It's impossible to single out one pair of Air Jordans as the rarest in the world. There's several one-offs, as well as a few mysterious samples that can't or haven't been explained. However, Kris Arnold can make the claim that he at least owns one of the rarest Air Jordans, and he stopped by Sole Collector's Full Size Run last week to share the story of how he obtained this likely unicorn.
During the early 90s, Arnold worked as an account executive at ProServ, a sports management firm that included Michael Jordan as one of its clients. Among the many projects ProServ worked on for Jordan was helping put together his Nike deal. Jordan had parted ways with the company a year early, prompting an office cleanout of gear that had been stored and displayed. When Arnold saw two Air Jordan sneakers on the verge of being tossed out, he asked if he could take them instead. The shoes were early production samples of the original “Chicago” and “Black Toe” Air Jordan 1s.
“I happened to be there in my office while it was happening and I said, 'No, I’ll take those.’” Arnold told us in a 2015 interview. “They were going to just throw them in the trash. That’s what they would’ve done hands down.”
At first glance, one may not notice the differences between Arnold's shoes and the pairs that actually released, but there are distinguishing features. For example, the overall shape of the samples is a bit more sleek, the cut is lower, the Swooshes are larger, the toebox cut is minimal and there's subtle differences on the outsole.
To date, Arnold has received big money offers for his Jordans, but not one that has seriously made him consider selling. With that said, he hasn't completely ruled out parting with the shoes.
See Arnold discuss his rare samples in the video above, which also includes segments on the new Spike Lee x Air Jordan 1, DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3, Lonzo Ball x Foot Locker and more. Subscribe to Full Size Size Run on YouTube and iTunes for future episodes
Everyone’s felt an insane passion for that one person before, that love that makes you feel head over heels. After releasing his massive hit “Gravity” back in December, Datsik touches on feelings of head over heels romance in his latest music video for the release. Telling the story of two lovers in LA, the video evokes emotion and keeps you glued to the edge of your chair as you wonder what happens next as tensions build. You definitely aren’t going to miss the ending!
Check out the video below and make sure to tune in to our Snapchat tomorrow at @youredm for live coverage from Datsik’s sold out LA show!
A profile picture can tell a thousand words… and emo kids around the world right now are screaming.
From First To Last has changed their profile picture to include past member Sonny Moore, now more popularly known as Skrillex. The band recently released a new single and reunited at LA’s weekly Emonite party, and there have been rumors of a new album, though nothing substantive yet.
We actually called this about three weeks ago, after a GRAMMY red carpet interview with Skrillex, when he said, “I left the band, but I would say I’m not left anymore.” Though the profile picture change is obviously just another piece of damning evidence.
Based out of LA and coming from the prestigious production academy ICON, upcoming new talent WENZDAY just came on my radar today. And when I say on my radar, I should say her latest single had my jaw dropped and my entire body jamming out within moments of hitting play. Showcasing her talents and curating an impressive bass house tune that will have any dance fan up in arms and chanting for more, WENZDAY’s new single “GO” is an absolute heater.
Combining rhythmic vocals, enchanting bridges and a massive drop that when it hits will have you weak in the knees, “GO” is a refreshing yet strangely familiar track that deserves every bit of praise it can get.
“I wrote “GO” after a crazy week that included a spontaneous trip to Vegas. I sampled sounds like ticking clocks and various alarms to add to the hectic yet vibe,” says the new star.
The track marks the first single from her just released RUN EP, and this is just the start of what she’s got to offer. Check out the tune here below and keep an eye on this new name in dancemusic that will have clubs getting down until the early break of dawn.
We all have dreams, we all have an ideal of what we’d like to achieve and what we’d like to be doing with our lives. What happens, though, when you start walking that path and you realize it may not be all it’s cracked up to be? In fact, you’re sad more often than deriving any type of joy from what you thought was your true calling. That was what happened with British DJ/producer/sound engineer, Adam Walder, better known as Funkagenda. After developing a name for himself over the course of many years, he began to tire of the scene. Coupled with depression, Funkagenda left the scene for a while. However, now he is back and has found his groove again, not only as a solo artist but also working behind the scenes as a sound engineer. Like so many others, music was not his first love.
“Well when I was a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist, but then I found out that they were NOT like Indiana Jones and were actually more like teachers with those suede patches on their blazers so I strayed from that idea. Then when I was about 11 years old I started to play with my grandfather’s keyboard collection and that just ignited something in me. I wanted to learn how to make the sounds and program the drums. I got really into making music and it’s been my passion ever since.”
Although he’s been in the scene for almost a decade, it’s tough to peg Funkagenda into a certain genre. Oliver Heldens and Sander van Doorn recently revived his 2008 tech-house hit, “WTF.” He’s dabbled with various genres and conforming to fan expectations is always something that’s irked him. It was these mounting frustrations, along with other personal issues that caused him to leave the scene momentarily.
“I find it irritating that sometimes I can’t experiment as much as I would like because I’m ‘expected’ to be a certain thing. I was never one kind of producer. I started out making drum & bass when I was 17, then hip hop, then techno, trance, and house. I always like to try my hand at new styles and it’s saddening when “fans” lash out at you for trying to be creative. However, I get afraid a lot in life. Life bewilders me. I just want to be able to survive and do what I love and sometimes those simple tasks become incredibly difficult. It was one of my major reasons for withdrawing from the scene. The scene is draining on your soul. I found myself playing music I didn’t like in a desperate attempt to please crowds who were just not that interested. And I just thought to myself ‘this is meant to be my dream, this is meant to be making me happy…why am I miserable all the time?’ Being diagnosed with borderline bi-polar depressive disorder didn’t help either, but at least it helped me to understand that it wasn’t all me.”
