I'm listening to "Nowhere Land" right now and I can
honestly say that this is the best release this year! Some of the
best playing I've ever heard from your side and the production is
just out of this world! Congratulations on this very fine
Mike Slamer - Thank you very much!
it's an honour for me to be able to do this interview as a big fan
of STREETS and especially CITY BOY so let's start!
sound and style of "Nowhere Land" seems a bit more
progressive than your other recent projects. I seem to discover
hints to CITY BOY passages. Is it a deliberate decision to make it
a bit more complex this time?
Mike Slamer - It wasn't a deliberate decision but I did want some
interesting songs both musically and lyrically. Its funny that you
mention hints of City Boy because I hear them too. I think this
album has a slightly more British sound than S.H.L. or 7th Key.
the material on "Nowhere Land" all new or are some of
the songs left-over's from days gone by?
Mike Slamer - All the songs are new. Two tracks are based on music
that I had written for a popular TV show a couple of years ago and
I'd wanted to develop them into songs if and when I had the
songs are “Beyond the Pale” and “Come to me”. The intro to
‘Nowhere Land’ is from a movie I did and I'd always thought it
would be a cool set up for a powerful rock track. Everything else
is completely new.
watched the interview on the SEVENTH KEY - "Live in
Atlanta" DVD, it seems like you, Billy and Terry are having
the time of your lives while recording. How did Terry Brock end up
being the singer in SLAMER? Did you rehearse for other singers
Mike Slamer - Yes, Frontiers suggested it would be good if this
album also introduced a NEW singer to the melodic rock scene, but
for various reasons I never felt that I found the right person.
Once we got past that idea I wanted to try Terry. It was a great
partnership and I think he did a fantastic job. And yes, we
(Billy, Terry, Chet
and myself) always have a good time in the studio because we are
"no bullshit".." no ego".. down to earth
people with a good sense of humor. I think this is very important
when you spend long hours in the studio.
can't help notice, as mentioned above, that this is an almost
flawless production! Has your various projects with Beau Hill
influenced you as a producer? If yes, what exactly did you learn
from your time with Beau Hill? Do you guys still keep in touch?
Mike Slamer - I haven't seen Beau for quite a while. I always
enjoyed working with Beau, Streets, Warrant, Fiona etc. Spending that
much time in the studio with him did help me as a producer/engineer
but mostly it was Mutt Lange. Recording 5 albums with him was an
a production fanatic I noticed that each song has a special way of
ending.It's like the last couple of seconds are cut away.I noticed
the same thing with SEVENTH KEY. Why is this done?
Slamer - Really....maybe its psychological because I can honestly
say I was completely unaware of that. Now you've brought it to my
attention I'll probably never do it again.
know that you're the producer on Terry Brock's new solo
release.What can we expect? Something similar to SLAMER?
Mike Slamer - No I don't think so. Terry is still writing and we
will be writing together later this month but, this album will be
whatever Terry wants it to be and I will be there to assist in any
way I can.
a rumor that you did the leads for bands like AIRRACE and WARRANT
back in the 80s.Is this true? And what was your exact role with
Mike Slamer - That was a long time ago and I don't remember all
the bands. But I did play a lot of guitar on the first two Warrant
albums. During those days I did lots of session work for Beau and
some of it was as a (ghost) player, you know...don't tell anyone.
a guitar player I wonder why you're not known as a
"hero" on the fret board. Have you ever wanted to be one
of those shredder-types?
Slamer - Never.
influenced you as a guitar player?
Mike Slamer - Mainly Clapton but I was also a huge Deep Purple
we expect any bonus material from the SLAMER - "Nowhere
Land" album? I'm thinking of Japanese bonus tracks for
Mike Slamer - No, I am not really into that bonus stuff.
just reached "Higher Ground" on your new album and WOW -
that's melodic alright! Do these melodies come to you naturally
are do you deliberately try to write a "hit song"?
Mike Slamer - I don't try to write hit songs ...I just try to
write a good melody. “Higher Ground” is a combination of
Terry's melody in the verse, mine in the pre chorus and a joint
effort in the chorus.
is more of a personal question but is there any possibility that
"It's Personal" from CITY BOY will ever see a CD release?
As a fan of CITY BOY I miss that one album on CD!
Mike Slamer - I have absolutely no idea. Sorry.
pretty easy to trace your career through the 70s and 80s but what
happened in the 90s?? Apart from WALL OF SILENCE,
STEELHOUSE LANE and MICHAEL SWEET I don't know what else you did? Time off from
the music biz?
Mike Slamer - Time off from making rock albums but not from
writing and recording. I started composing music for film and TV.
I also wrote and recorded an instrumental rock library for ABACO.
Those rock tracks were and still are used in very popular TV
shows. I still write music for TV and film. So no time off just a
a great admirer of your guitar playing on ANGRY - "Blood from
Stone", I've got to ask this question; wasn't it bizarre
working with that bald guy?? :-) - Did you live in
Australia back then?
Mike Slamer - No, Angry came over to LA to record the album. We
became very good friends...and what an interesting guy. The whole
experience was great. I have to admit; the first time I saw Angry
I wasn't sure what to make of him but within minutes we were
talking like old friends.
from your own projects, what artist/what band do you see as the
Mike Slamer - To be honest with you I don't listen to enough new
music to answer that. Most of what I hear I'm not that keen on and
I prefer listening to the great bands and songs from earlier years.
you know any bands from Denmark?
Mike Slamer - Unfortunately, no I don't sorry.
three words would best describe you as a musician, in your own
Mike Slamer - I can only think of one: Conscientious.
we look forward to any European live dates for SLAMER??
Mike Slamer - Oh I really hope so. I would love to support this
album in a live situation but in reality it is out of my hands.
thanks for your time and, once again, congrats on the release of
this brilliant album called "Nowhere Land"! An instant
Mike Slamer - Thank you very much, Mike.
by Janus "The Jack" Lybro