Interview with Kash Gaines of YAKfilms – YAK Like You Know (Part 2)

| July 28, 2011 | 6 Comments

In part 2, Kash talks about the US & European dance scene, shares a few words of inspiration, answers a tough question, and more. Here we go…

How different is the Urban Dance Culture in Europe compared to the US?

In the US urban dance isnt as team oriented as in other countries from what I’ve seen. People are alot more independent and their styles are alot more unique in the US because of this. European dancers are much more foundation based, attend alot of classes, and have alot more support at events. In fact, events in europe are much more promoted and attended than those in the US, and are more frequent.

Any plans on doing a full length Dance Film in the future?

We have no immediate plans to do so. That’s alot of work and we travel alot, but we have been saving alot of behind the scenes footage, and would be open to having a team document us and our exploration of dance worldwide.

Alright Kash, here’s a tough question; Les Twins vs Turf Feinz who would win in a battle?

That’s a question that really depends on what you look for in a battle as a judge of a winner. The Twins have alot of charisma and work off of each other very well. They also have great musicality. The Turf Feinz have ALOT of moves and get reactions from the crowd alot. Plus they spend alot more time creating new things than training the same moves. I feel like you need both to be a good battler, so I can honestly say that everytime they would battle it would be completely different and hard to tell who won.

Best battle you have ever filmed was?

For me personally, I really enjoyed the battle from Juste Debout 2011 of The twins vs Lil O and Tyger B. I was excited because the DJ was playing hype songs, the crowd was responsive, and the USA was repping hard!

As someone who has supported projects like Stop Youth Violence, how important of a role does Hip Hop play in providing the youth with an alternative to the streets?

Its not just Hip Hop. Music in general is a universal thing that people can enjoy, without speaking the same language or having the same cultural backgrounds. Dance is a by-product of that and allows you to connect your own expression to a particular song. Everyone has something to say and music has so many things around it that provide expression, from rap, to dance, to even making the music themselves.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Just a thank you to all people who love dance and music worldwide. We love to promote talent we find and keep this world growing intrinsically through a movement bigger than words. And we are happy to be apart of it. We are far from done. YAK Like You Know.

I’d like to say thank you to YAKfilms, for bringing such diverse and innovative filmmaking to the dance community. My hope is that people continuosly recognize how valuable YAKfilms is to dance, and continue to support their Global Movement!

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“Imitation is Suicide; always try to reinvent yourself, and try and figure out what it is you want to be. When you’re trying to be someone else, you are losing a part of yourself.” Kash Gaines – from a Know this! with ARIANA interview

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  1. Lee says:

    Les Twins and Bones got major skills. I’ve seen the Les Twins video, but never the bones one. I watched another video with him before though..keep the interviews comin man..Lee

  2. Jessica says:

    Its a great goal to have. So many people are so talented but never use their talents to give back to the community.

  3. Ron Thomas says:

    Great interview! All of the dancers you interview have so much passion for their art. Thats good to see!

    • admin says:

      Thank you! My goal is to work with those who are not only talented, but who’re also making an impact around the world through their art form.

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