Please explain what just happened.

I just finished making a Thai Butternut Squash Bisque and confirmed that a friend is coming over for dinner to help me eat some of it.

What is your earliest memory?

Eating a forest green crayon behind the couch so no one could see me. The tangerine one wasn’t as good.

If you weren’t a musician what other profession would you choose?

I’d have to do something else artistic… there is nothing more frightening to me than a 9-5 cubicle job. I guess I’d go back to waiting tables. You meet so many unique people.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Ooh! I like this question.A big pot full of last night’s veggie curry, some baked rice, pickled Serrano chiles, a block of Tofu, some Tempeh, Pink Lady apples, fresh squeezed grapefruit and orange juice, 2% milk, vanilla soy milk, a Brita thingie full of water, half and half, spinach, green beans, lemons, meyer lemons, a tube of tomato paste, anchovies, tuna salad, Dijon mustard, capers, Sriracha, a hunk of cheddar, tortillas, Tofutti cream cheese.I also have a small fridge full of beer, eggs, and hummus. The freezer is full of leftover homemade confections like falafel, pitas, manicotti, lentil soup, etc, etc. AND ICE CREAM! As you can probably tell I’m a little food obsessed…

What verb best describes you?


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

“Chill out! Not everyone ‘gets’ you right now – you are very different. Calm down and you’ll get some friends… but keep practicing bass and recording… don’t let friends get in the way of productivity.”

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

Get everyone away from me and breathe alone for ~10 minutes.

Define “success.”

Being happy in every aspect.


From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

My parents! Without them, not only would I not be here, and they have been totally the most supportive, creative parents EVER.

What change do you want to be in the world?

It would be nice, albeit boring if everybody got along… How about – a cure for world hunger…

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

Until recently, I never used them. I find them infectious, though, and have been using them more when others use them in messages to me. I should add that I don’t feel good about it.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

One degree – we went to the same high school, and he and Michael played a concert for the entire student body when I was a freshman. “Footloose” was a highlight. Our geometry class had to be relocated to the library so they could have a green room…

What makes you feel most guilty?

Eating past midnight…

Please list three things you never leave home without.

iPhone, wallet, and passport (it’s my only form of ID).

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

“You should major in Chemistry.” Actually, that was probably good advice…

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

I actually have to give my boyfriend credit for this one, but I use it all the time: “Worry is just a form of unnecessary suffering.”

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Backstabbing/Talking about someone without him/her knowing it.

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” – because who doesn’t? Not that a million bones is considered a lot these days…

What do you want to know?

The meaning of life… no wait. Ignorance is bliss. How to write the best songs in the world.

What would you like your last words to be?

“I love you.”

Please explain what will happen.

Next? I’m expecting that friend, and we’re going to eat some of this soup, play some music, and watch the Top Chef finale. In the long term, I’m going to have that music/food empire, and die doing something exciting on my 98th birthday.

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JULIE SLICK began playing bass at eleven years of age. In 1998, at age twelve, she was one of the original seventeen students at the Paul Green School of Rock Music and became the school's first All-Star bassist, with an appearance in the award winning documentary, Rock School. She is also predominately featured on the documentary's soundtrack. By age sixteen, she had already performed across America and Europe with legendary musicians like Frank Zappa alumni Ike Willis and Napolean Murphy Brock, Jon Anderson of Yes, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Ann Wilson of Heart, and Alice Cooper.

Three years after graduating the School of Rock and while a junior at Drexel University working toward a degree in Music Industry, she toured the UK with Philadelphia icon Chuck Treece. But her big break came in March of 2006, when she was invited to join Adrian Belew on stage with her brother, drummer Eric Slick, at the Knitting Factory in New York City for an impromptu version of Frank Zappa's "City of Tiny Lites". Little did she know that Adrian had been searching for "the perfect rhythm section" and that this chance meeting would lead to the formation of the Adrian Belew Power Trio.

In May of 2006, Adrian invited Julie and Eric to his studio in Nashville to audition, and after two days of rehearsals, the trio were already out on tour by June, 2006. Since that time, they have toured four continents, recorded two CDs, and continue to wow crowds internationally.

Along with being an accomplished bassist whose influences include John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, John Wetton, Tony Levin, and Paul McCartney, Julie also graduated magna cum laude from Drexel and has produced several bands, including Cheers Elephant, The Jangling Sparrows, Sweatheart, Love Gravy as well her own projects.

In their short existence, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage with several luminaries. In 2006, they found themselves trading licks with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Umphrey's McGee. In 2007, the ABPT was named "Best in Show" at the Festival d'Êté in Québec City, and were invited back for two performances in 2008. For the second show, they were billed as "Friends of the Crimson King" and shared a set with the California Guitar Trio, featuring Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto on bass and drums. The act concluded with Levin, Mastelotto, and Claypool joining them on stage for a monstrous rendition of the Crimson classic "Thela Hun Ginjeet". In 2008 and 2009 the trio also performed at the King Crimson Festival in Moscow, featuring Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Eddie Jobson, Greg Howe, Ric Fierabacci, and Marco Minnemann.

In addition, 2010 hopes to be a promising year for the Slicks, who are composing, performing, and recording their own music with PAPER CAT, their latest project with Brooklyn based guitarist Robbie "Seahag" Mangano (of Project/Object and The Grandmothers). Their psychedelic/progressive/aggressive instrumental sound has already gotten attention with the release of their LP "Live at John & Peter's 7.16.09."

7 responses to “21 Questions with Julie Slick”

  1. LitPark says:

    Julie, your interview made me so hungry. The story about the crayon is adorable.

  2. Judy Prince says:

    Nice 21 questions interview, Julie.

    I like your three “last words”, LOVE Kevin Bacon, and oh your awesome fridge food!!

  3. Great feature, Julie. I have to agree with Susan, I love the crayon story.

    I’m looking forward to seeing (and hearing) much more of you in the future.

  4. Robin Slick says:

    Yeah, yeah, I let my kids eat crayons.

    For further parenting tips, I can be reached at [email protected].

    Awesome interview, Kimberly. Our entire family thanks you.

    And now to celebrate with a Crayola martini.


  5. The best kind of interview: compelling, insightful and dig-in-the-sandbox fun. Looking forward to hearing Kim’s work and I love the fact she plays w/ Adrian Belew, whom all should hail.

  6. ^ Jesus, I meant *Julie’s work*. So sorry, Julie! Wrote “Kim” b/c I was thinking of one the Arts and Culture editors, my pal Kim W.

  7. tom mccarthy says:

    wow, your Dad is Earl Slick. no wonder you a genius musician. And Belew is THE BEST. Best of luck Julie. You are Fantastic.

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