Friday Interview: Nathan Williams

I originally hit Nathan up with these questions just before Thanksgiving and he replied right away, but the holidaze took over and I sort of slept on actually posting it. Now he’s here in California staying at my house and killing it on a daily basis for a promo that’ll be played this Sunday at the etnies/Cinema/Dan’s jam in Long Beach. If you’ve been thinking that Nathan has been laying low in Nashville, you’re mistaken, as I’ve seen him ride on a level this week that is truly touched by a only a few dudes right now. Anyway, stroke fest over…find out more about Nathan getting robbed, possibly making the move to Cali, and how he sorts through the mountain of video projects that he’s working on…

Rail prep. Photo: Fudger

Yo Nathan, how you been?
I've been doing alright.

What's a typical day for you when you're chilling in Nashville? When I hit you up about this interview you said you were at the park, and I honestly couldn't decide if you were riding or just like, chilling at a park…
[Laughs] chilling at a park doesn't sound bad, but I was at the skatepark. A normal day is: I get up and relax around the house for a little bit and take care of whatever needs to be taken care of, play with my dog Jameson and then text my friends that aren't working and go ride. Most of the time we start at a park and then decide on some spots to go to. We all try and meet up at night and kick it, too.

This interview came about because you texted me about possibly making the move out to California. Ready for a change?
Yeah, I think so. A lot has been changing in my life the last little while and I just figure, "Why not?" I've lived out there for about eight months when United had the house in HB, so I kind of know what to expect. I think it'll be good!

Nollie over a rail-to-opposite pegs-to-opposite hard 180 over. Unreal. Photo: Fudger

Guest question from that jerk John Povah: Finish the sentence: My life is…
Amazing. Not by my own doing, but because of the friends and family I have and for the opportunities that others have given me to be able to see a lot of the world, and meeting all kinds of interesting, great people along the way.

Guest question from that healthy guy Corey Martinez: Why do you smoke?
No idea, it's dumb. I'm working on it!

Guest question from that healthy guy Corey Martinez: Why do you sleep so much?
Nah, nah. I'd say that I sleep a pretty normal amount. However, I'm very good at falling asleep whenever I want to [laughs].

I guess you have a lot going on video-wise. You have a section in the Dan's DVD that'll be out in a few weeks. Cinema is currently working on a DVD that'll be out next fall. And Etnies recently announced that they're working on another full-length. Does it ever get overwhelming or is pretty normal these days? [Note: I sent these questions last week and Nathan responded the day before the new United video project got announced. It's safe to assume that Nathan will be putting in work for it…]
Nah, not much. I just take it one project at a time. To be honest though, I like being busy. The trips that we take for each video we obviously save that stuff and then when I'm at home I try and go film, too. That's the hardest part for me, though; dividing up footage that I have got at home to the different projects I'm working on.

Do you approach the Dans, Cinema, or etnies sections differently?
No, not really. Other than I don't want to repeat a bunch of stuff in each section. I'd like there to be some diversity. We'll see…[laughs].

Knowing etnies' rather legendary history with videos, is filming for that section has to be the most intimidating? Actually, has filming even kicked off yet? Any other details you can drop?
Oh, for sure! I honestly can't believe I'm getting to be a part of an etnies video. Filming hasn't officially started just yet; they're still sorting out some details and getting the first trips to kind of kick things sorted, as well. I know [Mike] Manzoori will film and have a big hand in it, but I've heard talks of some others being involved in filming, as well. We'll have to wait and see about that, though.

Since we're on the subject and I love making people choose favorites because it's probably going to

Wood ride to 180 bar. Photo: Fudger

You've been to a few wild places…what's one place that you recommend someone never visit and why?
Hmm…I can't not recommend any place. I feel like even if you're somewhere and situations aren't the best, it's an experience either way and you'll either have a funny story in hind site or you'll learn something from it.

Do you still have your Mark I VW Rabbit? How's that thing going these days?
Nope, I sold that thing…I actually had to jump it on the way to sell it. I just didn't have the time or know-how to keep fixing all the little crap that would break on it…constantly!

Guest question from that healthy guy Corey Martinez: Have you and your brothers ever fist fought?
No, not fist fought… Close, but it was more of a scuffle [laughs].

