With his Game Time EP having made quite an impact when it was released earlier this year, Guildford-based Zomboy has just dropped his remix of Pressure - Nadia Ali, Starkillers and Alex Kenji's big progressive house track. We caught up with him to find out more.
How did you come up with the name Zomboy?
Like pretty much all artists, I literally have no idea… It was most likely to do with the fact I was a huge fan of Left For Dead and zombies where my thang!
Tell us something we should know about you?
I’m the least likely person you’d expect to make this kind of dirty music because I don’t drink, I don’t take drugs, I am a complete clean freak and I enjoy lots of high quality coffee!
How did remixing Pressure come about?
I was actually approached by an A&R man from the label Strictly Rhythm, asking to put my own twist on the song.
Alex Kenji tweeted “I’m not into dubstep at all but the Zomboy remix of Pressure is literally amazing! How does that feel?
It’s such an honour to get support and compliments from other artists with a huge reputation in other genres in the whole EDC movement (Electronic Dance Music).
Your mix had nearly a million plays in less than two weeks on Youtube, were you surprised at the reaction?
I was completely shocked in how quickly the play counts came in. I wasn’t expecting to tip the one million marker at all. But in a way it didn’t surprise me due to the sheer brilliance of UKF.
Your production style is already been written about by music production magazines, how would you describe your style?
Well as everybody clearly recognises (and in some peoples cases, hate?!) a huge portion of my inspiration comes from Skrillex (as he’s the guy who attracted me to the electro/dubstep genre). So I guess my 'style' is kind of up-beat, grotty, grim electro-step with a touch of melody? But I let everyone else determine it as they wish.
How did you get in to producing?
For many years I had been producing acoustic artists and bands, but last year, when I came to the ACM in Guildford to study my degree in music production, I met my house mates who encouraged me to delve into the world of electronic music, and now after such a short time, here I am.
What software do you use?
If we are talking about DAWs then I am a Logic man, and if we are talking about synths/instruments all I can really say is everything Native Instruments bar Massive. I find that Massive has become so generic and obvious in dubstep now that I rarely use it at all. A word of advice would be to search deeper into the world on NI and you will find some treats.
All producers seem to be DJing now, do you DJ, if so where can we see you play?
This is correct, considering there is minimal money in sales anymore, being a producer doesn’t cover the costs, which is why many producers have become DJs like myself. It’s all part of the package. I’m currently booked up until about may next year so I will be hitting countries all over which you can check on my Facebook page for details.
What are your plans for the future?
Well I hope to diversify into other electronic music genres, collab with some great vocalists (because lets face it, vengeance loops only get you so far. I'd also like to bring out another EP and some singles, do some more remixes (which will out very soon so keep an eye out), shows, tours and much much more.
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