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Zion Train are dub/dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the genre for the past two decades.

The band were heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture in the UK during the 1990s as well as being the purveyors of the finest roots reggae music during that period. They are truly one of the finest live dub acts on the planet and promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing, which they perform alongside acoustic instruments. They were founded by Neil Perch in 1990 and Seven got to ask him a few questions in the lead-up to his gig with MC Baptist and Mr Savona at the Byron Brewery on Friday 31 January.

How have you sustained Zion Train since its inception?

Hard work, dedication, flexibility and plenty of lucky breaks.

What do you think is the enduring appeal of roots/reggae?

Dance music that is good for the head will always have an enduring appeal.

Have you noticed a change in audiences over the past decade?

They seem to get younger, but that’s probably me getting older!

How important are your live shows to building your following?

Essential.

What do you think is the most essential element in keeping a band at the top of its game for the length of time you have?

Improvisation, change and evolution are all important.

How do you manage internal challenges and conflicts? Do they ever upset the music, or does it manage to roll through?

They always influence the music I would say, and it rolls through anyway just the same.

What are the key messages of your music that you think resonate so deeply with audiences?

Freedom of expression and the promotion of self-determination.

What is the essence of great songwriting for Zion Train?

Universal messages of love and unity.

What should we expect for your Byron show?

Top-quality vibes and plenty of fun!

Friday 31 Jan 2014, 7pm till midnight. Zion Train Soundsystem (UK) / MC Baptist (FR) / Mr Savona / Marz / Z.I.V.

Entry $20 at door.


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