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Slash predicts new music will come from Guns N Roses and his solo band after 2023 tour

slash gave a new interview to Travis Mills on Apple Music 1 to discuss the release of 4 (feat. Myles Kennedy and the conspirators) to Gibson records, his experience working with Spatial Audio, the current state of rock, embracing TikTok, being the first-ever release through Gibson, and more. In addition to everything Slash discussed about the next year and a half of touring with his solo band and Guns N Roses, and how by the end of this cycle, material will be written and recorded for both bands. Listen to the show and read the quotes below. Read our review on 4 here.


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Slash tells Apple Music what he thinks of the current state of rock…

I don’t know the whole rock star track. I never really…I mean, I totally get it because when I was a kid, I mean that was when rock stars were rock stars and it changed a lot over years. So I couldn’t say anything about the current term rockstar. But when it comes to music, there’s definitely a wave of young bands doing it for good reason. It’s very raw. Believe it or not, it’s very influenced by the old way of doing things, because technology has ruled for so long that everyone used the new kind of technological breakthroughs a lot as major crushes. But now, I think kids have discovered a kind of old-fashioned way to get together and play and have fun doing it. And there’s a lot of bands out there, and they’re not in the mainstream, so not everyone is really plugged in that there’s this massive movement going on, but it’s definitely the. That’s exciting.

Slash tells Apple Music about the excitement of returning to playing live broadcasts…

it’s good. It’s our combination, our urge to go out and play and that kind of anxiety, and then there’s a whole slew of people who have been dying to go out and see live music for the past few years. So it’s quite explosive.

Slash tells Apple Music that he did “4” during the pandemic and worked with Dave Cobb…

I guess it was March of last year. We mixed and mastered it in April. So yeah, it was a quick process. I mean, we did the few weeks of pre-production, we went into the studio, we recorded two songs a day for five days, and that was the record. And then we got COVID and we got stuck in Nashville for like 10 days, quarantined, and then we went out and mixed the record and came home. Well, I mean, it was really cool working with Dave Cobb. He was the first producer I worked with who gave me the privilege of setting up our bottom line and playing live and recording us as is. I’ve never really been able to do that as far as making a record goes, so he was awesome. We had a great time there. We worked at this amazing studio, RCA Studio A over there, which is a legendary studio, and it was awesome. And then just the day after the taping ended, the COVID thing happened and we had to adjust to that and we were quickly reminded that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. But we all went through that together and then came back and it sounded really good in the mix. We also mixed it manually, on an old API card. Yeah, man, it’s not automation. It was great. It reminded me of the first record I made when Guns N’ Roses did Appetite for Destruction where you got your hands on the faders. Yeah, and you just press play and everyone does their part. And if you miss your thing, you have to go back and do it again. So it was a great experience.

Slash tells Apple Music about the release of ‘4’ in Spatial Audio and his thoughts on the technology…

Well, Atmos, that’s what it’s called, and it’s really a whole other level of mixing when it comes to that because you have… I don’t know if people understand exactly how this all works but you basically have a surround a sound thing where you have instruments in different places in the stratosphere that you’re listening to it from so that allows you to be able to put things in different places and give it a certain quality of space. So it’s a really interesting approach, especially… I mean, for rock bands, it’s one thing, but if you’re doing a multi-instrumental thing with a lot of different instruments and a lot of different things, like a soundscape, you can do amazing things with that and the guy stands in that space, and it really spreads everything out. It’s really cool. I dig. I mean, that’s the kind of technology they’ve been trying to do, trying to perfect for a long time and now they’ve finally done it. So yes, every recording that you want to be able to have that option to be able to do that.

Slash tells Apple Music that he adopted TikTok…

I just think that due to the major changes in kind of the norm as far as the industry goes, a lot of the old fashioned ways have sort of been pushed aside. TikTok and a lot of other kinds of social platforms are great vehicles, great new vehicles for people to watch. Eyeballs and ears. It’s great for exposure. When people notice you and you go viral, that’s huge. So it’s actually, in some ways, better than before, because you just have to know how to use what we have at the moment. But I think it affects a lot of people so I think it’s great. I play old cat stuff. I play stuff from new guitarists that I catch online and stuff that I wouldn’t even know about if it wasn’t for some of the social platforms we use. Anyway, and I’m posting all of this and it’s great because it exposes a lot of people who might not have seen it otherwise.

Slash tells Apple Music about the album’s release on Gibson Records…

Gibson took on a new direction and did an amazing job with the company so I was very excited to work with them. We made a bunch of new guitars. There’s just a lot of cool stuff going on there. So when I was traveling to Nashville to record this record, I got a phone call from management saying that Gibson was interested in making this record their first release, and I had no idea they were working on a record company. And I’m pretty close to those guys, so it was very secret that it was a concept that they were entertaining. is a brilliant idea,” because I’m kind of scared of corporate labels because they’re not musical at all. There’s something very materialistic about them these days. But with Gibson, it’s really a totally grassroots music company coming from a different perspective, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that would be a perfect house. And it’s not just because of the Les Paul, it’s just because I have a great relationship with them and they’re all about music in general and I really like that idea. So we went and they did a wonderful job

Slash tells Apple Music about his custom Slash Les Paul standard…

I haven’t even received mine yet…I’m still waiting for my prototype, but I have one exactly like this on the road with me right now. We play a song called Bad Rain and that’s the guitar I use.

Slash tells Apple Music what’s next…

Well, there’s a lot going on. I mean, there’s a lot of catching up for 2020 right now because we’re able to get out and play. So I went out with the Conspirators in the States until March, then I went out with Guns N’ Roses from, I guess, late May or early June until the end of the year to do a European tour in Australia and South America. And then do the international tour with the Conspirators at the top next year, so it’s Europe and Australia and Asia and South America. There’s going to be a lot more stuff written for both bands on this long journey, so someday I’d say new music will probably come around 2023, 2024.