Wired’s Dan Cwik is a huge fishback dancer and has worked on a number of projects in the area.
He describes himself as a “fishback” dancer, and that’s not a term you often hear used when describing dance, which is an area of dance that has an incredibly wide range of styles.
He’s got a wide range from the “fishbacks” to the “shrimpers” to dancers who do a bit of everything.
Cwik says fishback dancers can be a little intimidating to get into.
“I’ve had some fishback guys ask, ‘You know, where are you from?’, or ‘You can’t dance like that.’, and I say, ‘No, I’m a fishback,'” he says.
“But I’ve also had guys say, like, ‘Well, you know, we’ve got a different kind of fishback, you’re a fish back dancer, so you don’t know how to dance fishback.’
And I say: ‘No I’m not, I just do fishback.'”
“I like to think I’m an animal,” he continues.
“And it’s all about that feeling of being alive and being alive in the moment.
I have that instinct to be alive in those moments.”
It’s this kind of spirit that comes through in the music he makes.
He says that he likes to play a lot of pop music in the vein of pop songs that he knows and love.
“Like pop songs, I like a lot, I love a lot,” he says, “but also like rock, I’ve got an affinity for the oldies.”
“I have an affinity with the oldie, too,” he adds.
“The oldies are really interesting.
I’m interested in what’s going on, what’s happening, in the world.
It’s just about the old things, the old songs, the bad old days.”
“The Fishback” by Cwik (in order of appearance): “The Beach Boys”, “I Don’t Wanna Be a Millionaire”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “The Big Boss Man”, “Buckwheat Fields” “The Mermaid”, “Alligator” “I Know You Rider” “Funny Man”, and “The Last Time I Saw Her”.
“Fishback” and the “Fishbacks” dance video from “The Man Who Knew Too Much” source Wired article In terms of his musical style, Cwik describes the music as “deeply rooted”.
“I feel like it’s the same as any of my favorite artists and it’s not just a bunch of weird electronic music, but it’s deep rooted,” he explains.
“It’s a lot more layered, like a jazz record.
I can’t explain it but it feels deep.”
He’s worked with artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Thunder, as well as producers such as DJ Mustard, A Tribe Called Quest, and Japandroids.
“These artists have done so many things with the word ‘fishback’,” Cwik explains.
He cites his love of The Rolling Rolling Stones as an example of a artist who made music in a fish-back way, and he even cites a few of his favourite tracks from the group as “fish back” in particular.
“They had this one song called ‘Fishback Man’, and it was the only one I really liked,” he remembers.
“So I put it in the mix.”
Cwik went on to make a music video for the band’s song, “The Little Mermaid”, which has since become one of his most successful music videos.
“There’s this guy in the video who is the producer of the song and it takes the shape of a fish,” he recalls.
“This guy is like, what are you doing, you gotta do a fishy thing, you have to go fishback.”
“Fish back” and a music clip from The Man Who Got Away from His Job by Cukowski (in chronological order): “Falling Down”, “Lucky Man”,”I Know There’s a Light in You”, “Crazy About You”, and more.
“Fish Back” is the only music video he’s ever made in the fish-backs genre.
“That’s one of my favourite things to do because it’s really good and it feels like it should be a video,” he laughs.
“You know I was thinking about this other video, I mean, I was watching this other music video and I was like, I wanna make music video about fishbacks, and I’ve always wanted to make music videos about fishback people, and it just happened to be this video, and now it’s just like, that’s my favourite thing.”
“You don’t have to be an expert in dance to get a fish.
If you like music and dancing, there are a lot people who will listen to your music