Mash with legends – Converse Rubber Tracks Goes Global

Did you know that The Beatles recorded most of their albums at Abbey Road Studios? It’s also the name of one of their albums which, by the way, is one of my favourite album cover artwork.

Van Halen, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Macy Gray, Bee Gees, Doobie Bros., Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow. What do they all have in common? They have all recorded at the legendary Sunset Sounds Studio.

And now you want to know what is up with trivia, right? Well, if you’re a muso, this is big news.

So the good folks over at Converse have rolled out the next installment of their Converse Rubber Tracks Programme that will give aspiring musicians a chance to record and work with renowned engineers at 12 iconic recording studios at no cost.

According to Converse, the Converse Rubber Tracks program was born out of the brand’s desire to give back to the music community and provide opportunities for artists who might not be able to afford studio time. I think it’s bloody brilliant!

This is what you need to know.

Submission dates:

  • Global registration started on Tuesday, 26 May and closes on June 24 2015

Entry mechanic:

  • An online submission process that will require you to rank your top three studio preferences
  • A short bio via a video or written application. It’s 2015, just make a video – it’s hella impressive

Visit the Rubbertracks site to enter your band or you mate’s band or your mate’s mates’ band.

Converse launches CONS Project Joburg

A few years back, Converse SA started driving creative footwear and some of my favourite ranges include The Simpsons and street art-inspired designs.

This week, they announced the local leg of a globally successful creative drive, the CONS Project Joburg. This community projects was designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through music, art, style and skate.

The project seeks to unearth urban creativity within the community using the space as a creative hub for a series of talks, workshops and exhibitions; all aimed at inspiring young people, giving them opportunities to learn whilst fueling their creative passions.

The workshops will offer hands-on lessons for local youth ranging from 16 and above at no cost.

DJ Duo, Mary Jane, who will put together a Mixing Workshop and entertaining the crowds, feel inspired by the project. “Converse and more specifically CONS feel like a natural extension of who we are. They are about modern street culture and stand out for enabling creativity.”

 CONS Project Joburg is set to take place at the corner of Melle and Jorissen Street in Braamfontein from 29 May to 1 June 2014.

For more info, check out @Converse_Africa on Twitter or follow the converstion  #ConsProjectJHB.

 The workshops over the four days include:

Cons Project



Converse Clash – Winter shouldn’t be boring.

A few weeks ago, Converse launched a global Winter campaign, “Clash”, that saw a collaboration between local artists and the Converse community.

The campaign was inspired by the Winter 2014 Converse All Star Collection that features a range of colours-winter shouldn’t be boring, I agree.

The first installment was a wall clash with two buildings, one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town received a colorful and artistic makeover.

I was lucky to be part of the second phase titled “Photo clash.” Converse partnered with two amazing illustrators, Ninja Bread Boy and Bruce Mackay who were responsible for turning ordinary pictures into unique pieces of artwork.

Fans could take part in the 24 hour Twitter campaign by tweeting their photos to @Converse_Africa with #clashmyphoto. Of course, I couldn’t resist… Have a look at mine below and follow the #tag to view all the other rad pieces.