Made By You: Michael Christmas


This article appears in our “Made By You” special edition issue—created in partnership with Converse.

Converse Rubber Tracks offers up-and-coming artists the chance to record music in a professional studio for free. The Rubber Tracks studios are located all over the world and Converse allows the artists to retain the rights to the music they record.

We interviewed four musical acts that had the chance to record at Rubber Tracks about their experiences with Converse and the world of music.

These acts include rapper Michael Christmas

What was growing up in Boston like for you?

Living in Boston—I didn’t go out much. I didn’t really start going out until 16 or 17. I started actually having friends when I was like 18. My parents knew what Boston was like because they were young. They grew up in Boston and they knew what was around us. They didn’t want me involved in [negative things] and they just kept me in the house. I was very socially awkward. I remember going to my first few parties at like 18 and I just didn’t know what to do.

Were you a fan of hip-hop at a young age?

I was listening to N.W.A. in like 7th grade. My first musical influence was Soulja Boy. I was in 7th grade when Soulja Boy dropped and that is when I started recording. I was just making Soulja Boy songs then and it was awful.

When did you realize that hip-hop was something you could pursue seriously?

I remember the first time I heard my voice on a track…it was the most fun experience I ever had. I wasn’t very creative at that point. The only thing I could really do well creatively at that point was write an essay. I felt I was great at it (rapping). I wasn’t great because I was in 7th grade, but I thought I was great at the time. I knew I wanted to be a rapper that day. I just kept writing and I recorded again soon after that.


That excitement you felt after recording for the first time—do you still feel that today when you record? Has your level of excitement subsided at all when you record now?

I’m still the same way. As soon as I finish recording I have to hear the song. When I go home after the studio I listen to what I recorded all night on repeat. I still love making music. It’s awesome to me that you can create a song. Like 2 hours ago a song didn’t exist and now it exists. That’s fascinating to me. That’s crazy to me.

How would you describe your style when it comes to being a rapper or MC?

I’m very relatable. I never lie in my music. I talk about real life situations. Anything a regular person goes through in their life I talk about. I’m telling my story and creating my own narrative so people can follow it for my whole career.

People have definitely taken notice of your unique style, including Converse. Can you talk a little bit about your relationship with Converse?

I think the first thing I did with Converse was a Rubber Tracks studio session. Converse lets me do my own thing. They aren’t controlling. I am not uncomfortable working with them. Every time I have a show I wear Chucks and I like to write on them. I draw random stuff on them. I like to sign my name on them and let other people sign their names on them. When I have a white pair it’s like having a blank piece of paper. It’s like getting a blank canvas I can make art on.

Why do you think the Chuck Taylor sneaker has been able to stay relevant for so long?

It’s a classic look. You can watch almost any movie and find someone wearing a Chuck Taylor. It’s a timeless shoe that everybody wears. Everybody wears Converse.

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