Friday Interview: Drew Hosselton

Drew Hosselton graced the cover of our October 2013 issue along with a great interview inside, and like usual, there was too much said during the interview to fit it all into the layout. So here are the out-takes from Drew’s interview, it’s a little random topic wise—ranging from tortoises and rodeo stars, to pools and web videos.

Creative tire placement-to-fakie. Photo: Zielinski

While conducting this interview at Drew's house in Tempe, Arizona, the outside temperature was hovering close to a 100 degrees even at 10pm, so we crammed as many of Drew's good friends as we could into his living room and let the good times roll. Those in attendance include Mike Mastroni, Eric Bahlman, Bobby Kanode, Biz, Erik Hilburn, and Matt Osborne.

Hilburn: What about the first time we met Brian Castillo? When we went to Hooters…
Yeah, we did. I was still in high school at the time and Smoker [Dave] took me along to show the Volume team around and I met Brian, Biz, Enns, and John Heaton. It was the first time I ever met pro riders and we had been riding all day and then we went out to Hooters and I was just watching everyone else get wasted and I got stuck being DD and then after Hooters we snuck into Dave's Cocktails, this sh-tty little dive bar, and I remember Biz hollering at a black chick there.

Hilburn: How many pools do you think you've ridden?
I don't really know? We definitely didn't keep a tally or anything like that. I know there was one summer where we probably hit like a solid 30 or 40 of them. We were finding them like crazy, it was during the height of the foreclosure thing and we were just finding them left and right—just find it, shred it for an afternoon and move on to the next one.

What's your normal routine as far as finding the stuff that you ride?
It really varies. I feel like I just kind of come up with the best stuff organically—just when I'm out with my friends and riding around. But I mean, it obviously doesn't always work out like that.

Hilburn: In regards to riding in Phoenix, do you find a spot for a trick or do you find a spot and then think of the trick to do on such spot?
That really goes either direction. Sometimes I'm just cruising around and stumble across the most banging spot and I mean, you might think of the perfect trick then and there or it might be a month later you're like, oh man, I want to do this at that spot or the other side is, ya, just kind of hang out at the skate park and you learn a new trick and you're like, you know? I got just the spot for that and ship it.

Tight tranny carve in a desert wasteland. Photo: Zielinski

You have a garden and a turtle—a tortious—how did you stumble into those hobbies?
My dad's kind of like the living version of Hank Hill. He's just really into like tools and like, I don't know, Dad shit. He lives in Illinois and that's just kind of like how he was raised—he had a massive garden and almost all of the food they would eat would come straight out of the garden and as a kid I always thought that was kind of just weird. I didn't want to be eating garden food all the time, but I got older and it sounded like a fun project and I just got really into it and it's just a super rewarding thing to do—to go in your backyard and get dinner, I think it's pretty sweet. I always thought tortoises were kind of cool and one year, my shorty bought me one for my birthday and then, time goes on and she had a couple big as ones and now I have three tortoises in my backyard.

How do you maintain a garden in the desert?
I'm still learning, I'm still a rookie. This is the first year that I had a great harvest, but it's tough, the first day it gets above a hundred [degrees], a lot of stuff has to be mature and picked by the time it gets hundred otherwise it just roasts the first day. It's just planning—you know what plants grow well in the heat and which don't.

Mike: You've been quoted as saying you're, "a cowboy at your core." Can you elaborate on this?
I never said that exactly—definitely not. I've just kind of been raised… I got a country raising. My dad gave my mom a horse instead of an engagement ring, she still has it, it's named Sox, it's just as old as me.

Biz: Tell him what your dream was as a child.
Yeah, we moved to Arizona when I was like six and I lived out in the boondocks a little bit. My mom had horses and I guess living in Arizona with horses in your backyard, that's all you know, you're going to want to be a cowboy. When I was a child, I wanted to be a rodeo guy, like riding bulls, I thought that was the coolest f-cking thing that you could ever do was to ride bulls. Like, how sick is that? Like, hoping on a wild beast and just holding on for dear life.

Mike: That's what she said… [laughter]

You went from broncos to bunny hops…
Yeah, I went from broncos to bunny hops with bronco hops in-between.

What's your view on DVDs versus web videos?
I don't put them in competition with eachother, I feel each one has its place. Obviously, if you're going to put a lot into something and make something that you're super proud of, you'd like to have something physical like a DVD. But, are DVDs going to be around forever? Definitely not DVDs, but like, full-length videos, yeah, they're probably going to be…

Are they going to be around forever?
I feel like they'll always exist in some form or another. You can only film so many web videos after web videos where you're like, "What the hell am I doing?" You're just putting out something online that's going to disappear in a couple of weeks.

On that note, there was a point in time—and this goes back a long time—when there was like maybe four or five videos big videos a year and a few monthly magazines and then that's what you had to watch or look at and that was it. Now it's like, our new generation, people expect new stuff every single day and I think about dudes that are pro now and having to live up to those standards and come up with all that content… Do you feel like there's a lot more expected of a pro rider than there used to be to help satiate all these staring eyes for new content?
Yeah, I just feel like BMX is at the point where it hasn't found the happy medium between the two. Like, obviously, there has to be some form of fairly regular getting yourself out there in one form or another. Does it need to be a web video every two months? I hope not, that would suck, but at the same time, the days of like getting a magazine a month, that's over with. Like, when I was a kid I would get a magazine a month, I would read that son of bitch three or four times cover to cover and I still couldn't get enough. So it is nice to be able to have both of those options available to you.

Bump-to-Smith in Tucson. Photo: Zielinski

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