Skateboarding Legend Stacy Peralta Discusses Upcoming Warped Tour Documentary “No Room For Rockstars”
[pullquote quote="We follow 4 very young musicians...and they're all chasing this dream of being a rockstar, which is so different today than what it was say 20 years ago."]Legendary skateboarder, surfer, award-winning film maker, and all-around cool dude Stacy Peralta stopped by the Kevin & Bean Show this morning to discuss his upcoming film “No Room For Rockstars.” The film follows 4 bands on the annual Vans Warped Tour: Suicide Silence, Mike Posner, Never Shout Never and Forever Came Calling.
Peralta spoke about why he got involved with the Warped Tour, some of the trials and tribulations the bands faced, and what it was like creating this and his recent Bones Brigade film. Be sure to check out NoRoomForRockstars.com to get ticket and theater info on where you can see this film tomorrow night only.
With more than 300 hours of film shot during the 2010 tour, No Room For Rock Stars documents the true stories of modern era rock and roll from every possible angle. From the kids in the van playing parking lots to gain notice, to the veteran stage manager whose life was saved by the tour, to the musician who crosses over to mainstream success while on the road, No Room For Rock Stars is Cinema Vèritè story-telling at its finest. A historical retrospective or concert film this is not.
Peralta explained his decision to take part in a documentary on the Warped Tour.”I’ve got a really good relationship with Vans, and Vans produced this film. The executive producer is Doug Palladini, who kind of is the visionary behind Vans and he said ‘Look, we’ve had this tour for 15 years, it’s very successful and goes all over the country – we want to make a film that celebrates it and we want to make a film that follows the dream of what it takes to be a rockstar.’
“And that’s really what this film is about,” said Peralta. “We follow 4 very young musicians – all very, very different from one another – and they’re all chasing this dream of being a rockstar, which is so different today than what it was say 20 years ago. That’s what interested me in the film, what does it take today in the digital world [to be a rockstar].”
[pullquote quote="I have to be on the road over 300 days a year to promote my records to become what I want to become. Otherwise I can't support my family, can't get them health insurance, and I can't do it because my music is not played on the radio." credit="Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence"]Peralta discussed the trials and tribulations of some of the bands featured in the film. “He (Mitch Lucker from Suicide Silence) says, ‘I have to be on the road over 300 days a year to promote my records to become what I want to become. Otherwise I can’t support my family, can’t get them health insurance, and I can’t do it because my music is not played on the radio.'”
“Chris Drew of Never Shout Never and Mike Posner, these guys have such unique takes on the music industry and how they’re doing it,” continues Peralta. “Those guys [Forever Came Calling] are so hardcore and the band is headed by this young kid named Joe whose from 29 Palms, which is a real dead-end town. You get to see what it’s like, how this guy wants his dream to happen so badly that he’s willing to drive across the country during this entire tour for free, selling his CD’s in the line in front of the Warped Tour, with the hope of maybe Kevin Lyman, who produces the Warped Tour, will give him one night on a stage.”
“We showed the film to a bunch of very successful musicians. We were very curious to get their take on it, guys who have made it, and after they saw the film they said ‘After seeing these guys on the Warped Tour, we feel like we’re so lazy. We’re just sloths and we’ve gotta be better.’ It really inspired them to be better because they saw these young guys who are trying so hard to capture that dream.”
“The director I put on this film Parris Patton, he has such a great touch with humans and with people. He’s such a great filmmaker that he really got into their lives to tell the story, tell the intimate tapestry of what these guys live like,” says Peralta.
[pullquote quote="I remember the executive explaining to me, 'I have to take an hour out of my day, everyday, to listen to KROQ so I can understand what's going on in the world.' I thought that was pretty heavy."]“Back in the early skateboarding days when you were doing your thing,” said Bean, “I imagine KROQ was all you guys listened to back then in the late 70’s, early 80’s right?” Peralta was quick to respond, ” That’s it. KROQ dominated LA at that time, it was like the biggest thing ever. I remember going into a Hollywood studio one day and the executive explaining to me, ‘I have to take an hour out of my day, everyday, to listen to KROQ so I can understand what’s going on in the world.’ I thought that was pretty heavy.”
When asked about his recent film, Bones Brigade: The Autobiography, which is about a legendary crew of skaters Peralta created consisting of guys like Tony Hawk, he explained that it was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it received 5 standing ovations out of 6 screenings. “After I finished Dogtown, Tony and the guys asked me if I would make the Bones Brigade film because they felt that they had a legacy that was equally as important as the Dogtown legacy.”
Peralta continued, “I wasn’t comfortable at the time because I didn’t want to play the dual role of film maker and also subject in the film, but they kept at me. Tony and the guys called 2 years ago and said, ‘Look, we are now older than you and Tony Alva were when you made Dogtown, would you please consider doing this?’ I finally just threw caution to the wind and said Ok I’ll do it.”
Check out “No Room For Rockstars,” which is showing ONE NIGHT ONLY (tomorrow night) at several Southern California theaters. Get ticket info and a list of theaters at NoRoomForRockstars.com. The film debuts exclusively on iTunes on April 2nd and releases on DVD May 15th, right in time for this year’s Vans Warped Tour.