Mr Gonzo - Interview
B : Please introduce yourself.
G : Whats up guys. This is Mr.Gonzo from Seoul, Korea representing Bfuurawks / Tbb Korea
B : How are you doing these days?
G : I quit my job recently and been thinking about Breakin allday and night. I just been meeting a lot of my homies, traveling , eating some good foods and just go to the clubs and party.
B : You been breakin since you were little kid. Tell us your history. From the beginning til now
G : When I was a kid our family would have gatherings on new years and my grandmother use to give me money when I showed her my lil dance. I liked watching dancers on TV, but I never practice or took it serious. When I turned 10, me and my friends use to dance together for fun. Some kids played games or played outside, but dancing is what we would do. Back then, they didn’t use the term B-Boy, it was just Hip-Hop. There was no such thing as Breakin. All dances were a whole. It was all one. The most shocking and dopest crew in my eyes at that time was Gorilla Crew. I first saw them on TV. As I grew up, I got more deeply into Toprocks and Footworks. At this time everyone called me “the lil one” because I was the youngest in the korea breakin scene. My first jam was “Soul Train 2 vs 2 Breakin Battle” in Augujung. I still remember this jam in 2001. I met B-Boy Ninu of Drifterz crew, Soul Kings. He was in the crew called “Generation” at that time and I got down with the crew “Generation”. As I rep the crew, another crew called “Expression” contacted me and my crew members Rookie, and Tee to take an audition to be down with them. So we took the audition and got down with “Expression” crew also. I was 16 when I got down with Expression. Expression had a lot of performance practices and a lot of crew practicing that I did not understand at that time. So I quit the crew because I wanted to be free. After that I started boxing to release my negative energy. When I turned 19, I got down with Maximum crew. I learned a lot of Korean manners from this crew, although I always had some minor problems with them because they always change or recruit new members. As the time went by, I eventually quit the crew again to follow my path and to find my true colors. I just love dancing alone. I just love breakin and vibing out with people with the same vibe.
B : What is the biggest change of Korea breakin scene from the past?
G : Back then, there were a lot of dope B-boys. Right now, I feel like there are a lot of good B-boys in skillwise but, few great Breakboys or Breakgirls. Every battle was intense back then and I could see people getting down at the train station and on the streets. Every B-boys nowadays got caught up with money and focus their life on winning a competition. I feel like a lot of people lost interest of what breakin really is. I hope people could get educated culturally and let themselves be pure.
B : What are some of the bad things and good things about today’s breakin scene in korea?
G : Everything is trendy here. That’s good thing and also a bad thing. The environment is great for dancers in Korea. That’s why people are not really desperate. Our Korea’s traditional manners are good and also bad. The breakin scene is big here but there is no culture behind it to support the scene. I hope many B-boys grow up and get a different perspective so they could have more fun when they dance.
B : If you were a promoter for your jam, who would you invite?
G : There are a lot of passionate OGs here in Korea that I can pick from . These are the OGs that the young generation could really learn and understand what it really means to be a B-boy. It's not about winning competitions and all that. Korean OGs will educate you to be a better person overall. My goal is to break as long as I can with my people. That’s my ultimate goal.
B : What is BFW? Or BFUURAWKS?
G : BFW movement stands for Brother From Whole started by Born from Mighty Zulu Kingz, Fhiz from Floor Gangz, and Chanyc from Zulu Nation Korea. We have been spreading knowledge by doing workshops, showcases, and battles with Nauty One of Rivers Crew, Fhiz, and Tino from Floor Gangz. BFUURAWKS.
B : What are you interested in besides Breakin?
G : I been listening to a lot of Music. I've been thinking about playing a music instrument also. And I really want to go on a vacation with my family.
B : Describe your Breakin Style.
G : Everything I do is Power. My footwork is Power and I do not make sets I freestyle everything. Everything I do, it’s going to be fresh. People try to judge me but they do not matter. I don’t care about them. I only focus on staying true to me. That is my style.
B : Is there any story you want to tell the young generation?
G : There are a lot of good B-Boys trying to rep hard as they can. But almost all of them don't care about the culture. Everyone wants to be famous now. That’s cool, but that’s not going to last long. Do not do something to gain something. Do It for the love. People like me could be more inspired if you guys do that haha.
B : any last words?
G : Shout outs to Bofresco and it is pleasure to be featured in Bofresco interview. Shout outs to my brother Stedlove take care of yourself and everyone who are seeing this, or not, take care. Peace, -MRGONZO