We received a message from Julia Krasnikova asking us to check out her band The Zou Bisou via a You Tube link. We gave it a listen, was impressed with the soulful sound that we were sent. On top of that we noticed that the band was based in Moscow, intrigued in to how they got in to the soul and what the movement is like out there, we thought we would ask a few questions.
G-C - Who are The Zou Bisou
JK - The Zou Bisou are Julia and Sergey, devoted admirers of soul music and mod scene, who made demo recordings and found three more musicians: Ilya, Alexey and Ivan. Julia is the singer, but also plays drums, percussion, kazoo and bass guitar. Sergey plays combo organ, guitar and together with Alexey provides backing vocals. Alexey specializes in guitar. Ilya plays the bass guitar and Ivan is our drummer.
When and how did you form the band
Half a year ago we made demo records and held a casting to find more musicians for live performances.
For those that haven’t heard you, how would you describe your music
It’s soul music influenced by mid 60's classics to the style of late 60's with a bit of rock flavour
Who are your musical influences
Our musical influences are soul titans like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Syl Johnson, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, The Flirtations, Martha & The Vandellas, The Chambers Brothers, great blue-eyed soul artists like Zoot Money, Steve Windwood and Don Fardon, blues guitarists like Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King, Luther Allison and Jimi Hendrix, bass players like James Jamerson and so on.
What is the movement like over in Moscow
In Moscow the movement is a close group of dedicated mods, a couple of really cool DJ's like Oleg MobKid and a very limited selection of bands like The Riots.
Are there any regular clubs that like minded people hang out
I wouldn't say that Moscow mod scene has a club which specializes only in soul and mod music - in fact the whole scene settles down on one place for a couple of years and then we transfer to another club. For now this place is a club which is situated in the centre on Moscow, called Duma (as it is placed just in a few steps from State Duma). This club also turned out to be a place for international concerts - just a few weeks ago we had a concert together with French Boutik there.
The band has got a good look about them, how easy is it to source 60's clothes out there
It's not so hard to use ebay for this purpose, but as for local shops, we don't know any special 60's-oriented ones. Generally we have a wide range of brands from Lacoste to Fred Perry, but if you like brand clothes it’s better to buy them abroad for more reasonable prices. But still if you prefer something uncommon, vintage or you aren't satisfied with prices we try to use ebay.
Any releases coming soon for The Zou Bisou
On the 16th of July a compilation CD by Heavy Soul Records with different mod groups is going to be released and there you'll be able to listen one of our new songs called Genie. We are also planning to release a CD album with one very well-known label by the end of the year. We' re also planning to release both of our new songs on 7'' so we're looking for a label to make a dream come true.
Where will it be available to purchase
You can preorder the disk on the site of Heavy Soul Records, via the link below
Where can we listen to more of The Zou Bisou – Via our Facebook chanel, link below
What are you're favourite bands at the moment
Random picks from the list of our favourite bands and artists except the mentioned above will be Cannonball Adderley, The Contours, The Dave Davani Four, The Dave Clark Five, The Electric Flag, Elmore James, Georgie Fame, Graham Bond, Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and many many others.
Top 10 records you are currently listening to
Memphis Slim - Clap your hands
The Chambers Brothers - Love, Peace and Happiness
Gregory Porter - Work Song
The Flirtations - Once I had a love
Sam & Dave - Wrap it up
McKinley Mitchell - I'm So Glad
The Accents – New Girl (Spring song)
Johnny Thunder – I’m Alive
Triumphs - I'm Coming To Your Rescue
The Five Du-Tones - The Flea
Where else are you lined-up to play this year
This year we are already lined-up to play at the popular club Krizis Zhanra, then there will be a mod party onboard the anchored ship, and in autumn we will take part in the season opening of Moscow Mod Scene parties, with participating in consecutive ones on regular basis.
Will you be visiting the UK at all
Currently we're discussing this question with a promoter, so I hope we'll be able to come to the UK next year.
What else can we expect from The Zou Bisou for the remaindr of the year
We are planning to record a few more songs, I guess you'll be able to listen to some more covers just by the end of the summer, and by the end of the year we are going to release a couple of our own songs.
Cheers for the interview Julia. G-C