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Fever One

Fever One of the Rock Steady Crew speaks with Local about his road to success.

By Juicy

When you first meet Carter “Fever One” McGlasson, it’s hard to imagine that he has been in the hip-hop game for over 25 years. Inspired and moved by a battle in Seattle’s Central District when he was 10, it didn’t take long for Carter to get the “Fever” for dance. At the time, breaking was far from mainstream. With raw energy and originality, the art of breakin’ was relatable to Fever, and he quickly dove in for the challenge.

In 1984, Fever won a B-Boy battle that earned him a spot with The Seattle Circuit Breakers and received his first sponsorship from Adidas and Swatch. Soon after, you could spot Fever at the Seattle Car Show, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Telethons, and the eclectic Seattle Center’s Bumbershoot Festival with Africka Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Dance Force. In 1987 Fever received an opportunity to dance with the world renowned “Icey Ice” of the New York City Breakers.  This marked his first time dancing with a professional B-Boy, and appeared with DJ Mixmaster Ice of U.T.F.O. (Untouchable Force Organization).

Fever took his passion one step further when he relocated himself to the birthplace of hip-hop, the boogie down Bronx.  At that moment, New York was the ideal place for Fever to be. With this move, he opened himself to mainstream opportunities unavailable to him in Seattle. He preformed at the Centennial Anniversary of St. James Park in the Bronx, Funk Master Flex’s Birthday Bash at the Palladium with KRS-one, danced on the DJ Honda video Check The Mic, and performed at the 23rd annual Zulu Nation Anniversary. Fever also received the opportunity to dance with the GhettOrginal Productions Dance Company. A dance company that was formed by some heavy hitters in the hip-hop game including Magnificent Force, Rhythm Techniques, and the world famous Rock Steady Crew.

Submerged in the hip-hop movement, he became a member of the Rock Steady Crew; one of the most legendary and respected crews of all time.  This group was originally founded by Jo-Jo, and has produced some pretty ill second generation B-Boys including Crazy Legs, Prince Ken Swift, Baby Love, Buck 4, and Kuriaki, Doze.

His style of dance is a graceful balance of knowledge and refinement only true veterans possess. Throughout the years, Fever has been able to bring his love and knowledge of hip-hop to a considerable number of people. He has spoken about the history of hip-hop to students at Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, and the University of Washington. I sat down with Fever to get a closer insight into the mind behind the dancer.


Local Magazine: Who is your B-Boy connection to the 808?

Fever: East3, who is a graffiti pioneer in Hawaii, is also a member of the Rock Steady Crew. I first met East at a Rock Steady Anniversary, and that same year I came out to HNL to kick it with him and meet other members of the crew who were based out of Hawaii. That’s when I met Style Len, Skillroy, Roro, and Dez. Ever since, I’ve been connected to the scene in Oahu in some way. Skillroy teaches at the Mililani YMCA and is always gracious enough to set up workshops for me out there to keep connected to the youth, and to help continue to pass on the true foundation of the dance, which is one of the inherent responsibilities of being part of the Rock Steady Crew.


LM: What do you think about the B-Boy scene here?

Fever: It can definitely compete on a global level with a lot of fresh young talent coming out of Hawaii. But just as important as the new talent, is the talent that has been rooted here for decades. There are b-boys and b-girls that have been holding it down here since the early ’80s and have passed down the culture and the spirit of the dance to the new generation. As I mentioned before, Skillroy has been b-boying since ’83 and has been teaching and choreographing here for numerous years. Without b-boys like him, it would be more difficult for the scene to thrive as successfully as it has.


LM: Any advice for youth who want to purse a career in breaking?

Fever: Do it for the love, not the money…haha. For real though, just like anything else, it takes passion, hunger, dedication, and commitment. But it also takes “Style, Finesse, and Class” as my mentor Lil’ Lep used to say.


LM: What would you be doing if you weren’t dancing?

Fever: Well…it definitely would not be a 9-5 desk job! It would have to be something in the arts or with sports. When I was young, I was really into BMX and had the potential to take it to a higher level. My grandfather and great-grandfather were professional musicians and my mother was involved in dramatic arts, so I’ve always been exposed to the arts and have support from my family.


LM: What do you think of the recent explosion in the commercialization of “break dancing?”

Fever: I think it’s great that breakin’ is getting it’s shine, but I don’t want to see it get compromised or be made a spectacle of like it was back in the ’80s when the commercialization of b-boying misrepresented the true art form to the general public. Breakin’ is in the truest sense a dance. It’s not just about mind-blowing acrobatic moves. There is music involved, and if you can’t dance to the rhythm of the music, you ain’t breakin’. Period.

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