CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS: On The Record With VIVA VIVA
By Krystle Uy, Photos by Marc Lemoine on December 1, 2011
Viva Viva is a no-frills rock band from Boston. Over the past few months, they have been pretty busy, traveling back and forth between home and NY to record some new material at Converse Rubber Tracks. FILTER teamed up with Converse earlier this year to hand-pick some of the artists recording at the studio and get to know them a bit better, in hopes that you’ll do the same. We got a chance to chat with Chris Warren and Dan Burke from Viva Viva about their experience in the studio and what we should expect from the band in the future. For more, head to FILTERmagazine.com to read the full interview with more photos, a video of the band recording at Converse Rubber Tracks and some more info on their new EP that is coming out in January 2012.
What was the process like in order to record at Converse Rubber Tracks?
Dan Burke: This past March, Converse presented us with a Golden Record at SXSW. It was this cool, gold 7” with “THIS IS FOR YOU” printed on the sleeve. We were lucky to be picked to record—for free—at the new Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, which opened later this year. From there, we just booked a date, then picked three or four unrecorded songs we had been itching to hear on tape and just went and did the damn thing.
What tools did the Converse Rubber Tracks recording session provide for Viva Viva?
Burke: Some real pro-recordings of some of our newest and most exciting music.
Did you get to work with a sound engineer or a producer while at Converse Rubber Tracks?
Burke: Brian Pugh was very knowledgeable of the equipment and a real easy guy to work with. And that goes for the rest of the crew there, as well.
Chris Warren: We laughed, we hugged, we swore, we high-fived. We all worked our asses off and had a great time doing it.
How did Converse Rubber Tracks better convey the energy in your live concerts into your recording session?
Warren: They picked up on our vibe as people and as a band as soon as we set foot in the door. We’re a band of cool-ass weirdos and the Converse Rubber Tracks studio knew it on site, embraced it and made us feel right at home. We went in with a clear vision of what we wanted to get done, even if our vision was blurry by the end. No judgment. No bullshit. Only love.
What impact have the Converse Rubber Tracks session had on the way you record and how it will affect your next record?
Burke: We’re taking the session as a one-of-a-kind experience, really. I wouldn’t say it’s a place to go hide out and record your Pet Sounds or whatever because of the high-profile, casual and social nature of the place. It is, however, the perfect place to do just what we did—go in for a few days and crank out a few tunes, all the while having our friends and industry-types come by to hang and get a glimpse of the process.
How did you maximize your time in the studio?
Burke: We just tried not to waste any time. Our goal—trying to get four songs rough-mixed in two days—was only accomplished by at least some sense of diligence.
Warren: We’re a live band. We don’t do anything in the studio that we can’t do on stage. In our own haphazard way, we were really prepared.