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Honouring Skateboarding Legend Natas Kaupas: A Musical Tribute


Skateboarding and music have always shared a symbiotic relationship, with both cultures influencing and inspiring each other. In a heartfelt homage to skateboarding pioneer Natas Kaupas, Norwegian musician Martin Horntveth crafts a musical tribute that captures the essence of Kaupas’s revolutionary spirit on the board.

Natas Kaupas, born in 1969 in California, USA, is revered as one of the earliest professional street skateboarders. His innovative style and groundbreaking tricks laid the foundation for modern street skateboarding. For Horntveth, Kaupas was not just a skateboarding icon but a personal hero whose influence transcended the sport.

Horntveth’s tribute takes the form of an instrumental song, aptly titled “Natas Kaupas,” where he channels the energy and creativity synonymous with Kaupas’s skating prowess. The song revolves around a captivating bass riff, its tempo shifting seamlessly between two distinct rhythms. Much like Kaupas’s skating, which defied conventional norms, Horntveth’s music traverses various genres and moods, mirroring the eclectic nature of Kaupas’s skating style.

Central to Horntveth’s tribute is Kaupas’s legendary skate part filmed at Santa Monica Beach in 1989. The iconic 720 spin around a fire hydrant remains etched in skateboarding history as a testament to Kaupas’s boundless imagination and unconventional approach to skating. In homage to this seminal moment, Horntveth enlisted the talents of Indonesian illustrator Terror Machine to depict the iconic fire hydrant on the cover art, immortalizing Kaupas’s legacy in visual form.

The homage to Natas Kaupas extends beyond Horntveth’s original composition. In a reinterpretation of the tribute, renowned Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrom offers his perspective with the “Natas Kaupas (Lindstrøm Remix).” Stripping down the intricate layers of Horntveth’s composition, Lindstrom reconstructs the musical elements, focusing on the basslines, strings, and drums. The result is a reimagined version that retains the raw energy and soul of the original while infusing it with Lindstrom’s signature touch, creating a captivating contrast that pays homage to Kaupas’s enduring influence.

Through their respective musical interpretations, Horntveth and Lindstrom celebrate Natas Kaupas’s indelible mark on skateboarding culture and beyond. Their tribute not only honors Kaupas’s contributions to the sport but also serves as a reminder of the boundless creativity and innovation that continue to define skateboarding and its cultural influence.

In the intersection of skateboarding and music, Natas Kaupas’s legacy lives on, inspiring generations of artists and athletes to push boundaries and defy expectations. Horntveth and Lindstrom’s tribute stands as a testament to Kaupas’s enduring influence, ensuring that his revolutionary spirit remains immortalized in both sound and motion.

We premiere Lindstrom’s remix on Data Transmission, check it out there and grab it on Beatport.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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