Published Jul 30, 2010Chances are you've heard "All Summer," the three-way between Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Kid Cudi that was commissioned by Converse. You've probably even seen the video, with the big heads.
Recently, Cosentino told Exclaim! how the collaboration between the three unlikely artists went down.
"[Converse] chose three artists to do this thing and I was one of them," she explains. "When I found out about it I was really confused, but also really honoured and excited to do it. The three of us got together and worked on the song. We did a video for it and a performance of it in New York."
Cosentino saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - not just to collaborate with such diverse artists, but also get some free Chucks. "I just thought, 'When am I ever going to get a chance to do something like this again?' So I said yes, and I got free shoes. I said yes because of the free shoes. I got a lifetime supply of Converse. That's a joke, I just got, like, four pairs."
As far the song, Cosentino says "All Summer" was a real collaborative process that allowed her to work outside the comforts of Best Coast.
"I got to work with a rapper, which was cool. I like rappers," she says. "The way that it works is that Rostam really wrote the song, produced it and played drums and guitar. I just came in and wrote one part. Cudi came in and did his shit. It was done in a way like how [Best Coast bandmate] Bobb [Bruno] and I work. Everybody did their part and it just came together. It was weird to work with people that make music completely different from the music we make, but I also think the song turned out to have a sound that we all sort of have."
Bethany adds that there was one other perk to working with someone like Kid Cudi: "It was fun. I got to smoke a lot of weed with Kid Cudi, which was cool. Great blunt raps!"