With a sold-out event series debut under their belt – a jam packed Halloween extravaganza in Glasgow’s SWG3 – perpetual techno advocates and all-round nice guys Slam prepare for round two.
We caught up with the prolific duo to discuss what techno means to them and find out a bit more about the Maximum Pressure concept.
Hello! So, 2017 has been a momentous year for you with touring, releases, the continuation of your Slam Radio project. From a personal perspective, what have been some of your career highlights this year?
We had some success and more importantly some great music out on the Soma 25th birthday compilation album including tracks from Robert Hood, Blawan and Jeff Mills as well as ourselves digital and also a box set of vinyl and the subsequent single we did as Soma’s 500th single release! Plus there’s also been our Soma Track Series which has gone from strength to strength with many of our peers playing them out – so much so that we have made the new one ‘Take Your Time’ featuring Cajmere aka Green Velvet the very last one of the series. We always shy away from fame hehe.
You launched your Maximum Pressure concept on the 27th of October, and this was the first time that SWG3’s newly-renovated Galvanisers Yard was put to use. What was the atmosphere like inside?
The recent first edition of our Maximum Pressure was amazing.. The crowd were up for it and everyone put effort in to make the venue look and sound incredible- It was an off the hook party – the first of a brand new series of events using the complete SWG3 complex in Glasgow including a new warehouse space called the Galvanisers. Exciting stuff with New Year’s Day as edition 2. We plan to do 4 each year.
How did this new concept come into formation?
We’d been travelling and touring and impressed with some of the venues we played in around Europe mainly.
When the new space became available at SWG3 we knew instantly that we could turn it into a great Techno room – one of the best – the production seems minimal but has a lot of thought and time put into it – high ceilings and trusses holding lights pointing down and well as uplighting of some of the features of the raw space.
We wanted to do bigger parties with longer opening times and realised that to keep it special this could not be as frequent as every month – even so, we are putting together festival style lineups but doing it only once every 3 or 4 months.
Are there any acts that you are particularly excited to have onboard at your upcoming New Year’s Day event in SWG3?
DJ Stingray is an exciting prospect as is Dr Rubinstein – it’s great also to have the other big room too with FJAAK who make their Glasgow debut and Radio Slave. As well as two bonafide headliners in Alan Fitzpatrick and Jeff Mills.
Why do you think techno music evokes such a euphoric and emotional response from listeners?
Techno is a music that can encapsulate the whole gambit of emotion as well as making you dance like mad! It’s cerebral at times and other moments climactic.
Could you tell us a little bit about your Slam Radio Project?
We’ve been running a weekly radio show every week for more than 5 years – occasionally we get a bigger name like Laurent Garnier or Sven Väth on but mostly it’s real underground and lesser known names – it’s consistent and has a big global following – find it on
With music-making – and sharing – equipment now more accessible to us than ever before, do you believe that it is possible to build a solid DJ-ing portfolio from the comfort of your bedroom? Or is it more of a genre that is harnessed by gigging and engaging with audiences at live events?
MMMMMMmmmmmm – we make music at home – both of us have a studio in the garage – and sometimes do a mix for the radio or a podcast from home – but it’s different when you perform live in a club or at a festival – you join with the crowd and there is a two way reaction and engagement that can’t happen remotely – with big or small audiences and venues.
Any New Years Resolutions between you?
Any healthy ones begin on the 2nd as we will be up for the Maximum Pressure party on NYD – after a few days of rest and relaxation we will be busy again organising the Riverside Festival and Easter Maximum Pressure and on Jan 12 we are in the Sub Club with Gary Beck before we go back on the road again – so, not too much rest for the wicked!