Behind the Scenes – sml. Wheels x SkatePAL

A few weeks ago we found ourselves wandering around council estates in South London with Shade, working on a video promoting a new collaboration between sml. Wheels and SkatePAL.

One of our favourite charities; SkatePAL is a UK-based NGO that builds skateparks and teaches skateboarding to children in Palestine. They’d join forces with LA-based sml. Wheels and enlisted the help of skaters Chris Jones and Sammy Montano – to spend a day around London testing the new wheels around the roughest spots they could find!

The idea for the piece was to fuse the sounds of Palestine with the rugged textures, colours and surfaces of London. We’d written a track based around an old tape recording discovered by Awesome Tapes From Africa, which we’d sampled and re-mixed to form the backdrop for the video. On-shoot Chris and Sammy focused on landing their tricks whilst we recorded the sounds of their skateboards, paying special attention to noises that are made when skating through London’s rugged streets.

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Back in the edit, Rowan from Shade cut the footage to our track and we added extra sound effects and Middle Eastern atmospheres to really bring the film to life.

It was great to fun to work on and we look forward to more SkatePAL collaborations in the future!

Check out the behind-the-scenes edit (above) and watch the final video below: