Rubber Tracks serves as a catalyst for originality by giving new and emerging bands the opportunity to record their songs in a high-quality studio setting. Musicians of all genres are able to apply in advance for a time to use the studio – for free. As in no cost.
Rubber Tracks also gives bands the means to expose their music to a much larger audience through content captured while recording, including songs and behind-the-scenes video. Artists have the option to utilize Converse.com and our social media channels to promote their content, potentially reaching millions.
If you’re ready, then click the image to the right and sign up your band for studio time.
In this video, a group of artists and music industry pros talk about starting out in music and their first studio experiences.
In 2009, skaters from all over competed in the Coastal Carnage bowl for a $50,000 purse. In 2010, the purse was upped to $75,000, again in an invite-only format, where both an open jam and a best trick segment decided the winners.
In-the-moment acoustic performances. That’s what we got this summer from bands who played our free concert series over the summer. On the day of the show, we collaborated with the bands to capture acoustic performances of their songs, while showcasing Governors Island’s uniqueness.
Shot during the ferry ride from Manhattan to Governors Island in NYC, this short film features the Brooklyn-based, psych-rock band called Hopewell. In this video, they perform “Over The Mountain” from their eighth album Good Good Desperation.
Summer is over and the cold weather is setting in. Settle in with Brooklyn new-wave artists Caveman as they play the track “Old Friend” in a Williamsburg loft as part of the Converse Gone to Governors film series.
Eli Paperboy Reed hasn’t taken the conventional route; his soulful voice has taken him to farflung places in the Mississipi Delta, to organ sessions in a Southside Chicago church, to where he is now: a bonafide star. Here he performs his track “Name Calling” from his major label debut on Capital Records, Come And Get It, at the Lorimer subway station in Brooklyn as part of the Gone to Governors film series, exclusively on Converse.com
The WBF will celebrate the creativity that surrounds the game and the inspiration, attitude, and athleticism that define it. On the hallowed ground of New York City courts, players and artists will demonstrate how the rhythm of a game has become the soundtrack of a culture and how a global community will unite to create basketball’s new destiny.
Happening August 12-15, 2010, the WBF features basketball’s leading brands and 100 years of footwear tradition – Converse, Nike Basketball and Jordan. The event will also feature the top national teams, including China, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, and the USA.
Carlos Arroyo reps Puerto Rico
Miami may not be far from Puerto Rico, but for Carlos Arroyo of the Miami Heat, the road from a small town in Puerto Rico to running point in the NBA is a path only a few have successfully navigated. You can catch Carlos at the World Basketball Festival when Puerto Rico plays China on 8/15 in NYC.
One of the main events of the weekend is the Battle of the Boroughs, in which neighborhood teams will compete at the fabled Rucker Park on Friday, August 13. NYC streetball legend Shammgod will be the coach of the Converse team – check out his profile below.
So we did. In LA and New York in May, Converse threw two Prom do-overs, a chance to listen to some dope music, dress to the nines, and maybe steal a late night kiss. In LA, Peanut Butter Wolf and others kept the dance-floor moving while in Brooklyn, New York’s own Cheeseburger ripped some bar rock tunes. Check some highlights from the LA event.
What would Prom be without a slow dance to wrap up the evening? Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Orchestra sang their aching hearts out at Prom. Here is their exclusive performance of “Shot me in the Heart.”
Kenny Anderson returns better than ever as an alumni to Converse, having been on the original team in 1997. Kenny’s smooth, consistent style and fluidity on a skateboard is no doubt, untouchable. His reemergence on the team stands out as one that is natural and sincere. Kenny’s rightful return to Converse is seen as a sort of homecoming by the entire Converse skate team.
Few would disagree that Angel Ramirez is the best export out of the mile high city of Denver, Colorado. Angel’s diverse ability stems from skating the cold streets of Denver to some of the most challenging bowls and tranny at skateparks in the area. He’s got no “go to” or standard tricks, so every photo, every video part, is a unique treat. Putting out four full length video parts without ever having to warm up to the California mind set, Angel continues to do things his own way.
Originally from Boston, now living in NYC, Eli embodies the east coast style that can only be acquired from skating the unpredictable city streets. Though he resides on the East coast you can spot him on the West coast as Eli has spent some considerable time in Southern California. Eli’s tastes have matured, as evidenced in his most recent video part for Zoo York’s “State of Mind” which just dropped this past summer.
On courts around ATL, ballers of all ages play a tough-nosed brand of hoops that represents the spirit of the city, and ridiculous athletes show flashes of brilliances worthy of any stage. Let us introduce some guys who are deeply rooted in the community off-the-court, and mean as hell on it.
