Julie Slick

Julie Slick

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Julie Slick is a virtuoso bassist and composer known for her wide array of unique tones and melodic invention. In her 7 year career, she has developed a distinctive voice through international performances and recording with acclaimed first class musicians in both the prog rock and jazz communities.


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, founder of McRad. But her big break came six months later, 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 their short existence, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage internationally 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. Primus followed, and the ABPT's mini set concluded with Levin, Mastelotto, 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 Adrian Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Eddie Jobson, Greg Howe, Ric Fierabacci, and Marco Minnemann.

In 2010 Julie released her self-titled debut record, and continued to tour with Adrian in Canada, Japan, South America, and Europe. In 2011, the trio joined forces with Stickmen, and formed the Crimson ProjeKct, a double trio featuring original King Crimson members Adrian, Pat, and Tony. They've spent the last two years touring around the US, and spent the summer of 2012 opening up for Dream Theater.

In September 2012, Julie put out her second solo album, "Terroir", which features luxuriant soundscapes and legendary guest musicians Pat Mastelotto, Adrian Belew, David Torn, Rick Musallam, Marco Minnemann, Eric Slick and more.

Now based in LA, she continues to work on many projects in both the studio and on the stage.


Rock School: Original Soundtrack, 2005
Adrian Belew Power Trio: Side 4 (Live), 2007
Adrian Belew Power Trio: e, 2009
PAPER CAT: Live at John & Peter's 7.16.09, 2009
Julie Slick: (self), 2010
Bahner/Slick Duo: Live at Slick Sound Studios, 2011
Bahner/Slick Duo: Streaks, 2012
DRGN King: Paragraph Nights, 2012
Julie Slick: Terroir, 2012
Corporal Spirits: (self) 2012
Springs: (self) 2012