Save Deth has changed the way Yo-Yoers think about style. DVDs, T-Shirts, Yo-yos, Save Deth is a huge influence to the entire yo-yo community. One half of the award winning team, Seth Peterson, has joined YoYoSkills.com for an interview session. YoYoSkills.com is proud to present our interview with this amazing yo-yoer and artist, Seth Peterson.
YoYoSkills: Thanks for the interview Seth, the YoYoSkills readers are big fans of Save Deth. I imagine you and Dave were born in stylish vintage style clothes with yo-yos in hand.
Seth: Not quite. I was born on a farm in the middle of Iowa. But both my parents are artists, maybe that’s where the style comes from?
YYS: Middle of Iowa? How did the Seth and Dave team come together in the great farmland?
Dave and Seth filming the Elevator scene
S: Dave and I were both home-schooled and met at a state wide “get together”.
YYS: That’s pretty cool. “From the farm life of Iowa, to industry leaders” Sounds like a Biography tagline. The success of the team up is undeniable. The Save Deth crew are among the most recognizable names in the industry. To what do you attribute your success?
S: I wouldn’t go that far. But I accredit our success to being in the industry so long, both as Save Deth and in general. From 2004 to 2006 I was on Duncan Crew and worked briefly with Greg Cohen. I learned a lot from the people I met and worked with. Also just thinking outside the box.
YYS: Your first DVD series, Save Deth Vol 1, Chapter 2, and Spring Break is considered by many to be the best collection of Yo-Yo DVD’s available. As you guys were developing the first DVD, was there a moment where you realized what you had?
S: Well, we started out just making “Downtown” for fun. It was an experiment to see if we could do some cool fast/slow motion shots. Once Dave finished it we sat down and realized we had something that was worth more then just a quick download online. So at that point  we set out to make a DVD that had a more artist style to it then most other yo-yo videos.
Save Deth Vol 1 Chapter 2 Trailer
YYS: Lets talk about the new DVD. What can we expect from the Save Deth Vol 2 DVD?
S: For one the production quality of Save Deth Volume 2 is far beyond anything we’ve done before. The roster for Vol 2 is also amazing. It’s been amazing working with some of the top players like Paul Han, Sebastian Brock, Justin Webber, Jon Rob, Mark Montgomery and Jensen Kimmitt. And also talent that doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves: Mark Allen, Ray Godefroid and Alex Wilden to name a few.
YYS: I understand you are working on an AYYA DVD with Miggy. What can you tell us about that?
S: It’s a project that Miguel and I have wanted to do for a long time but the financial burden of all the traveling to get what we needed was a major roadblock. Thankfully the AYYA stepped in and financed the project. The premise of it is the last 10 years of yo-yoing. So many people have no idea what happened to shape this stuff into what it is today. It’s an amazing piece of work and I’m sure people will really be into it.
Jon Rob, of SPYY. Save Deth 2 Trailer will be up in a few weeks
YYS: Sounds exciting, when will the AYYA DVD, and the Save Deth 2 DVD going to be available?
S: Volume 2 will have a limited edition soft launch at the International Yo-Yo Open in New York City. The general release will be at Worlds, followed by distribution to all your favorite yo-yo stores all over the world. As far as the AYYA DVD it will also be at Worlds. I’m really proud of both.
YYS: What about yoyos? The Save Deth team has been connected to H-Spin, Spyy, Duncan, among others. What is next in the realm of Save Deth edition yo-yos?
S: Whenever we go into a collaboration with someone we approach it with the mentality of “what can we change in this product/brand to make it better”. With SPYY, their graphics/image. I think we brought out the idea of durability and competitive level of SPYY products. With Hspin, they had a great yo-yo, with a poor gap/bearing. We also took a different graphic approach then has been seen on Hspin. As for the future, nothing is finalized so you’ll have to wait and see.
The Save Deth edition HSPIN GE4 featured a slimmer gap and insane graphics
YYS: Clothing is another thing you are very well known for. What new designs can we expect going into the Fall season? I for one am really excited about the Mongu Hoodie.
S: For the Fall Season we are working on 2 lines. One is with Duncan, on a capsule collection. We’ve got the Mongu Hoodie, and also 4 t-shirts. Our own line is really exciting. First we have some art by Paul Escolar, which is an honor. We’ll also have our own pieces along with some really dope hoodies and a few different cardigans. Apart from the clothing we will also have a photobook of Rafael Matsunaga’s titled “500 Days”
YYS: That book looks amazing. Red’s photojournalism is second to none. Where can people buy the book?
S: 500 Days will debut at Worlds and also go on sale at SaveDeth.com
YYS: What direction do you want to see the yo-yo industry go?
S: My main concern is that the new CPSC [Consumer Products Safety Commission] toy regulations are going to demolish the niche yo-yo market. I’d like to see people move away from Thumb grind lips in yo-yos. More focus on the “story” and theme of yo-yos. More aesthetic thought.
YYS: What advice do you have for yo-yo’ers looking to add style to their tricks?
S: Style is something that is really hard to develop. Especially with so much attention placed on doing well at contests. You can see a big difference from people who play with the yo-yo, and those who compete with the yo-yo.
Well Thank you Seth for taking the time to speak with us here at YoYoSkills.
You can keep up to date with the fantastic projects Save Deth is working on by reading the Save Deth Blog, and following the Save Deth Twitter, and be sure to check out the Save Deth Store for all of there awesome merchandise.
Interview conducted by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen, who suddenly feels like starting a line for the first screening of Save Deth Vol2