INTERVIEW: The Slovaks

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello there, we are very well thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “101st”?

So, 101st is about none other than Jimi Hendrix,  Jimi has been a huge influence on The Slovaks for years, the song name itself is taken from the “101st Airborne” which was Jimi’s position/role in the U.S army during the Vietnam war. We always wanted to dedicate a song to this man and the music fit perfectly,“…Jimi’s soul is growing older, decomposing fills the sky…”

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

A life long love for Jimi Hendrix spawned this hit!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

This video was actually shot over 5 years… the video is made up with over four thousand still images taken over a 5 year period by our photographer Lee Saylaby, the stills include, gig shots, press shots and recording studio shots, we wanted this video to be a kind of love letter to ourselves and also serve as a kind of “catch up” for the viewer. The overall vibe and momentum is powered by the great editing techniques implemented in this piece, the fast cutting and filter effects create a sort of stop motion animation effect, we love it!

The single comes off your new album Get Down – what’s the story behind the title?

The story behind “Get Down” is a very simple one, it is an inside joke that we use with our friends, a kind of childish derogatory thing we have going on, Ha- It also obviously has the “to dance” connotation too which is pretty cool! 

How was the recording and writing process?

Songs on the record were mostly written a few months prior to hitting the recording studio, there are a couple of older songs on there too which we felt needed to be on the album- although they were older to us, they would be new to new listeners right??? The writing process goes like this, I(Adam) write all of the songs- music and lyrics, I then show the songs to the rest of the band where we add all the finishing touches together. We recorded the album in 9 days at Eve Studios, mixed it ourselves and then had it mastered by Graeme Durham (Island Records).

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Musically the songs come from anything, usually from jamming on a guitar or bass, the best music comes from the inside, without thinking, when it just flows out is the best thing for me, I then record what I have into my phone (dictaphone), I then turn that into an 8 track demo, adding all the extra components to make it a full song. It is crucial when songwriting to have a recorder by your side, otherwise you will forget all of the great ideas that you create. I write the lyrics when all of the music is complete, my lyrics are taken from past experiences and interests that I have, I love including cultural references in my work… books, films, bands and people that I admire!

Any plans to hit the road?

We did a mini U.S tour when the record was released in November and that was very successful, we plan to return to the states as soon as possible and continue to play the UK in the meantime.

What else is happening next in The Slovaks’ world?

We are writing a lot of new material right now and are planning to record and release a brand new E.P at the end of this year, so keep your eyes and ears open for The Slovaks!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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