Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

 

Hey mate! What’s been going on in Perth?

Chilling mate. Finally the nice weather is coming back. I’ve been skating a bit, just the usual.

How is the scene in Perth looking at the moment?

It’s looking good. A lot more youngsters are coming up that I don’t know very well, but it’s good to see the new generation out getting it. I’ve been hurt for the last month, so I’ve just been back on the board recently.

Good to hear. The Perth scene has always been strong despite the lack of spots and the size of the city. What was it like filming a young, up and coming Nick Boserio back in the day?

Yeah, the scene has always been great, but it’s getting harder and harder to film here unfortunately.

Filming Nick back in the day was awesome. We were just good friends and pure skate rats. The days when it’s all you think about and all you want to do. He was absolutely fearless. He probably had A.D.D as he was always extremely hyper. It was always fun though.

You have also spent a lot of time filming Alex Campbell. He’s been so good since day one. When did you start filming him and what was it like documenting his earlier stuff? He was so ahead of his time!

I’ve been filming with Alex for as long as I can remember! It has always been fun with him. He was constantly progressing and we have a good rapport. He went from skating like a kid to a grown man really fast. It was amazing to see first-hand.

 

 

 

What was the first video you worked on?

It was a full-length scene video called “No Hat No Play”… Bad name… Alex, Nick and Harry Clark all had parts as well as a lot of skaters in the Perth scene at the time. That was like 12 or 13 years ago now. After that, it was either “No Strings Attached” or “The Perfect Amount Of Lazy” for The 4 Skate Co.

 

 

 

Jeremy Corea and Josh working on the Huf x Butter promo.

Photo: Luxford

 

Both of those videos were so sick. I think “No Strings Attached” were the break through parts for Nick and Alex. I remember absolutely tripping on that video. You were also one of the very few in Australia that could film really well and had good taste.  I was always really hyped on the Perth scene.

Thanks, mate. Yeah, those boys were ripping. I joined forces with Chris Yow (another filmer at the time) as he was skating with a lot of the same guys. We just didn’t end up seeing eye to eye on a lot of things. Our ideas were very different.

Isn’t the intro song U2? Ha-ha. There was also a lot of Christian preaching in the credits. I can imagine neither of these two were your decisions.

Ha-ha, that is correct. Basically when it came time to finish it all up, I was over dealing with him and just couldn’t be bothered anymore. It killed the buzz for me. In hindsight, I should have used my footage for my own project. It would have worked out a lot better. It was a learning experience in the end. I haven’t made that mistake again.

Oh, for sure. The editing and direction of “The Perfect Amount Of Lazy” was a lot better. Did you have complete creative control whilst filming that video?

I worked along side Ben McLachlan with some ideas and what not, but ultimately I had the creative control. I’ve always had a good relationship with those guys and they trusted the direction I was going in.

I just wanted to create a good atmosphere and something with a cohesive feel the whole way through.

 

 

Taylor Nawrocki SS Flip BS Tail. Photo: Foley

 

 

Who did you enjoy filming the most during that era? Morgan Campbell was absolutely on fire in his part.  He bought a lot of flavour to the video.

Tough question. Morgan was definitely one of them. We all know he has such great energy and positivity. Brass was great. Alex and Mike (Martin) too. It’s hard playing favourites.

 

 

Your next project Domingo was released soon after. Your filming had gotten even better and it seemed the primary focus was to document your friends having fun. Was there something that inspired you to focus on the local underground scene rather than the ‘top dogs’ at the time?

At this time I felt confident in my abilities and what I wanted to see in a video. I wasn’t identifying as much with a lot of the big videos and I wanted to make something to get stoked on. Magenta had come out a little before this and it was a breath of fresh air for me. They embodied skating with your friends and showing that you didn’t always have to be the best. The idea of showing all aspects of the scene and connecting with your friends was appealing to me.

 

 

Was it a trip filming the Magenta team in Perth when they came out? (See “Crossing The Perth Dimension”)

Kind of, but it felt pretty natural to be honest. I remember when Leo Valls said he wanted to come out here, I was thinking ‘“sure, if it happens it happens”. He hit me back not long after and they had booked their tickets. Next minute it was all happening! It was a really fun project and I love the way it came out. Big up to those guys!

 

Photos: Foley

You then went out to San Francisco to film with Leo while he was living there. Was it hard to adjust to the rough, downhill streets?

Yeah he invited me out there and I got to meet all the crew! The hills there are no joke! Anybody who’s been there knows it’s hard to do it justice on film. It seemed to work out really good tho. I remember my heart pounding when I first filmed on some big hills. It felt good to push myself.

Oh you did well man! I really liked the SF edit in Domingo Vol2. Speaking of, that video is another masterpiece!  Was that the first time filming with Alex since “The Perfect Amount Of Lazy”?

Domingo Vol2 was something I wanted to work on for a while and try embody the same feeling and yes, work with Alex again. Alex always had filming priorities with Nike SB and family obligations. Whilst filming for Domingo Vol2 we usually only skated together once a week but it was always productive. We work really well together. I wanted to document him skating fast with a stylish and simple approach. The video ended up being much larger than anticipated though.

 

I’m hyped we got to get a bit of footage when you were over in Melbourne briefly. Shit was fun.  So, you’ve recently been on a few overseas adventures with Magenta, right?

I’ve been on a few big trips with those guys. The most recent was a month long journey through Dubai, Marseille and Valencia. It was incredible. Dubai was the hottest place I’ve ever been though. Humid and straight desert heat. My camera had some issues as the heat was frying the internals. Just touching the camera felt like a boiling kettle. Somehow it worked out ok.

 

Ben Gore flipping his board whilst in Melbourne. Photo: Foley

 

Dubai is a strange city. It’s really built up with all types of foreign franchises then a 15-minute drive out of the city and its straight up desert.

The whole gang was Leo Valls, Soy Panday, Vivian Feil, Glen Fox, Jimmy Lannon, Zach Lyons, Joffrey Morrel, Gaetan Salvignol, Ben Gore, Masaki Ui and photographers Richard Hart and Dave Manuad.

You were the only filmer?

Correct.

Damn, that must have been intense!

It was pretty full on. I was always filming somebody. I definitely had me work cut out for me. I was cooked by the end of it but it felt good.

 

 

 

We were also chilling in Barcelona together a few months back with Butter Goods! That trip was dope! How’s the edit from the trip coming along?

The clip is taking shape but we still aren’t sure on a release date yet. It was so much fun cruising around a new city, enjoying the atmosphere and making a video. Meeting up with local OG photographer Alberto Pollo was rad. Barcelona is a great city.

So what’s next for Josh Roberts? Domingo Vol 3?

Damn, I don’t know man. A full production is such a commitment. I have more Domingo projects I want to work on. More stuff for Butter Goods in the works, too. I just want to keep working on projects with good people. Keep the stoke going and have fun with it.

 

 Interviewed by Casey Foley.