Sluggo Talks Metal and Dubstep Merging, Touring with Korn, Video Games, and More
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:41:47
Sluggo is the next electronic dance music revolutionary.
The dubstep demon and owner of Ultragore Recordings locks and loads heavy metal into his distinct brand of bass of music. It's aggressive, angry, and awesome, but it's also got a bounce that can get crowds moving on the dance floor—or moshing in the pit.
With machine gun speed and polyrhythmic precision, his forthcoming solo EP stands primed to blow the doors open for an entire genre, metalstep. Simultaneously, he's in the midst of touring with Korn and readying a four-song EP in the super group KILLBOT with Jonathan Davis and Tyler Blue. The clubs are about to burn once they get a load of him.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Sluggo delves into metalstep, touring with Korn, video games, and more.
What are some of the staples of your live set?
There's a song called "Holy Ghost" featuring my buddy Messinian and Helicopter Showdown. I like to play anything with Helicopter Showdown a lot. During the Korn shows, I cater to the listener a bit more. When I'm on my own, I just do my thing. I play the big tunes and hope people like them. I haven't really played my new material out yet. I'm excited for that. I want to give it a go. As far as the old songs go, there's "Hostages", "Holy Ghost", "I Want It All", and "The Wrestler". I still play those. They've been accepted by the fans and whatnot.
What's the story behind "Get Gorey"?
I get a lot of inspiration from driving around and listening to rap, Top 40, and classic rock stations. "Get Gorey" is actually based on TLC's song "Creep" [Laughs]. There's a really demonic-sounding vocal though. It was inspired by driving in my car and listening to music and video games. That's how it came along.
How do you infuse the elements of metal into electronic dance music?
You get the whole metal vibe because I like to use a lot of polyrhythms. That's something I've always done because I like the sound. It's like a drummer. A lot is based on that. I like the way it rolls.
How has the experience touring with Korn been?
Playing to Korn fans has been a great experience for me. I get to DJ for people who I would be out there watching the band with myself [Laughs]. I try to cater them. I play a lot of metal remixes from the '90s and 2000s. Then, I play Asking Alexandria remixes from Borgore and Tomba, who worked on their remix album. I try to do Metallica. System of a Down's "Chop Suey" is a big one I play. They're all dubstep or drumstep remixes depending on the BPM. It's fun to go out there and plan my set. That's working out. I do what I want to do. I don't want to sound like anyone else. I want to sound like me. When I go out on stage, I want to represent that as far as my live show and production.
What are some of your favorite heavy metal bands?
One of my favorite metal bands is Pantera. I love how hard it is. I love the sound quality. I love everything about it. I love Korn. I'm a huge Lamb of God fan. I like Suicide Silence. I'm a fan of Killswitch Engage, Slayer, and Hatebreed. I could keep going on and on. Those are some I listen to the majority of the time. I'd have to say Metallica too.
How did the Killbot EP come about?
Well, Killbot started off with me and a friend of mine named Tyler Blue. He's out of San Francisco. He was brought to my attention by a friend. I heard his music, and I was like, "Holy shit, this kid's got it going on!" I hit him up originally to sign him to my record label Ultragore. Somehow, it came down to he and I actually starting a group. We began writing music. Jon heard one of my solo tunes and invited Tyler and I to his home. That's when we wrote "I'll Fuck It". Since that happened, the EP is now done. It's a four-track EP coming out on Dim Mak Records. I have a feeling it's going to be a huge project at the ED forefront. We want to be the Swedish House Mafia of bass music. Keep an eye out. I have good feelings about it.
What's the creative process like?
Killbot was all based on Tyler's sound design and engineering skills. I'd start everything with sounds premade from our arsenal. Then, I'll create a drop and an intro. I'll send it to Tyler. He'll lay it out and finish the song. We'll have Jon do vocals, a guitar, and bass guitar. Everybody has input from the beginning to the end of the track. Everything that each of us does is best for the group.
How are intertwined are electronic music and video games?
As far as myself, I play tons of Call of Duty. I play Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 a ton, dude. That's my favorite shit ever. As far as EDM goes, a big majority of the gamers are younger and they love dubstep. It helps out. I have people trying to send me songs through the gamer network. I find that super cool people are accepting it on every level. Video games also have tons of electronic music and metal music. My gamer tag is Sluggodubstep.
What's next for you?
There's the Sluggo solo EP! I did a track called "Engineered to Destroy" with Wes Geer [Korn's touring guitarist]. I've got another track called "Spaceshark" with Steven Bradley from Iwrestledabearonce. I like fucking with that band. It's like MOOMBAHCORE, really heavy 110 bpm. I have a tour with Ultragore Recordings. It's myself, Helicopter Showdown, J Rabbit, Mantis, Getter, and The Juggernaut.
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