Julie Slick is best known for her role in the
Adrian Belew Power Trio, but she has also
worked with artists such as Jon Anderson,
Stewart Copeland, Ann Wilson, and Alice
Cooper. Her debut solo album, Julie Slick [julieslick.com], features an all-star cast that includes
King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. “I had met
Robert through Adrian, so I emailed him on a
whim after I got Marco Minnemann and Pat
Mastelotto onboard, because I knew they were
musicians he greatly respected,” says Slick.
“He said that unfortunately he was very busy
and couldn’t contribute anything new, but that
I could sample any of his soundscapes. I wasn’t
that familiar with a lot of them, and it was fun
going deep into his catalog and educating
myself. A lot of his soundscapes are really lush
and rich, and some of them are very harsh,
and I picked those that straddled the line in
Then I imported them into Logic and
worked with them to see how they would adapt
to my pieces and vice-versa.” But there was
another ingredient in Slick’s recruitment strategy.
“Adrian had told me about
Robert’s affinity for sweets,” confides
Slick. “So I baked a batch of
brownies for him, and he ended
up calling them ‘the brownies of
wonderment, horror, and delight’
on his blog. That’s actually how I
got people to play on my CD. I told
them, ‘Here are the people that
are contributing and if you take
part, I’ll bake you some cookies.’”
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