ZUMIEZ: Besides skateboarding, what could you not live without?
Evan Smith: Besides skateboarding? Wow, I don’t think I could live without music, because that is the fuel for everything. I couldn’t live without love, because love is everything.
ZUMIEZ: How did you get into playing music?
Evan Smith: When I was 14, I was at Woodward West building a studio with my uncle. He got me my first guitar because I showed some interest in playing while we were traveling. By the time we got to Woodward West, I was kind of noodling, and the jamming began, so that was the beginning.
ZUMIEZ: Does anybody else on DC play music with you?
Evan Smith: Yes, I actually have jam sessions now-a-days with Jimmy Astleford, who is the team manager. He bought this little guitar, I don’t know what it’s called but it has a really small body, but a full size neck. He brings it on tour with a little Orange amp, you can play it anywhere it’s battery powered. Today we were actually at the beach on Coolangatta in Australia, and he was jamming away.
ZUMIEZ: What makes your new DC show unique to you?
Evan Smith: What makes the shoe unique to me, is that it has a really timeless feel to it. When I skate the show I feel like I am in every single era. It has a bit of the Seventies to it, the Eighties skateboarding to it, the Nineties, and even modern day. It has a bunch of different aspects to it, and really nice technology, as well as a timeless look.
ZUMIEZ: What skaters inspire you lately?
Evan Smith: One skateboarder that has really inspired me as of lately is Westgate. He just got on Element, and I have had the opportunity to skate with him in person this year, and it was pretty next level. He has a striving mentality, and is such a cool guy, he is always laughing and having fun. As well as he is so amazing on his skateboard, obviously. Me and him have been having really good sessions where we are just like “Fuck it, go as hard as you can, charge as much as you can.” And I am like “Wow, this is crazy.”