On Monday night, January 28th, Los Angeles Nista radio host Eddie Solis will interview Mike Vallely, aka Mike V. Vallely continues to gain world wide recognition as a professional skateboarder, musician, actor, television personality, stuntman, professional wrestler, and FHL hockey player. Mike V.’s new band with SST Records and Black Flag founder, Greg Ginn called, Good For You, will release their debut album, Life is Too Short to Not Hold a Grudge, on February 26th.
Mike V. was 14 years old in 1984 when he discovered skateboarding and punk music. He immediately began street skating and vert skating. His family moved to Virginia Beach where he began skating with a local team called “Subculture.” Skating adjacent to a pro event he was noticed by Stacy Peralta and Lance Mountain. Following an impromptu demo, Peralta offered Vallely an amateur sponsorship deal with Powell Peralta Skateboards. In 1986 he made the cover of THRASHER Magazine followed closely by a full page spread in Transworld Skateboarding’s September issue. In 1987 he turned pro and soon thereafter Powell Peralta released the pro model skateboard featuring the now well-known “elephant” graphics drawn by V. Courtland Johnson.
Since then he’s moved around to various companies including World Industries, New Deal Skateboards, TV Skateboards, Transit Skateboards, Black Label Skateboards, Vallely Skateboards (which he founded in 2002), Element Skateboards, By The Sword (also Vallely’s own brand), Powell Peralta Skateboards (for a third time), Airwalk Footwear, Bones Bearings, Sullen Clothing. In late 2011 Vallely resigned from Powell Peralta and launched the Elephant Brand Skateboards company.
His music career has been littered with ‘legendary level’ collaborations and performances including the show he did with Resistance in 1985 which included 7 Seconds and Aggression. In 2003, Greg Ginn invited Mike to sing for Black Flag at reunion shows in Los Angeles where he performed the entire My War album from cover to cover. His band, Mike V. and the Rats, appeared in the video game Tony Hawk’s Underground and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. He also guested on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s album, Heart Of A Warrior.
He did a stint as a professional hockey player for the Danbury Whalers (Federal Hockey League). And his filmography includes acting, stunts and cameos in films such as Mall Cop; Viva La Bam; xXx as Vin Diesel’s friend; Drive – his show on Fuel TV (2004–2008); Red Dawn (including stunt work); The Hangover and more.
Los Angeles Nista is a live radio show hosted and created by Eddie Solis (It’s Casual) and co-hosted and produced by Dan Patronilo. The show includes features on Los Angeles history, culture, music, art and the importance of public transportation within the City of L.A. Guests include public figures, local business owners, and artists including Rick Kosick/Jackass; Teka Lark/Morningside Park Chronicle; Lane Gold/Vegan Cookbook; Keith Morris and Dimitri Coats/OFF!; Kurt St. Thomas/KROQ; Mario and Dino Lalli/Fatso Jetson.
Los Angeles Nista airs live from Skidrow Studios in downtown, every Monday night from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Skidrow Studios app available from the iTunes Store or on Stitcher for Android devices.