Sunday, 17 December 2017

Catchy riffs and beautifully harmonized vocals make this melody something magical

Thirty musicians including a choir and the jazz saxophonist Olivier Temime melt the genres and the styles to deliver 10 tracks and a unique experience.
The album is now available on AmazonDeezerItunesQobuz and Spotify but also as a CD on Bandcamp 

Clint was also kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us.

How did you get into music in the first place?

I fell for it when I was a teenager and watched the Freddie Mercury Tribute: There was everybody on stage this night, from Metallica to Robert Plant, David Bowie and obviously Queen. It opened a lot of doors and gave me the urge to make music myself. I never stopped since then.

Who were your musical influences?

Queen, as I said, changed a lot of things. Along with bands like U2, David Bowie or The Police, they all showed me it was possible to ‘think broad’ and change style from song to song. They are still a huge influence to this day, as are Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Archive or Led Zeppelin. I need to be blown away by the human factor and all these artists pushing their boundaries made a tremendous effect on me.

What tunes are currently on repeat on your Mp3 Player?

The last Foo Fighters album, the ‘Raw Sessions’ of the album released for the 40th anniversary of News Of The World by Queen, Crime Of The Century by Supertramp, some Frank Sinatra, The Soul Cages by Sting, the first album of Sons Of Apollo, Depeche Mode...

What’s your life outside of music?

I’m always playing, writing and thinking about new concepts. I’m also a journalist, reviewing exhibitions, plays and everything in between.

If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?

I’d love to meet and work with Bono, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Skin, Bj√∂rk, Sting, Dave Gahan... All the ones with big personalities!

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I guess it can be labeled as ‘rock’ but I listen to all types of music, as I don’t use tags to name it: It just has to move me, whether it’s metal, jazz, flamenco, electro or anything else. So let’s just say I can switch from Metallica to Vicente Amigo or The Prodigy and have the same pleasure. 

What’s next for you musically and are there plans for a UK Tour?

I’m already working on the third album, that should be a concept one. Unless I have another crazy idea before it goes out! As for a UK tour, I’d love to. It would be a wonderful challenge to come out there and try to win the audience, as all my influences are English.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’m able to do a lot of things but I am self-taught. So from time to time I will go back and forth between faith and despair. But in the end I respect and favor the audience, all I do on stage and in the studio is carefully done according to that.

Where do you draw inspiration for your song lyrics?

It depends of the mood but I like to think they all are short stories. I can be the main character or create it entirely, but I always need the songs to tell something. At the same time, I try to stay vague enough for the listener to create his own pictures and really own the songs.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Making everybody laugh, all the time, and at all cost! I’m a bit schizophrenic: Clint Slate’s music is quite serious, and I do it seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all. Half clown, half depressed songwriter. Like the rest of us, I guess!

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