Stephen Marley Talks About the Magic That Happens at Tuff Gong Studio [VIDEO]
Bob Marley is an icon in the reggae and overall music community. Regardless of what genre artists play, his music, charm and smooth character has had some kind of influence on them. And aside from his classic songs, musicians from all over the world have traveled to the Tuff Gong Studio where classic reggae songs "No Woman, No Cry," "Redemption Song" and "Could You Be Love" were all born.
In a video created by Converse Rubber Tracks, Bob's son, Stephen Marley, explains the magic that happens in at Tuff Gong. And it's not just because the mixing board and mastering room are the same ones that Bob used back in the day. Instead, it is because of the lineage and spirits of talent that got on the mic there that gives it that great atmosphere.
"This sound, this spirit, this energy that comes out of Tuff Gong is special," Stephen says in the video. "As an artist that aspires to be the best that you can be, these things [are] such a great push, such a great inspiration for going to a studio that's alive, that has a soul, that has a spirit within the studio because of the spirits that pass through."
And while it might not be the easiest place for an up-and-coming artist to go and record, Converse Rubber Tracks is giving new talent the chance to record at Tuff Gong as well as a number of legendary studios.
Musicians who are at least 18 years old can apply for the chance to record at one of 12 iconic studios around the world. This includes Tuff Gong; Stankonia in Atlanta; Abbey Road in London; Sunset Sound in Los Angeles; Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin; Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland; The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver; Avast Recording Co. in Seattle; Studios 301 in Sydney; Toca do Bandido in Rio de Janeiro; the original brick-and-mortar Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. as well as the new second Rubber Tracks studio in Boston, which will open this summer.
Acts have until tomorrow (June 24) 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. Those who are chosen will find out in July. Then, after meeting with the selected studio’s producers, the artists and groups 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.
And if you're still on the fence about applying, Stephen thinks this will not only build your repertoire but also enhance your musical experience.
"It's going to be a part of you," Stephen emphasized. "You're going to build on this experience, and it's going to be a part of your foundation forever.
For more information on how to apply, go to Converse Rubber Tracks' website.