SLT - 10 Questions Interview
SLT is a Chicago rock band. The band was formed in 2000 by guitarist/lead vocalist, Matt Bialk. He is joined by drummer Brian Vinson and bass guitarist Greg Klemm. Together, they wrote music and toured the Chicago region for the better part of 6 years. At the back end of this run, they met guitarist Billy Rasch, who joined SLT for the final years of this first run. In late 2006 the band took a hiatus to focus on their careers and families. In late 2016, the band would meet for a "practice just for old times"and soon they were fully back into the music that brought them together. By late 2019, SLT would go on to record their first legitimate studio EP, Insight. The EP was met with success garnishing radio spots and YouTube reaction channels supporting their tracks. Currently, SLT looks forward to playing live shows again and continuing to release music regularly. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. Matt: Definitely. My uncle would come over to my house when i was in the 8th grade and we would just write these hilarious songs. I was huge into Nirvana back then and my uncle picked up on that and would encourage me to write and play songs. We recorded a few albums on a 4-track in the basement of my house. That really started it all. From there when the other guys came and we started SLT, it was almost second nature to write.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? SLT: Having our music played on Chicago's most iconic FM rock station 101.1" that was amazing and surreal.
What has been the high point of your music path?
SLT: Similar to the last question. Being played on 101.1 is huge in Chicago. That's the kind of accomplishment that your friends and family even go crazy about.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Billy: Most of the time one of us will come up with a riff on the guitar and we will send it to each other. Then when we get together at practice we will see where we can go with it. Usually it turns into the roots of a song, then over time small changes are made until the song is fully formed. It's definitely a combination of full band practice and individual at home creativity though.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? Greg: Getting new listeners for sure. Especially now a days when there's so many different methods of promoting or delivering your music. People are very critical over the internet too so you really have to impress them right off the bat. It's not like the old days when you staple flyers everywhere or see a huge line up of indie or upcoming bands at a smaller but popular venue
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Brian: Thrice hands down. That band has been a part of our influence since day 1. Everything they make is gold. We can't say enough about how great that band is and it would be unreal to share the stage with them. What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Matt: Rehearsals are like a celebration or party because we love playing music. We go wild everytime we practice because we love the music so much it's like being at your favorite band's concert but also being that band at the same time. It's awesome As far as preparing for a live show, nothing changes much from a regular practice aside from picking the order of the set list."
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
SLT: "Glory!" We have a song called "Glory" that we have been writing for probably 20 years. It's one of those songs where we know how good it can be so we can never settle on where it ends up. Its so complex, yet so simple. Its really turning out great. It should be done soon though....We think.
What's coming up in the future?
SLT: Hopefully some live shows soon. We have a few things scheduled but we are waiting like everyone else for this pandemic to lighten up. Other than the shows we definitely have more radio play coming thanks to you! We are also set to start recording our next E.P. this winter. So early 2021 should see the latest and greatest from SLT!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
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