Interview – Dub Zoo

I absolutely love music with elements of dub, reggae and ska contained within it, especially when that music has a punky style to it. I was very pleased with Dub Zoo’s track Game Over and felt they deserved a little more recognition – please check out the interview below and make sure you listen to the track if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Game Over, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased?

Game Over is a track we wrote celebrating the freedom of escaping a toxic relationship. It’s like you’ve been trapped in this bad place but then you get out and realise that you’re the master of your own destiny, you create your own reality and your future is in your own hands.

Game Over is available on all streaming platforms and will be on our 10 track album which drops in a few months.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic destroyed live gigs and touring and to be honest, that all hasn’t come back for us yet. However, we’ve been prolific in the recording studio over the last 2 years so we channelled our energy there and we have heaps of new music coming through!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It’s very collaborative. We always like to start with the rhythm section, then we lay down some heavy grooves, build a solid base and create space for the melodic elements.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

We have one more single dropping soon and then the album. And we have a load more stuff coming through behind that.

Are there any plans to release an EP or an album anytime soon?

We’re dropping our first studio album in a few months and then we’re looking at releasing an instrumental album, and then another studio album. We honestly have so much material in the works – it’s crazy.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

All of us in this band listen to very different types of music. Like with Lee, it’s folk and ambient dance music, with Leon it’s fusion and afro-beat, Brad – funk and soul, Lizzie – opera and jazz. With me (Paddy), I’m kinda obsessed with the new Groundation record One Rock, it’s so good – if you haven’t heard it, check it out now!

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We’re based on the East Coast of Australia. There is a strong music culture here, lots of different styles and genres and so many amazing artists. However there is not a huge amount of work for bands right now. It’s hard to get enough work playing live if you have a big band and you don’t play cover songs. We look forward to touring more in the future though!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not at this moment.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We started out as a jam band so our live set involves a lot of improvisation. It’s exciting because I think you’re never 100% sure where it’s gonna go next.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for listening to our music and joining us on our journey. May your life be blessed with love and abundance. BLESS!