Tonight we welcome back AC SLATER to Control. We got a chance to catch up with this multi-tasking dj, producer, label owner, and member of Trouble & Bass crew appropriately dubbed the "heavy bass champions of the world."
We chatted with him about raves, upcoming producers, and one of his musical guilty pleasures. Don't forget to catch his set tonight, he goes on at midnight! (Tickets can be purchased here).
WL: In one of your bios, it says that a Chemical Brothers show is what jumpstarted your interest in electronic music. What was that experience like? Have you seen their movie, "Don't Think?" AC: I was about 17 and went to see them at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. I had never been to a rave before, I was expecting a concert type atmosphere but there were multiple rooms with DJs playing, filled with club kids. I had never seen club DJs in real life! The whole experience just blew my mind and I was hooked on the culture.
WL: How did you get involved with the Trouble & Bass crew? What's a night out with them like? AC: Trouble & Bass is my family. We're like 4 peas in a pod, when we're all together its all laughs and fun. I used to go to the early T&B events so I'd kind of spoken to them before but we didn't really know each other. I met them in Brooklyn at one of my gigs and when I was done I walked towards the back of the room and they were standing there in a line looking at me, all ominous with bats flying around them, and they introduced themselves and starting then we just clicked. Drop the Lime will question the details of my account but I like the way I tell it. I always knew I wanted to work with them so it was bound to happen.
WL: Alongside electronic music, it's known that you also have a passion for hip-hop music. Who's someone in the hip-hop world who you'd like to collaborate with? AC: Andre 3000. Nas.
WL: You started your label, Party Like Us, back in 2009. Is it hard to manage a label while you're also touring and making time for the studio? AC: Yes running a simple digital label is actually a lot of work. Thankfully I have my right hand man and label manager Kevin. He holds everything together while I'm making music, flying around the world spreading the music, and acting like a crazy man. I'm so proud of our label and the artists/music we've released.
WL: You used to DJ happy hardcore music at raves. Did you ever rave? Any crazy stories? AC: Yes, I could write a book on raving.
WL: Any musical guilty pleasures? AC: I really like No Doubt. Yeah I said it. I feel better now.
WL: You're based out of Brooklyn. How does the dance music scene on the west coast compare to the east coast? AC: In January I got a place out in LA, downtown. So I spread my time between NY and LA. I love my new neighborhood in LA its filled with really talented friends like 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, LA Riots, and Dave Nada to name a few.
WL: Any up-and-coming producers to keep an eye out for? AC:I'm loving music from ETC!ETC!, RackNRuin, Damn Kids, Ryan Marks, Clicks & Whistles.
WL: Your "Chronic" EP and your single "Let's Get Hot" were released earlier this year. You also have a remix for Gemmy due out July 30 and a remix for Flinch coming out on Smog. What else do you have in store for the remainder of the year? AC: I've got a brand new 4 track EP just about wrapped up that will come out on Party Like Us in the Autumn. Also have new remixes for Nina Sky, Tittsworth, and Lee Mortimer coming up. Other than that, writing new material and touring around playing shows for all the little Slaters.