Big Boi Reminisces About Recording OutKast Hits in Stankonia Studio [VIDEO]
With over 32 singles and six albums under their belt, OutKast has mastered the art of churning out hits. And while it's safe to say that their beats and lyrics are on point, Big Boi will also tell you that part of the reason he and Andre 3000 made musical magic is because of where they recorded their biggest-selling tracks.
Stankonia, the hip-hop's duo's studio for over 20 years, has been home to various hits and even became the title of their group's fourth album, which released in 2000. "Stankonia is what we like to call the place where all the funky things come from," Big Boi shares.
He reminisces about recording then sleeping at the studio when they were 16. Big Boi even explains that there was just an aura that brought the magic out of the music. "From Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik to Idlewild, everything's been touched or recorded here in some way, you know," he says. "From 'The Way You Move' to 'Hey Ya,' 'Ms. Jackson,' 'So Fresh So Clean,' all the hits. The place has a certain vibe, a physical energy, like a certain something special about the building that's holding that energy together."
With all of the history that this ATL studio has, aspiring artists will now have the chance to record there too. Converse Rubber Tracks is offering up-and-coming artists a chance to expand their recording studio experience.
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 Stankonia; Abbey Road in London; 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; 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 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 didn't think it's already cool to work in the same place OutKast recorded their hit songs, then Big Boi has another message for you.
"We got everything you need right here," he explained. "All you gotta bring is your sound and come ready to work. We gonna see what you got."
So what are you waiting for? You should apply now.
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