A lot of East Coasters have moved out west recently, do you ever see yourself transplanting from Jersey?
Hell no, this is home man. I will always travel and get out of here to get away. I’m so fortunate to be able to do that to keep home fresh for me, but no, I could never see myself moving out there. The West Coast is never yours, you’re always sharing it with so many other people, skaters and bike riders. Every kid is the next big thing out there, looking at you like who the fuck are you?
Out here, it’s mine man, I know everybody. I don’t have to share shit with anybody but my 3 friends. Every spot feels like mine, like it was put there for me, I need that feeling. I can’t go out to Cali and blend, I know what it would do to me, I see what it is doing to the people who live in Cali and have all these people coming into their home. I would lose my motivation with that much going, even just on a trip. I’m not nearly as focused or hungry as I am at home, because everything I go to I feel like it’s somebody else’s, and I want them to have that. I don’t want to be riding someone else’s spots just to further my bike riding, I want my own spots. I can further my bike riding here just as well, if not better than I could out there, I feel like I do every day.
Speaking of, don’t think your Jersey Shore references on Twitter go unnoticed, haha…
Haha! Fuck man, you couldn’t possibly tell me those people aren’t entertaining, stupid or not. They are just funny and surprisingly real, besides, I come from an Italian family, so I can relate to half the humor. That shit is real man, not by me, that shit doesn’t happen on this end of Jersey, but it’s real haha…. You go to a club over on that end of Jersey, and you’re going to see exactly what you see in the show, and they don’t care. You couldn’t tell them they aren’t the shit, ever, you could never make those people feel like shit, I have so much respect for that.
In all honesty, this interview actually spawned itself from following you on Twitter. Judging by most of your tweets, I can’t help but feel that you’re super motivated/inspired and just positive overall. Where’s your head at these days?
Haha, hell yeah! Good to hear Twitter is good for something, and thank you Nuno.
Honestly, I am so motivated. I always have been and always will be. I have no idea why, I’m always positive. I’m always ready to ride or handle whatever I’m dealing with or comes my way. I have my moments no doubt about it, I’m human and I break down, but 9 out of 10 times, I’m just happy with everything I’m surrounded by. I can put aside anything and look at the bigger picture and get passed it. I guess I can say that’s where my head is at, just looking at the bigger picture as much as I possibly can and getting passed what’s in my way. I never let shit get in the way of where I want to go. If I want to get somewhere, I will get there no doubt about it. My mom has always told me that. She says I have always gotten what I have wanted, and I don’t mean by asking my mom and she will give me what I want, I mean I will go through anything and everything to get what I want out of something, at all costs.
I guess if you feel good, you ride good yeah?
Absolutely. My bad days of riding never have anything to do with bike riding, ever, it’s always something just blocking my mind, just something fucking with me and making me think about it, you just have to learn to block that out. Not if it’s important though, if it’s important you have to handle it so it goes away by doing the right thing, but if you have some bullshit, some shit that you know does not matter in the end messing with your head, you just have to shut that shit out. You have to do what’s best for your mind at all times so you can be at your fullest potential.
How does music play into everything? What have you been listening to lately?
Music doesn’t play into much for me man. I mean I love music, but I can not ride my bike with music. I’ll listen to music in the morning real loud to get me awake and motivated, or especially in whoever’s car I’m in, I will blast music to get us hyped, but I mean that’s really it.
I have been listening to Meek Mill – Mr. Philadelphia on repeat, that’s it. I wake up and put that on, every track has so much energy. That’s really the only music I like, anything with a lot of energy. Everyone’s always like, “oh man Chase you’re so chill you’re always chillin and smokin”, they don’t really know that inside I’m just filled with so much energy. It’s hard to tell because if I don’t know you I’m really shy, but on a trip, I’m the last dude asleep and the first dude up, and I’ll be the first to bust my bike out at the spot and ride until we leave, cracking jokes on the whole crew and being loud.
What’s your take on Twitter? It’s added an interesting element to our lives?
Twitter is funny man. You have 140 letters to get your point across, so half the shit you’re saying is getting cut short, and it’s not nearly coming off the way it’s intended. That causes some funny confrontations, which is fine with me, I don’t mind that shit. I’m the dude who, if you’re looking at me funny, I’m gonna ask you what the fuck you’re looking at, so It’s just kind of fun to see how people take each other on there. I’d say it’s an interesting element, cause you got dudes arguing, saying their opinion and so and so is saying theirs back, or someone putting up funny pictures or funny quotes. I just think it’s funny and for fun, anything serious on there is usually a joke. I hope no one there is dead serious about what they say, I know I’m not.
I feel like your one of the dudes that gets tangled up in some wacky Twitter drama from time to time, even if it’s not actually too serious. What happens there? I feel like its easy to take shit the wrong way on Twitter sometimes.
Yeah exactly, that’s what I’m saying man. I for one, am just not one to be talked to in any type of way I don’t want to be talked to. So someone can be telling me how they feel… they might be being nice, they might be being a dick, I can’t tell because it’s some stupid comment through a computer, so I will confront it, or they will confront me, and that is that. Then, I will say if I meant it in this way, or meant it in that way. I think a lot of dudes are just little babies, they can’t handle being confronted. I can handle it, I might get a little tight and ask the dude why he said that, but I’m only looking for an explanation, I’m not looking for an argument or fight, unless they want one, then yeah of course I will fall into that.