The Zzips

the zzips 2

 

James:

 

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

Played bass guitar at Church lol. First deal with Rhythm King records. 

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To win a Mercury Music prize and a  MOBO.

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

I co-wrote my first song (Old Octavia) in 1992

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

Smiths – Morrissey has something to say and says it. Melody and lyrics that make a grown man cry.

Nirvana – anger

Pixies – odd rhythms and structure but great underlying melodies.

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

It was recorded in a shed with love and I hope people like it.

6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

Tonbridge. The local gig is excellent (voted best small venue in the Guardian last year) it’s called the Forum and I’ve played it a lot of times in my life. Local scene isn’t what you’d expect

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

Kings of Electronic Rock – H2SO4. Techno masters – Mortal and Code.

Graham:

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

Initial start- i was a painter working  above a studio . I liked the band’s music  and agreed to mix their stuff live in london as there were so many
difficult and inept engineers. The band were Code who went onto record the classic ” Architect”  album on 3rd Mind records, but they had so many problems getting a decent live mix .

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Peer recognition is high on my list. Mercury also.

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

 First track ” Cities 1-4 ”  a cityscape in electronic music ; for Code in  1997

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

 Duke Ellington for hooks, Kraftwerk for cool and integrity, Beach Boys for exuberance and general ‘spot-on-ness ‘

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

This is an album with lyrics that will shake, rattle and roll you. The likes of which I have not heard for a very long time. It will unsettle you and inspire you at the same time.

6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

 I  pay very little attention to ‘scenes ‘ apart from landscapes..

7. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Spotifyetc . See You Tube– Roman Devreaux channel  also Coleman Hatch for many interesting videos ( eg the instrumental ” Credit Crunch” by the zzips )  ..other than that i tunes , amazon, cd baby etc.

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