In today’s solo episode I’m sharing my thoughts on the issue of product scarcity which is leading consumers to alternate avenues, including buying reps or “fake” sneakers, supporting artists who produce custom pairs or brands that produce silhouettes with an obvious influence from existing silhouettes like the Air Jordan 1. What’s your stance on this?
For Episode 23, I’m honoured to have on one of the OGs in “Sneaker Youtube”, someone who influenced me to start my own channel and has had a profound impact on sneaker YouTube as a whole – Anthony Bartoloni who is simply known better as, YoAnty! In this episode we discuss how he got started with filming videos over ten years ago, major changes he sees in the scene between then and now, and why he decided to step away from the limelight to focus on family.
For today’s episode, we’re headed to the far east as we welcome Jay Shuang, better known as Mr. Shanghaisole himself! Having lived in both the US and Asia equally throughout his life, Jay gives us his perspectives on how the Chinese sneaker market differs from North America’s – including trends, resellers, and the drama surrounding China’s boycott of Nike. We also dive into his experience as a basketball coach, and how he’s trying to get his wife on board with his sneaker addiction.
Episode 21 of the Channel 8 Podcast is all about Adidas, and for today’s episode, we have one of the biggest Adidas heads I have the pleasure of knowing, Alex Des Roches from the Montreal area, also known as Sugycyphersons! In this episode we discuss how his origins as a break dancer got him into sneakers, along with his perspective as an Adidas employee throughout the crazy hype the brand experienced in 2015-2016.
We are twenty episodes in, and joining me on the show today is Judyna Pres, who goes by Juberry – a Montreal-based illustrator and designer with a passion for food, tech, and of course, sneakers. We talk about her father’s role in sparking her love for sneakers, her recent Air Max 90 design that was put into production for Solesavy members, and the importance of using art to speak out for issues that matter.
We got a big episode for Episode 19, as we have Marissa Hill, who you might know better as ShadeTV – one of the largest female sneaker and streetwear channels on YouTube, joining us for a discussion about the origins and quick growth of her channel, her eye for style and fashion, and most importantly – if she prefers OG colourways or new, hyped collabs! You don’t want to miss this!
This week’s episode dives into the geekier side of me and my love for comic books and superheroes. Joining me is Allan Martinez, also known as Spoonr, who is also a self professed geek, Twitch Affiliate and graphic designer. We discuss our first exposure to comics, our unhealthy addiction to collecting things, and also we tap into his gamer side as well!
Hopping on the show this week is Alex Wong, known as “Steven LeBron”, who is an author, NBA show host, and social media content producer, who’s work on basketball has been published in the NY Times, GQ, Complex, and much more. We dive into his love for sneakers, some memorable experiences with NBA stars like Serge Ibaka, and discuss his sudden career change from a CPA to becoming a freelance writer.
For Episode 15 of the Channel 8 Podcast, I’m pleased to welcome Australian sneaker and streetwear Youtuber and Instagrammer, Li-Anne Kuek, better known as Monsieur Banana onto the show! With over 70K dedicated subscribers, Banana has been making waves in the scene for the past few years! We dive into her origins of what got her interested in sneakers, her background as a chef and baker, and she reveals the story behind her unique screenname!