It’s always great when a corporate company just gets it. Car company Scion is one of them, and so is Converse. For the past four years, the sneaker company has been offering musicians the opportunity to record original music for free via their Converse Rubber Tracks program. They have a brick and mortar studio in Brooklyn, and will be expanding to a second studio in Boston. Bands including Meek is Murder, Ruby the Hatchet, Extinction A.D., and Heliotropes have been the beneficiaries of free recording time so far, but the program is about to get even more ambitious, going global with some of the most iconic studios worldwide.
There will be 12 studios across eight countries in four continents participating in the program. In addition to the two actual Rubber Tracks studios, the other participating studios 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; and Toca do Bandido in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A total of 84 recording sessions will take place over the course of two weeks, with well-known producers and engineers at all of the studios. Many of the studios (Tuff Gong, Abbey Road, Stankonia) need no introduction, but they’re all iconic. Toronto’s The Warehouse has had Metallica, AC/DC, Nirvana and Slayer, among others. If you’re an unsigned band, there’s no reason not to sign up for this. You can do that here.