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CONVERSE GIGS @ 100 CLUB: APRIL

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After a storming run of performances that has seen the likes of Blood Orange and A$AP Ferg take to the venue’s legendary stage, the Converse Gigs @ 100 Club series is set to welcome ethereal R&B songwriter and producer How to Dress Well for an exclusive show in partnership with London radio station NTS.

Merging ever-surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B influence and a deep emotionality, Tom Krell has steadily established himself as one of the most unique and influential figures in contemporary experimental pop music. His new album, due for release by Weird World / Domino in June 2014, takes its influences from artists as varied as Prince, Burial, Tracy Chapman and Lou Reed.

How to Dress Well’s debut album Love Remains was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. Sequel Total Loss followed in 2012, named as one of the “Top 50 Albums of 2012″ by music outlet Pitchfork. The Converse @ 100 Club show will be Krell’s first London appearance since Field Day in 2013 and also sees him joined by an all-new four-piece band.

Support on the night comes from Glasgow-based producer and Young Turks signee Koreless, who will be performing a live set.

WHEN: Wednesday 23rd April

WHERE: The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London

To apply for tickets to the 18+ show… just enter your details in the form below.

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CONVERSE GIGS: A$AP FERG REVIEW

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

From the moment people descended into Oxford Street’s 100 Club, NTS Radio’s resident DJ Martelo was already setting the tone for things to come by delivering the finest cuts of the latest hip-hop and urban bassline music.

Not long after doors, our favourite venue was already packed with A$AP Ferg fans; a collection of well dressed London cool kids, clearly taking inspiration from the stylistic prowess of the A$AP Mob.

With the room quickly at capacity and anticipation high, A$AP Ferg finally emerged on stage through the crowd with fellow mob-member A$AP Nast in tow. As fans surged forward to get just that little bit closer to the members of NYC’s much-hyped hip-hop crew, Ferg kicked off proceedings with Dump Dump from last year’s revered Trap Lord LP.

From that moment on, Ferg and Nast continued to work the crowd into a frenzy and treated us to new A$AP Mob songs including Trillmatic; a track that truly justifies A$AP Nast’s tag as the rapper to watch in 2014.

Continuing with more Trap Lord favourites such as Let It Go and Work Remix, the set contained everything expected from a good 100 Club performance, with Ferg crowd surfing, spraying water over the crowd and even inciting a few mosh pits.

With the threat of stage invasion imminent from the clearly riled up fans, Ferg let Trap Lord’s biggest songs come last with all 350 audience members singing both “Sha Shabba Shabba Ranks” and the infectious hook of Hood Pope in unison well after the music had stopped.

As Ferg and Nast left the stage, they let everyone know how much they appreciated the opportunity to play for them in London. Judging by the look of the crowd, it was clear to see the feeling was mutual.

GET LOUD: PURE LOVE INTERVIEW

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Pure Love; one half ex-Gallows frontman Frank Carter and one half ex-The Hope Conspiracy guitarist Jim Carroll have seen much success since their formation in 2011. During this time they have spawned a series of headline shows, supported the likes of Paramore and Biffy Clyro and released their debut album “Anthems”.

We caught up with them ahead of their unique gig in the basement of The Circle tattoo parlour to talk music, tattoos and their special love of a particular Nickelback song…

1. In July you played your first US show, how was it? If any at all, what are the differences between US & UK fans?

The first US show was amazing. We had both been wanting to play at home since we started but we were unable to do so because our backing band was so spread out.  Once we got some local musician friends involved it came together quickly.  It was much needed.  As far as fans go there was no major difference and that was actually sort of surprising.  New York audiences can definitely be hard to crack at times and our UK fans have set the bar pretty high in terms of rowdy shows.  We didn’t know what to expect but it was just as wild as some of the gigs we’ve played over last few years.

2. Your music has taken some turns creatively, where are you drawing inspiration from at present?

Psychedelics and cute pictures of puppies…

3. You’re playing a gig in a tattoo parlour, is this your first show in a venue like this? What other interesting venues have you played in?

Yes, first show in a tattoo parlour. Years ago I played a hardcore show on a street corner in San Francisco.

4. Why do you think music and tattoos seem to coexist so well?

I actually like to think that music and tattoos have a rivalry similar to the Bloods and the Crips.  Constantly battling for supremacy of the block.

