Whether it’s music, fashion or design, Tyler, The Creator has built an empire that spans multiple industries, and his influence permeates modern culture. While still relatively young, the 31-year-old is a veteran in ‘creative years’ and is now sharing his success secrets with the next generation. Returning for the third iteration of the Converse All-Star Series, Tyler recently joined a group of up-and-coming talent in Sydney, Australia, guiding them on their artistic journey.
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Converse brought together 30 young creatives from 12 countries to learn from each other and collaborate on a new approach to music, blending genres and cultures. The brand hosted a three-day workshop in NSW’s iconic Harbour City with several key industry leaders. During their time together, the Converse All Stars were challenged to fuse their cultural influences, musical genres, and independent styles to create five original tracks and a visual expression of the sound.
The All Stars were given the opportunity to work with multi-disciplinary artist Abdul Abdullah, creative director Ken Leung and music producer Justin Elwin. Each luminary provided mentorship and support to the All-Stars and shared their perspective on creative execution. The series culminated in a showcase of the work to Tyler, The Creator, who also offered insights on tackling creative roadblocks.
“If you’re a creative person, it’s easy for people to pigeonhole you,” said Tyler, The Creator. “When you branch out and do something different, even your biggest supporters might not understand as they don’t have the same lens as you. When I’m not in my comfort zone, it pushes me to break out even more. It’s easy to relapse and fall back into your old ways, but sometimes getting out of your comfort level is the greatest thing ever and that’s what this Converse All-Star experience is all about.”
Following the creative showcase, three All-Stars were given the opportunity to perform live at iconic Sydney venue, Landsdowne Hotel. Ginelio from South Africa kicked off the night with a pumping EDM performance, followed by rising RNB sensation Pania, from Australia, and Malaysian DJ, Munjiy, performed an energetic set to close the night.
The All-Star Series: Sydney is the third instalment this year with long-time Converse partner Tyler, the Creator. The first series in Los Angeles explored creative influences, while the second stop in Paris focused on the creative process. The full Tyler Talk video, tracks, visual work and audio commentary is available to listen to and view on the Converse website.
Additionally, sneakerheads will be excited to hear Converse and Tyler, The Creator’s GLF 2.0 shoes return this Holiday season with a bold two-tone colour-blocked edition in green and blue. The new edition is available now in a limited global release on the Converse website for AU$180.