Slim & 112 To Give Fans Exactly What They Want On Valentine’s Day At House Of Blues

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Who wants a little Peaches & Cream for Valentine’s Day? And by Peaches & Cream we mean making a trip to Showboat Atlantic City to see 112 at House Of Blues. Duh. Yes, the group did dismember somewhere around 2007, but the foursome reunited for a small “For The Fans” tour that kicked off no other place than House Of Blues Atlantic City this past June. And they must have liked it because they are coming back to give Atlantic City a sexy Valentine’s Day  show you won’t forget!

We caught up with frontman Slim this past Friday about this and so much more! See what he had to say, below.

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TAC: You guys were signed by P Diddy (or maybe he was Puff Daddy then) in the parking lot of Atlanta’s Club 112 back in the ‘90s. What do you remember about that day?

Slim: It was a particular night that we found out that P Diddy was gonna be there and we didn’t have the deal yet. Basically, we wanted to get his attention, but the whole catch to it was that we were too young to go into the club. We had to scheme to figure out how we were going to catch this man before he went to the club. So we stood out there and it started raining and it was by the grace of God that he waked up and we got his attention. We just started singing all the songs that we knew acapella. We definitely got his attention. And the rest is history. 112 is a huge trademark here in Atlanta. Especially back then. If you were going to a club, everybody knew to come to Club 112. That was the ‘it’ place to go. But this is what it stood for in our lives and career, so we named ourselves after the club and the rest is history.

TAC: What is the vibe of the group like now compared to when you first got together in the ‘90s?

Slim: Our vibe is still the same. When we come back together and we do shows, you always expect the same young, fly cats that gave you those types of hits. We touched on people’s relationships, what you were going through, what you were doing, what you weren’t supposed to be doing. We definitely love singing those records that bring back memories. And that was a great time in music. The records had a lot of meaning and we touched a lot of lives. Anytime when we get back together and we see the reaction of the fans, and how everyone is reacting, it’s just a blessing.

TAC: Your first show reunited as a group after a couple years was here at HOB in Atlantic City in June. What memories do you have of this and how did it feel to be back together performing again as a group?

Slim: I feel like in a sense it felt like what it would feel like if the ’92 Bulls came back together. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. We were doing very, very well when we left each other and when we got back, it was just like riding a bicycle. I compare it to a basketball team because everyone has a job and we do what we do. Together, we’re the best at what we do. It was fun. Seeing the other guys and we were all hitting the same steps and the crowd was reacting the same way. For myself, I hadn’t seen them in years, so to perform with them after so many practices and see the reaction of the crowd, as long as the crowd is happy, Slim is happy.

TAC: What can fans expect from your next show here at House Of Blues on Valentine’s Day?

Slim:  We’re definitely going to give the fans exactly what they want. We’re gonna bring back the memories from ’96 and come all the way up until now. We’re gonna have a lot of fun. When Valentine’s Day comes up, it’s really beautiful for 112 and myself. It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year, so I’m ready.

TAC: You are an extremely successful solo act as well. How do you balance the two?

Slim: That’s a blessing. It’s really easy. I have a great staff and a great partnership with my people. 112 doesn’t do a lot of shows, it’s more of the quality of the shows right now. I’m still blessed to average a certain amount of shows per week and so it’s very easy. Everybody works pretty well together and as long as the schedules correlate together, there’s no problem.

TAC: What is something being in a group provides that you can’t get being a solo artist?

Slim: It’s a unique situation being in a group like 112. When you sing in a group like 112 and have four lead singers in a group, your job is nowhere near as hard. You don’t have that much responsibility. Although I am the lead singer of the group, it’s a unique situation to see groups where you have four lead singers. It’s very easy to work out. I definitely enjoy it.

TAC: You guys have had some ups and downs as a group, but your fan base has always remained very loyal. Describe the bond you have with them.

Slim: The fans are unwavering. Just for the fans to be there for 16 years, and we still pack out arenas, it brings a sense of humbleness to me. It’s just a blessing for people to still be loyal. Even in this day and time where the sounds have changed and the music has changed, but we have our fans. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all our fans out there for just supporting and continuing to support. Through ups and downs, this is life, but as long as they’re out there, we’ll always be there.

TAC: What music are you listening to lately & what do you think about the state of R&B music right now?

Slim: I’m very eclectic when it comes to music. I might listen to Chris Brown and I might listen to Prince. I love country music, especially the ballads. I’m all over the place. I’m into artists who really know who they are as artists and aren’t as traditional. I don’t have a traditional type voice, so I really appreciate the artist that knows themselves as an artist. I’m very proud of the music in general. The guys really stepped up. The Grammy’s are about to come on this weekend and the guys really stepped up. Usually the ladies pretty much run the Grammy’s. You have the Beyonces and the Alicia Keys’. You have females in all genres of music, but the guys really stepped up and it’s a great thing.

TAC: What’s next for the group?

Slim: Right now we’ve been practicing because after we perform there Thursday, 112 is going to get ready to do an International show. We’re going to Tokyo and and Osana, Japan and we’ve been practicing for that. We’ve been getting a lot of fans from overseas saying they can’t wait for us to go there. We sold out in a matter of days, so that was just a blessing in itself for them to be excited to see all four members of the group on one stage. It’s a humbling situation and I enjoy the fans.

TAC: And what about you as a solo artist?

Slim: I’ve been in the studio. I’ve been working with a lot of strong producers out there. I’ve been working with the Drummer Boys, the Jazzy Phas, Play-N-Skillz. If they’re popping, I’m probably working with them. I’m creating this movement entitled Cruise Control and it’s going to be a very organic style album where I’m gonna mix a lot of genres of music, but it’s still going to feel like hip hop and R&B, and people are going to be very surprised because the sound is what’s going on right now. People probably think that someone from the ‘90s will stay in the box. The producers and writers I’ve been working with have really pushed the situation to where everybody is gonna be very surprised. Be on the lookout for it. Right now I just got done mastering a song called “Muse”. It’s produced by Oddz N Endz that produced “So Fly”. That was a platinum selling single. Everyone was telling me to slow this record down for the ladies and I said ‘okay, let’s do it’, so I got with Oddz N Endz and we put together this masterpiece. We’re gonna have it on iTunes and everywhere so be on the lookout for it in the next week to two weeks.  I’m going to shoot the video as soon as I come back from Japan. I’ve been doing a lot of features, too. My last feature was with Rico Love, Young Chris and Fabolous. I was also blessed to be a part of the David Guetta track out right now that’s on Ludacris’ album, “Rest of My Life” that Usher co-wrote, so Slim has been very, very busy. I’m very mainstream and I stay on top of everything. I’m a few steps ahead.

 

Be sure to catch 112 this Valentine’s Day at House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat at 8 p.m. Get last minute tickets here!

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