What inspired you to make this show; Everything’s Not Working?
Scott Brown: After opening the shop (Lone Wolfs Objets d’ Surf), we’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the characters in surf culture, people we’ve admired from afar for a long time. One thing Alex and I found was that no one ever really lets these guys and girls truly be themselves. Surf shows are usually about surfing, this one is everything but.
Alex Kemp: I can’t speak for Scott, but I’d been masturbating so much that I had callouses, so I had to take a break from that…. No but seriously, Scott’s right, we love the weird community of misfits that makes up the surfing scene as we’ve come to know it, and there isn’t really any content out there that isn’t super-polished shredding footage or super-polished advertising content. So the concept of EsNW popped into our heads pretty spontaneously, and we just followed that vision of spending time with surfers and shapers in a way that was fun and unscripted and human and dumb!
Why the name?
Alex: You have some nerve. We’ve been following Indoek for years and we still can’t say your name right!
Scott: We had some pretty serious board room meetings about names for the show. And then Alex told a story about his 4-year-old son, Atticus, who was getting massively frustrated with some Legos and shouted out “everything’s not working!” Never has a statement summed up my life with such grace and beauty. And so a show was born.
How do you go about finding your guests?
Alex: Semaphore! It’s so artisanal! This digital age is soooo impersonal.
Scott: And you’d be surprised at how useful the Yellow Pages still are. The phone number is right there!!!
Is Lincoln Hardware stoked on their newfound brand awareness?
Alex: SHHHHHHH. They still don’t know.
Tell us a little behind-the-scenes point of view of how you make an episode.
Alex: I think the key is that we put the behind-the-scenes part in front of the cameras. Which isn’t to say there isn’t any forethought, just not very much! So we’ll usually get an idea for a bit based on the guest… For instance, with Nabil from Salt, his Instagram is always littered with dudes asking “where’s my board, bro?!” So that prompted the “Psychic Board Delivery” part in episode 2, where Zach uses mind control to get his surfboard delivered on time.
Scott: Allowing for magic to happen on set is key. And if something get’s fucked up, who cares. The name of the show is Everything’s Not Working for Christ’s sake!!!!
Any plans you can divulge for future episodes?
Alex: We have a music studio here at the shop, so we’re keen to get some more music going on the show… It’d be so great to get Ozzie Wright and Goons of Doom on!
Be sure to check out Alex and Scott’s Venice surf shop here: