The Slants
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Q

Tyler, do you always wear gloves when you play? I've never seen a drummer play with gloves on before. Is there a specific reason you wear them or is it just because you look extra awesome that way? :D


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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Tyler always wears gloves when he's playing - but rather than using drummer gloves, which tend to wear out quickly, he prefers batting gloves. It keeps a firm grip on the stick, reduces some of the shock (therefore reducing the amount of "tennis elbow"), and has a distinct look.

Q

I love the Slants' lyrics. How do you go about writing them? Does inspiration come from anywhere in particular?


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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Aron typically grabs inspiration from everywhere and anywhere - movies, books, or life experiences (usually life more than anything else). He usually writes the melody first, by jogging to the music demos that Simon creates. After he has a "feel" for the song and "mood," the lyrics come more naturally.

Q

Did you like going to Sakura Con in Seattle?


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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Indeed - we loved it so much in 2008 that we returned again for 2009. Also, Simon did several panels for this year's convention about the band and to share the new album.

Q

Simon,( I'm going to assume it was you learning bass from Duff McKagen) how did you manage to get him as a teacher? I currently play piano and cello, and want to start bass, but my parents don't agree


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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I didn't take lessons from Duff directly, just studied his technique and had plenty of Guns n Roses sheet music. I took lessons for three years from a blues/jazz bassist named Nat

~simon

Q

Cats or dogs?


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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All of the band members own or have owned dogs at one point but only Tyler and Johnny have ever had cats.

Current pet owners are: Aron - two dogs, Simon - two dogs, and Tyler - one cat.

Q

Any martial arts practitioners in the band?


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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See above :)

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Any martial arts practitioners in the band?


The Slants responded on 08/08/2010
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No one is active in the arts at the moment; however, both Tyler and Simon like to practice boxing techniques while doing workouts - and Johnny has nailed his sleeping technique

Q

The Slants rock! Do you like fan art?


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Thank you! And yes, we do. As a matter of fact, we have an entire photo album of fan art submitted to us on our Myspace page

Q

Hey guys! How many record companies did you have to go through to find the one you have now? (e-mail: tsukibara.jp@gmail.com)


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Although we've entertained offers from other companies, we've turned all of them down and decided to remain independent.

Right now, our band is our own label - we do everything ourselves so that we'll have 100% control of the content and make sure that fans get the very best without someone else trying to take control of what we do :)

Q

WE LOVE THE SLANTS!


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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We love you too!