After wiping the floor with the opposition at the Latin American final of Red Bull BC One it’s off to Russia for B-Boy Lil G. The 21-year-old Venezuelan talks to us about his preparations for the Grand Final in Moscow, his early days on the breaking scene and the inspirations behind his moves…
What attracted you to the B-Boy scene in those early days?
'Before I had even worked out my first dance move, I was really interested in the fashion and music of the scene. I learned my first moves in a few spots close to my house, down at the underground station was my favourite place to dance in those days. I was lucky that my family was always really encouraging about what I was doing and even now my mum tells me to be careful not to break my neck before every battle.
'A big moment in the early days for me was meeting B-Boy Storm, the guy is a real legend to B-Boys all over the world [B-Boy Storm is now a judge with Red Bull BC One]. I will always remember B-Boy Storm telling me that it’s possible to achieve anything you want as long as you work hard and practice as much as you can.
'The support I received from my family and B-Boy Storm has helped me so much. Also I have to thank my crew, the Speedy Angels Family. As the name suggests we really are like a family, I go everywhere and do everything with those guys.'
What are you working on at the moment?
'Right now I’m just practicing and practicing my moves ahead of the Red Bull BC One final in Moscow. Nothing else gets me more excited than competing in big battles. I always dreamed of entertaining a crowd and I’m determined to make the most of this chance I’ve got. It doesn’t get much bigger than the Red Bull BC One final, it’s going to be an epic battle!
'I’m putting in plenty of hours in the gym now to make sure I’m physically prepared for these tough battles. I also spend time focusing on ways to improve my mental preparation, fix my weaknesses and develop new moves. The best B-Boys in the world will be in Russia, guys like B-Boy Neguin out of Brazil, so I need all my preparation to be just right.
'When I’m taking a break from getting ready for Russia I like to relax by practicing on my DJ decks. I’m not a great DJ if I’m honest but it’s something I enjoy doing to unwind.'
What influences you when you’re thinking about what moves to drop during a battle?
'Every move I do comes directly from the rhythm of the music. When I’m breaking, it feels like I’m representing my favourite music so I want to do it justice and make people appreciate it as much as I do. I’m also focused on representing my country well because nobody really thinks of Venezuela as a place to find great breakdancing. I enjoy showing people around the world that Venezuela has a good B-Boy scene. There’s no better feeling for me than sharing my dance moves with as many people in as many countries around the world as possible.'
What advice would you give to any B-Boys and B-Girls out there looking to break onto the scene?
'My advice for anyone getting started is simply never give up. Everybody starts out the same and has to work hard to learn their skills. I can also say that all the hard work is worth it when great battles like Red Bull BC One give you the chance to dance all over the world. Remember, nothing in life is impossible so follow your dream!'