Joshua Mellody, better known as Zomboy, has gained a lot of strength in the bass music scene over the past few years and he is not slowing down. In 2014, he released his eagerly anticipated LP, The Outbreak, on Never Say Die Records, which allowed him to expand his musical horizons and explore new styles. Now, as one of the biggest names in bass music, Zomboy, continues to crush with tracks like the game-changing “Like A Bitch” in 2016, which was also featured on his highly anticipated EP, Neon Grave. The track became one of the hottest singles of the year and gained support from other popular DJs such as Skrillex and DJ Snake who used it in their opening sets, while Zomboy went on to sell out venues all over North America during his resulting “Neon Grave” tour.
Continuing to smash the charts with projects ranging from his remix of “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, his massive Rott N’ Roll EP, all the way through to linking up with Eptic for the hair-raising “Bop It,” the UK-based producer is preparing to embark on his annual festival run, hyping up bass heads everywhere with his inimitable energy and stage presence.
But before we lose him to the masses this summer, we thought we’d check in with Zomboy as he continues to work in the studio to see if he could reveal what he’s up to next and if fans should be looking forward to hearing some new, bass-heavy collaborations soon.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’ve been asked this question loads of times and my answers always differ, but I’m going to say Corey Taylor (of Slipknot fame) because A) he’s an incredible vocalist and B) I met him in an airport recently and he was super cool and I feel like it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it could happen. *crossing fingers*
You’ve successfully grown within the past two years after the release of “Like A Bitch” and your Neon Grave EP. Do you have other goals set for yourself for the future or are you just going with the flow?
I’ve always just gone with the flow, and my career has been a really organic one in terms of my growth and that of my fan base. I’ve been lucky enough to tick most of the boxes I’ve wanted to and I’m just really grateful I get to make and play music for a living.
What can fans look forward to from you this year?
New originals, and hopefully if the stars align, some juicy collabs that have been in the works for a while.
A couple months ago you released your Rott n’ Roll Pt. 1 EP; when will part two release and how will the sound differ from the first EP?
I can’t tell you what the exact release date will be, but I can say that I’m evolving the whole concept both visually and musically. You guys should expect part two to be heavier all round.
What’s one piece of advice you received that you would share with an aspiring artist?
It may sound a little clichéd but the age old, ‘Don’t run before you can walk’ philosophy, especially in relation to producing music. Master the basics of engineering and get your stuff to the best it can be before putting it out there to the world.
To wrap it up, tell us a few things we don’t know about you.
I always feel the pull of creativity, but I don’t always feel like writing music, so I’ve actually found myself with quite a few new hobbies. I’ve got really into photography, graphic design and most recently 3D Animation. It’s awesome because all these things play a part in my career in some way and a lot of the time they can actually inspire new music too.