If you have ever dreamed of headlining Glastonbury or playing The Village Sessions (we’ll let you decide which is the bigger honour!), then we have something pretty cool in store for you! Our good friends at Converse Rubber Tracks have just announced that they will be opening a pop-up recording studio at the Amsterdam Recording Company in Java-Eiland, The Netherlands from 7-16 October 2015. Converse Rubber Tracks have operated here twice before, with great success!
Although being well-known the world over for their iconic sneakers, Converse have branched out into recording and set up Converse Rubber Tracks, a global family of community-based professional recording studios. Emerging musicians of all genres can apply for free studio time. If selected, artists record at no cost while maintaining the rights to their own music.
In this year’s Amsterdam edition, 10 lucky musicians or bands will win the opportunity to record in this state-of-the-art studio under the expert guidance of Al O’Connell from the UK, who has worked with the likes of Duran Duran and Mark Ronson. They will become part of a group of over 900 emerging artists that Converse Rubber Tracks have recorded in over 15 cities since 2011, everywhere from Boston to Barcelona. That’s right, in just four years, Converse Rubber Tracks has given over 900 artists the chance to make a professional recording – for many of them, their first ever!
ADE and the Red Light District
As if that wasn’t enough, this year’s edition of the Amsterdam pop-up studio occurs in the lead up to the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), during which Converse will join hands with Red Light Radio to bring you Converse Rubber Tracks Live, where some of the Rubber Tracks alumni will get to perform with an international producer on national radio. We have to say that we love these intimate live recordings that started off in the centre of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District and now happen all over town. You can check the sessions out right here.
So, our Chordifying friends! If, after playing along to your favorite chords, you think now is the time for the world to hear you, then sign up here between 3 and 16 September 2015. We hope to see you in the studio!
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