5. How does the craft of music compare to that of tattooing, do they cross over?

People in prison sometimes use guitar strings to tattoo. I’ve never been to prison but that’s what the National Geographic Channel told me.

6. What do you think differentiates Pure Love from other bands out there at the moment?

I’m going to say our songs. No other bands writes the songs that we do. Take for example our song Handsome Devil’s Club, we wrote that. Nickelback didn’t write that song.  If they did it wouldn’t be our song. Although, Nickelback write some pretty good songs too. Have you heard Burn it to the Ground? That song f*cking rules.

7. When coming up with the name Pure Love, were there any other working titles that you’re glad didn’t make the final cut?

We really wanted to call ourselves Nickelback but that was already taken by the band Nickelback. They wrote the song Burn it to the Ground. Again, that song f*cking rules.

8. Lastly…If you could travel back to any year to make music when would it be and whom would you like to have worked with?

I’d travel back to 2008 to hook up with my man Chad Kroeger so I could jam on a little tune called Burn it to the Ground.

Ticket applications for Pure Love at The Circle have now closed.

CONVERSE GIGS: BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB REVIEW

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

As the heat wave continued in London on Tuesday night it was only natural the Converse Gigs @ 100 Club’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show was the hottest ticket in town. With queues stretching all the way down Oxford Street, fans arrived early and waited patiently in the sun in anticipation of what was coming.

When doors finally opened and people descended under ground, they were met with a ‘cool’ surprise…yes, almost as exciting as the prospect of seeing BRMC headline a 300 capacity venue was the news that the 100 Club had installed a brand new air conditioning system.

Whilst the excitement settled, Spanish alternative punk band IEPI!, who are no stranger to Converse having played our Make Noise festival in Madrid earlier this year, kicked off the night with a raucous start. The instrumental only 3 piece ripped through their tracks of heavy riffs and reverb, setting a high pace for the evening and proving that you really can, just let the music do the talking.

By the time second support act Dexters began, the 100 Club was packed to the rafters. The London natives proved they had earned their place on the bill, with front man Tom Rowlett’s rock and roll swagger feeling reminiscent of the many music icons who hang in frames on the wall of the club itself.

With the queue to get in still snaking down the street, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club finally took the stage, welcomed by a thunderous applause from the eagerly awaiting crowd.  Opening with ‘Hate The Taste’ from their latest album ‘Spector At The Feast’, BRMC stormed through their 1 hour set relentlessly delivering crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser.

Mid way through, Robert Levon Been, stopped to express his gratitude of being able to play in such a small venue, “We’ve been playing festivals all summer and to be able to have people this close to us is the way it should feel”.The 100 Club could however easily have been mistaken for a festival, with girls on shoulders and crowd surfing on mass, as the band finished their set with high octane tracks ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock N Roll’ and ‘Spread Your Love’.

With the guitars from the final song still ringing out, as if orchestrated by BRMC themselves, the 100 Club fire alarm sounded, causing a hoard of exhilarated fans to promptly exit up on to the street.  The slightly confused evacuees were soon joined by Robert Levon Been, who treated them to impromptu acoustic set under the flashing blue lights of a fire engine. A perfect end to another vintage Converse Gigs @ 100 Club.

CONVERSE GIGS: NINA NESBITT & LOWER THAN ATLANTIS REVIEW

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

On a Monday night you could be forgiven for wanting to stay in and mourn the loss of yet another weekend, luckily for us Nina Nesbitt and Lower Than Atlantis were waiting in the infamous 100 Club wings to kick the week off in style.

The night began with Lower Than Atlantis stepping out of their more familiar territory with an exclusive acoustic set. Despite the change in delivery from these future Reading festival main stage players, the band delivered an incredible performance, captivating their adoring audience of fans who had queued for hours to see them. The tone may have been softer but the energy remained the same and it was soon apparent that we were witnessing a very special moment in the bands history. The set was littered with dialogue from front man Mike Duce between tracks, a genuine tack that quickly established him as a friend to every member in the room. Their cover of The Police’s classic ‘Message in a Bottle’ proved an unexpected highlight and credit is due to a band who turned their fast paced rock songs into credible acoustic versions.

