Interview with Kevvy Mental from Fake Shark Real Zombie!

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Fake Shark Real Zombie is a four man band based out of Vancouver, BC. The band’s genre is hard to define because they combine so many different things in their infectious sound – everything from hip hop to Motown.

Signed to 604 Records’ sister company, Light Organ Records, the band consists of Kevvy Mental, Louis Wu, Tony Dallas, and Jason Crockford. Never listened to them? Well you definitely should. I can guarantee you that their songs will get stuck in your head, especially singles Girls, Get Weird and Paint It Gold. You can buy their latest album, Liar, here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/liar/id599166015.

Also, check out their latest video for Paint It Gold http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIj0ydBZ1A4.

Still want to know more? Well then you’re in the right place because I was lucky enough to have an interview with the one and only, Kevvy Mental.

You’ve worked with a lot of artists, from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, rapper Anami Vice, and even tattoo artist, Kat Von D. Do you find it easier to work on songs with other people, or for your own band?

KM: It all depends on what’s inspiring at the moment. I get a lot of songs ideas and then they’re not necessarily right for someone like Jessica Lee, but it wouldn’t definitely work for Carly…and of course I save the wacky ones for Fake Shark 😉

Is the writing process for you different when you’re writing for or with other artists, and when you’re writing for FSRZ?

KM: It’s different with every single person I’ve ever written with. Part of being a producer is being a psychologist, and trying to read a persons mood and what you can do with them to inspire them. Sometimes that means you hang out and talk for a few hours first, and some times it means running frantically to several instruments.

If you could work with any band or artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

KM: Busta Rhymes because I know we could redefine pop-rap together.

FSRZ’s sound has changed quite a bit from your first album, Zebra! Zebra! to the current album, Liar. How did fans react to such a change? Do you think you gained any more fans because of this change?

KM: There’s always going to be some form of backlash unless you put out the same thing several times, and even then some people will lash out at you because you’re not ‘evolving’. It doesn’t matter to me though, because all I’m interested in doing is putting out stuff that’s honest to me. And ironically, Liar is honest for me, and I think listeners can sense that. It would have been dishonest to put out another hardcore record because that doesn’t excite me right now for this project.

Out of all the videos that FSRZ has made, which is your favourite?

KM: paint it gold.

If you weren’t in the music industry, what do you think you’d be doing?

KM: directing films.

You were recently on tour with Marianas Trench, Down With Webster, and Anami Vice. On a tour like that, I imagine there is no shortage of pranks. But did anyone prank you on the tour?

KM: Mike from Marianas poured champagne in my eyes on stage. he’s evill

I’ve noticed that you interact with a lot of fans over twitter, and other things such as fan phone calls. What would it have meant to you if you could have interacted with your favourite bands or artists this way when you were growing up? Why do you think it’s important to your fans?

KM: I’m kinda glad I couldn’t cos I would have annoyed the shit out of Jonathan Davis!

Now I have to ask this, just because I’m curious, but who came up with the idea of ‘Mevvy’?

KM: the fans! we just hang out a lot and i’m not sure who coined the term!

I also asked if there were any fans that had questions for Kevvy:

Morgan and Cassidy asked: How did you get started in music?

KM: started playing bass when i was 14. started a band that day.

Taylor asked: If you could tour anywhere in the world that you haven’t yet, where would it be and why?

KM: Australia because i want to get in a kangaroo’s pouch.

Jeanette asked: Is FSRZ planning on touring the Maritimes anytime soon?

KM: yes!

Laura asked: What do you love most about touring?

KM: if it was up to me, id be playing every day, and you get to on tour.

Sarah asked: What do you all miss most when you’re on tour?

KM: Lalaa…..and my xbox

@bands_umeanlife on twitter asked: What do you like most about meeting fans?
KM: i’m as excited to meet zombie babies as they are to meet me. I like making them feel appreciated.

Sarah asked: If a fan wanted you to notice them in the crowd when you’re on stage, what could they do?

KM: I love the Kevvy signs.

-Amanda Hather- Canadian Beats

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.
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