Zuzu – in session for John Kennedy – Radio X – November 12, 2021 – Radio X, London –
Zuzu in session to drag us kicking and screaming into the weekend. Recorded in the studio at Radio X for John Kennedy’s X-Posure program on November 12, ironically the same day Zuzu’s debut album hits the street.
It’s been a much anticipated release, since COVID and the resulting lockdown not only put things on hold, but it did afford the opportunity for some fine-tuning. The result is an eagerly awaited album from one of the bright stars on the horizon.
Zuzu (whose real name is Alicia Stranack) got into music through her older brother, and listened to a variety of artists growing up. Her main influence was Blink-182, which she saw in concert at Manchester Arena with her dad and brother when she was just 10 years old. “And I was like… Shit. I wanna do this, I wanna be in a band.”
ZUZU is the definition of a millennial artist; a visibly confident front person, songwriter, producer, director, actor and comic book illustrator; starring and orchestrating all her videos, recording a considerable amount of her music at her home studio in Liverpool to collecting vintage guitars.
Her boundary pushing mentality feeds into the psyche of the city which has long been imbued with a spirit of fierce independence, unwavering loyalty and creative genius. All the same magic that defined the likes of The La’s, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Zutons, The Coral and Cast are visible in Zuzu’s music, which, to some degree, are indebted to her surroundings; a city of jesters, jongleurs, troubadours, artists, poets and visionaries.
Crank it up and get ready for the weekend.
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