CONVERSE GIGS: NINA NESBITT & LOWER THAN ATLANTIS REVIEW

June, 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 CONS Space

June, 2013

On Saturday 18 May 2013, Converse took over a disused section of the Port of Barcelona to create the first CONS SPACE, an initiative to transform disused urban space through skateboarding, art and music.


Kenny Anderson and Pontus Alv collaborated with local artists Txemy Basuelto, Fernando Elvira and Ruben Sanchez to design a skate spot inspired by the abandoned industrial materials and incredible location.

They were joined by Rune Glifberg, Tom Remillard, Remy Taviera, Javier Mendizabal, Jerome Campbell, Harry Lintell, Danny Sommerfeld and Ben Raemers for an epic all day session. CONS SPACE 001 BCN wrapped up with live music from The Bots and Black Lips.

Track: These Feelings by The Bots
Label: Fader
Website: http://www.thebotsband.com

CONVERSE GIGS JUNE: NINA NESBITT INTERVIEW

June, 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

May, 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

May, 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

April, 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

KA-One Vulc

April, 2013

KA-One Vulc – Part 1

Kenny Anderson recruits his friend Giovanni Reda to help plan for testing the vulcanized version of Kenny’s signature sneaker and determine if it is engineered for destruction.


KA-One Vulc – Part 2

Kenny and Reda fuel up for their trip to Las Vegas while brainstorming ideas to destroy the KA-One Vulc.


KA-One Vulc – Part 3

Kenny and Reda arrive in Las Vegas and begin to test their variety of creative methods for destroying the KA-One Vulc.


KA-One Vulc – Part 4

Kenny suggests that Reda should experiment with an alternative method for possible destruction of the KA-One Vulc.


KA-One Vulc – Part 5

Kenny takes the more traditional approach to testing the KA-One Vulc by attempting to destroy his sneaker via skateboarding.


Jason Jessee – The CTS

April, 2013


Skateboarding may have changed since it first introduced Jason Jessee in the 80s, but his pure natural style hasn’t changed a bit. His radicalness and personality shine through in every things he does.

The world hasn’t had the privilege of seeing much of Jason skating for a while, but people have been hungry for it. Jason has immersed himself in projects outside of the mainstream of skateboarding: motorcycles, cars, Americana, and overall badass-ness. Converse has supported Jason doing his thing, and this fall Jason spent a few days working on an ad and video to support the Cons CTS.

The print ads are in magazines now, and the CTS sneakers can be found on Converse.com and in finer skate shops. Converse is proud to share tidbits of Jason’s world, including some amazing skateboarding.

CTS

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the recently exhibited art show “Left Handed Sea Section” by Jason Jessee.

Sammy Baca – CTAS Pro Skate

April, 2013


Sammy is radical dude. The first thing people notice is his hair and distinctive style both on and off his board. Sammy’s love of the classic Chuck Taylor All Star, which he usually kits out with fat laces, inspired the CTAS Pro Skate.

The CTAS Pro Skate has the classic stylings of the original All Star, but inside has the same technology and features that sets Converse Skateboarding sneakers apart; Lunarlon insoles, abrasion resistant canvas, and All Star traction rubber. Like the sneaker he inspired, there is a lot more to Sammy underneath his distinctive exterior.

Follow Converse Ambassador Sammy Baca through his day as he kicks it with his son, cleans out a backyard pool, gets a gnarly nose-grind in the deep end, and sparks off a session at the skatepark with his friends, before heading home at sunset.

How To Fix A Bad Tattoo

April, 2013

Tattoos can be beautiful and wonderful. But things change. Are you embarrassed about an old tattoo? Misha can help.


(Disclaimer: Converse is not really in the Global Education Business.)