Several aspiring Nashville artists recently got the experience to record in Nashville’s Grand Victor Sound Studio, thanks to the previously announced Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio experience by Converse Inc.
For the first of three pop-up experiences in Nashville, the following five Nashville artists were selected: five piece “indie-surf” group Kristoff Waltz, hip-hop artist Mike Floss, three-piece rock group Hans Condor, singer-songwriter Emily Hackett, and sibling rock trio Music Band. Artists of all ages and genres were invited to apply.
The members of Music Band were introduced to the pop-up studio experience through fellow band JEFF The Brotherhood. “When we were in Austin for SXSW this year, our friends JEFF The Brotherhood did a Rubber Tracks session, and we sat in and did a little bit of background vocals for them. When we saw it was coming to Nashville we remembered how much fun it seemed like to go into an unfamiliar studio and just experiment for a day. ‘What do we have to lose?’ we asked each other. ‘We have nothing to lose.'”
“As an emerging artist, it’s always valuable to dig more into the science of recording,” said Floss. “I was able to record on a U47 and really hear the benefit of professional grade equipment. It’s so often that you have to hustle and work with what you have as an independent artist that it’s always valuable to capitalize when you have the opportunity.”
The experience was not only a boost for the artists creatively, but professionally. “With the budget of an emerging artist, you normally only dream of getting a chance to record in a studio like Grand Victor,” said Hackett. “That recording experience alone was huge. The songs we tracked are new songs and songs that I’ve been excited about bringing to life. The inspiration that room brought and getting the sounds from it that we did was invaluable. I’ve always been a huge fan of Converse as a brand and I think what they are doing in support of new and young art is admirable. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
The program will return to Nashville with two additional, week-long pop-up studios in 2016. Converse has brought the pop-up recording experience to musicians globally, including sessions in London, Berlin, Sydney, and Rio de Janeiro. In the United States, Converse has produced pop-up recording sessions at studios including Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound Studio, Seattles Avast Recording Co., Atlanta’s Stankonia Studio, and the Converse Rubber Tracks studios in Boston and Brooklyn.
For more information on Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio experience, visit converse-music.com.
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