Interview: AC Slater & Rome Fortune on "Dealer" Collaboration, Forthcoming Album and Future of Night Bass

AC Slater preps for his full-length album release in September featuring a track with Rome Fortune and Tchami
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Photo Credit: Kaitlin Parry

Photo Credit: Kaitlin Parry

Night Bass Records founder, AC Slater, is geared up for the release of his first full-length album, Outsiders. Known for blending house and bass that makes the booty shake, AC has had an incredibly successful last three years bringing together groundbreaking artists through his Night Bass compilation albums and specially curated tours. 

"Dealer" the first track released from the album features the unholy, French producer, Tchami and Atlanta hip-hop artist, Rome Fortune. We had the chance to link up with AC and Rome to discuss the collaboration, what AC and Rome have in the works and the plans for Night Bass for the rest of 2017 and 2018. Now, sit back, relax and chant, "NIGHT BASS, NIGHT BASS!" 

Magnetic Mag: Tell us about the creation process of your new album, Outsiders?

AC Slater: I wrote a bunch of music over the past year or so and I thought a lot of it was “album songs” as opposed to straight up club bangers so I just sat on them to see if it seemed like a possibility to write my first full-length album. As time went on it seemed to all be falling into place so I just embraced it and put together a track list of songs that fit the common theme of the album.

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MM: You collaborated with Tchami and Rome Fortune on the lead single, “Dealer.” How did you all link up?

AC: I had done a track with Tchami a couple years ago called “Missing You” and we planned to do more. When I was working on “Dealer” I shot the work in progress over to Tchami because I needed some help on it. He sent back that pure fire on the first try. As for Rome, we have a lot of mutual friends and sort of indirectly worked together before. I sent him a rough demo of the song and he came right back with super original vocals that fit right in. We’ve already done some more stuff together since this that isn’t out yet!

MM: The music video for “Dealer” is wild. How did you create the concept for the video?

AC: All of my OWSLA videos have been based on a city - first NYC, LA and now London with “Dealer." The concept of the videos usually has to do with some sort of dystopian underground near future. With “Dealer”, directors came up with a concept where we follow a group of these kids expressing themselves through dance while roaming around London. It was a bonus that Rome happened to be in London while they were filming and he fit right in and totally killed it!

MM: Do you have any other collaborations on the album?

AC: There are a lot of collaborations on the album. Everyone else on the album is sort of an outsider. By that, I mean artists who are pushing the envelope and standing on the outside of the mainstream music industry trying to be a true original.

MM: What track is next to be released?

AC: I have a single with Sinden and Dread MC called “Heavyweight Sound” that actually isn’t on the album, but will come out a few weeks before the album. Everything else on the album besides “Dealer” will be brand new and unheard when it comes out.

MM: Night Bass has become a staple in the scene. What can we expect in the future from your label?

AC: Our 50th release is already coming up later this year. We are currently in the middle of the Summer Phases 2017 event series where we throw Night Bass shows around North America with a revolving cast of guest DJs who are affiliated with Night Bass. As 2018 approaches we’ll just keep growing at a slow and steady pace while continuing to release cutting-edge music and introducing the world to new artists and sounds.

Photo Credit: Zoa Omer

Photo Credit: Zoa Omer

Magnetic Mag: Tell us a little bit about yourself as well as how you and AC met.

Rome Fortune: We’ve been friends online for a while. A mutual close friend of ours finally got us linked up for the first time in person about a year ago. At that point, we had been already working on music.

MM: What was it like working with AC Slater and Tchami on “Dealer”?

RF: AC is very communicative and transparent. He kind of just let me go wild creatively and took the best parts recorded. I wasn’t present when Tchami added his sauce to the mix but it took things to a different level for sure.

MM: Did you all get together in the studio or create the track remotely? Did you create the lyrics?

RF: I wrote the lyrics back in 2015 when we originally started working on the track. I was in New York at the time so I laid my vocals down and that kick-started things from my end.

MM: What new music do you have in the works?

RF: An abundance of stuff. My album BP3 is something I’ve been working on for about two years but it’s almost done. Taking my time with it to ensure it has the release I envision for it. A joint project with Chaz from Toro Y Moi. A solo project to start it all off entitled, PIMPSPIRATION. Currently trying to have the most fun with creating.

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