Creature speaks to Etienne from Zombie Zombie
For people out there that have never heard of you, please give them a brief run down of what Zombie Zombie is. How would you describe what you create?
ETIENNE : it’s a duo… I play an old analog keyboard from the 70’s and Neman plays drums. Our music is mostly instrumental, we have a lot of respect for the first creator of electronic music ! We have an old sound and a cinematic way to compose our songs… we love the music of the horror film… and we love to improvise. We have a rock background, you can find all these elements in our records.
You released your debut album A Land for Renegades earlier this year. What were your major influences for this album and is there a specific theme that runs through it?
ETIENNE : Our major influence was the sound of the analog keys. They create images, we improvise most of the songs when we record the album, so we just wanted to use some sound we love and try to create songs with it. These instruments was theremine, rototom, the space echo…
I was hooked on the first listen and hear something new every time. Please could you give us some idea of the creative processes you went through to produce such a creation.
ETIENNE : When I play, I don’t try to think, I want to have my mind free. I’m not really a keyboard player, I’m actually a saxophonist. I love improvising and follow my feelings. So I just touch the keys and the buttons and follow my imagination. I don’t really know how to play… I just want to make some exciting sounds with these old analog keyboards.
What albums/artists would you recommend to anyone interested in discovering more about this type of music.
ETIENNE : HARMONIA – KAFTWERK – NEU
We’d like you to make us a mix-tape. Would you do us the honour of picking 10 tracks around a theme of your choice, (or no theme if you so wish!).
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE TOP 10
Throbbing Gristle “hot on the heels of love”
François de Roubaix “les caïds”
Silverapples “a pox on you”
Can “vitamin C”
John Carpenter “assault on precint 13”
The Normal “TVOD”
DAF “der räuber und der prinz”
This is the festival edition of Creaturemag so we must ask which events you attended this summer, what was your favourite and why?
ETIENNE : CALVI ON THE ROCKS… an amasing place in corsica. Few people… a bit decadent… perfect !
Finally, what’s up next for Zombie Zombie?<
ETIENNE : Our new EP “dog walker” is out this month.
Our kELPE remix for DC recordings must be out this month also in UK and we have record a new album at the begining of 2009.
Click here to view this interview in The 2008 Festival Edition