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Interviews: Slashdance

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Industrial Rock/Rock artist, 
Slashdance from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

I’m pretty sure I wrote down about 150 band names before finally stumbling on Slashdance, which was a late 80s horror movie take on Flashdance. The cross between the 80s reference and the slasher element was fun. I knew the second I heard it that was the one.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

I grew up on it! The combination of heavy guitars and drum machines is just so heavy.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Like a lot of Industrial acts, there’s usually one mastermind. I’m not going to be confused for a mastermind anytime soon but I am the sole member of Slashdance.

4. Each band member favourite band?

I’m going to say a couple because the influences are pretty diverse. Ministry is a huge one, Bauhaus, Joy Division and a ton of 70’s punk bands. The Damned and Ramones seep into the record for sure.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I think there’s just an internal need to do it and that’s what motivates me.

6. Where was your last gig?

By the time Slashdance was up and running with a full set the pandemic had set in so there hadn't been any gigs. Prior to that with my other band Which Witch is Which we did the loop of cities on the east coast of Canada close to our hometown.

7. Where would you like to act?

Japan. I’ve been there a few times on vacation but getting to do anything professionally over there would be the dream.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Ministry, Skinny Puppy or KMFDM. So many of my heroes' bands are broken up or dead. Thankfully these guys are all still at it.

9. Whom not?

I dunno, I’ve seen some pretty wild bands that were either really bad or didn’t fit on the bill so I think I could adjust to anything at this point. At the very least you get a story out of it.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Yeah, I mean I think you’re always going to get butterflies. I don’t think it goes away. The best thing to do is just to get up there, the worst part is the first couple of minutes then you settle in and just get to business.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

I think the 80s and 90s were the wild west for being a mix of experimental while still writing cool songs that stuck with you. A lot of those bands like Ministry who I’ve mentioned a few times, KMFDM, Godflesh, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Sister of Mercy all were super influential for sure. 12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? A photo in the middle of a set from up on the stage. Like I don’t mind but we’re trying to play here. Not really the ideal time!

13. What do you think of your fans?

I think anyone who digs Slashdance probably has a lot in common with me and that’s really cool. I’m glad and super thankful there are people who are open to the mix of Industrial, Goth and Punk on one LP. It’s a lot cooler than demanding them to be segregated, at least to me.

14. What do you think of our site?

I really like the format! Deep diving track by track is something really cool for people who want to find out more about each song. It’s much more specific than just an album overview. Also it’s rad that you take a look at the album covers, so much work and thought go into them and it often gets taken for granted.

15. Something add?

Slashdance has a fun little Youtube channel. Aside from the songs, music videos and other band related things I get into fun topics almost every week ranging from little known music facts about bands you know or show and tells with retro collectibles. It’s a fun way to stay connected with fans in between releases. Be stoked for anyone who wants to come check it out.

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