Roadies and Technicians
Technician who worked on:
Married Janet Neville-Ferguson
"and so it was in June of 1977 I moved to L.A. to begin rehearsals with frank zappa. I rented a non-descript one bedroom apartment on Canyon Drive in North Hollywood not far from the famous Hollywood sign. who says 'nobody walks in LA'? I sure did. I had no car. frank's brother-in-law Midget Sloatman was often my ride and my only friend." - Adrian Belew
Sloatman was working at Valley Sound in Los Angeles when he was called to the Record Plant to repair a synthesizer that required attention during the Zoot Allures sessions. Later when Frank had a question while learning the Linn Drum Machine and other synths, he called on Sloatman to help. With Zappa's encouragement, he formed his own company to provide custom electronics for synthesizers within several recording studios (including Zappa's personal studio).
"I like the SSL compressor unit, custom built by Arthur Sloatman" - Mix magazine interview 1985
He is credited as "Technical" on Apostrophe ('). FZ makes reference to "Dunt's ex-wife" on Roxy & Elsewhere. Is depicted on the cover of Over-Nite Sensation as half of the two-headed roadie with Paul Hof.