Just a cool guy living the NY dream, really…
It’s hard to call somebody cool and not have it come across as condescending these days. But that is exactly what AC Slater is – just one very cool guy. He’s the dude everyone wants to be friends with, who goes beyond just being the ringleader. He is the man who prints up the matching “Team Trouble” T-shirts. Having cemented his skills as part of the Parklife 2010 tour, AC is about to come back to do it all again for Groovin’ The Moo in 2011.
Whilst AC Slater certainly has earned himself an array of dedicated Aussie fans, he is just as big a fan of Australia. “For me Australia is like number one. I’m not just saying that (because you’re an Australian) but it’s my favourite place to play. I don’t know why but the energy is just incredible there and the people are just hungry for music. I love it. It’s just so much fun,” he says. Having recently finished a tour of Canada, AC Slater certainly proves himself to be quite the connoisseur of parties. “I feel like Canada is somewhere between, in terms of personality, of the US and the UK as far as parties go. It’s just wild and they just love anything and are so open to new music.”
During his tour with Parklife, AC formed (what he lovingly dubs as his f***ed up family), Team Trouble with a few of his fellow touring artists Uffie, Chiddy Bang, Jack Beats and Jesse Rose. When asked if he would recruit fellow Groovin’ The Moo artist Darwin Deez to his team he replies, “I hope so.” With Darwin also part of the Parklife tour, AC Slater credits his fellow US artist as “Amazing. His set’s are just straight fun”, though laments that he was not able to see the full set due to a scheduling issue; something he hopes won’t happen again this time round. And it seems that the admiration is mutual, with Darwin caught dancing ardently amongst the rest of AC Slater’s followers during his Melbourne set, something at least this fan hopes to witness again.
Based in Brooklyn, near the infamous NY music hub of Williamsburg, AC confirms to Citysearch the hype surrounding the mushrooming musical Mecca. “Yeah it’s really cool. It’s a nice little community. You see people all the time and it’ll be like A-Trak and whoever. I really enjoy living here a lot,” he beams. While he may have recently moved to LA to avoid the New York winter, AC will always be a true New Yorker at heart and remains humble as he describes how it all started. “When I was younger everyone called me AC, it’s my initials, and then people started calling me AC Slater (from Saved By The Bell) as a joke. So when I had to pick a DJ name I just kind of went with it as a joke and it stuck!”
It’s fair to say, the US teen TV show has had more than just an influence on his name with AC using samples from the show in a number of his remixes. Faced with the choice of who would feature in a Saved By The Bell skit music video, AC laughs as he reels of the lead characters. “I would probably put Drop the Lime as Zack, I’d have to incorporate my whole Trouble and Bass crew in there and maybe make Udachi Screech. We could make, Moby Mr. Belding.”
Michelle Sawyer, March 2011.