Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.
We are Fake Shark – Real Zombie!
Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?
So many and it’s changing all the time, cos I listened to music all day, every day. We just finished a month long tour and I feel like I channel my favourite live artists at time, which is different than my favourite artists on tape. Live, I feel like a cross between Prince, Marilyn Manson and Danny Brown. On record, I’m listening to Kendrick Lamar’s older record, Section 80, as well as the HAIM record. Diggin into that new Foster The People LP, and I love the hardcore band Trash Talk.
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?
Don’t do it. Too many rappers, not enough MCs.
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What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?
Going to Hard Rock Cafe right before playing that show in Toronto. Comatose. Shout out Based God.
Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
Back in the day we played a gig in London, and it was Christina Aguilera’s after party, and her and her people hated our (at the time) abrasive, wacky music so much their security guards just started taking all our equipment out of the building while we were still playing. It was awesome. Her dancers were wearing assless pants. Those men had dimple bottoms.
Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?
I’ve personally never drawn a dick, and I plan on never taking the plunge. I’m essentially the exact opposite of Jonah Hill. I produce music for other people on my time off. I also collect shoes and vintage NBA basketball jerseys. For a goth, I sure wear a lot of sporting goods.
What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
There’s lots of good stuff. I like these new rappers that are coming out, although I’m racist towards white rappers. I think Machine Gun Kelly sucked because he’s white then I actually heard him and realized he’s incredible. I thought he was just gonna be Diddy’s way of capitalizing on Mac Miller’s success but I was wrong as fuck. I can be a fuckin idiot sometimes…with weird hair.
Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?
My friend Carly Jepsen got a boost from one of those, and then did a big song on her own, so that’s my only experience with them. I only like those shows at the beginning of the season when all the raisin cakes come out to perform.
What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
You better have a good live show, babies!
Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.
I’m part Japanese, Tony was in Hot Tub Time Machine, Louis was in Freddy Got Fingered, Jason wears moccasins all the damn time.
Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?
The captain. Just to fuck with Ginger and Mary Ann’s heads. No woman will ever control me.
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
Tons. Stuff I’ve produced is on vinyl and I own that, and I buy records all the time. I love my Rick James – STREET SONGS record.
You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?
I don’t hate him. He’s friends of friends.
What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?
Kat Von D introduced me to her a few months ago, and I hung out with her while she got a tattoo of her grandmother on her wrist. We were wearing almost the same outfit and we complimented each other’s style a lot. I got along really well with her and like her a lot.
Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip-synching or real vocals?
Real vocals, while the singer keeps their mouth shut, so…ventriloquism.
Who, or what, is the next big thing?
The singer whose album I just produced a big chunk of. Her name’s Kate Kurdyak and she’s brilliant.
One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?
Tyler, the Creator. Best videos in the game.
Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.
I think I’m black.
Favorite movie of all time and why?
Right now it’s Big Lebowski. There’s about 3 jokes a minute. It’s incredible.
Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!
If you clone yourself, and have sex with your clone, are you masturbating or is it incest? Either way, I could finally go fuck myself when someone tells me to. Thank you for the nice interview!