After a brief pause and some indie anthems to keep the crowd going, petite, blonde songstress, Nina Nesbitt, strode onto the stage with an undeniable sense of presence to pick up where Lower Than Atlantis left off. Powering into her opening track, the crowd were soon enraptured with the feisty female holding the room and the set flowed effortlessly with tracks ‘The Apple Tree ‘and ‘Brit Summer’ from her forthcoming EP standing out along with favourite, ‘Stay Out’. Stay Out was the party piece, a grand finale of a song, which prompted a nice round of crowd interaction with a boy’s versus girls ‘Stay Out’ sing off. Sorry girls but the boys won hands down!

Accompanied by a strong backing band, new life was brought to Nina’s poppy offerings; giving perhaps an unexpected depth to the performance and leaving a sense that we may just have seen a future star in the making.

It was a night of two very different artists with very different sounds, coming together for the night and complimenting each other perfectly. It was quite simply, another Converse Gigs @ The 100 Club classic.

CONVERSE GIGS JUNE: NINA NESBITT INTERVIEW

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Nina has come a long way in a short space of time, from a chance encounter with Ed Sheeran in her native Scotland to topping the Itunes charts in less than two years, and all before reaching the age of 18. She’s currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her debut LP with producer Jake Gosling whose track record includes work with Sheeran and other chart toppers like Paloma Faith. Before making her 100 Club debut we caught up with Nina to talk about recording the new album and some more esoteric stuff like Spaghetti Carbonara and why her fans are called Nesbians.

Your latest release has a different sound to the earlier EPs, how would you say it has evolved over the last two years?

I think my style has progressed quite a bit, it’s a bit more diverse now. I like to experiment with lots of different genres when it comes to production and writing. Also I’d say my song writing has matured over time and also my sonic influences. You’re currently recording your official debut LP, how is it going, anything you can tell us at this stage? It’s going great! It’s been a VERY long process compared to recording an EP. Usually an EP is done in two or three days. My album has been going on for over a year now.

Some of the songs date back to three years ago. It’s definitely been good taking my time on it because I want to make it sound exactly how I want. Not everything comes together straight away and it’s taken experimenting a lot to get it right. I write songs all the time as well so some of the songs, including the next two singles were written just as the album was finishing. It will always be ‘work in progress’ until it’s actually up on iTunes ha! It’s been very surreal to hear my actual debut album come to life.

Is being Scottish something that feeds in to your music, if so how?

I guess my accent does a little? I’m not sure really, I just listen to music from all around the world and become influenced that way. I guess lyrically I mention a lot of Scottish things or places because I’m from there, but sonically I wouldn’t say so.

Do you have a certain audience in mind when you write your songs?

My audience at the moment is mainly under 21. I think that’s probably because I’m young myself and they can relate best. I just write songs that I feel like writing really or write them about other people’s situations if there’s nothing for me to write about myself. Sometimes when writing though I will think that certain songs will reach out more to younger people than others.

You had an early success singing Christina Aguilera, might we see a duet one day?

Ha! I don’t think so unfortunately, her voice would put mine to shame. I used to want to be a pop star with a massive voice like hers or Mariah but soon realised I didn’t have it. That’s why I started writing, production and picking up lots of instruments. It’s much more interesting for me, I’d find it really difficult to perform without an instrument now and I would always write my own songs. I guess singing songs by such amazing singers when I was younger taught me about how to use my voice perhaps.

Is it true your fans have the nickname ‘Nesbians’ how did that happen?

Yeah they called themselves Nesbians! They wanted to name the ‘fandom’ and someone suggested Nesbians and it stuck. I guess it’s quite catchy.

What was the last record you heard that you had to listen to again straight away?

The Jake Bugg record was awesome last year. Also loved Bruno Mars new album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

What record do you hope you never have to hear again?

That new Bridgit Mendler song, sorry :(

Tell us one non-musical thing you couldn’t live without?

Carbonara

What’s happening over the summer?

FESTIVALS, and the start of the album campaign.

Nina plays The 100 Club on June 10th with Lower Than Atlantis. Read more about the gig and apply for tickets HERE

Converse Gigs @ The 100 Club: Delorean

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Delorean formed in the small basque costal town of Zarautz in 2000. Since then they have evolved from a hardcore punk group to become one of the most exciting electronic outfits in Europe. Their breakthrough 2010 album Subiza was received with critical admiration across the board and this year will see the release of their highly anticipated follow up. Expect Balearic beats and blissful Summer vibes when they hit The 100 club on 31st May. In advance of that date we spoke to the band:

Your music has come a long way from the hardcore sound that you embodied when Delorean formed. This has been linked to your relocation from Zarautz to Barcelona. What impact do you feel the city has had on your music?

