Zoux

Zoux

BandPopSoul

One of the country's hottest songwriters, Zoux, is finally back on stage with the best musicians L.A has to offer! Infused with Funk, Blues, Soul, Pop and Rock, Zoux delivers a genuinely broad and unique sound rarely found in the music scene today.

Biography

Fronting a rock and roll band from behind the ivory keys is not a new sentiment. Not when you consider some great pop musicians such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles or Donnie Hathaway. These superb entertainers have given us years of great music and some of the top records of all time.

"One of the earliest musical inspirations I can remember was the music of the Beatles and Stevie Wonder. I wasted no time learning how to put a record on my parents' stereo system. At the age of five, I used to play these two records over and over, staring at the cool collage of strange characters and the crazy orange psychedelic artwork. The songs on those albums just seemed to resonate from inside. They sounded bigger than life! A few years later my family moved back to the United States after living in Paris, France for 4 years. My parents dutifully hauled me off to a local mall to buy some new clothes for school. While in the mall, I recognized a sound coming from behind what seemed like an enormous piece of furniture or something off of the Millennium Falcon! It was those same songs I had played thousands of times at home on my parents' record player. I was mesmerized! I stood next to this man, captivated, while he created the biggest sounds my virgin ears had ever heard. An hour later, my Dad purchased my first instrument, a used Wurlitzer organ."

Zoux spent his formative teenage years in the decade of glam rock and synthesized pop. You could find him playing in bands emulating everything from Van Halen, Journey or The Police.

"At one point, I had my ripped jeans, long hair, and high tops. I remember spending a summer in Brooklyn staying with friends who were several years older. They were trying to get me to listen to Elvis Costello and Squeeze, but I was stubbornly convinced Twisted Sister and Whitesnake were where it was at. It was when they dragged me to see Sting's Dream of the Blue Turtles tour that it all really hit home for me. I was taken by the songs, the musicians, the lyrics and the screaming girls! I decided, ‘I'm going to do this'."

Next came Boston and music studies at Berklee College of Music. Zoux experimented with the college recording studios, making demos of songs written together with friends.

"I learned a lot during those four years. One of my instructors had worked with Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, and Sly and the Family Stone. He turned me on to some of the great groove bands of the sixties and seventies. Taking his advice, I found a job at a local recording studio."

The studio owner happened to be Billy Joel's long time lead guitarist, David Brown.

"It was quite a thrill working with Dave. He taught me so much about the music world, about
professionalism, and making records. He had shared the stage with some of the great songwriters of our time: Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and Paul McCartney. It was through Dave's encouragement and guidance that I developed my skills as a record producer and musician. I worked with many, many amazing musicians during that period."

Zoux currently devotes his time between writing/producing/performing material for his band as well as producing tracks for other artists.

"Having the opportunity to work with so many different artists keeps me inspired. It's exciting to work with musicians and bands who are passionate about their craft. I carry a little piece of something with me from each and every project I work on. These pieces end up getting filtered into my own work. Sometimes it's as simple as being turned on to a band or record I've never heard before."

The new CD, due out in the Spring of 2009, features a culmination of all of the amazing soul music from the last 40 years.
“Music has brought so much joy and inspiration to my life since those young days in Paris. We recorded 27 new songs for this new record. We now have the impossible task of choosing 10! The only rule we had while tracking was that every track had to groove and make you shake your ass.”
“The same awe that inspired a seven year old boy to make music still drives me every time I take the stage. I want the audience to feel the rush of a great Rock n' Roll/Soul show. I have amazing musicians joining me. These guys have a passion for music and enjoy making noise as much as I do. It's an old school approach: great songs, talented musicians, and a whole lotta volume."

Discography

ZOUX - GOOD DAYS (2001)
ZOUX - VOLUME 1 (2004)
ZOUX - CRUSH OF LOVE (2009)

Set List

1. California Skies
2. So Lonely
3. Chasing The Sun
4. Misunderstood
5. Writing On The Wall
6. Together As One
7. Give It Up Baby
8. How Much Your Love Is Worth
9. My Love
10. Hold On
11. Take Back Your Life
12. Can't Keep Falling
13. Nothing So Ordinary
14. After She's Gone
15. Crush Of Love
16. Beautiful Mistake
17. Don't Waste My Time
18. Forgiven
19. Ease The Pain
20. Leads Me Back To You
21. S.O.S.O.S.M
22. Turn Out The Light
23. Turn You On
24. This Time
25. London Song
26. Leaving
27. Don't Run Away
28. Carry The Sky
29. Cover My Footprints
30. Step Across The Line

Covers:
Beautiful Girls
Welcome To The Jungle
Rock The Casbah
Living For The City
Been Around The World
Jungle Love
Ladies Night
Like A Feather
Love And Happiness
Kissin' My Love
Steppin' Right Along
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Will It Go Round
U Got The Look
I Would Die For You
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