SLAM CARTEL (from l-r): Marc Neudeck (bass), Terence Warville (guitar), Steve Campkin (drums), Gary Moffat (vocals), JC (lead guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Hailing from London, Slam Cartel began life as an idea by former Stimulator guitarist Terence Warville, and ever since, the band have gone from strength to strength, releasing a critically acclaimed debut album “Handful Of Dreams”, building a strong fan base with their pure hard rock, and recently embarking on a eagerly-anticipated UK tour.
They also happen to have some new music out.
“Storm Seasoned”, which the band says is a super ballad, has been played over and over on around 200 radio stations worldwide and an eagerly-awaited new single “WorldStarLove” will be released in the summer.
I spoke to them recently about all things Slam Cartel.
How did you get together?
Word of mouth, friends recruiting friends, and shuffling around ’til we got the right line up, which we really feel we have now.
How did you get the name Slam Cartel?
Just a name thought up that sounded big, sounded established but doesn’t really mean anything apart from whatever comes to mind.
What are the inspirations for your music?
Life, love, loss, the universe and everything.
In regards to the band’s songwriting, is it a group effort or is down to just one or two of you?
We all pool ideas, stuff gets added and removed, and we brainstorm the lyrics. It is very much a band effort.
Someone will have an idea in their head and bring it into the studio, after jamming it 2 or 3 times we will bring in other ideas, structures and play it in different keys just to get the best out of it.
Our producer will then bring something into the equation and hey presto, we have a brand new song.
Sometimes it just happens naturally and quickly, sometimes it takes a bit more time.
What are your views on the current state of the music industry?
The old days of the music “industry” are dying, the charts are full of mass produced soulless brain candy.
Move away from the mainstream however and you’ll find all kinds of wonderful art, bands doing it for themselves, for the love.
With social media making it easy to self-promote and with instruments so cheap at the moment there are millions of new bands every week, but you have to be 100% committed to the long haul and you have to be good to get noticed, which ultimately, is a good thing.
Even if you’ve got a tiny audience you give them the best, and if that’s not good enough for you, you probably shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.
We do our own thing, regardless of what’s going on. We love it, that’s why we do it.
How is it playing live?
It’s what it’s all about!! Loud, sweaty, hot, fun, lively and dreamsome!
You can have the worst day ever, have the weight of the world on your shoulders but as soon as the first note hits on stage, nothing else matters in the world apart from that time on stage.
Music heals all ills and this is also what we want the audience to feel like.
It’s a shared experience, with everyone in the room connected. They see us in the moment and we want that to cross over.
Everyone goes home happy!
What would you say your style of music is?
Rock. Music is music, all boundaries are artificial, and we don’t like this tribal mentality that if you’re a jazz fan or a blues fan you can’t listen to anything else, we listen to everything!
The tour van has a real variety of different stuff playing depending on our moods!
What are your hopes and plans for the future?
Carry on, play more gigs, write more songs, achieve world peace, and also to be the band that everyone is talking about!
Come and see us play live – it’s what we do!
SLAM CARTEL’S NEW RELEASE “STORM SEASONED” IS AVAILABLE TO BUY OR DOWNLOAD FROM THE USUAL DIGITAL PLATFORMS.
THEY WILL ALSO BE ON TOUR AGAIN TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR. GO TO THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.slamcartel.com FOR MORE INFORMATION.