One of the UK’s top female DJs” Time magazine
“Future hero” Mixmag
“Top electro and breaks gal” DJ Mag
“A talented upcoming producer” Hybrid
“I can’t wait to hear the rest of what this lady has to offer” D. Ramirez
Female, funky and Eurasian: if anybody embodies the future of music in the 21st century, it’s Hong Kong-born, internationally renowned producer, label boss, composer and DJ Janette Slack.
Slack recently returned to her native city from a 15-year stint in London with a critically acclaimed album under her belt, ready to take Asia’s dance-music scene to the next level with her high-heeled sonic canvases that mix everything from sensual house and progressive, to electro- and ghetto funk, spiced with swing mash-ups, and overlaid with lavish rock riffs, cinematic stabs and soaring a cappella vocals.
Within a short space of time after her triumphant homecoming, she released a new single and EP, and headlined Club Cubic at Macau’s City of Dreams. She also appeared at one of the W hotel’s infamous pool parties in Hong Kong, and rocked the Campari relaunch at the W Bangkok.
In between gigs for corporate clients including Nike and the South China Morning Post, Slack has also found time to play festival dates in Australia and copresent, with DJ Yeodie, the regular “Boom Battle” DJ showdown at Volar, nurturing Asia-based talent. Over the coming months, she’ll be remixing work by vocalist Carmit Bachar, formerly of the Grammy Award-winning Pussycat Dolls, and going back on tour to Australia and Bali. November sees her taking the stage at Hong Kong’s famous Clockenflap festival.
Slack began her career as a 17-year-old in Hong Kong, promoting nights and DJing. By 19, she was DJing professionally in the US, Canada and Australia. At 20, she went to the UK to study at the School of Audio Engineering’s London campus, juggling her course with a part-time job at historical Camden record shop Vinyl Addiction and label Finger Lickin’. She began to appear at world-famous clubs, including Ministry of Sound and fantasy night Torture Garden, where she parlayed a few early DJ appearances into a sensational seven-yearresidency. Her debut album, 2013’s Torture Garden Session, offers an aural window on those unforgettable nights. It was quickly followed by singles You Can’t Stop This (“Tune of the Month” in dance-music bible Mixmag, which also hailed Slack as a “future hero”), Slave to System, Girl in Black and her latest release, Kut Me Sum. She established her own label, Slack Trax, in 2012.
In 2006, Slack was the first female winner of London’s prestigious Denon DJousts competition. In 2010, she won the Pink Armada European Female DJ competition, beating out a field of 200. That same year, her biographical documentary aired on The Pearl Report on Hong Kong TV. Celebrity collaborations have meanwhile come thick and fast, among them with D. Ramirez, the Preset Warriors, Javone Prince, Kickflip, Fabian, Some DJ and MC Tuhin Chisti. Slack has also appeared on Sky 1’s Gadget Geeks show test-driving DJ equipment; on BBC 1’s Secret Service (hosted by Top Gear’s Richard Hammond); and in Richard Curtis’ latest film, About Time.