Watch Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon Reminisce About Recording at Abbey Road
From the stage to the road, Blur's long and illustrious career has proven to boast many big moments for the U.K. band. So when Converse Rubber Tracks sat down with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon to chat about their recording memories, they talked about one of those big, big moments -- their time at the iconic Abbey Road studios.
"We recorded in Abbey Road," Coxon says in the video above, "and it was a very grown-up experience. But it did sound amazing standing in that room. It makes you feel like you're in some hallowed area or something."
Albarn, who's not only recorded material for Blur but also Gorillaz and his own solo work, really enjoys being in the studio. "Do I enjoy recording? Yeah I love it," he admits. "I record all the time, and I record everything. It's just so exciting to be in a studio. It's the dream environment."
Albarn and Coxon's Abbey Road memories aren't just to go back down memory land, but they serve to introduce a new program that expands what the sneaker company has been offering up-and-coming artists since 2011.
Musicians who are at least 18 years old can apply for the opportunity to record at one of 12 iconic studios that include Abbey Road; Sunset Sound in Los Angeles; Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin; Tuff Gong in Kingston, Jamaica; Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland; The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver; Avast Recording Co. in Seattle; Stankonia in Atlanta; Studios 301 in Sydney; Toca do Bandido in Rio de Janeiro; the original brick-and-mortar Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn as well as the new second Rubber Tracks studio in Boston, which will open this summer.
Bands have until June 23 to register online where they will need to rank their top three studio preferences as well as give a brief video bio of the artist or write a description of the act. Selected acts will be notified in early July. Then, after an extensive planning session with studio producers, these artists and bands will be taken to one of the studios they chose in September "with most travel accommodations arranged and select expenses covered by Converse," according to a press release.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And if you're one of the lucky ones who gets to participate, Albarn has a little advice for you.
"Just allow yourself to be there ... don't reserve anything. Live in that moment and make the most of where you are, you know. Do your thing. Make your own history."
See the trailer for the new Rubber Tracks program below, and you can find out more information on how to apply for your band's spot here: