The first leg of the Deltron 3030 tour has wrapped, and now my focus is back on ZAVALAZ. My bandmates have been busy working on ideas for our recording session next week, and I’m spending this week catching up and practicing. We shared MP3s via email which will do when we’re not together, but the best way to work out songs is getting us all in one room, which we’ve been doing this week.
We’re working with producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT) and our songs are taking shape. It is such a great experience to bounce ideas off someone who is not as attached to the songs as ZAVALAZ is. I think we are really going to end up with something truly unique and special.
I plan on using my main, 1970 Fender fretless Precision, 1964 Fender Jazz, 1970 Fender fretted Precision basses, as well as Josh Klinghoffer’s 1956 Fender Precision that looks like Sting’s main bass. It has such a huge sound and a gigantic neck. I am looking forward to the results and getting to spend time carving out the best sound for each song.
For amplifiers, I am using my 1968 Ampeg fliptop amplifier and then my Ampeg SVT-VR for effected bass stuff. Either way, I will be equipped with all I need to make sure the foundation drummer Gregory Rogove and I lay is TIGHT! I’m also very excited to see my bandmates using a lot of Earthquaker Devices pedals during our recording sessions. I know the textures will be very musical and meaningful. The art of recording music is so exciting, and to be able to have engineer Robert Carranza there with us is another asset we’re grateful to have.
That’s the ZAVALAZ update for now. Thanks for being patient, but as you know, good things come to those who wait, and we hope you like the results. Stay tuned.