant wait the Okinawa trip again and all the Saddancer projects coming up.

Okinawa became place to call another home. Skimboarding, Onsen (Hot springs), great food, cheap living, southern Island paradise with all best part of Japanese culture.
Had there Terrace House themed Airbnb with friends, best time of my life
guests liked it too
Organized 6 events in Japan and in Helsinki
7 dancers from Finland went to Japan, and one dancer came to perform in Helsinki
Okinawa is beautiful but home is where your heart is. Going to Okinawa every year, but full move to island is still in the future.
Built AirBnb/apartment with Japanese minimalism to close to Airport, no need for sofa
Summer in Helsinki is not bad either
Skated 3-4 times a week at least. longboard dancing = meditation
Itä-Vantaa appreciation. 20 minutes to Kallio, 30 minutes to central by car or bus. Perfect living. Have lived in Punavuori and Kallio, but not moving back to city ever.
Went to Barcelona! Was one of best weekends. The beach, the skate, the food, the people the vibes. Definately going next year as well.
Made more than 20 skate videos this year.

how to save money for trip (longboard, dancing etc)

When you want to go to longboard contest in Eindhoven, or any trip in general, but don’t have money for it. How to save money?
Of course we are privileged even to be able to travel, and able to save, but this is just for food of thoughts. This is not new post in this site, but something we have been doing in this blog.

1. Quit streaming. Quit all streaming services for 4 months. Netflix, Spotify and other streamings. All good music is in Soundcloud and also Youtube gives you 1 month free, so that’s enough. Start watching more how to videos or Elon Musk videos etc.

2. Lessen eating out in restaurants. This is super expensive in Finland. And lessen beers in Bars. This is just waste of money anyways

3. Do not buy any clothes in 4 months. You have enough clothes. 

4. Try to go grocery store once a week, buy all the things once, not enter supermarket besides once a week. If I go every day to grocery store, I will buy all the un necessary shits every day, so if I spend 1 euro a day for stuff I don’t need, in 4 months it is crazy amount.

5. Lessen the time in social media. Lessen watching Instagram Stories, try to do productive stuff instead. This is hard one, but basically going through IG stories is biggest waste of time, all good stuff will be in posts so.. The saved time from watching Netflix and IG stories we have put into editing videos and longboard dancing. 
And we have been releasing new videos every week now.

Its working 🙂

So in this way one will be able to save more than enough for costs to So You Can Longboard dance (biggest longboard event in the world) travels, hostel and food.

What you guys say? Is it too much? Or are we just spoiled? Are we wasting our money and time in general?


update on sneakers.fi

Our blog is now 10 years old! I think it’s one of oldest ongoing urban culture blogs in Europe right now. To be honest we haven’t had time to update that much, maybe twice a month and been focused more on Instagram and editing videos lately.

So far Sneakers.fi have had 250000 visitors and best article had 45000 hits.

Will try to shift to writing in English and little bit more concentrate on longboard dancing and street dancing, and of course our events & travelling in Europe and Japan/Okinawa, that are our main focus right now!

RN most exited about #saddancer longboard and streetdance project
To find finally a project that we can put all our creativity and skills for one thing, is most exiting right now.

From now, front page will be #saddancer project shop and pics, the link to blog will be in upper tab!

Heldance international longboard dancing event

Oodin edessä järjestettiin koko pohjoismaiden ensimmäinen longboard dancing tapahtuma. Tämä täysin talkootyönä tehty tapahtuma keräsi lähemmäs 40-50 longboardaajaa Helsinkiin. Uskomatonta oli se, että 20 osallistujaa tuli ulkomailta, osa sponsoroituja skeittaajia, täysin omin kustannuksin. Kysyin järjestäjältä kuinka tämä on mahdollista, isoissa katutanssitapahtumissakaan ei tule näin paljon ihmisiä ulkomailta, ikinä.

Heldancen Teemu sanoikin, ”se onnistuu koska he tulevat ihmisten takia, ei kilpailun”.

Todella upea päivä jota oli ilo olla todistamassa, voi varmuudella sanoa että ensi vuonna tapahtumasta tulee varmasti vieläkin isompi ja tulevaisuudessa varmasti euroopassa yksi arvostetuimmista kisoista. Oli mahtavaa olla vain osallistujana ja nauttia, suuri arvostus Heldance yhdistyksen aktiiveille.

ヘルシンキでロンスケ のイベントが行われました。40人以上のライダー、そのうち20人が海外から自費で参戦、素晴らしかったです。これからさらに大きくなっていきそうです。


Myös #Saddancer voitti ilmeisesti jonkin erikoispalkinnon 😀 特別賞もらいました

Barcelona bound

Reissublogi

Barcelonassa on aiemmin käynyt vain helmikuussa, joten kuva paikasta ei ollut mitenkään älytön. Mutta näin syyskuun puolivälissä, kaupunki oli aivan upea. Biitsikelit ja joka paikkaan pääsi skeitaten. Aamusta aamuun skeitillä ympäri kaupunkia ja Barcelonetan biitsillä pystyi hengaamaan vaikka koko päivän. Iltaisin hyvää safkaa ja paikallisiin blockopartyihin. Syyrialaista falafelia ja ihania tapaspaikkoja. Kävin myös tsiigaamassa Streetlevelin Funkin Styles tapahtuman, sekä Barcelonan Docsession Longboard tapahtuman. Anyways täysi suositus kyllä Barcelonalle ja varmasti tulee vierailtua joka vuosi.