J.Peter Schwalm (*1970), scholar of drums, studied at the “Frankfurt Academy Of Music For Jazz And Pop Music”. Inspired by the music of Miles Davis, Prince or Weather Report, J.Peter Schwalm formed Slop Shop in 1993, originally his band project (Git.,sax,perc,turntables). The first releases were on the Infracom label (“My Love Is Higher”).
1998 saw the release of the debut album Makrodelia by Poets Club Records. Schwalms experience as bandleader, as well as his gift for the creation of abstract tonal formations and unheard sounds flowed into the album Makrodelia. Very positive responses came from Peter Kruder, Rainer Trüby and Brian Eno. Brian Eno was so amazed by Makrodelia ( „… some stuff on this CD is a type of music I´ve been dreaming of for years“) that he offered Peter his collaboration to work with him together. Following a joint, live concert in Bonn/Germany in 1998 the two have collaborated on various different projects; e.g. together with Holger Czukay and Laurie Anderson, the CD “Music for Onmyio-ji” exclusively released in Japan, and the album “Drawn From Life”. With this project and associated band, Schwalm and Eno played live in 2001 in Japan (“Fuji Rock Festival”), Portugal (“Oporto”/Porto), Lanzarote and Barcelona.
In the autumn of 2000 Poets Club Records released the (wonderfully melancholic) second Slop Shop album “Makrodelia 2”, which consequently represents the further development of the first album. All instruments are performed by Schwalm…only for the track “So Nah” did Eno stand by his side.
“Interpretations”, Slop Shop`s third album, features some of his most interesting reworks for or collaborations with other artists … such as the great Brian Eno, the space-jazz weirdo Jimi Tenor, Shantel, Ian Simmonds, Atomhockey from Berlins Sonar Kollektiv, the German electronic-pop project Sensorama and the talented young producer Blackfish.
‘Sometimes you hear something and think: “Now this is how the modern world feels to me”. Peter’s music is like that, capturing excitement and speed and ambiguity and even wistfulness and melancholy … a complex emotional palette which feels to me like real life.’
(Words: Brian Eno reg. Slop Shop)