Q&A: Shilo Staniech For OTP X The Yea

In early December, we premiered the latest video from OTP (Outside the Philth) featuring Shilo Staniech. The video was released in association with The Yea and was filmed over the better part of the year by Buck Milliken and Matt Patterson. Following the release of the video, Matt Loughead conducted a follow-up Q&A segment for the site which you can check out after the jump.

*All words and photography by Matt Loughead unless otherwise noted.

It’s important to always check all sides of a building. Shilo hammered out this curved rail at a brand new playground.

“I love getting technical at a park or for Instagram but when it comes to an edit I like to put my all into things which led me back to spots three or four times just to pull what I wanted.”

What’s up man, how have things been? What do you think of this east coast winter?
Well, as much as I like 40 degrees and hoodie weather this subzero temperature really makes it hard to stay in shape and on the bike when you don’t want to overdo your local indoor park. Luckily we have a close indoor park so I can get a few sessions in a week to keep the rust off.

You recently dropped a new edit, did you have a game-plan or any expectations going into it?
All I knew is that I wanted it to showcase what I do, handrails and more handrails. I love getting technical at a park or for Instagram but when it comes to an edit I like to put my all into things which led me back to spots three or four times just to pull what I wanted.

How would you describe your riding style? Did anything change throughout the course of filming?
I want to say that I’m more of an old school kind of rider because a lot of my tricks aren’t video game tricks. I like to do one trick on big setups. Getting the blood flowing and scaring myself a little is how I like to do things. The up rail to nose manual I did was probably the most technical thing I did in my entire edit but I would like to start incorporating more things like that for the next edit.

Crank arm slide down a kinker somewhere near Baltimore.
Photo: Brendan Mulrooney

Somehow the area was a ghost-town & Shilo was able to lace this big DP.

Shilo went to war with this kinked rail and walked away victorious.

“Ideally, I like to roll up to things and see what happens because the more I plan the more usually I psych myself out.”

What is your level of involvement with filming and editing? Do you setup angles and have a vibe in mind? Or do you leave everything up to whoever is filming and/or editing?
I tend to be a pain in the ass because sometimes I put my hand too far into the process. I trust all the guys filming but I like to be a part of the camera setup as well as the editing process because I always have a certain vibe I want to put off or a certain vision in mind. Most of the time I end up sitting in front of a computer with Smatt (Matt Patterson) or Buck (Milliken) for hours just to get a minute or two edited.

How many clips did you have planned and how many were spur of the moment?
I had most of my clips planned, such as the ice hard which I went back for three times, as well as the up rail nose turning into a three visit battle, but the last dubs hard I did was totally spur of the moment and luckily I pulled it as I popped my back tire. Ideally, I like to roll up to things and see what happens because the more I plan the more usually I psych myself out.

What clip took you the longest and which clip are you the most proud of?
The ice hard and up rail nose both took three times of returning to pull off, but the crank arm down the kinker was, by far, the most rewarding. It was the end of the day and I snapped my bars earlier that day. Luckily Cam let me borrow his bars and I was able to pull it off before the sun went down.

Unused shot of Shilo bombing a triple kinked rail for the ‘Rail Boys’ article in the first issue of Ride PA BMX.

A stress free Icepick as seen in The Yea’s first print ad.

Shilo tackles a steep, lengthy handrail hidden in the brush.

“I watched this kid go from a beginner to a street rail warlord. I remember my first road trip with the kid when he was like thirteen with a neon colored beanie. Now he’s full grown. Stoked to have him a part of the family and proud of what he’s been able to accomplish. Fuck yea Shilo.” – Matt Smith

Was there anything you had to walk away from?
I wanted to do a big feeble hard as my ender but the ground was constantly awful for the landing and I couldn’t bring myself to go for it so hopefully my next edit will have that in it.

If you had to pick between shooting a photo or filming a clip, how do you decide which to go with?
It’s honestly a toss up… I love having the photos but clips are always nice if I want to start working on another project.

Do you have anything planned for the future?
There is definitely more to come, I can promise that.

Who would you like to thank?
I’d like to thank my whole OTP crew for always hyping me up; Matt Patterson (Smatt), Matt Loughead, and Buck Milliken for hanging out behind the lens for me. Matt Smith for always hooking me up with goodies and that slippery Ledge Dressing goodness, and the biggest shout out to Ride PA BMX for the multiple posts and the opportunity to be a part of something so awesome! Also shout out the whole PA BMX scene. I couldn’t do it without you guys making it so much fun.