Press Release

These Are Your Converse Rubber Tracks Winners

Yesterday, CONVERSE Inc. unveils the selection of aspiring artists chosen for the new Converse Rubber Tracks global program, offering free recording time at 12 legendary recording studios around the world. Throughout the registration period, over 9,000 up-and-coming international artists applied for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and a total of 84 acts – representing 28 countries – will record at participating studios and become part of music history. Starting Monday, September 14, studios including Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts; Abbey Road Studios in London, England; Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California; and Tuff Gong in Kingston, Jamaica, will host chosen artists throughout a two-week period.

As part of the Converse Rubber Tracks studio takeover, selected acts will record alongside a team of experienced producers and sound engineers during 1-2 day sessions. Upon completion of their studio time, each act will retain all the rights to their music. Demonstrating the global reach of the program, the selected artists represent the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Renowned studios featured within the program include Abbey Road Studios in London, England; Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California; Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany; Tuff Gong in Kingston, Jamaica; Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland; The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada; Avast Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington; Stankonia in Atlanta, Georgia; Studios 301 in Sydney, Australia; Toca do Bandido in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the original brick-and-mortar Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, New York, and the newly unveiled permanent Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Boston, Massachusetts at Lovejoy Wharf.

“This Converse Rubber Tracks studio takeover is the biggest thing we’ve done for the platform to date, and we’re thrilled to have reached so many local music communities worldwide in just the registration period alone,” said Jed Lewis, Converse Global Music Marketing Director. “We received an incredible response from such a vast pool of talent, and we look forward to providing this unique platform to new, diverse acts from all over the globe within these twelve iconic studios.”

The 84 emerging acts chosen for the Converse Rubber Tracks global studio takeover are as follows:

白举纲 – Chengdu, China
A.J. Crew – Los Angeles, California, USA
A2 – London, England, UK
Abreact – Melbourne, Australia
Arima Ederra – Inglewood, California, USA
AZEKEL – London, England, UK
Aziz – Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Baco Krisi and Nasty Lime – Milano, Italy
Barf Troop – Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA
Beach Youth – Caen, France
BESTiE – Vancouver, Canada
Big Eyes – Long Beach, New York, USA
Cândido, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
ChaCha / in3 – Shanghai / Beijing, China
Chico Unicornio – Lima, Peru
coconuts 椰子 – New Taipei City, Taiwan
Coldworm – Bry Sur Marne, France
Coro Mc – Fortaleza, Brasil
DAP – Providence, Rhode Island, USA

dBURNZ & The FlashMob – Kingston, Jamaica
Denai Moore – London, England, UK
Diamond Thug – Cape Town, South Africa
Down and Outlaws – San Francisco, California, USA
Dreamr Digital – Marietta, Georgia, USA
Dude York – Seattle, Washington USA
Fever Charm – Oakland, California, USA
Flame – Santiago, Chile
Frida – Gravataí, Brasil
Gemini – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Glass Tunnels – Seattle, Washington, USA
Grand Prize Winners From Last Year – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Gurr – Berlin, Germany
Heatmark 热斑 – Beijing, China
Heroes For Sale – Auckland, New Zealand
Howling Giant – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Indische Party – Jakarta, Indonesia
Indiscipline – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Jermaine Blake and The One Drop Routz – Kingston, Jamaica
JÓGA – Będzin, Poland
jONNY CALiFORNiA – Los Angeles, California, USA
Les Passagers – Montreal, Canada
los tiros – Quilmes, Argentina
Lume – Chicago, Illinois, USA
Magaly Fields – Santiago, Chile
Mental Bend – Berlin, Germany
Motor City Madness – Porto Alegre, Brasil
murmur – Hong Kong
NOAH SLEE – Berlin, Germany
Noise Nebula – Madrid, Spain
Noonwraith – Moscow, Russia
Paperwhite – Brooklyn, New York, USA
Phobophobes – London, England, UK
Planta Carnívora – Santiago, Chile
Prateek Kuhad – New Delhi, India
Pumpkins 小南瓜乐队 – Xinxiang City, China
Reptiles – Melbourne, Australia
Ring of Gyges – Reykjavík, Iceland
Shandy Mandies – Berlin, Germany
Smash Boom Pow – Vancouver, Canada
Smokey Brights – Seattle, Washington, USA
Sound Bullet – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Sparhawks – Hudson, Massachusetts, USA
Stxnga – St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
The Attics – Melbourne, Australia
The Belle Game – Vancouver, Canada
The Bluffs – Costa Mesa, California, USA
The Extraordinaires – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Lytics – Winnipeg, Canada
The Magic Gang – Brighton, United Kingdom
THE MAKONNEN SOUL – Bogota, Colombia
The Plastics – Cape Town, South Africa
the superglasses ska ensemble – Samut Prakan, Thailand
The Veggers – Uiwang, South Korea
The Wizard – Toluca, Mexico
Toneron – Vogar, Iceland
Vaya Futuro – Mexico City, Mexico
Via Audio – Los Angeles, California, USA
VIGILANTES – Sydney, Australia
Von Spar – Cologne, Germany
Water Rats – São Paulo, Brasil
Whiskey Bitches – Brooklyn, New York, USA
WILDE – Toronto, Canada
Worshipper – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Zanillya – Almere, Netherlands

Converse Rubber Tracks 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. Since the flagship studio opened in Brooklyn in July 2011, over 900 emerging artists have had the opportunity to record original music alongside the Converse Rubber Tracks team of experienced engineers at no cost.

To learn more about the Converse Rubber Tracks global studio takeover, the selected artists, and the participating studios, please visit this website.