Over the course of the year, NTS will be delving into London’s unique musical landscape with a series of shows on the city’s local scenes. Converse Rubber Tracks London is currently making free recording time available to musicians across the capital and to celebrate this, we’ll be uncovering the relationships between the musical landscapes of North, East, South and West London. Four special broadcasts will each be hosted by an NTS DJ and feature talent from the areas in question. Watch this space and explore the map below to find out more.
Representing North London, Martelo interviewed some of the first artists to record at Converse Rubber Tracks, Piff Gang. World music selector and producer Throwing Shade plus Brey and Two Inch Punch also joined him on the show. Each artist spoke about what North London means to them and their views on the city’s cultural cross-contamination, and showcased some of their own production.
The second of our London tracks shows focused on what it means to make music in and be influenced by West London. Throwing Shade was in conversation with producer and boss of forwarding thinking pop DEEK recordings Bullion, discussing his projects for the year ahead and producing music in West London. Also featured in this edition was Converse Rubber Tracks London producer and vocalist Loyle Carner, who discusses songwriting as a form of release in one of the busiest cities on the planet, and much more.
For the East London edition of our Converse Rubber Tracks series, Moxie spoke to Converse Rubber Tracks London musicians Moro, two siblings who are keeping it in the family with a ton of talent. She also caught up with Mercury Prize winner Eska, to talk about her musical background and the ups and downs of carving out a career in the industry.