Classic Nathan photo. Heavy gap to downhander. Photo: Zielinski

I heard a pretty crazy story about your place getting robbed? What was the deal with that? What got stolen? Get anything back?
Yup…so they kicked in the back door, took cameras, TVs, Play Stations, my little brother and roommate had some shotguns that got stolen, too…and a bunch of other random things. Not to mention they flipped the place upside down doing it. It was definitely a pretty shitty thing to come home to [laughs]. Luckily, I had renter's insurance so it'll cover some of the stuff. Still working on that, but hopefully they'll come through.

Guest question from that jerk John Povah: Where do you want to be in ten years from now?
Hopefully still riding, but if not, I want to be able to say I'm happy doing what I'm doing and where I'm at.

Guest question from that healthy guy Corey Martinez: What was your first show?
I'm assuming you mean music… and that would be probably one of my dad's shows when I was kid.

Heavy hop to gap to wall. Photo: Zielinski

Guest question from that healthy guy Corey Martinez: What musical instruments can you play?
I can kind of play drums. My dad taught me the basics as a kid, but that's about where it stopped [laughs].

Have you ever been in a car accident? Was it your fault?
Yeahhhh… I don't wanna talk about it [laughs].

What's your favorite photo of all time?
Ruben's Wallride Cover

Guest question from that jerk John Povah: Have your views changed on older riders still being involved in the sport as opposed to when you were coming up?
No. I don't think having older riders involved in the sport is ever a bad thing. It's a good thing! Older riders are how we keep the history going and how you educate younger riders on where all the stuff they do came from.

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: What's your worst injury due to riding? —Nathaniel Annett 
I hit my face and got knocked out about four years ago in Canada. That was a rough one.

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: What's your favorite pizza joint? Also, what hobbies do you have outside of killing anything you shred? —Patrick Corby
Romas Pizza for sure! Ha, thanks a lot dude. I like filming and editing a lot, which is something that takes up a lot of my time when I'm not riding.

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: What do you think of all these edits with foot high ledges? —Alexander Gilmore
I think if you're having fun and what you're doing is cool and feels good to you, then who cares?

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: Do you miss making white chocolate mochas at Starbucks? —Evan Smedley
[Laughs] No, sir.

Ice. Photo: Fudger

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: Would you ride a freecoaster now that a lot of riders are doing so? —Ramon Ramirez
I would, and I've tried one for a while. I just don't know if it's my thing. People sure make it look fun though!

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: What do you think has been the biggest change in BMX since you started riding? —Adam Drew
The Internet.

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: Would you rather eat toasted waffles and maple syrup for the rest of your life or eat snails every day for a year? —Scott Williams
Dang, that's a good one… I'd say snails for a year. I'd die of diabetes in a year form the waffles anyway…

Possibly unintelligent Facebook question: Have you ever had any periods of time where you quit riding BMX to center your focus on other things such as school, work or family? —Steven Herman
There are definitely times where I didn't ride as much because I had other things in my life that were more important. Riding is never something I don't come back to, though.

Guest question from Will Stroud: You've traveled all over the world this year.  How does it feel and any memorable favorite trips/spots/cities?
It feels crazy, man. I still don't know how I'm in a position to be able to do this stuff. I feel very grateful. I think the most memorable one this year at least would be the Monster/Cinema Down The Middle Tour we did to Europe this last summer. We hit three of the craziest cities I've ever been to and got to do it with some great friends. Copenhagen was probably my favorite of the cities, though. Christiana stand up!

Ice-to-hard 180. Photo: Fudger

Guest question from Will Stroud: How has Nashville shaped you as a rider?  The BMX scene is growing right?  
I feel like since all the people I grew up riding with rode pretty differently, it allowed me to see and open up my mind to a lot of different kinds of riding. The scene is starting to grow a bit more now and it seems like I see new kids on bikes at the park every other day. The city is growing a lot as well, so I'm sure that has something to do with it. Either way, I'm diggin it!

Guest question from Will Stroud: About 5 years ago on a Levi's trip I remember us predicting how four pegs and freecoasters were going to become popular again when people start running out of tricks.  Funny how that kind of happened and more people seem to be going that route and pushing the limits on coasters.  What do you think the next trend will be?
[Laughs] That's funny you remember that, 'cause I don't. I don't know, really. It seems like the only other thing to maybe get changed up is for switch-footed stuff to come into play. I know other people are starting to do that more so that could be something?

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Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams
Friday Interview: Nathan Williams