Matti Roese from Germany has taken things in his own hands. Instead of talking about it, Matti makes it happen. With the help of some friends he has started organizing contests and started doing flatland shows and more. Time to check in with FELT's MR.What made you decide to start organizing Flatland contests?
Matti: Last year, by chance Jens Werner ( Manager of the Mellow Park in Berlin and the nicest person in Bizznizz) and me went to a meeting about the possibility to organize an event in the famous "Palast der Republik" (former DDR politician headquarter).
We both came up with the idea to organize a flatland event and found each other with the same attitudes. We came in contact and since this time we are partners in crime. After that we decided to give the riders and the crowd what they really want and treat them right. For me as a Flatlander I also wanted to give something back for what I got. After all, I have to say it was all by chance that we organized this first event .
How did the first one go?
Matti: The first one totally blew us away. We never thought it would be such a success. We had such a nice atmosphere, good riders, crazy crowd, wild party and only smiling faces. What else can I say. It was better than we ever thought. By the way thanks for everyone who joined us. It wouldn't be the same without your appearance and help. After all I thought that it also was a good experience to come in contact with Jens, because we always respected each other's ideas and experiences .
Where's the next one taking place and when?
Matti: The next one will take place at Saturday the 8th October 2005 at the so called " Dresdner Bahnhof " at the Gleisdreick in Berlin City. The location is close to the Potsdamer Platz which is really central. (For more infos check: www.berlincitygames.de ). We will have the same format and style like last year. Prices down to the 10th place for amateurs. 5000 Euro price money for the pros also down to the 10th place, free catering for all riders and a live act and party at the same location.
Who are supporting the event?
Matti: The main sponsor of the event is adidas. Besides that we have Sport Import / Felt.
You also started Turn2 flatland shows. Can you explain that one?
Matti: Frank Lukas and me started this little project, because we often got some calls for riding shows for this and that company or event. We are really sick about this bullshit marketing or promotion agencies who do not know anything about our sport and treat us like little kids. Of course we are also money hungry riders who want to be able to pay more than only the rent of their flats at the end of the month. It is all very small and in the beginning, but we want to be a fair platform for the pro riders to offer their skills to interested people or companies and get also a fair salary for their shows or commercials. For us it is also important to show flatland to the interested people how we see it. It is definitely not about promoting ourselves or give us a certain image via an internet appearance. Of course we are also money hungry riders which want to be able to pay more than only the rent of their flats at the end of the month. Contact: www.turn2.de / www.bmxshows.de
Do you feel it's important to show flatland the way it should be shown to the public?
Matti: Of course, everything should be shown the way it should be shown. Just kidding, because of your question, Bart. I think it is all about being able to show the people how serious we take this and how beautiful something like this can be. We also want to interest the people by watching what could be able with these bikes and how advanced this sport is. Shortly we want to show the people flatland how we, as active part of the scene, see it and this is our main goal. And it can be...
Who are helping you out with these shows?
Matti: How I already said it is all at the beginning. But there are a few people who help Frank and me. One of these guys is Andy Zeiss, the man on the mic, and always a help with questions. Lukas, the DJ for our shows. Fish, a friend who started to design our website (turn2.de). Jens Werner, who also helps with his experience. Dave Ullrich, zwanzig zoll, designer and photographer .
How can they contact you?
Matti: Contacts are shown on our website : [url=http://www.turn2.de]Turn2[/url]