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ISSUE NO.2 VIENNA

ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

DIGGA MINDZ INTERVIEW

PUBLISHED March 1, 2013

Digga Mindz, an Austrian MC and producer, is the man behind some sweet beats you hear on some of our videos. We recently had a conversation about him and making music to get to the bottom of this master-mind’s head. Check out some more of his tunes and enjoy this little interview…

What’s your name?
Yo! My name is Frederic but people call me Digga ’cause I’m diggin’ through tons of crazy vinyl to get those sounds to make my beats.

Where in Austria are you from? How long have you lived in Vienna for?
I’m from Spittal which is a little city in Carinthia but I’m living in Vienna for about 10 years.

What is your favorite thing about Vienna?
I can’t really say what’s my favorite thing in Vienna because there are a lot of things I love like walking around and nobody knows me, the flavour and vibes of this big city, my local recordshops (deep soul records and teuchtler) and the fact that my girl, my brother & my sister and most of my friends live here.

How long have you been making music for?
I’ve been making music since I was about 15, now im nearly 30, so like half of my life.
I started with writing rhymes and freestyling with my cousin’s boyfriend the first time, but the fact that nobody we knew was making dope beats we had to do it ourselfs. That’s how I started, on a PC with the most shitty program I know.

Who are your biggest influences, both producers and non-producers?
My biggest influences in hip hop, or the guys I always loved to listen, were guys like all the D.I.T.C. stuff, WU-TANG, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Jay Dee, NOTTZ, Madlib and others who aren’t in my head right now…

When you’r starting a new beat or a new song, what is your approach? What kind of things do you do to prepare and get inspired?
When I’m starting a new beat or something it all starts with inspiration I get from records I sample or just the feeling I have to make something creative. It’s like an addiction.
I’m experimenting with a lot of differnt styles of music, like rock, jazz, soul, everything… and it all starts with records or instruments I’m grabbing and fucking with.

Who is your favorite rapper? Favorite DE/AT rapper?
My favorite rapper? Hm… that’s not easy, but I would say ag from D.I.T.C. …
In Austria/Germany I would say those boombokkz dudes, can’t find anybody who’s more dope… sorry, haha.

What is your opinion on the Austrian hip hop scene?
I’m not really interested on any scenes, ’cause like how I see it, scenes are people who talk, drink and pose 24/7 on parties.
But the real people who are really creating dope shit are at the lab, being productive, not giving a fuck about stupid hypes.

Who else have you gotten to produce beats for?
I produced beats for a lot of austrian rap cats, mostly for my crew boombokkz and some stuff for people like K Skillz & J. Sands, Ghetto Dwellaz and some others.

What is your set up in your laboratory? What kind of machines are you using to make your music?
I have a nice little studio in my crib with some samplers (mpc´s, sp303), some korg keyboards, some instruments like guitar and bass, some percussion instruments and a lot of records to sample.

Why do you call it a laboratory?
I call it a laboratory because I’m a crazy professor who’s doin’ crazy shit all the day, hehe.

You’ve told me that you have 700 plus beats, how do you keep things fresh and stay inspired to create something new and original?
Yeah, I really have about 700 beats, but they were made in the last 5 – 7 years. I’m always inspired, I love to make the music that doesn’t exist but I want to listen to. I love making music so I’m always inspired. when I dont make music 3 or 4 days I get crazy like junkies on Karlsplatz… You know?

Where do you see yourself going with your music? What are your goals?
Hm, my goals… I want to create great music, start a revolution and teach people that they mostly listen to bullshit music which washes their brains with nuclear dirt…

Why do you think hip hop and skateboarding go hand in hand?
I started with this hip hop stuff through skatevideos.
To me skateboarding is an art, music is an art, and arts go hand in hand.

Anyone you would like to give a shout out or a thank you too?
Yeah, shoutouts go to my mom who always bought me new decks (I don’t know how she was doing this because shit was really expensive!), BBZ/SAG, my old but classic skatecrew S.A.D. (you know), especially Mario Wirnsberger, Matt Phi’s for hooking me up with skatersatlas.com and the police in Carinthia who’s acting like skateboarding is a violent crime.

Cheers man, thanks for all the sick music.
Thank you!

soundcloud.com/diggamindz

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ISSUE NO.2 — events

VOLT EUROPEAN SKATEBOARD EXPOSITION

PUBLISHED March 28, 2013

If you are in or around Vienna (Austria) end of May, you should check out the VOLT European Skateboard Exposition. Its first edition is going to take place in Vienna at WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus) on 30.05. & 31.05.2013, and it will represent most of the European Skateboard Industry.

