Joshua Mellody, or better known by his stage name Zomboy, is a dubstep producer and DJ who has brought us hit tracks such as “Organ Donor”, landing him the top five spot on Beatport dubstep charts for over 8 weeks.
Now he’s back with his new hit single “Here to Stay” which is getting the remix treatment. The EP features re-workings of tracks from some of the biggest innovators in bass music, including Delta Heavy, Astronaut and Buku.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Zomboy himself, we talk about his new EP “Here to Stay”, how he came up with his track “Vancouver Beatdown”, and more.
Felix: Let’s start with the basics. The name Zomboy, you’ve probably been asked to elaborate on it a trillion times, but how did you come up with your name?
Zomboy: It’s actually something I’m not entirely sure about myself! I was pretty into zombies, so I guess that had something to do with it.
Felix: You have a new remix EP coming out…tell us more about it.
Zomboy: ‘Here to Stay’ was my debut release on No Tomorrow Recordings and this Remixes EP features 4 new versions. Astronaut has done a funky electro version, Buku has taken it down tempo and there’s a killer drum and bass rework from Delta Heavy. It also features the winner of the remix competition that Beatport ran – JumoDaddy.
Felix: Where does the inspiration come from to do what you do?
Zomboy: I’m inspired by a lot of different styles of music – I definitely don’t limit myself to just EDM! I’m constantly writing material because I love it; exploring new styles and sounds is always going to be inspiring for me.
Felix: Talking about the word “DJ”, do you feel that this word describes who you are? Or would you consider yourself more of a producer, or musician?
Zomboy: I’d like to think that people don’t just see me as a guy spinning records – I always want to put on a memorable show for my fans. Part of who I am as an artist is how I deliver a high energy performance that works alongside the music I play. I’d also say I was primarily a producer who learned to DJ later on.
Felix: If I were to walk into your studio, what would I see? What does your studio equipment consist of?
Zomboy: I am a Logic user, so that’s my software of choice. In terms of synths/instruments I tend to avoid Massive and have discovered that doing a bit of research into Native Instruments can lead to some really exciting finds.
Felix: If you could collaborate on an album with any singer or band, who would it be and why?
Zomboy: To be honest, I’ve always been a really big fan of SKisM. He is a real inspiration to me. So when we did “Kick It” together, I felt like the luckiest guy on the planet.
Felix: The track “Vancouver Beatdown”, an oldie but a goodie. Why did you choose Vancouver of all places to make a track for?
Zomboy: I got inspired to write this when I played Vancouver for the first time in May 2012…I played the Fortune Sound Club. I’m always writing when I’m on the road, and I put the beat down for this track when I was in Vancouver…hence “Vancouver Beatdown.”
Felix: When you’re not being Zomboy, what do you like to do to let loose?
Zomboy: I’m not really the kind of guy to let loose. When I’m not busy working or traveling, I write music.
Felix: Name three tracks you have on your MP3 player.
Zomboy: I am really into the Alt-J album right now. It is on constant repeat.
Felix: Last but not least, in five years from now, where would you like to see yourself?
Zomboy: Hopefully, I’ll still be able to keep making music, and keep touring the globe and playing. I’m having the best time right now!
Felix: Thank you for talking the time to speak with me.
Written by Felix Kay, for Vancity Buzz. Stay in touch with Felix on Twitter at @TheFelixKay.