dragons of z

What year did the band form?
Akwetey: 2005

How did all the band members meet?
Aku and I were kicking each other in the womb, yes, we are twins. Autry we met off the street in Brooklyn. He was all jive talkin’, sayin ‘I just got here from ATL, skip skap where the party at?!’ Bzza is our O.G. friend from Chicago. We needed a diva. Not the flashy kind. The kind of diva who wears a Louis Vuitton manbag and gets away with it.

(photo by Tear – n Tan)

What is the band’s favorite venue/city to play?
Gourmet Perks in Asheville, NC gives mad love. For some reason, all the gas stations had incense burning. That set the good vibe meter high. We played Asheville and the club owner liked us enough to offer up his home for the night. We woke up to waffles, pancakes, eggs, and syrup.

What’s your funniest audition story?
We auditioned a drummer who didn’t know when to stop playing. He was really talented. It’s just that his interpretations of our songs were each 10 minutes longer than we could have imagined. I really dug his rhythms and told him our next gig was a week away… the whole ‘when can you start’ speech started rolling out of my mouth. My bro gave me this look, kind of like ‘blue steel’ in Zoolander. It was the kind of look that said ‘this guy is out of control and you’re a dick for telling him that he’s in.’ Really nice guy though.

What was the strangest/most interesting thing to happen to the band?
We played a show at the old Syrup Room in Brooklyn last November. Our manager told us of screaming girls during our set. It turns out they weren’t exactly screaming for us. A fine gentleman in the crowd enjoyed the music sooo much that he began to drop the jeans and relieve himself right there on the dance floor. Yes, this is lewd and unsightly. We don’t condone such things, but we definitely had a laugh.

If you could meet any musical hero living or dead, who would it be and what would you say to this person?
Robert Johnson. 29 songs? For real? I know you got a box hidden somewhere with the new jams. Just sign here and we’ll make sure there won’t be a music industry created to make money off your undead tracks like they did with Tupac.

What do you simply hate about being in a band? You know, like the sound man showing up two hours late for a gig, buying guitar strings from “that guy” at the music store who is more interested in his Chinese food than ringing you up, or trying to find your drummer, (sorry drummers), or insert your band mate who always goes missing, two minutes before your set time.
Let me paraphrase… ‘Yeah, what’s their name, Dragons of Satan? I like the 3rd song they played. That one track in the middle was weird. My girlfriend doesn’t like you guys, but I think you’re sweet. You guys should jump up and down more on stage. Is that some kind of statement, wearing feathers in your hair?’…etc.

What is the band currently working on, now that the album is done?
Aside from planning tours, we are working on some collaborations. Some not so secret. Over the past couple years we’ve been travelling back and forth to Bristol (UK) to work some tunes with Massive Attack. We might hopefully get to do that again at some point. Right now we are looking forward to eating on tour. We have a whole list of really hot Ghanaian foods that will provide sustenance. We plan on eating organic as we fly by all the McDees and Wendys in the land. www.myspace.com/dragonsofzynth

  1. coolness. enjoyed reading this. thanks super duper sentimentalist. you are so rad.