One year on from his debut, Zomboy returns with The Dead Symphonic EP on Never Say Die on September 3rd. The EP is a snapshot of a producer who is developing his palette at an alarming rate. No tempo is left uncovered as the EP twists and turns through hands-in-the-air drumstep, Daft Punk'esque electro, orchestral interludes and of course, the sonically perfected dubstep for which he has become so well known for. We spoke to him about the EP and everything else he's up to right now.
You've got The Dead Symphonic EP coming out on Never Say Die, tell us a bit more about the tracks on it...
It's been a year since my last EP so this is a kind of collection of ideas I've had during that time. Production wise I tackled a few firsts, it's the first time I've worked with a vocalist (Belle Humble), I also attempted a dancefloor electro track called 'Vancouver Beatdown'.
As a whole, they all have an orchestral edge - hence the name 'The Dead Symphonic' EP & and I generally worked with lots of different tempos. I'm pleased with how its turned out, have been getting some good feedback too. I'm also touring North America with it for The 'Dead Symphonic US Tour', which is really exciting, especially as I haven't toured America yet.
How did you hook up with Never Say Die in the first place and what's it like working with them?
Never Say Die label boss and fellow artist, SKisM found me randomly on Soundcloud. I'd only been at it for six weeks at that point so it was quite cool to get recognition so early on know I was on the right track. The rest is history!
How has 2012 been for you so far?
Pretty cool, I've been gigging lots; I'm playing pretty much every weekend at the moment. Highlights though would be playing festivals like EDC in USA, and Run To The Sun that is held in my home county of Cornwall - it was wicked to play at home for a change!
Music wise, I've remixed DJ Fresh's 'Hot Right Now' which ended up being a number one, I also remixed Skrillex which along with a few of my other tunes made it on to the Never Say Die album that came out earlier this year, so yeah, It's been a really fun/rewarding/good 2012 thus far!
Got any other releases / remixes coming soon you can tell us about?
Yep! I have a 110bpm Moombahcore track coming out on NSD in October that features British rapper Lady Chann and another new approach for me musically. Also my second collab with SKisM called 'Kick It' is coming out on the last part of his Division EP later on in the year.
What else have you been working on in the studio recently?
I'm constantly writing new music, but not usually in my studio! Any spare minute I get on the road I'm writing new material, I have about 200 unfinished ideas (which is probably why it's taken me a year to decide which ones to put on an EP!)
Where can we see you DJ next?
All around the States for the next few months, I'm there from August through to November so it's a pretty long one. I am back to UK once in-between though to play Bestival, which I'm really looking forward to!!
Anything else you want to tell us about?
There will be a very special give away for my fans when I hit 100k likes on Facebook.
Words: Colin Steven
To celebrate the release we're running a competition where you can win Zomboy's Native Instruments S4 Controller. To enter the draw just answer the following question: what is Zomboy's upcoming EP called?
Email your answer to knowledgecompetitions [at] googlemail.com by September 24th with 'Zomboy Comp' in the subject header. Please do not post the answer in the comments section below or on any other site please.
OWSLA Debut For Phonat
Italian producer Phonat has recently dropped his debut EP for the massive OWSLA label. We talk Identity Theft with the multi-genre musician right here.
Chroma Knock Knock On CIA
Consisting of Phobia, Sato and Tyrone, Chroma are making some serious noise in the drum & bass world. We chat to them about recent single Knock Knock/Intermission and more.
LeeFest 2013 Preview
South London LeeFest returns for its eighth edition in July and has also made history by securing its independence by securing £5,000 on Kickstarter.
Teddy Killerz And Jade Talk Violence
The next huge release from Eatbrain features Teddy Killerz. Here, alongside label boss Jade, they break down the Violence EP.
DJ Vapour Guest Mix
More amazing new music for your ears. We chat to DJ Vapour about new music on 36 Hertz and much more. He treats you to a booming guest mix into the bargain.
Symptom Guest Mix
One half of soundsystem killers Savage Rehab, Symptom is a respected producer in his own right. We catch up on all the news from him, including an exclusive mix.
Artist. Musician. Snowboarder. Eveson is all over at the moment, with his unique blend of skills and passion. We speak to him about upcoming live dates, upcoming releases and more.
Antics Records Unveil Collateral Damage
The Antics Records crew are behind a new LP, which has been getting some major support from the big players. We discuss the project with the label right here.
Congo Natty on Outlook and New Album
We caught up with Congo Natty in Spain to discuss this year's Outlook festival and his forthcoming release on Big Dada...
DJ Upzet Guest Mix
Coming at you live and direct from Germany, DJ Upzet talks about his contribution to the scene, and delivers a firing guest mix.
Soulculture Continue To Spread Their Wings
Soulculture seem to be everywhere at the moment. The duo have a load of exciting plans right now, which they explain to Kmag.
Numark iDJ Pro Review
Numark's sleek new controller the iDJ Pro certainly looks the business but how does it perform? We take a closer look...
Youthman Drops Some Bangin Music
No doubt one of the best French producers in the game, Youthman delivers the scorching Bangin Music EP for Under Pressure.
Scientia Continues With The Carbon Remix EP
J-Science's Scientia imprint is embarking on yet another journey with the Carbon Remix EP. We talk to the Science man all about it.
Detail Guest Mix
Ukraine's Detail is part of the new Utopia release. We talk to him about his track right here, and he drops a guest mix on us.