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Fast Five: Ted Zed



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I’ve been mad about music from a really young age, I got a tiny drum kit and a keyboard when I was 6 and wrote spacey little songs and I’ve been doing the same thing ever since. I think music gives me a sense of freedom that I haven’t felt from anything else, and I can’t think of anything else in the world I’d want to do, it’s like that quote from Nietzsche ‘without music, life would be a mistake’

How would you describe your music?

I think it’s quite abstract but at the centre of each song theirs a pop core, and it’s optimistic as well as dark. I’m really inspired by older music so I’ve always tried to keep a retro sensibility underneath the electronics and I’d like the listener to take a journey and at the same time come out of it singing along.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Just to get out and perform the songs and have some fun! We plan to do art installations with live visuals. I love to get a reaction and see what people are digging.. it’s always exciting. The first EP is coming soon and those songs are produced by Youth and there’s a great remix on there by Mac Stanton. And then there’s a summer EP coming. Those songs are the ones produced by Eliot James. I’m doing gigs and some festivals in the U.K. It’s all very exciting for me.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Neil young because he’s still rocking out and I’ve always enjoyed his sincerity and direction, it would be great to be a part of something like that onstage because when those vibes are bouncing back and forth between you and the audience it’s pure magic.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Definitely Sgt. Pepper’s because it’s got enough melody and psychedelia  to keep me satisfied for life. There’s a reason for it being so famous because it’s full of brilliantly concocted songs, each one instantly captivating.

Ted Zed’s new EP Alien Monday is out 28th April 2014