The 62-year-old director worked in music management for artists such as the Beastie Boys, Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz and Jane’s Addiction and as a record producer for Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Fiona Apple, Macy Gray and more.
Over the course of his career, he heard stories about the Los Angeles music scene in 1965, and they inspired the project that resulted in “Echo in the Canyon.” The canyon the title refers to is Laurel Canyon.
“There was this innocence in Los Angeles, not only the character and the music from that period,” Slater says. “I set out to look at the music of that period and make a film of what was happening in Los Angeles in 1965. It was always, in my mind, the place where everything for recorded album music really took place.”