20 Questions with Zachary Gray (The Zolas)
The Zolas have a new album out, Ancient Mars, and they’re playing the great Hall in Toronto on Friday, October 12th. Zachary took our 20 Qs (complete with a kick ass Dad story) below.
1: What is your dream of happiness?
In elementary school I had a massive crush on a girl named Katherine and never did anything about it. She since went to Julliard and became a world-class dancer. Then last year they announced our school was being torn down so I called her and we went to pay our respects. Nothing happened between us but there was a moment where I took her picture in the perfectly preserved gymnasium and realized that by being there alone with her I had done grade-3 Zach very proud.
2: Blonde Or Brunette?
3: What is the quality you like most in a person?
Forgetting their phone and being fine rolling with it.
4: What do you fear most?
That Ross and Rachel wouldn’t get together in the end. Crisis averted, though.
5: 808s or 909s?
909’s. Whichever Johnny Greenwood is using.
6: What’s your biggest regret?
My dad once told me his first marriage was his 2nd biggest regret. I asked him what his biggest was and he said, in full seriousness “In 1973 I bought a Renault LeCar and turned down the sunroof option and all summer it was so beautiful and I really wished I had that sunroof.
7: What’s your fav bar or club in the world?
I don’t especially like any bars or clubs. I wish I had a better answer.
8: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
a tape recorder
9: What are the three musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
Rage Against The Machine, The Doors, I’d like to see One Direction in ten years.
10: What is your favourite decade in music?
This decade, hands down. This leads to way too long an answer because I think this is the most exciting decade in history to be making music.
11: If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Rather go deaf. There’s more to life than music and sight is more pleasurable and way more useful.
12: How old is too old?
Older than my older sister.
13: Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
I honestly can’t guess where I’ll be in 1 year.
14: Who’s your hero?
My mom is pretty great. If I was ever wrongfully imprisoned in a Yemeni prison she’s the most likely person to be able to get me out. The most capable person in the world. A tactful tiger.
15: What’s your favourite colour?
16:What song could you live without ever hearing again?
I never liked that Big Fun hit much.
17: Metallica or Madonna?
Metallica. Enter Sandman!
18:What’s your most hated vice?
19: Who is the most tragic figure in history?
I want to say Orpheus and/or Eurydice.
20: What are the top 3 shows you’ve seen in your life?
Radiohead, Bush, We Are The City