Christopher Sluka

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Christopher Sluka
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Background information
Born 1962
Fort Lewis, Washington, U.S.
Genres Rock, Pop Rock, , Experimental
Occupation(s) Musician, Artist, Actor, Pilot
Instruments Guitars, vocals, keyboards, bass, drums, violin
Years active 1988 - present
Labels Steel Flower Music, Meldac, Time Warner
Website www.sluka.com

Christopher Sluka is an American musician, best known for his band SLUKA. He has released eleven studio records. Vancouver Weekly referred to him as a "Modern day renaissance man."[1]

Musical career[edit]

Christopher Sluka first rose to prominence in New York City in the 1980s playing alongside bands like Tears For Fears and Simple Minds.[2] In 1989 he put out his first full length album, the Meldac released Emotional Battlefield.[3] Despite hailing from the United States (but being raised an army brat) he saw the most success in Japan and Italy.[4][5][6] This led to a variety of television and radio appearances. Among these most notable was a performance and interview on the Japanese network Television Kanagawa on March 12, 1990.[7] Also notable was his Corragio Di Vivere performance on Italy's Rai 2 and a San Diego KUSI-TV broadcast of two songs and an interview.[8][9] In the following years he released another record, 1990's Fear Of Ordinary Life, also on Meldac and then 1993's self titled record on Time Warner's Italian subsidiary CDG Wave.[3]

Since then, Sluka has been prolific putting out eight albums in the ten years between 1997 and 2017. Most recently, on November 25, 2017, his song "Number One" from the album Colorful Radiation reached the #13 position on the global Rock Chart as reported by Digital Radio Tracking (DRT),[10] Cashbox Magazine,[11] and Record World Magazine.[12]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Sluka has received critical acclaim throughout his career - though early on much of it was in languages other than English.[13] In recent years though, in the USA and the United Kingdom, he has been called "Ambitious", "Prophetic", and his album Introversions declared a "Masterpiece" by The Huffington Post.[2]

Not all praise was universal though - The Scene Magazine claimed, "When Sluka gets a sound right, it works amazingly and the faults usually come more from a lack of edge rather than bad song writing."[14] Meanwhile, Short And Sweet NYC referred to the record as "trying too hard to be commercial."[15] And although Josh Helmuth of Crave Online states "Sluka is a masterful composer" he adds "Sluka’s music certainly isn’t for the mainstream. His single “Number One” is certainly experimental to say the least. It starts with a ukulele, followed with a dissonant melody with experimental, electronic additions, ending with almost a heavy metal vibe."[16]

And yet, Scott Alexander of Abort Magazine states "Sluka is what Sluka is. And those who appreciate genius will appreciate his."[17]

According to On Stage Magazine, "Colorful Radiation" is slightly experimental with a heavy dose of the dramatic thrown in. His music is very much his own even if it’s a little hard to define. It generally takes more than a quick listen to appreciate, so take a little time when you do."[18] And All Access Music states, "To categorize SLUKA’s music as “Rock” is an oversimplification. The often lush, ethereal sounds are a juxtaposition of elements found in classical, pop, gothic, progressive and alternative rock, which has resulted in a very difficult-to-define genre all its own... “Enigmatic rock,” perhaps…?"[19]

Other Endeavors[edit]

In 1994 Sluka returned to the USA to base himself in San Diego and launch his own label, Steel Flower Music. He also bought a pair of coffee houses where he performed acoustic versions of his songs. It was through Steel Flower Music that he released his subsequent albums, up through his most recent offering, his 11th album, 2017's Colorful Radiation.[3]

Sluka has also appeared in several independent films as both an actor and stunt pilot. These include the independent films 2011's Beach Bar: The Movie, 2014's La Migra, and 1988's Vampire's Kiss starring Nicolas Cage. His most recent albums, 2016's Introversions and 2017's Colorful Radiation, were also released as visual albums.[20][21]

Sluka also owns and operates a flight school as the chief instructor pilot in his adopted hometown of San Diego, California.[22]

Discography[edit]

Year Release Name Label
1989 Emotional Battlefield Mitsubishi Meldac
1991 Fear Of Ordinary Life Mitsubishi Meldac
1993 Sluka - Lost In This World Time Warner CGD
1997 A Matter Of Perception Steel Flower Music
1999 A San Diego Zoo Steel Flower Music
2001 Social Anxiety Steel Flower Music
2001 Songs From The Set List Steel Flower Music
2004 Gothic Cavalier Steel Flower Music
2009 Solo Flight Steel Flower Music
2016 Introversions Steel Flower Music
2017 Colorful Radiation Steel Flower Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Renaissance Man Sluka Gifts Us With Introversion". 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b Writer, Rebecca Bohanan (2016-07-18). "Visual Albums Aren't Just for Beyonce, Here's One from Sluka". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sluka". www.sandiegoreader.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Sluka". Music-News.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Sluka, A Taste of 'Introversions' – OnStage Magazine.com". www.onstagemagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  6. ^ "How Renaissance Man Sluka Gifts Us With Introversion". 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Christopher Sluka". Funky Tomato Television. March 12, 1990. Television Kanagawa.
  8. ^ "Corragio Di Vivere". February 5, 1992. Rai 2.
  9. ^ "Christopher Sluka Live". November 25, 1997. KUSI TV.
  10. ^ http://digitalradiotracker.com/drt-dev/drt-national-airplay-charts.php
  11. ^ https://cashboxmusiccharts.wordpress.com/category/cashbox-rock-chart/
  12. ^ https://recordworldmagazine.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/top-50-rock-airplay-chart-10212017/
  13. ^ "Sluka". www.whiplashmag.net (in Czech). Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  14. ^ Maxwell, Owen (July 28, 2016). "Sluka – Introversions – Album Review". The Scene Magazine. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Sluka: Introversions – Short and Sweet NYC". www.shortandsweetnyc.com. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ http://www.craveonline.com/music/1313541-sluka-masterful-composer-hint-david-bowie-colorful-radiation
  17. ^ "Sluka: Introversions - Abort Magazine". www.abortmag.com. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  18. ^ Galasso, Kath. "Colourful Radiation New Sluka Music". On Stage Magazine. On Stage Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  19. ^ https://music.allaccess.com/the-multi-talented-musician-chris-sluka-opens-up-about-his-forthcoming-album-colorful-radiation-and-much-more/
  20. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Sluka-Introversions-Blu-ray-Christopher/dp/B01LYHQ2C1/
  21. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Sluka-Colorful-Radiation-Blu-ray-Christopher/dp/B075QTPVN4/
  22. ^ "San Diego Flight School, Learn to Fly San Diego". www.ltfsd.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 

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