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Ray Barbee


An American skateboarder from San Jose, California, Ray Barbee was one of the first skateboarders to bring freestyle/flatland tricks to street, technical ollie combinations, and numerous no comply variations. He is best known for his no complys. He had memorable video parts in the Powell Peralta videos Public Domain and Ban This. Barbee also appears in the video games Skate 2 and Skate 3 as a playable skater. In 1991, Barbee left Powell Peralta for The Firm Skateboards (now defunct), headed by another Powell veteran, Lance Mountain. Barbee has a signature shoe with Vans. His other sponsors are Element Skateboards, Independent Truck Company, and WeSC.

A music writer and multi-instrumentalist, Barbee released his debut EP on Galaxia records in 2003, Triumphant Procession, a collection of jazz-influenced instrumental tracks which Barbee produced and engineered at home. His 2005 release, In Full View, also on Galaxia, featured guest appearances by drummers Doug Scharin (of HiM and June of 44) and Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Reel Big Fish). Barbee plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, harp, and xylophone. In March 2007, Barbee recorded in Japan with the Mattson 2. That recording became Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2, a collaboration melding the guitar/drums of the Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee playing additional guitar. When playing live together, he sometimes assumes a dual bass line/lead role (both on his guitar) during the set. He is also known for his live performance solo work using looping delay pedals and drum machines. His music has been featured on NPR and has been used in a number of surf videos. He is sponsored by Fender Guitars.
Ray Barbee