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Wayne and Mick of Slaughter and The Dogs talk about Rebellion

WAYNE BARRETT of SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS

  • Is this your first time playing Rebellion? If not, when have you played before?

The first time we played was in 1996, which was the year Darren and Jennie contacted us and asked us if we’d play the festival.  Back then it was called Holidays in the Sun.  Since then, we’ve played probably around 13-15 times, I’ve lost count!

  • What tips for other musicians do you have on applying to play Rebellion?

To preserve!  It’s a hard festival to play as the sheer number of acts playing is tremendous.  You have to bring something original, authentic and truthful to the table to be considered.

  • What is your all-time fave Rebellion performance/moment? Who/what is your dream Rebellion performance?

When I think about it, there have been a lot of great bands that have played, however, I would have to say Eddie and the Hot Rods performance has stuck with me the most.  When I play the acoustic stage solo, it’s even more magical for me because the fans are so close you cannot fake anything and it allows you to play and give off even more genuine emotion.

  • What is a must-have thing (what do you always bring that you cannot leave home without?) for Rebellion?

My sex toys!

  • Best hangover cure?

A bloody mary!

  • What part of a music kit do you think every artist should bring to Rebellion?

I never forget to bring my faith in all the fans that come to the festival.  My energy and my soul.

  • What song can the audience NOT miss out on seeing you play?

Stick around for the last couple of songs as we’ve got a BIG surprise for the fans.

  • What day, time and stage are you performing?

Sunday Aug. 5th 2018 at 9:50-10:50pm in the Empress Ballroom

  • What are you currently working on or currently promoting

I’m about to start writing and working on a new solo album when I get back from Rebellion that will be filled with pleasant surprises. Stay tuned!

  • What is the best thing for you about Rebellion?

Meeting up with all sorts of people, whether it’s onstage, in the crowd or passing by in the halls.  Just generally meeting a terrific bunch of people who for the last 22 years have supported us through the Rebellion era!

  • What do you think could be improved for your Rebellion experience?

Make it a week instead of a weekend!  And ring the necks of all the damn, loud seagulls that wake you up just as you’re getting to bed!

MICK ROSSI of slaughter   and the dogs

  • Is this your first time playing Rebellion. If not, when have you played before?

I’m very fortunate in that I’ve been a part of the Rebellion Family right from the very beginning. Slaughter and the Dogs have played Rebellion many times over the years & I look upon Daz & Jennie as family, we all do.

  • What tips for other musicians do you have on applying to play Rebellion?

Get Daz & Jennie’s attention.  Keep knocking on that door every year no matter what. Be persistent, be confident without being arrogant. Make a video that represents the soul and spirit of your band, shoot it on your phone if you have to. Put it on YouTube. Send  Daz & Jennie the link. Do what you have to do!

  • What is your all-time fave Rebellion performance/moment? Who/what is your dream Rebellion performance?

That’s a tough question for me to answer because I think all the Rebellion Festivals are special. If I had to pick just one, it would be the first time Wayne & I set foot on stage together in the Empress Ballroom in 1996 – that would have been the first Rebellion Festival that Daz & Jennie promoted. I hold it near & dear to my heart.  I’d be really excited if Iggy Pop was on the bill.

  • Best hangover cure; if the artist is sober … what food/beverage keeps them going?

I’m not a drinker so my beverage of choice is green tea and I love dark chocolate for an energy boost.

  • What part of a music kit do you think every artist should bring to Rebellion?

A plectrum!

  • What song can the audience not miss out on seeing you play?

All of them.

  • What day & time & stage are you performing?

 Sunday Aug. 5th 2018 at 9:50-10:50pm in the Empress Ballroom

  • What are you currently working on or currently promoting?

Slaughter and the Dogs just released a live album from Japan called Tokyo Dogs.  Vicious is our new studio album which we did with Cleopatra Records in Los Angeles and is going great. We have a mini-tour of the UK following Rebellion this August and then next year we have a European Tour starting May 2019 as well as headlining some more festivals in England & Scotland. So busy, busy, busy. Outside of Slaughter and the Dogs I’ve just finished producing a great rock & roll singer from Nashville.  I produced his debut album which is coming out soon and I co-wrote the songs. I’m currently working with a wonderful young singer here in Los Angeles; she’s an amazing talent and has a very bright future. I’m also heavily involved in films, acting and writing have long been passions of mine and I’m shooting my next movie in January 2019. After that it’s back to the Dogs for me!

  • What is the best thing for you about Rebellion?

Rebellion embraces a sense of camaraderie and family to me. As Joe Strummer said, “Find yourself a campfire.”  That’s what Rebellion means to me, it’s our campfire.

  • What do you think could be improved for your Rebellion experience?

 That Slaughter and The Dogs play every year!

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