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BRNDD: Conversations with Creatives

Branded by dictionary definition in the commerce world means carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacture. In today’s world, the definition of a brand has opened up much more. Brand’s can be the label names we wear, the companies we support, down to our own individual selves. Join BRNDD hosts, Donte’ Cotton and Ronald James as they interview not just people behind the brands but also some of the influencers on these brands. Musicians, artists, athletes and store owners have created their own brand and we want to examine how these worlds collide. So tune in as BRNDD takes you inside the world of today’s creatives.
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Aug 2, 2020

Jazerai is a Sneaker Strategist, Designer and writer from California living in New York. She's worked with the likes of Reebok to put out her own shoe and is featured on Lena Waithe's Sneaker docu-series "You Ain't Got These" now streaming on Quibi. 

 

Highlights: 

  • 4:07: Blue Chucks
  • 7:19: The Birth of Sneaker Internet
  • 9:30: The Challenges of being a woman in to Sneakers
  • 13:50: The Club C x Jazerai
  • 25:59: Sneaker Mom
  • 28:30: "You Ain't Got These"
  • 32:45: Lena Waithe
  • 34:58: Working with Reebok
  • 44:03: the importance of Women Empowerment
  • 47:40: Kicks on Fire
  • 55:28: Life after KOF
  • 1:04:21: Being "That Bitch"
  • 1:08:00: The Wall of Fame
  • 1:21:06: The Favorites
  • 1:37:00: The BRNDD 10
Jul 19, 2020

Tommie Battle is a professional photographer who got his start shooting sneakers for fun and Baltimore Night life in college. Over the years he's progressed to shooting for the MLS in New York, podcasts and more.

Highlights:

  • 3:50: Life in Quarantine
  • 6:25: sneakers and Kodak cameras
  • 13:06: radio is dead
  • 21:17: The Smoking Section and Early Blog Days
  • 24:54: Going off Instinct vs. Technique
  • 27:42: Taking a break from photography
  • 34:54: Nike Talk to Twitter
  • 45:03: picking the Camera back up
  • 57:07: The Favorites
  • 1:10:30: The BRNDD 10
May 27, 2020

Jacques Slade is one of the biggest personalities in Youtube Sneaker media. His video of his tour of Michael Jordan's famous Illinois Mansion recently hit 16 million views. Donte and Ronald talk to Jacques on how he went from a music teacher to where he is today. 

Highlights: 

  • 3:11: Who is Jaques Slade
  • 6:10: Kicks on Fire Days
  • 14:32: Jacques first video
  • 18:24: Quality vs. Content
  • 20:29: Can't smell your own roses
  • 27:24: The Brands are Watching
  • 31:35: The Future of Sneaker Media
  • 34:09: Working Outside of Youtube
  • 39:50: The Last Dance
  • 41:48: Technology in sneakers
  • 44:28The Favorites
  • 47:00: The BRNDD 10
May 17, 2020

Another episode from the BRNDD vault, Ronald brings on his good friend Patrick Horvat. Born in Upstate and working around the world, Patrick has worked with brands from the NHL to the NBA. 

Highlights: 

  • 5:56: The B-More Flea
  • 8:10: Upstate, NY and Graffiti
  • 10:20: I fooled them...
  • 12:05: Syquest and Photoshop
  • 18:03: Post-College Tetris Disorder
  • 21:34: I Fooled them again...
  • 26:41: the NHL Days
  • 30:28: Creating a design language and identity
  • 37:09: the challenge of being creative
  • 43:11: The Nike Years, Hong Kong
  • 50:12: Australian Shark Attacks
  • 55:20: International Sneaker Releases
  • 59:53: The Under Armour years
  • 1:05:10: signing UA athletes(possibly)-
  • 1:10:00: Favorites
May 10, 2020

From the unreleased archives; The Co-hosts of the BRNDD podcast caught up with Arvay Adams, Designer and creative behind This Sporting Life. They talk about his days at Phat Farm to having beef with HBO and everything in between!

 

Highlights

  • 2:00 - Ronald and Donte' recap what they've been up to
  • 8:26 - Introduction of Arvay
  • 12:14 - from Woodlawn to New York
  • 14:02 - Skateboards & tees in L.A.
  • 18:34 - the Phat Farm Days
  • 21:25 - The birth of This Sporting Life
  • 23:26 - L.A. Living
  • 26:12 - the Secret Behind Design
  • 31:13 - Bethlehem Steel and the importance of Story telling
  • 35:00 - Coming Back East
  • 38:00 - The Change in Baltimore Streetwear Scene
  • 46:00 - The Business of Being Fresh
  • 52:36 - Working with Russell Simmons
  • 53:54 - Black Ice
  • 59:00 - Chain Stitching
  • 1:01:05 - God is in the Details
  • 1:03:06 - The Favorites
  • 1:12:30 - The BRNDD 10
Apr 26, 2020

Donte' and Ronald catch up with an old friend, Michael Haskins Jr. Better known as Currency Michaels. Michael is the owner and founder of Currency Studios, a staple brand in Baltimore, established back in the late 2000's. They got a chance to talk about the history of Baltimore Streetwear, break down old industry beefs and more!

 

Highlights: 

  • 4:15: The Legend of Garth
  • 12:12: "The Cool"
  • 16:57: Baltimore to Ball Harbor
  • 22:33: Building a Legacy Brand
  • 29:27: Respect Your Wealth
  • 37:15: PedX and Gentai
  • 48:06: The importance of a team
  • 55:23: Helping by not helping
  • 59:57: Ronald vs. the Baltimore Sun
  • 1:03:19: Reconciliation and understanding
  • 1:09:24: Seeding and Celebrities
  • 1:14:36: The stages of being a Creative
  • 1:20:57: Creating Spaces and the future
  • 1:23:51: The Favorites
  • 1:25:57: The BRNDD 10
Mar 22, 2020

Ronald and Donte' reflect on the podcast up until the last released episode and what happened in life in between. 

 

Highlights

  • 2:50: The Pensole/Portland Experience
  • 9:20: What's next for BRNDD?
  • 12:03: Kaepernick vs. Trump
  • 13:49: Because the Internet
  • 13:35: Goals for BRNDD
  • 19:20: Behind the process
  • 24:54: Keys to Building for the Future
  • 36:00: room for improvement
  • 40:56: the Social Media Matrix
  • 44:51: Cops and Drops
  • 54:26: Favorite Podcast moments
  • 56:45: Future Guest wishlist
  • 59:53: The Favorites
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