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DIRTY SLIPPERS

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DIRTY SLIPPERS WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

As a small child, my parents already listened to excellent music at home. We didn’t have crappy performers, only the best and biggest. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Dire Straits were the basis, followed by Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen. I must have been 3-4 years old when I got hold of the Beatles’ White album. I pulled out the booklet and was in awe of how cool the Beatles were with their instruments. Everything was decided there, and since then I have not been interested in anything else. When I was a teenager, the first two bands I was immediately “obsessed with” were Green Day and Oasis. These are still my favorites today.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

As our management said: Dirty Slippers is a four-member indie pop rock band originally from Budapest (nowadays they commute between Budapest and London). 3 of the band’s records reached the top Hungarian album sales charts, 11 songs were on the top lists of various radio stations. In 2009, the band recorded its first LP in Cleveland, USA, and the last one in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

Their work is supported by producers such as George Shilling (Oasis, Frank Turner, Blur) and Tim Palmer (Bon Jovi, U2).

Their latest song, Honest Kid, was released internationally and was praised by the international press (RGM Magazine, A and R Factory UK, The Aquarian USA, etc.), and also appeared on the weekly charts of British and Australian city radio stations. (Birmingham, Manchester, Canberra). The band has already performed in 10 European countries with great artists such as The Coronas, The Last Vegas, Sportfreunde Stiller, Goran Gregovic and the iconic DJ Paul Van Dyk.

The song’s themes such as love, growing up, family problems, disappointments, losing loved ones, in short, everything that belongs to our lives, appear in their melodious pop rock music. Their fourth album, already entirely in English, which was made in the Abbey Road Studios, will be released in 2024.

What was life like for you before music?

I didn’t really understand those few years. I started playing the guitar very soon and I was always interested in performances and songs. I didn’t think it was important to be a great lead guitarist or the best singer at all. I was always interested in the songs and the audience. I believe in this. So my life turned out to be approx.

I could play the guitar at school events when I was 10-12 years old, and when I was 15 I could stand on stage in one of the biggest concert halls in Hungary. I got so much from the music and the audience that, looking back, I feel empty when I think about the times when I didn’t play music.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Get Back by The Beatles and then Warning by Green Day.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Not where I want to be yet! Of course, it is very wonderful that I was able to reach 11 countries on 2 continents with our music, we have 4 awards and that we have played or performed in very serious places.

But I would like to get there as soon as possible so that we are so well known in the UK, that we can fill 150-300 seats across the country and be heard a lot on all platforms. We started from a small Hungarian town, these are huge things for us.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

“A professional is a professional because he can adapt to all circumstances” – this is what my manager friend Miklós Abella (RIP) taught me. This means that wherever you play, at whatever time, for whoever you play, be the best and give it your all. I could play for 20 thousand people and 20 people, I give the same!

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

1. I have 4 brothers 2. My dog’s name is Slipper 3. We are the 1st Hungarian band on the british radio weekly charts 4. We recorded our new album at the Abbey Road Studios

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

I would like to have a hit in England which would help us get into festivals and in front of famous bands.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Yes, I think that the internet and social networking sites and the fact that everything is suddenly available on the internet is a huge detriment to cultural life. I’m an old fashioned face in this one. I’m always thinking about collaborating with serious producers, recording in the best studios, and making videoclips with a professional crew. I think you have to respect the audience by bringing every song to the table in the best possible quality.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I don’t deal with such things, I just do my job. I believe in this. Of course, I see a lot of problems in the world because I’m not blind, but I fight against them on my own level. For example, with our anti-drug, alcohol and HPV program called Suliturné, for which we have just received an award.

What was the worst experience on stage?

There were a couple of very interesting stories, but perhaps one of the worst was when I went through with my ex lead guitarist. Our cables got tangled and I fell backwards all of a sudden. I tried to protect my guitar and other people’s stuff, so I practically only beat myself up. My back hurt for a couple of weeks afterwards. But it’s just rock n roll!

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I think the audience will surprise, if I tell you – the other band members of our band are originally jazz musicians. The others learned jazz music in conservatories and academy of music. I am the punk rock – indie rock guy in the band, so our really different music genres and worlds mixed in our live performances, which is so exciting on the stage!

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

The next step is release our new, full length and Abbey Road recorded album. I hope we can release it before Christmas. It would be nice if we could introduce ourselves on BBC radio and one of Radio X’s shows. These are actually things on the bucket list.

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

I don’t follow his work very much, I know he have some valuable discoveries. To be honest, I don’t have much time to read about it. I almost exclusively read or study music to keep up with this fast, running world.

What was the recording process like?

We are very happy because the song On top of the world is one of the songs we recorded last summer at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was the second time we worked there and it was a fantastically inspired workflow, and we also met stars like Paul Weller, Bernard Butler and Giles Martin during the recordings.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I think that, it is often worth listening to the ideas of my fellow songwriters. For a long time, I wrote songs alone or with my co-songwriter, Rita Bodrogközy. However, now on Abbey Road, our drummer, Ferenczi Bebi, and our producer, George Shilling, were both my co-songwriters. They had a lot of good ideas that were great for the songs on the new album.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, thank you 🙂

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Yeah! Please like and share our new video “On top of the world”, follow us on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook and please listen our songs on Spotify or Apple Music too 🙂 

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