Primary Instrument: Bass
Julie Slick began playing bass at eleven years of age. In 1998, at age twelve, she joined the Paul Green School of Rock Music, and soon became the school’s first All-Star bassist. This led to an appearance in the award winning documentary, Rock School, as well as a role in several tracks on the movie’s soundtrack. By age sixteen, she had already performed across America and Europe with legendary musicians like Frank Zappa alumni Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock, Jon Anderson of Yes, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Ann Wilson of Heart, and Alice Cooper.
Three years after graduating the School of Rock and while a junior at Drexel University working toward a degree in Music Industry, she toured the UK with Philadelphia icon Chuck Treece, founder of McRad. But her big break came six months later, in March of 2006, when she was invited to join Adrian Belew on stage with her brother, drummer Eric Slick, at the Knitting Factory in New York City for an impromptu version of Frank Zappa’s “City of Tiny Lites”. Little did she know that Adrian had been searching for “the perfect rhythm section” and that this chance meeting would lead to the formation of the Adrian Belew Power Trio.
In May of 2006, Adrian invited Julie and Eric to his studio in Nashville to audition, and after two days of rehearsals, the trio were already out on tour by June, 2006. Since that time, they have toured four continents, recorded two CDs, and continue to wow crowds internationally.
Along with being an accomplished bassist whose influences include John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, John Wetton, Tony Levin, Chris Squire and Paul McCartney, Julie also graduated magna cum laude from Drexel and has produced several bands, including Cheers Elephant, The Jangling Sparrows, Sweatheart, Love Gravy as well her own projects.
In their short existence, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage with several luminaries. In 2006, they found themselves trading licks with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Umphrey’s McGee. In 2007, the ABPT was named “Best in Show” at the Festival d’Êté in Québec City, and were invited back for two performances in 2008. For the second show, they were billed as “Friends of the Crimson King” and shared a set with the California Guitar Trio, featuring Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto on bass and drums. Primus followed, and the ABPT’s mini set concluded with Levin, Mastelotto, Claypool joining them on stage for a monstrous rendition of the Crimson classic “Thela Hun Ginjeet”. In 2008 and 2009 the trio also performed at the King Crimson Festival in Moscow, featuring Adrian Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Eddie Jobson, Greg Howe, Ric Fierabacci, and Marco Minnemann.
Julie and Eric have also played with the California Guitar Trio and are to be featured on their latest CD, which will be released in 2010.
In addition, 2010 hopes to be a promising year for the Slicks, who are composing, performing, and recording their own music with PAPER CAT, their lastest project with Brooklyn based guitarist Robbie “Seahag” Mangano (of Project/Object and The Grandmothers). Their psychedelic/progressive/aggressive instrumental sound has already gotten attention with the release of their album “Live at John & Peter’s 7.16.09.”