A couple weeks ago we went to Berlin to visit the Flying steps Academy. Fortunately, we had the opportunity to interview a Breakdance teacher from the Academy. Here is the Interview with Bboy Flow!
Who is your favorite Bboy?
That changes from time to time. Right now I really like Issei. Back in the days, I was really inspired by Physicx, and also by Hong 10 but nowadays I don’t think he is that dope anymore like in his earlier years. I think that’s because back then I looked more at the tricks and nowadays I also look at musicality and character. I especially like Bboys that got their own style, for example, Junior, Issei and also Pocket in terms of Powermoves.
Do you pay attention to the younger Bboys too? If so, do you have a favorite?
I’m not completely in the new generation scene, but I know that there are a bunch of dope Bboys from Japan. I often see videos, but I don’t know the exact names. And also there are some good Bboys from Belgium. I really like Bboy Lorenzo.
Do you have a favorite crew?
From the overall style, I really like the Jinjo Crew, because they combine everything. They got a dope style, good Powermoves, but they also got nice routines. Besides of them, there are some crews from America, which I really like, for example, Knuckle Head Cali. But my favorite crews also switch from time to time. Another great crew is Morning Of Owl. Also right now I like Bad Trip Crew from France. They are getting more popular right now. They got pretty good solo dancers.
What do you think of the Breakdance scene at the moment in Germany?
At the moment I’m not very active in battles, but right now everybody is saying that the German Bboy Scene is at the very bottom. I think there actually are still some good Bboys. Here in Berlin, the problem is that breaking is getting commercial relatively quick. So if you got some decent Powermoves you can quickly be part of Shows, that’s why you don’t see so many Bboys anymore in Battles, but they still are there. I think the scene is good here but obviously not as good as in some other countries.
What is the best country in breaking at the moment in your opinion?
It’s not the easy to say who the best is, but I think that the USA is still really strong, the thing is that you don’t see a lot of American Bboys in Europe because they got their own battles. In Europe, I think Holland is really strong right now, especially Hustle Kidz. I haven’t heard much from Korea in recent times, but I think they also got enough Battles in Asia so they don’t have to participate in every battle in Europe.
Do you have a favorite battle?
Not really. I obviously follow the big events, like BC One, IBE and also Battle Of The Year. I’ve never been to IBE, so it’s a little dream of me to go there.
But I think there are some differences in these battles. For example, if you go to Red Bull BC One you are just spectator. You go there for 2 to 3 hours and then you go back home. It’s the same with Battle Of The Year. It wasn’t always like that, but it went more commercial.
Do you have a Bboy that inspired you a lot in the past?
Not really, but there was a video of Bboy Junior at Red Bull BC One, where he does push ups without legs and things like that. That was the first breaking Video I’ve ever seen. That really impressed me. Back then that was the most viewed Breakdance Video in the world. Also Chico vs Punisher, back then. They just did Powermoves from beginning to the end. Also, I really liked Machine vs Atta.
There are a lot of Crews that are focusing on performing Shows all over the world. Do you think that’s the direction Breakdance will go more in the future?
I never really thought about that, but I think that is one of the things that many people really like. Also through these professional shows, other art forms respect Breakdance. So the potential of Breakdance is presented well by shows and also how quick and how creative the scene is evolving. I still hope Breakdance partly stays as an underground culture.
What do you think about Breakdance at the Youth Olympics?
I think that the Olympics are a good platform to make Breakdance more popular, but I think it’s a little difficult to judge it. I’m not that well informed about how they will judge the event but I think it’s good how people get motivated to participate. Most people get really motivated because it’s the Olympics. Also, I think it’s nice to have the video qualifier because everybody can participate. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from.
So that was the Interview with Bboy Flow. Special thanks to you man!
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