SLANDER know first-hand how invaluable a superb co-pilot is.
The duo of Derek Andersen and Scott Land lately launched their debut studio album, Thrive. Launched on September twenty second, the report is a fruits of a decade of touring in tandem, co-producing songs and placing their artistic heads collectively.
It is a method that has introduced SLANDER no scarcity of success. Actually, transient deviations from their shared journey have been uncomfortable and unwelcome.
“After we’re performing, we will lean on one another,” Andersen tells EDM.com. “I believe that is tremendous enormous. We have each completed a few solo exhibits over the course of this journey. Personally, I bear in mind doing a present. Scott was having surgical procedure and I believe it was in Thailand a few years in the past for 25,000 folks. I bear in mind getting up there and beginning to play. I used to be actually, actually excessive up away from the group and I simply felt utterly alone. It was not the most effective feeling. It felt like I used to be on an island on my own, simply DJing for myself.”
“After that, I actually had numerous respect for solo artists,” Anderson continues. “Enjoying in a membership is one factor the place the individuals are proper there so it is like they’re interacting with you. You are having that relationship type of feeling. However I simply bear in mind taking part in on that large stage the place the primary individual you may see within the entrance row, their head is tiny. I actually felt utterly alone. I actually, actually admire having Scott there and simply having that emotional bond with somebody. After we do one thing that we get pleasure from, we will take a look at one another. You at all times expertise that second means deeper when you will have that somebody to attach with… As a result of we will lean on one another a lot on an emotional stage, I believe that nearly takes the burden off of performing a bit bit.”
Land is on the identical vibrational frequency as his “Gud Vibrations” co-creator.
“The way in which that Derek and I carry out, I really feel like that is likely one of the issues that makes us very distinctive in comparison with different acts that individuals have the power to go and see… There’s one thing about our exhibits and our followers the place I believe that the 2 of us being there onstage, exhibiting vulnerability, additionally permits our followers to get to be susceptible and really feel comfy being susceptible additionally,” Land says. “It is like while you see two males standing on stage singing alongside to a track that you just usually possibly would not see grown males singing to, proper? They’re seeing that. The highlight is on us per se, then it is like a mirrored image that they’ll additionally try this with us. I believe that connection that we have constructed over the previous decade with our followers is what makes our present particular.”
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SLANDER’s debut album has been a very long time coming. Andersen and Land launched their musical challenge again in 2010 and have been churning out official releases since 2014. It took the duo virtually a decade to essentially settle into what their sound was, describing their trajectory as a mix of studying on the job and dealing backwards.
“We have been simply DJs first. Most of our friends have been producers for eight to 10 years… After we fell into manufacturing, our DJ challenge type of received capped itself,” Andersen says. “We would have liked to discover ways to produce and discover ways to make music to develop and proceed this journey. I believe we did not have all of that point to determine what we wished to say and what was our musical voice. I believe for the previous 10 years we have been simply experimenting and seeing what we favored and making an attempt various things. I believe now we have lastly landed on one thing. The vocals and the melodic bass type of sound. On this album, we additionally wished to strive one thing new simply because we had a lot house. Now we have two techno songs on there after which there’s one type of progressive home type of monitor on there.”
“We’re actually pleased with the way it turned out. Clearly, we have been engaged on the album for like over three years or so, but it surely’s been this entire musical journey of all of the singles and all of the collabs and all of it’s rolled into this second.”
SLANDER will mix previous and new for his or her upcoming tour. The DJs will unveil recent visible elements to go with the cosmic love story on the coronary heart of Thrive. They’re going to additionally reopen The Eye on the coronary heart of their earlier tour minimize quick by the pandemic.
“Now we have a complete new visible bundle that we made for this tour that is simply far more cohesive and tells extra bits and items of the story,” Andersen explains. “We’re bringing the Eye for this to a run and we have not marketed it a lot as a result of we type of wished folks simply to come back and see what we had in retailer. The Eye tour received minimize quick in 2020 and we actually solely received to do a few the make-up dates final 12 months. So we actually felt that there have been nonetheless lots of people who have been asking to see it, who hadn’t seen it in any respect. A whole lot of main cities that we’ve not gone to have not skilled the present. So we simply felt like we actually simply have to hammer it and get it to the folks.”
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