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ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

DIGGA MINDZ INTERVIEW

PUBLISHED March 1, 2013

Digga Mindz, an Austrian MC and producer, is the man behind some sweet beats you hear on some of our videos. We recently had a conversation about him and making music to get to the bottom of this master-mind’s head.

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ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

MARIO WIRNSBERGER WALLPAPER

PUBLISHED February 14, 2013

Download this wallpaper of Mario Wirnsberger poppin’ an ollie over a Vespa, shot in Vienna in September 2012.

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ISSUE NO.2 — motion pictures

GANZ WIEN

PUBLISHED January 29, 2013

Check out the trailer to “Ganz Wien”, an independant skateboarding movie by Johannes Wahl, coming out this summer.

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ISSUE NO.2 — full video parts

AUSTRIAN LEGEND MARIO WIRNSBERGER

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Mario Wirnsberger is an Austrian legend. Originally from Kärnten, he has lived in Vienna for the last three years. He’s lived in Barcelona and a couple of other places in Austria but he feels the most home in Vienna.

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ISSUE NO.2 — featured artist

CHRISITEE

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Christian Tanzer aka “ChrisiTee” has been deep in the skate scene in Vienna since the early 90′s. One part of Stil Laden, ChrisiTee has a unique style inspired by some of the great skate artist legends as well as famous Austrian painters like Klimt and Schiele.

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ISSUE NO.2 — featured photographer

PRO SKATER & PHOTOGRAPHER PHILIPP SCHUSTER

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Philipp Schuster is a pro skater and a pro photograhper at the same time. He started playing with his mother’s old film camera and his love grew from there. He has been shooting for seven years now. After some years of shooting skate photos he started his own magazine called Trottoir Skateboarding.

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ISSUE NO.2 — city montage

VIENNA SKATE MONTAGE

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Vienna is a big city in a small country with a lot of spots and a hefty crew that knows them all. There are dozens of guys over the age of 25 or 30 that still shred on a regular basis. These dudes hold it down and get out there just as hard as the young ones.

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ISSUE NO.2 — fashion

BLV/NTHNG

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Lukas Lerperger has been dreaming up skate companies and logos since he was in grade school. He started BLV/NTHNG as a hobby project to promote his friend’s art work and make limited edition pieces that were made in sustainable ways.

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ISSUE NO.2 — city spotlight

A PORTRAIT OF SKATEBOARDING IN VIENNA

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Michael Paul, Christian Tanzer, Philipp Schuster, Lukas Lerperger, and Martin Schiedl tell you about Vienna’s first class skate scene! Take a closer look at the scene in a 1.7 million city that sometimes seems to be a village. Thinking back to the 90′s and the beginning of skateboarding in Vienna, the guys tell the stories of people, spots, shops and an attitude.

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ISSUE NO.2 — skaters cookbook

SEBI COOKS GOULASH

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Sebastian Binder, getting flow from Cliché and Nike and representing Stil Laden, teaches us how to make potato goulash.

This simple, cheap and tasty meal, optionally vegetarian or vegan, is just another example on how to eat well and healthy while saving money. It’s also a very good recipe to feed a whole crew on a tight budget and with basic equipment.

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ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

SOUND OF MUSIC STEREOTYPES

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Cities like Vienna make people think of really old, cheesy stuff: Sound of music stereotypes and old monarchic nostalgia are probably the first pictures that come to a lot of people’s minds. More generally, Austria does remind people of snow and mountains, both of which are particularly not to be found in the Austrian capital.

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ISSUE NO.2 — caught on film

VIENNA ON 35MM FILM

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was the capital of a culturally and politically leading empire in Europe until World War One. Now it is the capital of Austria, one of the smallest countries in Europe. Its abundance of ressources makes Austrians enjoy one of the highest quality of life in the world.

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ISSUE NO.2 — trailer

TRAILER FOR ISSUE No. 2 VIENNA

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Vienna is a true diamond, diverse and unique, full of history and with one of the highest quality of life in the world. It offers a great variety of things and with its super smooth sidewalks and a pretty compact structure it is a pleasure to skate around, wheither it is from spot to spot or just to suck up its unique athmosphere.

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