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~On Yoshi’s Island With Genesis Evans

For this episode, I sent it to Brooklyn to record with Genesis and play a couple hours of smash!

Genny’s early YouTube videos, Lurknyc parts, and tricks in Johnny Wilson edits had such a huge influence on me coming up in skating. In high school, pre-917, Genny’s videos and personal skating showed me that skateboarding is truly about having fun with your friends and doing what comes natural!

Upon arriving to him and Caleb’s home, I gained a profound new appreciation of Genesis’s creative world. I walked into a house full of music, plushies, in-progress paintings, Caleb at their table recording a song, and their friend Marcus cutting out and sewing letters onto a polo. I quickly learned that skating is just one of many tools in Genny’s bag!

He said something that has since stuck with me because it was a feeling I’ve had, but I’ve never quite put into words.  As a kid, he thought that art/music were things someone was naturally good at and that it was like a superpower; you either had it or you didn’t. He noted that this ideology is one that deters people from trying new things. However, sometimes you suck at new things but that doesn’t mean you should stop or that you can’t be great at it!

We speak in-depth about Genny’s love/ear for music, deep musical roots, Blair, and venturing out into a solo career as genny!. This episode coincides with his first solo album release 8 SONGS, as Genny spoke at length about his creative process and work for this album. Go check that out!!! Oh and, as always, hope y’all enjoy.