Zachary Rapp-Rovan, aka Hooks, talks collaboration with Illenium
Electronic music duo Zeds Dead are already one of Canada’s top musical exports, and now they’ve turned the volume even higher by collaborating with Denver’s Illenium on their first single since their debut album, Northern Lights. “Where the Wild Things Are” is a dancefloor anthem that is euphoric and hard charging.
Zeds Dead debuted the track at their annual Dead Rocks event at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Recently, DC and Hooks released the song to the world, and now have announced their forthcoming Deadbeats tour. The concert series begins September 3rd in Miami, Florida, as the duo, along with Ghostface Killah, NGHTMRE and more, hit ten locations across North America.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Hooks to find out about the tracks that influenced him, learn about Zeds Dead’s collaboration with Illenium, and discuss the songs that remind the artist of home.
What was the first live show you attended and how does it impact your upcoming tour?
ZD: The first show I attended that had any impact on how I perform was probably seeing Nas. We always have tried to capture some of the vibe of a hip-hop show for our own shows, a lot of head bobbing, hand waving, even the way we speak to the crowd. Rap shows had a big influence on us as performers.
How did the collaboration with Illenium come about?
ZD:We started passing some ideas back and forth after we brought him on our Northern Lights Tour. After a while we got in the studio and one of the ideas took form and that ended up being Where The Wild Things Are.
Do you have a track that feels reminiscent of home?
ZD: A lot of Third Eye Blind songs take me back to being a kid when I hear them. Semi Charmed Life and How’s it Going To Be especially.
What track are you most proud of?
ZD: I don’t know about one single track, but I’m very proud of our last album Northern Lights. We put a lot of time and effort into it to make it really embody our sound and work as an album and I think we were successful in that. I still listen to it fairly often, so that’s a good sign too.
What song do you want played at your funeral?
ZD:That’s such a weird question, I wanna say Spirit in the Sky but thats not the vibe.
What’s your favorite track off of Northern Lights?