NEM#115: Julie Slick: Pedal Art Visualizer

Julie became a member of the extended King Crimson family in 2006 by joining the Adrian Belew Power Trio. She released two solo albums starting in 2010 then started working with another bassist, Marco Machera, releasing four albums with him, the last three as Echotest. Why two basses? Because Julie often uses technology to change the pitch, timbre, and other elements of her bass to allow her to cover an orchestra’s worth of parts.

We discuss “Ladies’ Legs at the Temperature Hotel” and “No, You Are Dead/The Gate of Light” by Echotest from Daughter of Ocean (2019), “Pi” (feat. Steve Ball, Claire Wadsworth),  from her solo album Terroir (2012), and listen to “Supercell” by Echotest (feat. Mike Visser) from From Two Balconies (2017). Intro/Outro: “Mela” from Julie Slick (2010). For more, see

Listen to “Mela” in full. Here’s the full EchoTest live set from SeaProg 2019 that Julie mentions. Here are Julie and Marco live with Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and Tim Motzer. See the official video for “Supercell.” Watch video from another Echotest tune, “The Drift.”

Here’s Julie showing off her raw bass talent.  Watch her playing around with pedals. Here she is live with the Adrian Belew Power Trio playing a King Crimson classic. Here’s a little bit of Start Making Sense live.

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  1. Julie is one of the best-kept secrets on the music scene, so thanks for helping to get the word out!

    A couple of corrections, though: (1) The title of her second solo album is spelled “Terroir” (from the French), and (2) Tim Motzer was not part of Springs; that band featured and was led by Mike Visser. However, Tim and Julie played some shows together — with Tobias Ralph, the then-drummer for the Adrian Belew Power Trio — under the name “RMS” (for Ralph-Motzer-Slick).

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