"Born in Hawaii and ends up a snow boarder...I think she's on the wrong board."
There should be No Doubt that you've heard of him--he plays guitar in one of the world's most notoriously famous, female fronted, punk-rock-ska bands; he is a husband, a father of three, and when he has the time, he likes to indulge in some surfing and standup paddling. (That is, if his kids don't have a game.)
We got a chance to speak with Tom about the recent drop of No Doubt's newest album, "Push and Shove." Here is what the modest kid-from-Anaheim/rock-star/family-man/waterman had to say:
What have you been doing with yourself?
I've been working mostly on the new No Doubt album, "Push And Shove," these past few years. Right now the band is traveling in Europe, performing the new songs and promoting the album. As a side project, I've been co-designing a new guitar model with Grover Jackson, who builds his custom line of "GJ2Guitars" in his shop in Laguna Beach, California.
Was it hard to get back as a group and start jamming after a break of 11 years in the studio with your No Doubt comrades?
Even though it has been 11 years between studio albums for No Doubt, the actual break lasted about three years; we still toured and wrote and recorded songs for many of those years. I also got married and started having kids over the course of those years.
In addition I produced two albums for Matt Costa, and composed the film soundtrack for the documentary "The Providence Effect."
What are your favorite songs or moments of creating the album "Push And Shove"?
We worked really hard on this album, and there were many days where we had these little breakthroughs. ... The album is a menagerie of those little magical moments that happened over the course of the three years it took to make.
Major Lazer/Diplo also contributed to this album, correct? What was that collaboration like? And how did it affect the sound of the album?
Major Lazer came to us with an amazing intro of a track that would eventually become "Push And Shove." They had gone down to Jamaica and recorded these great verses with Busy Signal, and we wrote the choruses and bridge. Gwen (Stefani) had to figure out how to relate her life to Busy's lyrics and indeed they found some common ground. This song is like a roller coaster and has probably the most old-school ska beat that we've ever recorded, contrasted with these epic dub-step inspired choruses.
Will there be a full-blown tour?
Yes. We all feel most at home as a band and on stage and can't wait to hit the road again. We're hoping to be out there next year--gotta figure out how to balance that and letting our kids finish the school year!
How do you usually like to spend your free time as far as extra activities go?
These days my time away from the band is primarily spent trying to be a good dad. I have three boys so it's lots of playing imaginary super heroes, playing soccer with them, and swimming--and now a little surfing and SUP boarding. I'm a waterman at heart, so that's the focus of my non-music time.
Describe your perfect day...
Breakfast with my family, a day at the beach with my boys, and playing music with my No Doubt band-mates at night. I'm planning to have at least six of those days coming up in November and December when No Doubt plays shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles!
Three things you never leave home without...
Wallet, keys, phone. But if I'm in rock-star mode--leather jacket, eyeliner, guitar picks. LOL.
What would you like to see happen in the next 11 years, or where would you like to see yourself?
I'd love to just keep on doing what I get to do now--hang with my wife and kids, surf and sail more, plus of course play music with my friends Tony, Adrian, and Gwen in No Doubt from time to time. I also have some philanthropic projects in mind, and I plan to spend more time volunteering in the coming years.
Thank you so much for taking the time Tom, looking forward to seeing you guys live again!
Video of the title track "Push and Shove" below:
All photos courtesy Tom Dumont and Total Assault Records.
Chances are good that if you don't know his name, you've at least seen his work. And chances are even better that if you are a pro athlete in the action sports world, he's photographed you.
Bo Bridges is one of the outdoor world's most famous photographers, and while he's all over the globe shooting photos, he's usually in the right place at the right time. Some of his more well-known work includes shots of blue whales surfacing in the Pacific Ocean--which he caught while he was paddle boarding--big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara, calving glaciers creating 20-foot swells and barrels, and countless summer and winter X Games.
We recently got a chance to chat with Bo and gain some insight into his world. Here's a sampling of what he said.
When did you first start getting interested in photography?
I started my senior year of high school in Zurich. I took a class in black and white film and I was hooked.
What inspired you to get started in photography and what inspires you today?