Despite being in a dark place, armed with the knowledge that he had an illness, Adam returned home to the UK from Los Angeles where he’s been able to work and overcome his depression with the help and support of his family, girlfriend, and two dogs. Adam says as a sufferer it’s not initially clear that you have a disease and to those around you it appears as though you’ve gone off the rails. As is commonplace, Adam was prescribed medication, but that did not solve the problem either. He cites a strong support network as the main factor that has allowed him to go back to work.
“Well the hardest thing is realizing you have a legitimate problem, because it’s not clear as a sufferer and it isn’t clear to other people – they just think you’ve gone off the rails. I would have these very high manic days, maybe like 4-5 in a row, and I would feel so good about everything, worked really hard and be so positive about life. But then it’s like a light bulb just switched off and the world got dark. Then for the next 2-3 weeks I was unable to do anything. I could lie in one place in silence for hours and hours at a time. It was awful. I just thought my life was making me unhappy or that I wasn’t any good at what I do. It disrupted my self-confidence. I started medication, but it wasn’t the right choice for me. I couldn’t feel ANYTHING and as an artist that is as crippling as being depressed. So I have been working my way through it with the love and support of my friends and my girlfriend (and our two wonderful dogs), and although it hasn’t been the most instant solution, it’s certainly allowed me to work and write music again.”
Although he still produces his own music, a lot of Adam’s focus has shifted to engineering and he says it’s ironic how he encounters so many producers trying to make cliché music because they’re going for something successful. Adam tried doing that and it left him feeling empty. He has discovered all you can do is follow your path and hope for the best, because success is far from guaranteed. But, like Wayne Gretzky said, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. You have to try to achieve something.
“Ironically…a lot of work you get is people wanting to make records that are very cliché because they are trying to succeed in the same way as I was trying to survive, by making records for the crowd and not for the love. I find that still writing my own music allows me an emotional output, though, and my first real single since I left LA went top 10 on Beatport, so I think that the hiatus was necessary. The main thing is not to quit. Things can get very hard and you might feel like you are getting nowhere and that’s because success is a lottery in this business. However, if you stop buying tickets you’ll never win and that’s the key. You work hard, get good, believe in yourself and others will believe in you. I think you can achieve anything if you really want it. I did.”
It’s incredible to see someone successfully overcome their struggles and achieve something great. Happiness is not a destination; it is a journey. When we see the silver lining and become grateful for our past, current, and future challenges, we can experience true peace and joy. With the help and support from those around him, Adam is now able to do this and sees the light at the end of the tunnel after it eluded him for several years.
If you or anyone you know is feeling like something is not quite right, those feelings may be early warnings for possible mental health conditions. Do not hesitate to seek help or offer support. Taking a screening can help determine if additional help is required. Visit www.mhascreening.org to take a free, confidential, and anonymous mental health screen. Several global online and regional recovery support communities can be found at the links below:
After a monumental year for Ghastly in 2016, his brand has become nothing short of a household name. After his recent “Lights Out” remix for Zomboy debuted earlier this month, he sets his sights on the first original work of the year, appropriately entitled “The Spiders Symphony”. LA’s favorite ghoul has become notorious for the creepy, eerie, and spooky vibes that accompany his brand and this track is no exception. Putting his terrifying sounds to the test, he’s taken his productions into a new realm with an almost symphonic orchestral style breakdown that builds into a netherworldly high pitched drop. Undoubtably a new favorite from the dopest ghost in town!
DIVELINER just dropped a new music video for his single “Lungs” and I have to say, it’s as experimental and out there as can be. As for the song itself, it’s DIVELINER’s latest and it’s nothing short of exceptional. Combining dark and sultry nuances with his vocals, everything from the crisp snare hits, gentle piano keys, and autotuned vocals is forward thinking and unique electronic-tinged R&B music.
Now, we’ve been graced with an official music video which sees the young LA producer transform his vision from sensual auditory listening experience into a trippy music video featuring two cloaked main characters.
We’re no strangers in LA to the brute force of a Saturday Union lineup. Xcellerated Events is premiering two US Debuts this saturday February 17th from jump up legends DJ Dominator and DJ Limited. In addition to those powerhouse acts, they’ve booked the return of Biological Beats head honcho MC Fatman D. To complete this incredible lineup of pure talent, local support consisting of MEDIK8, Konkrete B2B Shadow Sniper, along with an epic B2B of Replicant B2B DJ Construct.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to throw on your best dancing shoes and head to Union, the accompanying B-Side Los Angeles deep dubstep room will surely settle the score. Featuring the monumental bass music mastermind 6Blocc, this dubstep crew has carved their mark into the Los Angeles dubstep scene in the best way. Supporting talent includes DMVU, DistinctMotive B2B Oxossi, Chapman, Hakeem and Al Ross. Don’t miss this one!
Zeds Dead’s “Hit Me” is an absolute classic – I decided this when it came up on my shuffle while driving yesterday. As with any classic, remixing it can be a daunting task. However, our own Swage is up to the challenge.
Coming as a rising producer out of LA, Swage puts an intense spin on the original, with some blistering synths and more eclectic percussion throughout. The action gets started super early on, so get your helmets ready before diving in. The track is also more than a full minute shorter than the original, which might throw some people off; however, with the higher tempo, it certainly makes sense given the production.