STS9: Slicker & Retina.IT
Label: Hefty Records
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


John Hughes aka Slicker is an artist, producer, remixer and collaborator. Also records as Slicker and is one half of Some Water and Sun. Formerly one half of Bill Ding. Owner of Hefty Records and HFT Studio. Husband to Ruta and father to Katelyn and Wil.

Retina is an avant-electronic-experimental-noise project that explores the boundaries of digital music. Lino Monaco and Nicola Buono of Retina began making music as the Qmen in 1994, one of the first performing electronic groups of their kind in Pompeii, Italy. Lino explains that, 'the Pompeii volcano is a huge example of the natural energy ready to explode here. The people here have great energy, but because of the poor economic situation and cultural struggles, they can't turn it into positive activity'. He elaborates that he has 'a great fascination in the historic area', in which they work, 'which has a big influence on our experimental activity'. Retina's studio exists beside the ancient city of Pompeii, the city that was buried under the Vesuvio volcano 2000 years ago. They perform and improvise all of their material to DAT which is later transferred to the computer and re-edited."