We caught up with Sam Akpro to talk Patta x Converse, skating & Peckham

We caught up with Sam Akpro to talk Patta x Converse, skating & Peckham

by Ollie Cox
4 min

For the latest chapter in Patta and Converse’s 10-year-long collaborative history, an all-weather appropriate Converse x Patta Weapon Ox, Chuck 70 Marquis, and a limited-edition rain jacket all get the collab treatment.  Promoting the new drop in a series of captivating visuals, entitled “Rain or Shine,” we hit up Sam Akpro, the South London musician and star of the campaign.

Patta is only the second label to partner on the Weapon Ox silhouette, following an earlier release with A-COLD-WALL*. The Weapon Ox Silhouette is intrinsic to Converse’s basketball legacy, worn on courts by some of the sport’s biggest names, including Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. As part of the retro sneaker’s relaunch, getting Patta on board makes sense, given the Amsterdam Streetwear brand’s storied sneaker legacy and culture-carving impact on streetwear, with its community-focused approach to collaborations. 

For the Patta release, Converse tapped South London musician Sam Akpro to front its utilitarian-focused “Rain or Shine” campaign, which sees the artist donning pieces from the collection through London’s typically unpredictable landscape. Akpro styles the collaborative sneakers throughout the campaign in his elevated streetwear style, where loose-fitting shorts nod to his signature, skate-inspired look. 

While unpinned to one specific genre, punk’s non-conformist guitar sounds remain prominent in his work, which also ties into his love of skateboarding and the wider creative fields that time spent at skateparks and street spots exposed him to. 

When we heard about Patta and Converse’s latest collaboration, we thought it was only right we caught up with Sam to talk about the collab, punk, and Peckham. Read all about it below. 

How does it feel to be working with Patta for its latest Converse collaboration

It feels good, just seems like a natural thing to do.

How did your relationship with Patta begin? 

It started when my label (Anti) hooked me up to play at a gig Patta was doing with Goya Gumbani in Amsterdam. From there, I met some of the team, and we kept in contact.

You have previously said that skateboarding and the culture around it inspire you. Converse has been a part of this for a while. How does skateboarding inspire your creative output?  

Skating was my main source of creativity from [when I was young,] whether that be clothes or the visual side of things. I would say now I’m inspired by all the things it led me to, like music, graffiti, etc.

Your music has been described as punk. What drew you to this genre?

I’d say my music is more broad than just that specific genre,  it’s one of many types of sounds that I’m interested in. What drew me to that side of things is probably the loudness and abrasiveness that’s associated with it.

How has skateboarding influenced your musical output? 

I’d say that it is a subconscious influence. I don’t try to actively use it as a source, there are so many things that influence me.

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This collection is bound by the mantra “Rain or shine.” What does that mean for you?

Well, it rains a lot in London, so it has that meaning ingrained in my psyche. Other than that, it means getting stuff done, whatever the circumstance, and being persistent.

Does being from Peckham inspire your creative process?

I’m from here so it probably does without me knowing. There’s a lot of culture clash here. Maybe that comes through in the way I try to blend everything.

Can you talk me through a typical day in your life? 

Wake up, look for samples, run errands, go to the studio or write music from home, go to a band rehearsal, watch a film, go to bed. It varies though

What were the last three songs you listened to?

“Eat more” by Ovlov, “Lost my brain” by Jawnino, and “Something B can feel” by Bernard Purdie

Finally, is there anything else you would like to share about the collaboration? 

Just that it’s been a sick collaboration, and I look forward to many more things with them in the future.

The Patta x Converse “Rain or Shine” collection is available to shop, now via the converse webstore.

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