Unlike a lot of artists, Slash has no problem writing new material on the road.

In fact, as he tells Classic Rock Magazine in an interview conducted backstage at this year's Soundwave Festival, he prefers songwriting on the road. "I've already started working on the new stuff," he said. "This is the place — I mean, on the road is the platform that I find is the easiest for me to work on new material. It's easier here than it is for me to do when I'm at home. I take my phone and record ideas, and then we jam stuff when we have soundchecks. Compile a bunch of ideas, and when we go home, sort of hash them out."

But for Slash, whose most recent album, World on Fire, arrived last September, new music may not be the top priority right away. Conceding that he devotes most of his touring downtime to reading and sleeping, he says he's been checking out a lot of books by "writers who are potential people I might work with in the movie space. ... I've been reading a lot of more or less unknown writers' works, to see which guys might fit."

That jibes with comments he recently made regarding his plans for the rest of 2015, which include releasing a new horror movie through his Slasher Films production company. "I’m into bringing back the psychological, the super scary," he explained. "Especially the things you can’t see going on — character-driven, plot-driven kinda things." In the meantime, fans can look for Slash in a totally different kind of film production courtesy of his cameo role in the recently released The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

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