Sebastien “Slice” Fava-Verde is an original raver at heart; back in the day you could find him dancing on top of speaker stacks with a whistle in his mouth. A walkman saw him through most of his younger years and it all started with a primitive Goa Trance / Gabba tape in 1996. At college in Reading (UK) he found his feet in the local free party scene (Junktion 10, Ooops, Lost The Plot) where he was spoon-fed Acid Techno by the likes of Dave The Drummer and Chris Liberator.
In 2003 Slice moved to Sydney, met partner-in-crime Micapam and fell in love with Reggae/Dancehall; together they founded online music magazine Inna Riddim and have been a driving force in the local scene since. Inna Riddim is also a record label and sound system bringing the ruckus from Brighton to Bondi. They love music that pushes boundaries across the full spectrum of bass music: techno, 2step, house & funky, garage, reggae, dancehall, underground hiphop, dubstep, jungle, drum n’ bass, grime, soul, funk, jazz and whatever else they’re feeling so long as it’s got bass, soul and grit.
Having developed a passion for wordplay and narrative as a journalist, Slice turned his hand to MCing, which led him to join live Drum & Bass band Kobra Kai in 2005. Together they’ve released several LPs, EPs, singles, toured Australia and played the festival circuit. Over the years Slice has collaborated with a variety of other producers, recording and performing vocals for Pablo Calamari, The Potbelleez and Mailer Daemon. Having dabbled in production for close to 10 years, it’s now a focus – releasing under his pseudonym Slice and his other alias After Dark.
As for the band Kobra Kai, they are Sydney’s live drum n bass, hip hop and dubstep pioneers. Since being heralded Triple J’s state by state Unearthed winners in 2007, Kobra Kai have continued to lead the future of live dance music in Australia. They have filled dance floors for The Big Day Out, Futuremusic, Space Ibiza, Stereosonic, Creamfields, Peats Ridge Festival, and have shared the stage with Roni Size & Dynamite MC, Killa Kella, DJ Marky & Stamina, Concord Dawn, The Upbeats, High Contrast, Andy C, and Skrillex. Their second LP Insession is out now through Foreign Dub.
I’ve known Sebastien from meeting him at many of parties way back in the day. Through mutual friends, interest and associations we’ve kept in touch and have wanted to do a shoot together for some time. So it was great to finally get together to catch up and take his photo. His records were stored in the UK where he grew up and it was only recently that they were shipped to Australia to be reunited with his collection. His vinyl choice is a pop classic, which to him reflected nicely as it reminded him of a period in his younger days living in New York when this was released in the late 80s. Who’s Bad?!
Location: Artist’s Studio
Vinyl: Michael Jackson - Bad [Epic]