An interview with Vancouver Beatdown's ZOMBOY

Dec 19 2017, 7:38 am

Joshua Mellody, or better known by his stage name Zomboy, is a dubstep producer and DJ who has brought us hit tracks such as “Organ Donor”, landing him the top five spot on Beatport dubstep charts for over 8 weeks.

Now he’s back with his new hit single “Here to Stay” which is getting the remix treatment. The EP features re-workings of tracks from some of the biggest innovators in bass music, including Delta Heavy, Astronaut and Buku.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Zomboy himself, we talk about his new EP “Here to Stay”, how he came up with his track “Vancouver Beatdown”, and more.

Felix: Let’s start with the basics. The name Zomboy, you’ve probably been asked to elaborate on it a trillion times, but how did you come up with your name?

Zomboy: It’s actually something I’m not entirely sure about myself! I was pretty into zombies, so I guess that had something to do with it.

Felix: You have a new remix EP coming out…tell us more about it.

Zomboy: ‘Here to Stay’ was my debut release on No Tomorrow Recordings and this Remixes EP features 4 new versions. Astronaut has done a funky electro version, Buku has taken it down tempo and there’s a killer drum and bass rework from Delta Heavy. It also features the winner of the remix competition that Beatport ran – JumoDaddy.

Felix: Where does the inspiration come from to do what you do?

Zomboy: I’m inspired by a lot of different styles of music – I definitely don’t limit myself to just EDM! I’m constantly writing material because I love it; exploring new styles and sounds is always going to be inspiring for me.

Felix: Talking about the word “DJ”, do you feel that this word describes who you are? Or would you consider yourself more of a producer, or musician?

Zomboy: I’d like to think that people don’t just see me as a guy spinning records – I always want to put on a memorable show for my fans. Part of who I am as an artist is how I deliver a high energy performance that works alongside the music I play. I’d also say I was primarily a producer who learned to DJ later on.

Felix: If I were to walk into your studio, what would I see? What does your studio equipment consist of?

Zomboy: I am a Logic user, so that’s my software of choice. In terms of synths/instruments I tend to avoid Massive and have discovered that doing a bit of research into Native Instruments can lead to some really exciting finds.

Felix: If you could collaborate on an album with any singer or band, who would it be and why?

Zomboy: To be honest, I’ve always been a really big fan of SKisM. He is a real inspiration to me. So when we did “Kick It” together, I felt like the luckiest guy on the planet.

Felix: The track “Vancouver Beatdown”, an oldie but a goodie. Why did you choose Vancouver of all places to make a track for?

Zomboy: I got inspired to write this when I played Vancouver for the first time in May 2012…I played the Fortune Sound Club. I’m always writing when I’m on the road, and I put the beat down for this track when I was in Vancouver…hence “Vancouver Beatdown.”

Felix: When you’re not being Zomboy, what do you like to do to let loose?

Zomboy: I’m not really the kind of guy to let loose. When I’m not busy working or traveling, I write music.

Felix: Name three tracks you have on your MP3 player.

Zomboy: I am really into the Alt-J album right now. It is on constant repeat.

Felix: Last but not least, in five years from now, where would you like to see yourself?

Zomboy: Hopefully, I’ll still be able to keep making music, and keep touring the globe and playing. I’m having the best time right now!

Felix: Thank you for talking the time to speak with me.

Check out more works from Zomboy on SoundCloud. and YouTube


Written by Felix Kay, for Vancity Buzz. Stay in touch with Felix on Twitter at @TheFelixKay.