The Interview Project 12: Nick denBoer/Smearballs

Photo by Tyler Grace


“Nick denBoer is an audio / video / remix artist & animator from Toronto Canada. He has produced a wide variety of video work from commercial work in television to online video marketing campaigns for companies like DC shoes & Sennheiser. Most noted for his skills as a remix artist online with his pseudo brand “Smearballs”, Nick takes re-appropriation of footage to a whole new level with a large arsenal of visual manipulation tricks used to augment and distort clips into a surreal almost cartoonish display of insanity. This visual treatment is also accompanied by strong and catchy music production whereby he plays all the instruments along with a cleverly edited vocal track of audio samples. Nick is well versed in 2d & 3d animation & music production. The editing & integration of all these skills creates a truly dynamic body of work that leaves people scratching their heads in disbelief. Nick has recently produced a series of American cable news political remixes called NewsHit HD for Mondo Media. High Times magazine awarded Nick with a Stony award for best internet video in 2010 for his work producing Jamie’s World on youtube (jayvlog89). Nick also works as a 2d visual artist & has created a large collection of massive photo-mosaics & photo collages over the past 12 years. He also ran a construction company for 8 years, played in & managed bands touring across Canada & Europe. He grew up in a butcher shop & can de-bone a chicken in under a minute.”

I was going to write some introspective personal story about how Nick is a pretty wonderful guy with a gruff exterior, but he would probably just make fun of me for it. So instead I’m going to list a series of things I’ve experienced whilst hanging out with the man I call Dizz:

Maestro Fresh Wes‘ film script entitled “Maestro”.

– An abandoned floor of a building, in down town Toronto, entirely filled with thousands of pigeons.

– Kenny Hotz (from Kenny VS. Spenny) offering to fellate me.

Jordan Prentice being bench pressed.

– A horse buggy with fire painted on the sides all Hot Wheelz styles (Homoschtank).

– A cathode ray tube electrolysis healing machine art show.

– After canoe guiding for a week, a power outage in Toronto (first stars in forty years).

This is only a few of the wonders that follow in Dizz’s wake, I’m sure there will be more to come.


If you would give yourself a nickname what would it be?

Deuce… everyone picks Ace. I want to be slightly different than everyone else but still conform and play by the rules

If you could switch one body part with anyone else in the world living or dead, who and what would it be?

I’d like to exchange my belly button for Stephen Harper’s neocon butthole. It might be nice to curl into a ball and bang myself in the belly from time to time to see what it feels like to be a champion.

In five words, describe your most uncomfortable dream.

my conception in skunk house

What is your favourite word?


What does that word smell like?


What is your spirit animal?


If ghosts existed, would you want to meet one? If so, what would you ask it?

Yes, “Why didn’t you kill Swayze in a more creative way? Asshole.”

If you could share a bottle of alcohol with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be and what would you drink?

Peach Schnapps with the guy who played Dwayne Wayne

What would you rather have as a pet: A dragon, a unicorn Pegasus or Ezra Levant?

A unigonasis

Finally, if you could live your life over again with guaranteed success, what would you do?

Convince everyone I was black until I succeeded.


One Reply to “The Interview Project 12: Nick denBoer/Smearballs”

  1. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m
    not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say superb blog!

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