Singer-songwriter Christopher Sluka’s first two albums were released in Japan by Meldac Records, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, while his third album was recorded for CGD, an Italian branch of Time-Warner. “After that, all my music has come out through my own Steel Flower Music label,” says Sluka, “which has different distribution deals throughout the world.”
In 1994, Sluka bought PB’s Javanican Coffeehouse, soon opening a Mission Beach branch where he also regularly performed. He sold the operation to local drummer Patrick Watson, a.k.a. Max Slyder. “I had the coffee biz for 15 years, with many ups and downs,” says Sluka. “During the last few years, I was inspired to make a new album, and the coffeehouse was in need of more and more attention. Something had to give.”
Other time demands include his job as assistant chief instructor for National Air College, Montgomery Field, where he’s an FAA gold-seal-certified flight instructor, with a commercial pilot’s license and over 3000 hours of flight time.
“I have yet to fly myself to a distant gig,” he says, “if only because I haven’t acquired an airplane large enough to carry all the heavy equipment. Still working on that one.” A new album called Introversions was released in 2016 via his own Steel Flower Music label.
His Colorful Radiation album was released in November 2017, preceded by a single and video for the track "Rise," which he described as "my reaction to the Trump phenomena." It reached number 17 on the Cashbox Rock Chart.
Ready to Connect, released in 2019, spawned a title single, followed by a single for "Hey Oh," produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Alan Sanderson at Pacific Beat Recording Studio. A video for "Hey Oh" was directed and edited by Eric Bishop. Early 2020 saw the release of a new single and video for “VIP.”
An August 2020 single, "Vampire's Ball," came with a video featuring footage shot at protests around San Diego mixed with band performance footage.
The 2021 album Figure It Out was promoted with a single for “Happy in Your World,” which covers historical events. The album was produced by Grammy-winner Alan Sanderson (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Rolling Stones) at local Pacific Beat Recording Studio.