Slaves have admitted that their first meeting with former Beastie Boy Mike D was a little frosty.
The rapper produced this week’s NME cover stars’ new album ‘Take Control’ and he appears on recent single ‘Consume Or Be Consumed’.
“We’re sitting waiting in this restaurant, Mike is late and we’ve been there half an hour. He’s a busy man and when he arrives his phone is constantly going, loads of texts. So in my typical blunt fashion I was just like, ‘Shall we all put our phones down, then?’ From that moment on he fucking loved it,” said guitarist Laurie Vincent. “I feel sometimes with our brothers from across the pond you have to sort of warm them up a bit before they engage.”
The duo eventually got so close to the producer that they even dissed him on the track ‘The People That You Meet’ which was recorded the day after an all-nighter with Wolf Alice, whose Joel Amey appears on drums.
The verse in the track, contains the following lyrics: I know a man called Michael / He hails from NYC / Now he lives in Malibu / In a mansion by the sea / Production is his game now / He called my friend Laurie / He used to be a Beastie Boy / But now he works for me.
“I went up to him when we were recording it and I was like, ‘What do you think about this then, eh, Mike?’” says Vincent. “He went, ‘If you’re gonna slam me, at least do it fucking good – this is a shit fucking vocal take.’”
Vincent and Mike D now speak on the phone every day, and are already discussing future collaborations. “He’s become almost like a third band member,” added Vincent. “At the moment, we don’t want to record without him. It feels like he gets the best out of us.”
Read Slaves’ full interview in NME from Friday, October 14.