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Introducing… King Zepha & The Bluebeat Renaissance Interview


Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
King Zepha: The band is called King Zepha. We are a 7-piece band and we formed about a year ago. The name actually comes from the make and model of my tenor saxophone (King Zephyr). I changed the spelling to avoid any copyright infringements!

Redstar73 Blog: You have just released your debut album. Tell us more about it!
King Zepha: Our debut album was released in June on Ginhouse Records. It is a double album (22 tracks) and it’s available from http://kingzepha.bandcamp.com/releases as a double CD or a digital download. The first CD features 9 original songs, 2 dubs and an instrumental cover of Desmond Dekker’s Isrealites. We recorded a lot of the album ourselves, straight onto tape in the back of our transit van. The second disc is a live recording from Smokestack nightclub in Leeds.

Redstar73 Blog: Whats up next for King Zepha?
King Zepha: We’re just about to finish our European tour with a show tonight at Matt & Phreds in Manchester. We started recording our second album in Amsterdam last week. We’re going to record some more new songs in Leeds this autumn and we’re hoping to finish off the album in Amsterdam next April, with a view to release it in May or June. We’ve also got quite a few shows coming up, including Al’s Dime Bar in Bradford on 4 September, Moortown Social Club in Leeds on 25 September, Unity Works in Wakefield on 9 October, Dumfries and Galloway Ska & Reggae Club on 12 December and The Source Collective in Carlisle on 13 December.

Redstar73 Blog: Where do you think ska is heading?
King Zepha: Ska seems to be growing in popularity again. There seems to be a lot of new ska bands popping up in the north of England, such as Baked A La Ska, Mancheska and The Indecision. I’ve noticed quite a few old Jamaican ska records being used in TV commercials recently as well. I hope that this apparent revival in ska music continues to grow on the same scale that it did in the late 70s and early 80s with the 2-tone movement but, whether it does or not, there are still a lot of loyal and enthusiastic ska fans out there who continue to support the UK ska scene and we’re looking forward to meeting them all!


Interview No. 1 Station June 2011

Redstar73 Blog: How was your experience with the famous Blue Beat Records? Any chance to get all songs on one CD?
Marcus Downbeat: The Blue Beat project was fabulous. An acheivement that I’m very proud of. I am hoping that the tracks will be compiled on a CD and iTunes later this year, watch out for The Blue Beat Sessions album.

Redstar73 Blog: Please could you tell us more about the ‘We are the rulers’ project.
Marcus Downbeat: We Are The Rulers was a fun project for the World Cup. We had great success with the song, winning two national radio competitions. The tune would have been massive had the England team not been so rubbish.

Redstar73 Blog: Do you have any plans to come to Europe this year?
Marcus Downbeat: I’d love to come to Europe – particularly Barcelona. Contacts needed for tour of Spain….any ideas?

Redstar73 Blog: You went on tour with Roxy Music in January. How was the reaction by the people and any funny stories to tell?

Marcus Downbeat: The Roxy Music tour was a real pinnacle of our career. We played the biggest venues in the UK to incredibly massive crowds. It went down really well and we got a great response from every gig we played.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words?!
Marcus Downbeat: No.1 Station sending out a message of peace and love to all music lovers. We look forward to playing in Spain as soon as possible. One love.


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