Luke Slater Biography
One of Britain’s true electronic music and techno pioneers, with a career that has spanned 20 years and counting, Luke Slater is a national treasure.
Born in Reading and raised in Horley, Luke’s early sound dalliances with his dad's ancient reel to reel tape machine and his drumming stints led to work in local record shops including self set up infamous Jelly Jam in Brighton. By 1988 Slater was fully immersed in the embryonic acid house scene DJing at London's seminal Troll at sound shaft Heaven.
Luke soon began releasing original tracks under various monikers and his single debut came in 1989 in the form of “Momentary Vision”. After releases on DJax as Clementine, on GPR as 7th Plain and Morganistic (with Alan Sage) and especially on Peacefrog with nearly a dozen of releases as The X-Tront and as Planetary Assault Systems, Slater's trajectory through the early to mid nineties electronic music scene was at very least staggeringly prolific and a lot of the times utterly majestic. Especially his Planetary Assault Systems alias that Slater uses for his harder edged techno output became a sound that had gone into the heads and hearts of the dance scene and as a result became a milestone in UK techno history.
After releasing 4 full length PAS albums on Peacefrog, he ascended to the majors in 1997 with the release of a modest milestone of latter-day techno album on NovaMute that resulted in 1997's Freek Funk and the album Wireless followed two years later. His first volume of the mix series Fear and Loathing appeared in 2001 on the React label. Alright on Top from 2002 was an "album of songs" with vocals from Ricky Barrows and others featured on every track. The second volume of Fear and Loathing appeared in late 2004. Similarly his international DJ career and live performances had become far-reaching with headline gigs at full speed all over the world.
Equally revered as taste maker and remix artist, Luke has released a mix for the Fabric DJ-mix series and has reinvented innumerable tracks in remixes from artists like Depeche Mode and Ken Ishii to more recent remixes for the likes of James Ruskin, Soul Designer and Terence Fixmer.
In 2006 Luke set up his label Mote-Evolver, releasing limited 12" records for discerning collectors and digital downloads through the Mote-Evolver and N.E.W.S. websites. Running his own label gives him the chance to release music of artists who often peak in his personal charts topping the releases with his own remixes.
2009 saw the release of the new a much awaited for Planetary Assault Album on Ostgut Ton in Berlin earlier in the year. Again changing the Techno landscape to much praise from fans and industry alike. Slater continues his Live Planetary shows this year whilst simultaneously handling DJ dates and remixes, working with artists for releases on his Mote-Evolver record label and even finding time to compose a special hour long 7th Plain piece for the Staats Ballett in Berlin. A man that just won't rest, Slater proposes 2010 another eventful year.