The Campbell Twins
Born and raised in College Park, the Campbell twins are Atlanta through and through. After dominating at local West Lake High, Scott and Chris played professional ball both domestically and overseas before returning to their neighborhood, where they still play at their local recreation center four times a week. Whether jawing about cars, ball, or life, the twins have a sibling rivalry that runs deep, and a love for Atlanta that might run deeper.
Dion’s love for basketball has taken him such far-fledged places as Turkey, Lebanon, and the Dominican Republic, but it all started in Marietta, Georgia. A stud in high school, he went on to play college and professional ball in Atlanta, and perhaps most importantly, set up his own ATL-based charity to help provide youth aid and development. But dont let good deeds diminish his prowess on the court; a combo guard with a silky jumper and enough boost to put people on posters, Dion represents what the ATL game is all about.
A born and bred “Grady Baby” – JJ Merrit has given his life to the growth of hoops in Atlanta, and the dude could ball too. From middle school through his record-setting days in college, JJ has succeeded on every level, and continues to do so by coaching future U12 stars. The CEO of Pro Performance, a Basketball Skills Training Company, JJ’s family ties go back five generations in Atlanta, and he is helping to ensure that many more will follow.
For basketball fans, Matt Harping’s name needs no introduction. His legendary career in Georgia began at Marist High School before becoming an All-American in college. His professional career in America was highlighted by his tenure in Utah, where his high shooting percentages from the floor and the stripe helped carry the team deep into the playoffs multiple times. Currently a studio analyst, Harpring’s rugged game is the stuff of Atlanta folklore.
Adrian Jones has done it all. He balled in college. He took his game to the next level in the US and overseas. And now he is giving something back by coaching in Atlanta, while schooling cats of all ages on local courts.
That’s Open Gym, and since its launch in November of 2007 over 40,000 kids in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Boston have come over to play. In Atlanta, 500 kids are showing up every other weekend to B.E.S.T. Academy and Georgia Tech to play, meet our athletes—and each other, customize product, get a free haircut from our barber, eat free healthy snacks, get snapped in our photo booth, and generally be part of the game we’ve always loved.
Check out a recap from one of those Atlanta sessions, including an appearance by Maurice “Mo” Evans.
This photoset is also from an Atlanta Open Gym this past spring.
Open Gym 2011 Atlanta SCHEDULE
1/22: Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center
1/29: B.E.S.T. Academy
2/5: Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center
2/26: B.E.S.T. Academy
3/19: Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center
3/26: B.E.S.T. Academy
4/9: Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center
4/30: B.E.S.T. Academy
5/7: B.E.S.T. Academy
5/21: B.E.S.T. Academy
Atlanta Location Info:
1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30318
Georgia Tech Campus Rec. Center
750 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332
“A shoe is an important instrument,” explains the master craftsman who, for nearly a decade, has pursued the trade in its truest home. “Rather than giving some character to my work,” says Ryusaku, “I’m more satisfied if the one wearing the shoes is happy and enjoying it.” In addition to furthering his own craft, the apprentice-turned-master now also invites other Japanese cobblers to do the same.
Kid Cudi is a Brooklyn-based rapper from Cleveland whose debut single, “Day ‘n’ Nite,” became an online favorite in 2008. Born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi in suburban Cleveland, his career took off after he moved to Brooklyn and became affiliated with Fool’s Gold. The label released the Day ‘n’ Nite EP in February 2008 and circulated a Crookers remix around the blogosphere, drumming up a good deal of buzz in the process. It didn’t hurt that Kid Cudi began to receive increasing press attention, including a nod from Rolling Stone (which touted him among the magazine’s Top Five best indie hip-hop artists of 2008). As the remixed version of “Day ‘n’ Nite” climbed the U.K. singles charts, Kid Cudi readied the release of his full-length album debut Man on the Moon: The End of Day in September 2009 on Universal Motown.
Rostam Batmanglij is the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist in Vampire Weekend. He is one of the band’s songwriters, and also the band’s producer. His eclectic contribution is key to the band’s original sound. He has adopted the BOYS LIKE US moniker for his non-Vampire Weekend activities. Rostam’s first venture under the Boys Like Us name is that of remixer.
Bethany Cosentino is a Los Angeles native with a brief stay in Brooklyn, and Best Coast’s influences reflect just that – West Coast vibe meets East Coast ‘60s girl group. Best Coast is brought to life with the help of her long-time friend/guitarist/producer Bobb Bruno and guest drummer Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls). The pair have received heaps of critical praise from editorial publications including Pitchfork, who named their “When I’m With You” single “Best New Music”. Spin, Paste, Nylon and The Guardian echoed these sentiments.
The band have proven themselves to be more than a summer’s fling while releasing a series of 7-inches with PPM Recordings, Black Iris, Art Fag, Group Tightener and future releases on Eskuche and more. Best Coast is currently wrapping production on their debut full-length due out later this year.