Professional Skater Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki Shares the Playlist That Amps Him Up

On this version of On Rotation, we spoke with the one and solely Aaron “Jaws” Homoki. Recognized for leaping off jaw-dropping heights in skateboarding, Jaws lets us in on what he has enjoying by way of his headphones. To our shock, Jaws is an enormous fan of techno and home music. Be taught the place it began from to Jaw’s newest rave journey in his interview under.

What’s your favourite kind of music?

My favourite kind of music I wish to hearken to as of late I’ve been listening to since I used to be a child is simply straight techno. I like techno and home music.

Who launched you to techno and home music? How did you get into techno and home music?

My uncle David was into it and what actually sparked it off was the Mortal Kombat soundtrack. Once I was a bit child, my mother purchased us that CD as a result of we liked the film a lot and on that CD there may be this one observe, that’s by Orbital its referred to as Halcyon On And On and it’s this nine-minute epic techno trance kind music that’s one in every of my favourite songs. I nonetheless hearken to it on a regular basis. So it’s just about my uncle David and the Mortal Kombat soundtrack; that’s the place it began.

Did you might have loads of buddies rising up who have been into that very same kind of music?

Yeah, so my brother and I, we have been into it, and we form of had a couple of buddies that have been into it. We found out what raves have been and I feel my first rave or warehouse occasion was once I was like 16 or 17, after which after that, I used to be identical to ‘that is the most effective sh*t ever!’ (laughs).

That’s so rad. I’ve been to 1 rave again in 2013, and it was insane. I can’t think about what the very first warehouse events have been like.

Yeah, these have been extra like underground warehouse occasion kind vibes, and I simply fell in love with the power of it like how the music doesn’t cease, and it’s going all night time, and optimistic vibes and everyone seems to be dancing on a regular basis. It’s not like a punk present, which I’m down with that too, like getting within the mosh pit is so enjoyable. I’ve been to some punk exhibits again within the day, however the power of being with a gaggle of individuals which are dancing and feeling the music, I actually fell in love with that entire power.

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Do you might have any memorable raves that stand out from the remaining?

The primary one which I fell in love with is that this band referred to as The Bloody Beetroots, and so they have been form of a reside present. So that they had the keyboard up there and a reside drummer as effectively, and they’d simply kill it so arduous. That was one present that I actually preferred, and only recently I went on this cruise referred to as The Friendship. This dude, Destructo (aka Gary Richards) he throws these occasions, and it’s a five-day cruise, and the entire time on the cruise, there’s like levels arrange in every single place and its all simply dance music, techno, home. Then you definitely go on this little island, and so they have levels there on the island and dude you’re simply on the market vibe-ing. So yeah, it’s a five-day rave cruise, and that was superb.

I simply noticed a clip of that in your Instagram and seen it was latest.

Yeah, it was in January 2020 proper earlier than all of the COVID stuff hit, and so fortunately, I obtained to go on that and I’m going to go on that yearly any further it was the sickest factor I’ve been to in a really very long time.

The place did the cruise begin and cease?

So we took off from Florida, and I feel we have been just about within the Bahamas and went to this non-public island. It’s truly neighboring the island the place that Fyre Competition that by no means occurred. I went on my own too, which was superior as a result of I didn’t need to babysit anybody. I simply went solo dolo and I used to be simply strolling round assembly new folks and hanging out with a few the DJs. It was rad. I needed to expertise simply alone first earlier than I can return and be like ‘alright my buddies, you guys have to go on this subsequent yr.’

Any artist you’d like to look at carry out that you simply haven’t sooner or later?

The final word can be going to see the Chemical Brothers. I’ve by no means seen one in every of their exhibits, and it might simply be superb to go see them. Daft Punk in the event that they ever play a present once more after which there are a couple of others however primarily the Chemical Brothers that the subsequent huge present that I wish to go to.

You’re the primary particular person I’ve interviewed to this point that will get overestimated on techno. That’s rad!

Dude, I’ve liked it since I used to be a bit child, and I feel it actually performs a task in my skating. I do wish to go to the skatepark, and I placed on a combination that’s a two-hour lengthy combine, and it’s a beat that simply occurring in your head persistently and retains me flowing and the power degree excessive inside me. If I’m having a bit little bit of an off day, I’ll simply throw within the headphones, placed on a combination that I like, and form of get extra within the movement of skating quite then getting caught on a single trick or one thing. It helps me movement a bit bit higher once I skate. And if I’m attempting a gnarly trick that I’m fairly fearful of or one thing, I’ll throw on a music that I’m feeling at the moment and put it on repeat and simply go off that music. You already know with a techno music, it builds up, drops, and form of stops, after which it’s a heavier build-up and a heavier drop. So I’ll like to attend till that build-up goes and proper because the drop goes in my headphones I simply go and feed off that vibe.

