INTERVIEW: Dillon Cooper x Sneakers For Success

Dillon Cooper is a 19-year old MC & sneaker fanatic, hailing from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. In anticipation of his performance at Sneakers For Success‘ first annual fundraiser, Dillon sat down with The Couch Sessions to talk, but only after rollerblading tricks all over the graffitied out ramps and rails on the rooftop of 350 Grand St, where the event will be held on June 28th, 2012.

Dillon’s musical movement R.A.D.–Ridiculous & Driven–comes from the realization that “your in control of your own destiny and you do what you want to do”.  His young career began when he taught himself how to play the guitar at age 8 and at age 17 entered the Berklee College School of Music (alma mater of John Mayer and Quincy Jones).  Dillon’s open-mindedness is reflected in both his musical influences, which range from reggae, R&B, pop and rock, and his desire to travel the world to play music.

He explains that sneakers, like hip-hop, are worldwide.  The same way people who don’t speak the same language, can love the same beat, they can recognize each others sneakers; its a language shared without words. If Dillon Cooper could have any sneaker he wanted, he couldn’t just pick one – it would have to be “Jordans, 1-12, all OG, every colorway.”  He believes that Sneakers for Success is giving kids the chance to really engage their love of sneakers and make something of it.

Videographer The Reelness, Javier Martinez

Join Dillon, Bobbito Garcia & Nitty Scott, MC at Sole Connections, Sneakers For Success’ first annual fundraiser, on June 28th, 2012, at 350 Grand St, Lower East Side, NY.


Sneakers For Success is a non-profit organization that uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and footwear design as a platform so students can discover their intuitive creative powers in solving problems. The use of sneakers keeps the students engaged and connected to the material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. S4S gives every student that SOLE POWER needed to achieve anything.