Interview by Ethan Allen & Photos by Dave Rubinich
Eat Children Crew, a name that most parents most probably fear. (No parent likes an eaten child). But this group of skilled bike riding folk wouldn’t dare eat a child, instead feed the little whipper snapper assorted rap music, bikes and as the rapper Dr Dre put it, “the strength of street knowledge.” The group not only rides hard but also puts out some rad apparel ranging from hoods to beanies, this being a way to fund trips and VX tapes. The team is full of amazing riders coming from all areas trails, park and the big one street. There is more emphasis on their street crew though. One of the latest edits from ECC was an edit from Indigo Hensgen. I myself come from a trails background but holy crap! This edit was something I hadn’t seen, it was bat shit crazy with Indie going for a double kicker which might be the gnarliest I have seen. Also he did all of this after he recovered from a neck injury. It’s hard to dwell on just one rider within the ECC crew especially when one of their rad mix tapes come out which can go for a solid 10 minutes. Within these edits it seems that everyone never stops throwing down; its clip after clip of astonishment.
Tell us about Eat Children Crew, how did it come about?
Eat Children Crew is just something that just kind of organically happened, it wasn't planned or organised. We all grew up riding, chilling together and to this day are good mates. So it just made sense to make something of it. It was a blog for years because we always filmed and shot photos anyway, but that’s all it was until about mid last year then we decided to put some thought into it and pick a direction in which to push it.
Who does the crew consist of?
Media wise it’s probably Shizee, Rhys, Sam, Liam, RIcky, Tristan, Hitchman, Kane and Wazza. The Eat Children Crew is more than that though, its everyone we hang out with like photographers, any out of town riders who come visit… pretty much anyone who's down for the cause you know? We just want to keep having fun, push good vibes and try to get people as stoked on BMX as we are.
Who’s the young blood?
Definitely Ricky and Tristan, they're both seriously good with slightly different styles. Tristan is a crazy ramp rider. He doesn't even appear to have any fear; he can just send it first shot. It doesn't matter if it's a fronty or a double whip, he just sends it calmly usually pulling it and taking anyone who witnessed its breath away. Ricky...I can't really say anything more than he's just the future of fucking BMX the shit he does, I couldn't of even imagined three or four years ago and he just does it so easy then sits down like 'what else can I try?’ He's a treat to ride with.
VX or HD?
Definitely VX for now, just because we've always had it… We know there are advantages with HD, but we've got three VX's between us and need to make the final step, like a DVD, so it feels right before moving on. We definitely want to go HD eventually, but we're just not there yet. Plus VX's are beautiful.
Is all your apparel self-funded?
Yeah, it's all self-funded; we've always been around it. We've got James who runs Dishonour self-funded apparel and he's been doing that for years. People like him and Hodgey are super positive people and just give you the motivation and what you need to hear to just go for it, but yeah, we're self-funded. We sell everything from eatchildrencrew.com and use whatever change we have in our pockets to get samples and keep growing the project.
Does the money you make from these products go back into the crew?
Definitely at the moment it goes back into what we are trying to do, which is get in front with our clothes. Get them up to the standard and quality that we want and get to, the point where we can do consistent quality drops. It all comes with time and connections, which we're slowly growing. That all being said we ain’t making bank, but who cares, we're having fun. Hopefully while filming for this DVD we can pack a van and take a decent riding road trip using some ECC money to make it cheaper for the crew and us, but for now it all goes back into ECC itself for future drops.
How did the ‘ECC DIY Spot’ come along?
We've always built things in Murray Bridge, like when we were young teens we built a quarter under the bridge, which is still there to this day, but we built it with 13 bags of cement and just water and nothing else. We didn't know what we were doing; we just wanted something fun to ride! We never had a skate park. The closest thing we had was the backyard of Travis Reddington. His parents just let us build whatever we wanted and by the time we were teenagers it was fence to fence with dirt jumps and plywood ramps with nails sticking out. It was heaven. We eventually got a skate park, but it’s pretty boring and repetitive, so we searched for a spot where we could build what we wanted and ride like we wanted. That was about 2 years ago and now we have the ‘ECC Spot.’ We could have never built what we have there with just BMX riders. The whole crew helped build it, everyone we grew up with who wanted somewhere positive and fun to hang out at. Anyone’s welcome, just come with a 6 pack of West End and you’re the raddest guy out. Unfortunately it’s on government land (Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure) and they aren't too stoked on it. By the time you read this I imagine it would have been levelled which is disheartening, but there’s plenty of other spots around to rebuild.
Squad jerseys, are rad what else can we expect clothing wise in the future?
Definitely more of the jerseys! We're currently working on some t-shirt lines and trying to just slow down to get everything spot on. We're pretty harsh on ourselves, we know what we want and we don't want to sell anything 2nd rate, and we won’t! Even if it means we make fuck all on the product. We just want the best in the end. None of us are designers, so that's been the hard obstacle, but we have designs now, and more designs in the works. We're nearly at the point where we want to be, but it all just takes time. That being said, we're light years away from our first drop a year ago. Everything might not flow smoothly yet, but our products have been/ are something that we can be proud of!
And lastly tell us about this new DVD you’re working on?
Well, we always film and just throw the edits up on the internet but it’s just a constant circle of being burnt and forgotten about. We can make something we put a lot of effort into and if the website that pick them up don't write a good and positive review about them they don't get watched. We aren't going to pay websites to give us amazing reviews like big company’s do; even now 90% of their BMX stuff they put up is just crap. So we figure if the boys are putting in 110% then let’s make something legit, that we can always have and watch and not be forgotten about… We still will make web edits, but we want something bigger, like a DVD. The riding level is high, all the dudes shred every chance they get and filming isn't something new to us, so why not aim high? We have a cinema we can already do the premier at, so it’s things like that which is enough motivation to want to film a DVD and show off what a group of grimey friends from South Aus can do if they put their minds to it. And then the best part is to have a sick night at the cinema then get loose at the pub after.