Slot Machine is a Thai band that has held steady popularity for 10 years. Slot Machine was formed by a group of high school boys competing in national music contests. They have been through multiple stylistic changes and seen the transition from the cassette age to the digital music age. Slot Machine released their self-title debut album in 2004 featuring a hit singles âRoâ (Iâm Waiting For You). Followed by âMutationâ in 2006, produced by Scott Moffatt, former member of Canadian boy band The Moffatts.
Scott added a new element to their music, and the album produced two megahits: âPhanâ (Yesterday) and âKham Sutthaiâ (Song for U). Shortly after the release of their second album, Slot Machine was chosen as opening act for Linkin Parkâs Bangkok concert in front of 30,000 fans. In 2008, the band released their third studio album, âGreyâ. It was a more challenging album featuring a more experimental sound on songs like âFanâ (Dream) and âRue Duâ (Grey Sky), but fans responded positively to the changes in the band’s music.
Hit tracks from the album included âChan Chaoâ (Goodbye) and âPhra Athit Songklotâ (Golden Age).
In 2013, Slot Machine was nominated for the âBest Southeast Asian Actâ at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and their ongoing work with MTV on the networkâs Human Trafficking Awareness concerts culminated in the band performing on the same stage as Jason Mraz at the MTV EXIT LIVE IN MYANMAR charity concert held to raise awareness about human trafficking at the Peopleâs Square (Schwedagon, Yangon) before 70,000 people.
Slot Machine was again nominated for Best Southeast Act at the MTV EMAâs in 2014 â and in the same year released their fifth album, âRainbowâ, produced by talented Australian producer, Daniel Denholm. The album included the hits âRungâ (Rainbow) and âKhloemâ which had over 62 million hits on YouTube.
At the end of 2014, Slot Machine celebrated their 10th anniversary by performing a live concert – âSlot Machine â The First Contactâ at Impact Arena, Thailandâs largest indoor concert venue.
With the help of six-time Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite, the album heralds a new chapter in the bandâs career.
Slot Machine vocalist Foet shared his experiences working with the legendary producer: âWe have worked with foreign producers before but Steve was different. He has worked with the worldâs biggest bands. It was an amazing experience for us to work with him. He saw us performing live and wanted to work with us! Steve is very easy to work with and he made us all feel at ease. The one-month period flew by so quickly. At first, we planned to work on just four tracks, but before we knew it, we had completed the entire album.â The album was recorded in one month at Karma Sound Studios.
Steve Lillywhite shared his views on seeing the band live for the first time, âI was amazed by both their musical talent and the age of their audience, who, for a rock band, were young. Itâs my rule that I must see a band perform live first before deciding whether to work with them. Slot Machine impressed me. It was great to see the young audience enjoying their music. Itâs new to me. I thought I could help the band reach another level.â
âWe rarely see the real band these days. The four of them have different characters but when theyâre together, they are great. They have a singer who has a unique voice, with music that is intelligent and hard-hitting.
Gak, the bandâs bassist, talked about his expectations on their first English album: âWe want to challenge ourselves and see how far we can go. We believe in our music. Thai culture and Thai food are well-known across the world and I think we can make Thai music international, too.â The first single âGive It All To Youâ is out on 27 July, from their upcoming album.