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Her 'Torture' is a pleasure

The Nation/ANN | Friday, Jun 27, 2014

Long a London DJ heroine, Janette Slack hops into Bangkok from her new pad in Hong Kong.

This past year has been hectic for DJ Janette Slack. The Eurasian spinner has just released her first album, "Torture Garden Session", and will soon push out the mix version of the album - a compilation of original tracks and tunes punctuated by Jimmy Mofo and Tyrrell from Hed Kandi.

Drawing influence from rock, funk, progressive house, big beat, glitch and electro, with lashes of sexy vocals, the album is a window onto the glamorous dance floor of London's famous Torture Garden, where Slack has rocked through a seven-year residency.

Slack is making a much-anticipated Bangkok debut tomorrow. She emailed us from Bali.

What have you been up to?

Before coming to Bangkok I'll have a few days in my new home in Hong Kong, where I'm just getting settled after moving from London. My new studio has just been built, which is exciting. My new single, "Kut Me Sum", is due out in a month. I'm doing some presenting for Boom Battle on the hunt for Hong Kong's next top DJ at Volar and also DJing at special events around Asia.

It's been great being back here after 15 years, and also Sideshow Kuts have been throwing good parties for me to spin at lately.

Last year you finally released your debut album. How did it go?

It's been doing well! It was a long project, so I'm just focusing on EPs and remixes for the time being. Some of the tracks are getting remixed and re-released this year by some of my idols and artists I respect. It's great to hear their versions of my tracks.

What took you so long to release the debut?

Amid the album writing, a bunch of friends and I decided to renovate a warehouse in Central London, with no contractors. We did everything ourselves, and it was a good learning experience.

Albums normally take a long time. Any solo artist will agree that, by the time you get to Track 6 or 7, Tracks 1 and 2 might not reflect you anymore. One's music taste and skill constantly evolve every few months. So trying to compose fast enough I found a challenge. However, I'm glad I managed to finally complete it. It's taught me to work faster when doing remixes and singles now, and I met so many amazing people during the course of this project.

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