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Slash veröffentlicht sein zweites Soloalbum am 18. Mai

Mittwoch, 8. Februar 2012 | By | Category: Top News

Slash – Grammygewinner, Ikone, Gitarrenlegende und Songschreiber – befindet sich im Moment in einem Studio in Los Angeles um sein zweites Soloalbum zu finalisieren. Das bisher noch unbetitelte Album wird am 21. Mai in den USA über Slashs eigenes Label Dik Hayd International und in Deutschland am 18. Mai über Roadrunner Records Germany/Warner Music.

Slash - Credits: Travis Shinn

Slash - Credits: Travis Shinn

Das Album ist der Nachfolger seines Solodebüts “Slash“, das 2010 auf Platz drei in die US Billboard Top 200 Charts und auf Platz vier der hiesigen Albumcharts einstieg und Platz eins der iTunes Charts in 13 Ländern war.

Für das neue Album schlossen sich Slash und seine Band, Myles Kennedy (Gesang), Brent Fitz (Schlagzeug) und Todd Kerns (Bass) mit Produzent Eric Valentine zusammen, der schon Slashs erstes Soloalbum produzierte. Alle Songs wurden von Slash und Myles Kennedy zusammen geschrieben und der komplette Entstehungsprozess wurde von einem Kamerateam begleitet.

Ab sofort kann man sich jede Woche eine neue Episode mit exklusivem Behind-The-Scenes Material auf anschauen.

Im folgenden Interview spricht Slash über das Album und die geplante Tour (Dates stehen noch nicht fest):

Looking at all your Twitter updates, you sound really pumped about the new disc. This time around, you and Myles wrote all the songs and he sings lead on all the tracks.  What inspired this scenario since your debut solo album featured multiple vocalists (including Myles on two songs)?

Well having Myles sing on the first record inspired me to take him on the road, then taking him on the road inspired me to have him sing on the whole record. So yeah the tour last year definitely inspired the decision for him to sing on the new record. He has a really broad range.  He is just very musical as far as his melodic style is concerned and he’s also very lyrical and just a really powerful singer. There’s a lot of positives about the way he sings.

Slash - Credits: Travis Shinn

Slash - Credits: Travis Shinn

Perhaps you want to talk a bit here about your other bandmates and what they each bring to the sound?

There’s Brent who is probably one of the best drummers I’ve ever played with–he has a great way of playing very powerful rock n roll while still being able to keep it behind the beat and sexy. And then Todd has got to be one of the most overall talented musicians I’ve worked with, just a really great bass player. Todd’s very quick in the studio, a quick learner and creative as a writer; on top of that, he’s also a great singer.

Beyond you and Myles writing all the songs and Myles singing all the leads, in what other ways is the new album perhaps different from your debut solo album?

Myles and I basically collaborated on the new material.  The main thing is we wrote these songs together which is a big difference from the last album where I wrote each song with all of the different collaborators. The whole creative nucleus is between Myles and me. On top of this, the whole rhythm section of Brent and Todd brings something to the table and changes the dynamic completely from the last record–it’s much more cohesive.

With your record company Dik Hayd Records, you remain an independent artist and work with major companies for distribution.  Can you talk about how you as an artist benefit by this scenario in these interesting times for the music industry?

It puts me more in the driver’s seat of how I want to market the record, but even more importantly than that, I’m not giving half of everything that comes in on the album to the record company.

Eric Valentine returns as producer for the new disc.  What do you feel he brings as a producer to these songs and the overall approach?

The first thing we always talk about with Eric is he’s an extremely gifted musician, but he is basically as talented an engineer, so it makes for a great combination as a producer. As a person he’s easy to work with–he’s very patient and he lives and breathes what he does.  That’s a lot like how I am, we’re similar; I can call him at any moment and ask him a question or share an idea I have with him.  He’s always in his element and it’s something that I can appreciate.

You toured the world seven times with the last album.  What are your tour plans for the new album?

Right now we’re starting off with radio shows in the states and then we’ll do as much of Europe as possible. We’ll also tour in Asia and Australia, and try to hit South Africa this year as well as India and a couple other spots.  Trying to just broaden our horizons a bit.!/slash

Quelle: WMG

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