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60 Seconds with Janette Slack

The Hong Kong-born, jet-setting DJ launches her newest release, “Lost EP." She tells HK Magazine about the record and having a good cry.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 October, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:51pm

HK Magazine: So, what’s new in this EP?
Janette Slack: It’s a track I wrote a while ago during a break up and it’s finally seeing the light of day. It’s completely instrumental, self-made, without a vocal: So no collaboration, unlike the others.

HK: What does it bring to your overall sound?
JS: This track is more of a piece where I was just expressing myself and venting a bit, so I wouldn’t say it’s a “hit the dancefloor” sort of thing. But the remixes [by Ben Remember and BreaksMafia] make it more dance-floor-friendly and are very current in what’s going on in electronic music today.

HK: How’s Hong Kong been treating you, almost two years after moving back?
JS: It really has been such a trip being back! I really do think it’s any artist’s dream come true to go back to the town you grew up in and find that it’s got so much going on—somewhere you can continue to be yourself and grow as an artist. I thought I was going to have to start from scratch again, but Hong Kong has been so good to me.

The transition was tough for the first year as I missed London so much—I was there for 15 years and built my own family, so it does take time to adjust. It’s just wonderful to be close to my folks again. They come to a lot of my gigs, which is something neither I nor they got to experience before.

HK: Drink of choice?
Banana, mango and strawberry smoothie! Any day!

HK: Favorite musician of late?
JS: It will always be Trent Reznor, but lately I’ve really gotten into Ratatat. I’m looking forward to seeing them perform at Clockenflap.

HK: Favorite ice cream flavor?
JS: Cookies and cream—is there another?

HK: Do you consider DJing “work?” What’s the first thing you like to do after a long day (or night)?
JS: Yes, DJing is work. But it’s work I enjoy. After a long day or night, I do like to unwind by preparing a meal, then watching a good old film or documentary that will most likely make me cry whilst cuddling my man.