SLANDER know first-hand how invaluable a superb co-pilot is.
The duo of Derek Andersen and Scott Land not too long ago launched their debut studio album, Thrive. Launched on September twenty second, the report is a fruits of a decade of touring in tandem, co-producing songs and placing their inventive heads collectively.
It is a components 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 believe that is tremendous large. We have each performed a few solo reveals over the course of this journey. Personally, I bear in mind doing a present. Scott was having surgical procedure and I believe it was in Thailand a few years in the past for 25,000 individuals. I bear 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 utterly alone. It was not the very best feeling. It felt like I used to be on an island on my own, simply DJing for myself.”
“After that, I actually had plenty of respect for solo artists,” Anderson continues. “Enjoying 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 type of feeling. However I simply bear in mind enjoying on that huge stage the place the primary individual you possibly can see within the entrance row, their head is tiny. I actually felt utterly alone. I actually, actually recognize having Scott there and simply having that emotional bond with somebody. Once we do one thing that we take pleasure in, we are able to take a look at one another. You all the time expertise that second approach deeper when you’ve got that somebody to attach with… As a result of we are able to lean on one another a lot on an emotional degree, I believe that nearly takes the burden off of performing slightly bit.”
Land is on the identical vibrational frequency as his “Gud Vibrations” co-creator.
“The best way 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 folks have the power to go and see… There’s one thing about our reveals and our followers the place I believe that the 2 of us being there onstage, exhibiting vulnerability, additionally permits our followers to get to be susceptible and really feel snug being susceptible additionally,” Land says. “It is like while you see two males standing on stage singing alongside to a track that you simply 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 do this with us. I believe 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 mission 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 have been simply DJs first. Most of our friends have been producers for eight to 10 years… Once we fell into manufacturing, our DJ mission type of bought capped itself,” Andersen says. “We wanted to discover ways to produce and discover ways to make music to develop and proceed this journey. I believe we did not have all of that point to determine what we needed to say and what was our musical voice. I believe for the previous 10 years we have been simply experimenting and seeing what we favored and making an attempt various things. I believe now we have lastly landed on one thing. The vocals and the melodic bass type of sound. On this album, we additionally needed to attempt one thing new simply because we had a lot house. We now have two techno songs on there after which there’s one type of progressive home type of observe on there.”
“We’re actually pleased with the way it turned out. Clearly, we have been engaged on the album for like over three years or so, nevertheless it’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 previous and new for his or her upcoming tour. The DJs will unveil recent visible elements to go with the cosmic love story on the coronary heart of Thrive. They’re going to additionally reopen The Eye on the coronary heart of their earlier tour minimize quick by the pandemic.
“We now have a complete new visible bundle 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 type of needed individuals simply to come back and see what we had in retailer. The Eye tour bought minimize quick in 2020 and we actually solely bought to do a few the make-up dates final yr. So we actually felt that there have been nonetheless lots of people who have been asking to see it, who hadn’t seen it in any respect. A whole lot of main cities that we’ve not gone to have not skilled the present. So we simply felt like we actually simply must hammer it and get it to the individuals.”
You’ll be able to stream Thrive under.