I’m not sure if the city has had a direct impact. There must be some influence but I don’t really know which. I guess the environment itself helps but nowadays with the internet and all that it’s different, you don’t ‘need’ to be in a city to have access to interesting music.

What did you learn from being a Punk band?

It’s how we learnt to play music and to be in a band. But that’s the old days. Nowadays we just try to make good music.

To what extent do you think your musical identity has been influenced by your Basque heritage and the beauty of your surroundings growing up?

A friend told us he understood our music better when he spent time in the Basque Country. I guess it’s others who can judge that. We kinda tried to step aside from our local culture as we grew up, that’s how we got into the music we do now.

How important a role do computers play in your creative process?

They’re a basic element. I think a computer has ended up being a complement to the board or console. We work a lot with the computer but we tried to stop making music by clicking on a mouse with this album. We still do it but we think it’s important to learn how to deal with the hardware too, you get unexpected results.

Would you consider yourselves to be more like dance music producers than a traditional band?

Somewhere in between I guess. We’d like to know more about producing and we’d like to be a better band too. I think that the way we approach it being a musician is not only playing in a band, it’s about getting to know as much as you can of the whole process. I think that’s where we’re at.

Both Barcelona and London are recognised internationally for their vibrant music scenes. How do you feel the two compare?

London is a huge city compared to Barcelona. I mean, Barcelona has nice clubs and stuff but nothing as big as London. In Barcelona you get to go to the big festivals and all, but take a weekend in mid November, there’s not much here going on here (I imagine London doesn’t stop).

Who are your greatest music influences?

Dance music in a broad sense. And pop-rock in a broad sense too.

What other Spanish music acts should we be listening to right now?

We like Extraperlo a lot. You should check their new album produced by El Guincho who you already know in the UK.

Which country or city is your favourite place in the world to play in and why?

NY is special for us. We have a lot of friends and we always feel good when we play there.

What do you do to prepare for a gig?

Not much, we try to be relaxed.

If you could collaborate with any band or musician past or present, who would it be…?

Honestly, I don’t know what to answer. There are a few names in my head but I can’t pick one.

What else do Delorean have in store for us in 2013? We’re putting out the album in early September!

We’ll be touring Europe around that time, so hopefully we’ll see you in London!

GET DIRTY: IN THE CROWD

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Get Dirty London has drawn to a close, and if you haven’t checked out the live tracks, photos and reviews of all the nights then they’re available HERE. Once you’ve seen all that there’s still one more important perspective we’d like to represent, the crowd. The whole crowd at each of the shows were given a Get Dirty Disposable Camera, none of that digital business we’re talking old school film here so the shots have that rich, saturated look everyone tries to recreate on their phones. We’ve collected some of the best shots here from all three nights in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

We also gave cameras out to some of the websites, magazines and blogs that came down. Hip hop mainstays Potholes In My Blog came down to the MF Doom night, click the link below for an in depth review and some of their disposable camera handy-work:

Francesca from andsoshethinks came down to The Cribs night, her review and pictures can be found at the link below:

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Converse Rubber Tracks Live

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Converse Rubber Tracks is proud to host a bi-monthly FREE music series

April 27th: The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Royal Thunder, Primitive Weapons

February 15th: Converse Rubber Tracks Live with Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Eternal Summers, Heliotropes

December 19th: Converse Rubber Tracks Live with King Tuff, METZ, Sean Bones, and Devin

October 20th: Converse Rubber Tracks Celebrates Fool’s Gold Five Year Anniversary Featuring
Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus and other special guests…

DOORS AT 9PM, SHOW 10pm-3am
SPACE IS LIMITED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
August 23rd: Featuring Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren, and Tanya Morgan

June 30th: Featuring White Rabbits and We Barbarians

Converse Red Light Sessions

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Red Light Radio is an online radio station broadcasting from a former prostitution window in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

Both local and international DJ’s, bands and artists bring you daily shows going from metal to disco, indie to electronic music, old, new and from the future.

Recently Red Light Radio started a new adventure with Converse to launch the Converse Red Light Sessions. Converse presents a series of live recordings with a broad range of exciting new bands and musicians.

Check out www.redlightradio.net to tune in live or listen on demand.