“So wait. Are you an artist, or a songwriter, or a producer now?” Slate is asked by a friend as he tunes his guitar in the green room before taking the stage at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in his hometown of Toronto. “I get that question a lot — I actually don’t know any more. Everybody always wants to brand you as just one thing, but I’m always going to be playing shows, writing songs and producing songs. So, whatever that makes me.”
Over the past year Slate has proven himself more than capable in each field, having single-handedly written and produced his darkly emotional single, ‘Hold You Close’. The song garnered international attention, ultimately leading to a placement on NBC television show, Rookie Blue. The song was also highlighted on the CBC Sonica Top 10 Songs of 2015 list.
Slate has also made his presence felt as a songwriter and producer for other artists. He co-wrote and produced singer/songwriter, Donovan Woods’ single, ‘That Hotel’ which subsequently received significant attention from the CBC. He is also responsible for co-writing the Gold Certified single, ‘Here Comes the Thunder’, for Tim Hicks which was featured as the intro song for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.
As a live artist, Slate has shared the stage with many of the industry’s elite including Lindi Ortega, Cuff the Duke, The Strumbellas, Hunter Hayes, The Arkells, Donovan Woods, Shane McAnally, Tony Arata etc. He continues to perform each year as one of the featured artists at Nashville’s Tin Pan South festival.
“I try to keep busy making music. I’m not really a fan of downtime” Slate admits after spending the majority of the last year in the studio working on his upcoming release. “I think my friends are starting to hate me…haha”.
Slate will be releasing his brand new full-length record The Lonely Hearts later this year.