Having just released their excellent new album ‘Star Climbing‘, we managed to grab ten minutes with Zoot Woman’s Adam Blake to find out when the band will be touring the UK, whether their latest material might mean some new Paper Faces remixes in the future and what advice he’s give up-and-coming artists trying to make it.
Hello Adam, where are you today?
And what’s the weather like?
Your new album Star Climbing is real return to form – do you still get nervous about the reaction your fans might take?
I consider ZW fans at every stage of making an album. Developing our sound but also retaining what makes Zoot Woman Zoot Woman is something we are very mindful of.
I watched your return performance at the Berlin festival and it was really great, but Stuart didn’t appear to be on stage – why was that?
When we perform live we look to showcase the songs differently to how they appear on the albums. Stuart last played with ZW on a Euro tour in 2003. We have worked with session musicians in the past, and for Berlin Festival we wanted to make it as stripped and electronic as possible. We wanted the new songs to work alongside the old songs, making sure there was a mixture of material, but that fans got to hear a lot of ‘Star Climbing’.
He has taken a step back from the performance side of the band then?
From the performance side, yes.
I’m sure you probably been asked a million times – but will there be any Paper Faces remixes from the new material?
We are working on remixes for the next two Zoot Woman singles at the moment. Depending on the direction they take, they may turn out to be Paper Faces remixes. I still listen to the Paper Faces remix of ‘Gem’ a lot.
Can we expect some UK dates in the coming months, possibly a UK tour?
Yes. The ‘Star Climbing’ Tour is scheduled for January 2015.
Now that music sales are declining – how do you quantify an album’s success in 2014?
Probably the same way I’ve always quantified an album’s success. When the hype around an artist or an album has wained, all that you’re left with is the songs. If you still want to listen to those songs in a few months or a few years time, it’s a success.
What was the last album you bought?
The La Roux album – I like the more organic approach they adopted for it
If you could collaborate with anyone past or present who would it be and why?
Zoot Woman collaborated with a few different people, some well known, some less well known. And some of those songs will be released in the future so I can’t give any names away. A lot of the best ideas seem to come by accident or as a result of impromptu hook ups.
If your studio was on fire and you could go back and save one thing – what would it be and why?
One of the ’70’s synthesizers – they’re getting harder to find now.
What advice would you give to up-and-coming artists?
The most consistent artists I know seem to have a lot of perseverance. But I guess you can’t really advise someone to perservere. They either will or they won’t, depending on how much they believe in what they’re doing.