Are you principally enjoying music by way of headphones or do you play on a speaker?

Often, my headphones as a result of actually, not lots of people just like the techno, so I’m not attempting to blast out the session with individuals who aren’t into the music. Typically, if the vibe is correct and I’m with a crew that’s down, I’ll be like ‘let’s carry the speaker!’ however yeah, often it’s by way of the headphones and never attempting to blow out the session the techno music.

So on excursions, whereas touring in a van, do you ever get handed the aux wire?

(Laughs) It relies on who’s van I’m in. The Birdhouse van they’ve grown to love a few of the stuff that I’ll play and so they’ll toss me the aux wire each infrequently and jam out for a bit bit. My good friend Dakota Servold—who rides for Basis—I’ll go on these Tum Yeto missions, and each infrequently, he’ll toss me the aux wire and play some extra mellow techno, and so they dig it generally.

Anybody else within the van that has influenced your music style?

Dude, Leo Romero has an insane folks, not essentially nation however extra like folks or blues kind playlist that he’s at all times enjoying. I’ll be Shazaming songs from his left and proper (laughs).

Speaking about folks music, how did you get into enjoying the mouth harp?

Nicely, at some point I used to be bored as hell, and I believed beatboxing was actually cool. So I used to be trying on YouTube, and I typed in techno beatboxing, and a video popped up, and it was this dude enjoying the mouth harp prefer it was techno. I used to be like ‘ho-ly sh-*t.’ I would like a type of!’ On the time, I had a rolled ankle, so I couldn’t skate and I simply went on-line and seemed on Amazon and simply ordered a harp and that’s just about it.

I completely thought you enjoying the mouth harp was impressed by folks music and never techno.

Lots of different folks do play it with folk-type music. Each as soon as in awhile, Leo performs on his acoustic guitar and I’ll sit subsequent to him and jam out.

Do you play with anybody who has a techno fashion?

I obtained my good friend Westly he goes by Paul West on Soundcloud he lives a stone’s throw away from my home. He has a studio arrange and has some 303 synths and a drum pad and stuff. He’ll make a bit beat and document my harp into it. He’ll mess with the sound of the harp to make it sound extra sharp or make it sound sicker, I assume.

I additionally began a bit aspect undertaking with my good friend Ross who goes by Dross, and we began a bit factor referred to as Acid Mouth. He’ll be enjoying the synthesizers and the drum pad, and I’ll simply go on my harp. We’ve performed one reside present collectively, and it was a blast. He lives in Chicago, and I reside in [Arizona] Phoenix, so we’ll ship one another samples and we’ll mash it collectively and make a bit observe out of it. It’s fairly enjoyable.

Is Acid Mouth out there on any music platform?

I feel we have now a Soundcloud. He runs all of it, however principally it’s fairly hidden music. The one factor we launched was we made ten tapes like little cassette tapes that you must put right into a Walkman. We made it actually arduous for folks to hearken to(laughs), however that’s what makes it tremendous cool.

Any skate movies that had an affect in your music style?

Menikamti, that they had some cool music in there. I can’t essentially identify any tracks out of it, however I bear in mind I preferred Eric Koston’s music in that. Additionally the Flip Sorry video I liked all of the music in that. The intro music I Wanna Be Your Canine by The Stooges after which Ali Boulala’s half had Gray Matter and Alex Chalmer’s music Let’s Go Get Cokes I keep in mind that one too.

How a lot management or say did you might have in your previous video elements for music selection?

I often go away it as much as the editor as a result of I belief the editor with no matter they’re feeling, and so they’re those placing collectively the footage. If they’ve a music that sounds proper and I’ll be down with that.

The one video that I actually select and made positive I used was for my Push Undertaking half. That was with Jared Lucas, who was modifying it and we had 9 months to movie it. I bear in mind getting within the van with him, and we went to Northern Arizona, and I performed this music by the Chemical Brothers referred to as Escape Velocity, and Jared was like ‘Aaron, do you wish to use this music?’ and I used to be like ‘F*ck sure I do!’ that was the jam I used to be enjoying so much on that journey specifically. So we used a Chemical Brothers music, and I used to be very stoked to make use of that music.

In the event you had all rights reserved for any music for a component, what would you utilize?

Daft Punk’s Digital Love. However there’s no means in hell we might ever get the rights it in all probability price a billion {dollars}. Perhaps at some point I’ll be capable to meet them or one thing and be like ‘hey, you wish to throw me this music?’ (laughs)

I’ll finish it on a enjoyable word, do you hop on the karaoke mic and what’s your go-to music?

At any time when the beers are flowing, then the Karaoke goes and that music ‘I want you’ll step again from that ledge my good friend’ Jumper! [by Third Eye Blind] That’s the music.

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