Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Toronto-based graphic designer, Jazz Alba onto the show! Jazz went viral back in 2019 with his Simpsons-themed Toronto Raptor illustrations on Instagram and has amassed a large following in just a short time! In this episode we discuss his visual arts background, we talk about our shared love for The Simpsons, along with some Raptors-talk including who our five greatest Raps of all time are!
Joining me on the show for today’s episode is one of the most talented and influential people in the Canadian sneaker scene today, Jonathan Crandell, better known just as “Cran”. Over the last few years, Cran’s following has grown tremendously largely due to his customization skills, giving shoes his signature vintage and aged look. Tune in as we dive into his past, his relationship with industry legends like Ronnie Fieg and James Whitner, and where he plans to take his work into the future!
For Episode 25, joining me on the show is fellow YouTuber Josh Dominic, also known as JDKicks! Josh, who originates from Toronto too, moved to Berlin, Germany, a few years ago and its there where he launched his own sneaker channel. Tune in as we discuss his origins, how the sneaker scene is in Berlin, and what the future holds for his channel!
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!