HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH SLKY
Who are SLKY? Where you’re from, how you met, how long have you been playing together etc
SLKY is a production trio consisting of Rob, Tom & Abigail. We’ve been together since Feb/March 2017 though we’ve known each other for way longer, all meeting through mutual friends and ending up getting a studio together.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
I came up with the band name in an emergency - because someone asked what it was! At the time Rob and I weren't officially working with Abs yet and he was asked over the phone, what is the name of the outfit? We looked blankly at each other then I wrote down our surnames on a whiteboard and just took out some letters! A word with no vowels always feels cooler...
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
Dirty Synth Horns Chords Fabulous
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Jill Scott, Jamiroquai, Pharrell, Amy Winehouse, Lalah Hathaway, MJ, Daft Punk, Hiatus Kaiyote, Quincy Jones & Anderson Paak.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
We’re still together.
What’s your songwriting process?
Start with something you love. Chords, top-line, lyrics, whatever. Take it on as many tangents as you like and branch out, no rules, no barriers to creativity. Then once you’re exhausted, start to reign it in and organise it, be critical, be harsh. Then take a break. Then come back and refine it.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Beyonce/Bruno Mars/Justin Timberlake. Just to see how they work, what their processes are, how they keep going at the highest level, how they stay grounded & hungry and perhaps even take a peek into how they go about making a record!
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Drummer - Questlove
Perc - Ray Barretto
Bass - James Jameson
Keys - Robert Glasper & Herbie Hancock
Guitar - Nile Rodgers
Trumpets - Jerry Hey & Garry Grant
Sax - Michael Brecker
Bone - Barry Rodgers
Lead & or Backing Vocalists - Lalah Hathaway / Stevie Wonder / Jill Scott / Donny Hathaway
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
I think we’re somewhere in between pop, neo soul and other groove based musics. We’re currently working on expanding our sounds and palate so depends when they come and see us!
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Remember social media. Remember to do social media. Remember to do some stuff for social media.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
2 Motorbikes, all the chocolate in the supermarket for abs.
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?\
Easy. Rihanna. Michael Buble. FONSIIIIII!!!!
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band
We only started writing songs a year or 2 ago.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
We’re everywhere as SLKYsounds. So whichever is your preferred platform! Or find them all at www.slkysounds.com
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
We’re thinking big, but taking each step at a time! Debut EP is due out February 2018. The 2nd Ep is already in the pipeline and we have a bonus track coming we did with a very talented producer we work with from LA.