SLANDER know first-hand how invaluable co-pilot is.
The duo of Derek Andersen and Scott Land just lately launched their debut studio album, Thrive. Launched on September twenty second, the document is a fruits of a decade of touring in tandem, co-producing songs and placing their artistic heads collectively.
It is a formulation that has introduced SLANDER no scarcity of success. In truth, temporary deviations from their shared journey have been uncomfortable and unwelcome.
“Once we’re performing, we are able to lean on one another,” Andersen tells EDM.com. “I feel that is tremendous big. We have each carried out a few solo exhibits over the course of this journey. Personally, I keep in mind doing a present. Scott was having surgical procedure and I feel it was in Thailand a few years in the past for 25,000 folks. I keep in mind getting up there and beginning to play. I used to be actually, actually excessive up away from the gang and I simply felt fully alone. It was not one of the best 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. “Taking part in 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 sort of feeling. However I simply keep in mind taking part in on that huge stage the place the primary particular person you possibly can see within the entrance row, their head is tiny. I actually felt fully alone. I actually, actually respect having Scott there and simply having that emotional bond with somebody. Once we do one thing that we get pleasure from, we are able to take a look at one another. You at all times expertise that second means deeper when you could have that somebody to attach with… As a result of we are able to lean on one another a lot on an emotional degree, I feel that just about 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 feel that the 2 of us being there onstage, displaying vulnerability, additionally permits our followers to get to be weak and really feel snug being weak additionally,” Land says. “It is like while you see two males standing on stage singing alongside to a tune 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 will additionally try this with us. I feel 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 venture 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 had been simply DJs first. Most of our friends had been producers for eight to 10 years… Once we fell into manufacturing, our DJ venture sort of received capped itself,” Andersen says. “We would have liked to learn to produce and learn to make music to develop and proceed this journey. I feel we did not have all of that point to determine what we wished to say and what was our musical voice. I feel for the previous 10 years we had been simply experimenting and seeing what we preferred and attempting various things. I feel now we have lastly landed on one thing. The vocals and the melodic bass sort 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 sort of progressive home sort of monitor on there.”
“We’re actually proud of 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 outdated and new for his or her upcoming tour. The DJs will unveil recent visible parts to go with the cosmic love story on the coronary heart of Thrive. They will additionally reopen The Eye on the coronary heart of their earlier tour reduce brief by the pandemic.
“Now we have an entire new visible package deal 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 sort of wished folks simply to come back and see what we had in retailer. The Eye tour received reduce brief in 2020 and we actually solely received to do a few the make-up dates final yr. So we actually felt that there have been nonetheless lots of people who had been asking to see it, who hadn’t seen it in any respect. Numerous 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.”
You may stream Thrive beneath.