Andrew Slater began his career in the late 70s as a music critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Billboard and People, he left journalism in 1984 to join Frontline management as Creative Director where he worked with artist such as The Go-Go’s, Stevie Nicks and later went on to become the manager for the Beastie Boys, Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz and Jane’s Addiction.
Along with his management work (and as an extension of his background as a musician) Mr. Slater became a record producer, producing three records for Warren Zevon, including one with R.E.M. He produced the debut single for the Wallflowers (The Wallflowers, 1992) as well as the band’s 2000 album, Breach.
In 1996 Mr. Slater produced Fiona Apple’s critically acclaimed debut album Tidal, which sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. and earned the artist a Grammy Award. In 1998 he produced Macy Gray’s debut album On How Life Is, which sold 7 million copies and earned Gray a Grammy. He managed both of these artists during these successes.
In May of 2001, Slater was appointed the President and CEO of Capitol Records in Los Angeles. As the New York Times declared, Slater “transformed Capitol from a languishing heritage label…into a company that can once again develop hit artists.” Slater left Capitol in 2007.
“Echo In The Canyon” is his first documentary feature film as a writer/director.