Slam is a producer/DJ duo group from Glasgow, consisting of Stuart McMillan (born 1966, Glasgow) and Orde Meikle (born 1964, Oxford). They are co-founders of Soma Quality Recordings. Their body of work consists primarily of techno, house and tech house, though Slam have also ventured into styles such as downtempo, nu breaks, ambient, electronica and synthpop.
McMillan and Meikle's first club event was a weekly Thursday night called Black Market in 1987, in the now extinct Glasgow club, Fury Murrys, playing a mix of house, soul, electronica, funk and rap. In July 1988, they began a Saturday night at Glasgow's Tin Pan Alley, their first project using the name Slam, with their manager Dave Clarke and another eighties Glasgow club promoter Stephen Sleepman with whom they parted company later that year. Slam had also launched a Friday night at the Sub Club called Joy. Black Market still kept its own musical identity throughout the Summer of Love, playing an eclectic mix of musical genres. Prior to the launch of her musical career Dot Allison (future musical collaborator) worked with the PR team, and the Sub Club's Harri was an occasional guest on the turntables. After stopping working with Sleepman they went on to join forces with Harri for the seminal Altantis parties at Glasgow institution the Sub Club from 1990 until 1994 - returning to the venue for their current monthly Return to Mono Parties in 2004 which they still curate and play at monthly having just celebrated the 10th anniversary. In 1989, Tennent's Lager’s marketing agency approached Slam with a sponsorship deal to tour Scotland's clubs over a period of two years which finished in 1990. In 1990 Slam embarked on a series of 3 all night dance music events in Scotland taking place in the SECC, Strathclyde Park and Ingliston. In 1992 they did the inaugural club events at the Arches theatre in Glasgow helping to transform the theatre into a mutli-faceted arts complex and superclub. They still promote and DJ at their Pressure monthly night there celebrating the events 16th birthday in November 2014 in their 22nd year working in what has become Glasgow's premier venue. In 1997 DF Concert's boss Geoff Ellis asked Slam to organise the dance tent at T in the Park which they still put together annually and they are looking forward to the Slam Tent's 18th Anniversary in 2015 when the festival moves to it's new home. In the 90's Slam made a multitude of remixes for the likes of Underworld, Daft Punk and Jean Michel Jarre and they also released numerous singles, their best known being "Positive Education" and "Lifetimes". They co-founded Soma Quality Recordings in 1991, along with their current manager Dave Clarke and current label boss Glenn Gibbons.. Slam Events continues to organise and promote their monthly event Pressure at the Arches and Return To Mono at the Sub Club as well as the annual Slam Tent at T in the Park. They have also been resident DJs at Fabric in London. For the last 10 years Slam have curated and played in the Slam Tent, at T in the Park, and they have appeared on BBC Radio 1's "Essential Mix" six times between 1994 and 2008.
2014 is fast becoming one of the biggest years in the career of the dynamic Glaswegian duo SLAM (aka Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle). With their fifth album, 'Reverse Proceed', heralded as some of their finest work to date, the two legendary producers continue to demonstrate why they are such an important part of modern day electronic music. SLAM instigated Glasgow's underground House music scene in the late 1980's, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK Techno scene, and their quarter of a century of exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance floors everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of Techno around the world. Closer to home, since 1997, SLAM have curated the 'Slam Tent' at Scotland's biggest festival 'T in the Park', with some of the world's best known DJs and live acts playing alongside underground cutting edge talent on their monumental stage. Their firmly established monthly club events in Glasgow, 'Pressure' at the Arches and 'Return To Mono' at the Sub Club, are ranked amongst the best nights out on the planet. Over the last two years the pair have also developed 'Slam Radio', delivering some of the best DJs and music that Techno has to offer to a massive and loyal weekly following. SLAM have never been ones to rest on their musical laurels. They are constantly and consistently busy in the studio, working on a multitude of tracks, many of which have surfaced in recent times in the form of singles for Figure, Drumcode, Bek Audio and of course their own Soma Records and Paragraph imprints. When Soma reached it's 400th release, who better to provide the soundtrack to 23 years in the game than the two men instrumental in it's formation? Dedication in the studio also brought about the creation of the new album 'Reverse Proceed', an extension of their unending fascination with all things Electronic, musically capturing the true essence of SLAM. Lending their wealth of experience to this new project, they delved into their past for inspiration whilst simultaneously heralding future technologies in the production process. Conceptually, Meikle and McMillan had a human experience in mind and a desire to use their equipment in a more tactile way. They based the architecture around ‘the sequence’, leading to them accessing many of their older machines and keyboards whilst at the same time utilising a modern modular synth setup, merging live manipulation and recording techniques to their full potential and thus giving the album it's Soul. They crafted something with depth and beauty, which seamlessly takes the listener on a mysterious journey past ambient soundscapes and soulful electronica through to soaring intense techno. Another pinnacle in a glittering story…. For SLAM it's the start of a new adventure!
Collecting Data (compilation of remixes and singles) Soma 2013 Slam + Pan-Pot - Alliances 2 (File, MP3, 320) Paragraph PARAGRAPH 17 2013 Cadence (2xFile, MP3, 320) Paragraph PARA019 2014 Minor Interruption (2xFile, MP3, 320) Bek Audio BEK019 2014 Minor Interruption (12") Bek Audio BEK019 2014 Rotary/Catacoustics (12") Soma Recordings Ltd. SOMA400 2014 Reverse Proceed (CD, Album) Soma Quality Recordings SOMACD105 2014