Hi VENTS, we’re good. We’re mid-pint, the day after a gig and ebaying musical equipment for our next show.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sunbeam”?
Yes. What would you like to know?
Sunbeam is our first official venture into the open world of music. It’s sometimes hard to let go of a song and put it out there for people to listen and judge. We felt that Sunbeam was the right one to put out as a showcase for our current sound. We reflect on this song as a piece that combines elements of our early sound, together with the progress that we’ve made towards a newer style and feel.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
You know when you’re looking down the lens of a camera and the sun gleams in the background, so much exposure that you can no longer see what you were taking a picture of. It’s about trying to recapture that. It’s impossible. You just can’t, because the scene was already perfect. You don’t need a picture – you were already there, enjoying the moment.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have just invested in an old VHS camcorder to film the video on. We had all the ideas of a “big budget concept film” but felt that a video in the style of ‘home made’ would portray us in the right light. We plan to film it ourselves in locations around London and although recorded present day, captures the authentic feel of 30 years ago.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s always a lot of fun for us to record tracks and Sunbeam was no different. We had a good idea of where the track was heading before getting into the studio so we didn’t change much whilst recording. We’ve found that isn’t always the case!
What role does London play in your writing?
We both grew up near London and spent our childhoods venturing into the city. Its an important place for both of us and influenced us to start a band together, whether directly or indirectly. I think we both agree that the hustle and hassle of the city can be an important source of inspiration for our music and musical direction.
How has Arcade Fire and Alt J influenced your writing?
The two of us draw our musical influences from very different styles of music and we feel this gives us the flexibility to remain broad and open minded with the direction of each track. It’s nice because we can each bring different sounds to the table and have the confidence to trust each other’s intuition and musical instinct.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Sunbeam is a track that will sit on our debut EP, scheduled to release in Jan/Feb. There are plans for an album although the priority for us is the upcoming EP. Like any fine wine, it takes time.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We are releasing the EP early next year following two single releases – Sunbeam and Afterglow. As with all things these dates and plans are subject to change but only for the better.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. The first show we ever played was in Paris during fashion week so we’re no strangers to hitting the road. We’re currently piecing together a short UK and Europe tour, so watch this space.
What else is happening next in Zoofan’s world?
We like the sound of that, “ZOOFANS World”. We’ve been putting a lot of work into building our own studio. We are aiming to create a space that feels like working from the comfort of home but delivers the flexibility and performance of a professional working studio. Like the rest of Zoofan’s world, it’s a work in progress….