I fell in love with the darkroom. I spent endless hours, day and night, processing and developing film for print.
I'm inspired by my kids and by traveling and just getting out there and shooting.
Technology is always inspiring. It keeps getting better and better. My five-year-old can take great photos with a push of a button.
When did you get started in your craft professionally?
After College in 1996, I started an aerial photo business in Tampa, Florida, called Above and Beyond Aerial Photography. I had gotten my pilot's license, and I was shooting from a small Cessna aircraft, hanging out the window shooting while flying the plane. It got too difficult so I had to hire a pilot.
I started to make some money but wanted to shoot more action, so I jumped in my old SUV strapped with a mountain bike and a snowboard and drove to Vail, Colorado. From there I started shooting snow events like the Winter X Games in Crested Butte. I have been shooting the X Games since 1997, both summer and winter. Towards the end of the late '90s, I was traveling almost 200 days a year with some of the top snowboarders and skiers in the world chasing the snow both summer and winter in both hemispheres.
I lived in Vail for about 5.5 years and then moved to Hermosa Beach, California, in 2001.
Hermosa appealed to me because of its close proximity to the LAX International Airport. I can be anywhere in the world in about a day.
It was a great move and the location brought all kinds of opportunity and access to lighting, grips, studios, and many new clients. I still travel often and living close to both the beach and the airport just makes sense.
What's your favorite experience or trip that came about because of photography? My latest was on board the Indies Trader IV in North Sumatra. We are currently working on a short documentary, which we should have ready in October.
Who are your favorite action sports athlete(s) to photograph? The late Andy Irons, Kobe Bryant, and the Metal Mulisha.
Any favorite hobbies/sports/activities you do in your free time? I love to surf. Whenever I'm home and whether there are waves or not, I jump in. I love being close to the water.
Anything on a board I enjoy; I like surfing, snowboarding, skiing. I played rugby in high school and college and also love football, basketball, and soccer. My kids' schedules lead me to play a ton of sports.
What are three things you can't live without, or three things you can't leave the house without?
1. I must have a camera, but I leave the house without it often, so I take a lot of pics on my iPhone. 2. Surfboard. 3. A good attitude.
What do you have lined up on the horizon? I own a 3,000-foot soft gallery in the heart of Hermosa Beach. I have a bunch of events lined up here. I also have a studio bay and five editing bays upstairs. We constantly have something going on between shooting still ad campaigns, video, flying the R/C heli, and editing.
Any advice for someone who wants to pursue photography? Go shoot, and get as technical as you can. Learn your equipment. Shoot tight. Edit tighter. Less is more sometimes. Only show your best and don't show a bunch of images from the same event or location in your portfolio. Keep your head up and keep a positive outlook.
Working for yourself is like a roller coaster at times with many peaks and valleys. The best images in the universe could be tucked away on a hard drive somewhere and nobody sees them
Find ways to get your name out there.
Focus like a laser.
All photos courtesy Bridges
Freestyle skateboarder Kilian Martin of Madrid recently released "Stationpark," which was shot in a single day in an abandoned old building in his home city. The artsy short film, directed by Juan Rayos, depicts Kilian's unique style and technique, which borrows from gymnastics, acrobatics, and break dancing.
Martin started studying gymnastics when he was 10 years old. He also surfed and skated as a kid, and although he loved surfing, the 6-hour trek to the sea meant that his city's streets became all the more appealing. Today, Martin is credited with inventing numerous tricks, and he continues to take skateboarding to new artistic heights. Enjoy...
STATIONPARK from Juan Rayos on Vimeo.
Pro skater Felipe Gustavo is being featured in DC Shoes' new three-part series titled "Rediscovering Home." The 21-year-old goofy foot picked up skateboarding at a very young in Brasilia, Brazil, and never looked back, and the series returns him to his old stomping grounds. Check out the first episode below.
Skate shoe company Lakai Shoes put out another video installment of its "Shoes We Skate" series, featuring skaters Nick Jensen and Danny Brady roaming around the streets of London on an odd, shoe-shaped skate deck, which does nothing to deter the boys from some serious shredding. Check them out in the video, made by filmmaker Henry Edwards-Wood with music by Kyan.