When you talk about the various elements of Hip-Hop, the first thing out of your mouth should (b)boy. Now, we could sit and discuss the core roots of Bboying and all its originators, etc…. BUT…we’re not. We’re going to discuss a new breed of Bboy, and hear directly from one of today’s most prolific performers, Jeffery “Machine” McCann. Machine shares how Hip Hop has changed his life, what hit show he was recently on, and much more. Prepare to be inspired as we enter the mind of the Machine……
Can you share some of your background story and how you got started Bboying?
Well It started back when I was like 4 years old watching dance movies like Beat Street. My father was a singer back then, so I always had Music in my life.
What’s Blaze “The Street Sensation?” What is/was your involvement with Blaze?
Blaze was a theatre show I was dancing in around the start of 2010. It was a show of Dope Dancers, Dope Music, and Art Work. We started in London and traveled through Europe.
What are some of the future goals you hope to achieve as a dancer/choreographer?
For real, it’s really simple now in my life. I just want to take care of my family and stay on track with my crew, Killafornia.
I wanted to share the good news myself; however I thought you could tell everyone personally which hit TV show you were recently on? How was the experience?
I was on So You Think You Can Dance! The experience was great! I learned a lot being on the show. All I have to say is it’s not a game. You have to come with your…A Game! It showed me not only how to let go and don’t worry about what’s coming next, but also how to enjoy what’s right in front of you.
Is there a story behind the name, “Machine?”
I was like 16 years old, and at that time, I knew a friend name Rocco Kline. He watched me battle this guy for like and hour. He told me after the battle, that I was just attacking the guy the whole time like a Machine. After, that’s what everyone called me.
What are some of the current projects you’re working on? Any future projects you’d like to share?
I’m at the moment getting ready for R16. I’m getting the chance to sit on the jury for Battle of the Year Brazil. I’m also going to China with LXD and working with my dance company, West Bound, In Los Angeles.
What is R16?
R16 is one if the largest crew battles in the world. It takes place in Korea the first weekend of July. Killafornia won Freestyle Session USA to get the trip to R16 to represent the US.
You started Bboying at a very young age. Who were some of your influences?
People I went to school with, crews like Rock Steady, New York City Breakers, and Style Elements. But now my crew Killafornia
You mentioned being on your own at the age of 15, going to school & hustling to survive. Through these obstacles & struggles, how has Hip-Hop culture positively influenced & changed the direction of your life?
It gave me an outlook on life. Hip Hop showed me that I didn’t always have to run in a pack. Hip Hop just made me think before I did something stupid.
Do you have any advice you can give to the next generation of Bboy’s?
To always believe in yourself. Study the history of Dance. Keep pushing the package, meaning keep making up new moves.
What do you think it will take for Sacramento to get globally recognized for all its talent?
To keep trying hard even if you have to do it yourself. Also, Dream big and never hold back. Someone told me once before – Closed mouths don’t get fed.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself? Or anything you’d like to share in general?
You can also get personal advice from Machine through video at: www.blazetrak.com
The Machine’s Dance Company West Bound, is currently raising money to bring Art & Music Programs to Orphans at The Village of Hope Orpanage. To learn more about this cause and/or donate please visit: West Bound Dance Company Fundraising Info
Thank you Jeffery for your time, knowledge and overall contribution to Hip-Hop! I know you haven’t even scratched the surface of your potential as a performing artist, and I wish you success beyond your imagination..TIME TO REACH FOR THE STARS!
“Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.”