Zola Blood

Back in July last year we tipped indie pop foursome Zola Blood who went on to bag third place in our Top Of The Tips 2014 and deservedly so. The band gained coverage from the likes of NME, Q, Fake DIY and The Independent following the release of their track ‘Grace’ and they’ve been hard at work in the studio ever since. We caught up with the quartet to discuss their plans going forward.

1. Firstly, for those who are unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe your sound?

We try to write electronic music with soul. I guess it’s pop in a lot of ways but there’s a melancholy behind it and we also want to make people dance at our live shows. All things to all men.

2. We featured you on The Tipping Point a while back, what have you been up to since?

Getting our live show together and working on the follow-up. We did a couple of gigs in London, which were great, and we just played at Swn festival in Cardiff – also a lot of fun. But we haven’t done loads of shows because we really wanted to write more tunes. We’re definitely putting out new music this year.

3. In terms of your career so far, how long have you been writing and performing as an artist?

Zola Blood came about in October 2013 and our first gig was October 2014, after a year of introspection in our room in Hackney. All of us had played in bands before, but it’s only since the four of us met that we thought we were onto something.

4. Would you say you prefer recording in the studio or playing live?

Probably playing live at the minute, as we’ve only done a handful of shows and we like getting out of the house. Secret Garden Party is going to be a lot of fun – we’ve got a night time slot and want to try doing things a bit differently. Studio time is obviously great because it’s where everyone gets to be creative, but it also involves quite a lot of hanging around, drinking coffee and listening to the same song (a lot). I think probably a healthy dose of both would keep us all happy.

5. What is the most difficult challenge for you in the music industry?

We’ve been looking for the brown note for a long time.

6. What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

We’re proud of the Meridian EP and the nice things people said about it. The London shows selling out was obviously great and getting remixes from people we really admire like Applescal and Tythe has also been a buzz. But that feels like ages ago now and we’re really excited about what we’re doing right now.

7. When can we catch you playing live next?

We’re supporting our friends Boxed In on their UK tour in June. We’re also planning another London gig soon, probably in the summer.

8. Will you be appearing on the festival circuit this summer?

Yes! Secret Garden Party. Saturday night. Before The Acid.

9. Do you have any new material due for release soon?

I’m writing this from a recording studio in Bermondsey. We’re working with the venerable Richard Formby and it’s going really well. We’re right in the middle of it but there’s definitely something cooking. Hoping to get something out in the summer, but it takes a while to get things in place.

10. Do you have any industry related advice for emerging artists?

Try and maintain as much control as possible and take your time.

11. What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you/keep up to date with the latest goings on?

Social media is an obvious one – https://www.facebook.com/ZolaBlood

Or there’s Paul’s mobile 07855804175…He’s on Tinder too.

12. What is your one major ambition for your career in music?

I guess just to make it sustainable and be proud of everything we do. And a stadium tour when we’re in our 70s.

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