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 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 promoter Steven Sleepman . Sleepman found the venue before approaching them with the idea of launching an Acid House night. Sleepman named the night SLAM, and created the visual identity with Glasgow School of Art collaborator Heather Millington and Clarke.
McMillan, Meikle, Clarke and Sleepman then 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 with Sleepman becoming a partner.
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 Sleepman left to launch UFO, SLAM later went on to join forces with Harri for the seminal Altantis parties at 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, 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. Sleepman came back to manage the tour and the creative direction.
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. They still promote and DJ at their Pressure monthly night there, celebrating the event's 16th birthday in November 2014.
In the 90's SLAM remixed the likes of Underworld, Daft Punk and Jean Michel Jarre and 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.
In 1997 DF Concert's boss Geoff Ellis asked SLAM to organise the dance tent at T in the Park T in the Park which they still curate annually and they are looking forward to the SLAM Tent's 18th Anniversary in 2015 when the festival moves to its new home.
SLAM have also been resident DJs at Fabric in London 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 for SLAM, with their fifth album, 'Reverse Proceed', heralded as some of their finest work to date.
Over the past two years the pair have also developed 'Slam Radio' and have been 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. Soma has now reached its 400th release.
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
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