Matteo Sedazzari

Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:58

Alan McGee - A Quick Catch Up

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It has been some time since ZANI had a quick catch up with Alan McGee, so on one sunny day, with a little bit of rain and wind, we caught up with Alan in a hotel in the old smoke to have a quick natter about recent world events and the media’s take on them.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:42

Chris Grant – Face to Face

 
 
/chris grant the grants matteo sedazzari zani 4.j“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.”

‘Ohio’ Neil Young

Thus go the lyrics of a song released by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in June 1970. A song which pays reference  to the Kent State University shootings on 4th May 1970 in which the Ohio National Guard killed four students and wounded nine others during a students protest against Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia. Some major Radio Stations in the US banned the song upon it’s release, since the song attacked Nixon’s Presidency, and perhaps was the first record to
 publicly slate a US president.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:33

Alan McGee - On Upside Down

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“Upside Down”, the story of Creation Records, a film made by Danny O’Connor with the assistance of Radio One DJ Steve Lamaq who interviewed former artists Bobby Gillespie and Noel Gallagher, who Danny had persuaded to talk the camera.  
Saturday, 14 January 2012 17:01

A Rock Steady Banter with Dean Thatcher


When ZANI was Positive Energy Of Madness, (PEOM) and we were a club fanzine, Dean Thatcher was a reader first, then a contributor. ZANI/PEOM and Dean became friends, and we could be seen together dancing on speakers or falling off stages. But I doubt if you are interested in our days of nostalgia. The fact remains that Dean was a good DJ, and in days of acid house and the aftermath, became a crowd puller, along with the likes of Danny Rampling, Andy Weatherall, Phil Perry and Steve Proctor, not just down to his choice of music; his stance with The Smiths “How Soon is Now” at Flying was legendary and truly supported the pioneer days of Acid House.
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Andy Weatherall and I didn't always see eye to eye until around 1992 when I climbed onto the decks at “Bagley’s Studio's", whilst he was playing. Something then just clicked with us and he agreed to do an interview. An ideal time to speak to Andy as he was leaving the Boys Own fanzine and embarking on various projects.
Saturday, 14 January 2012 16:54

Deep Joy - Archive Interview : From PEOM

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PEOM was always optimistic that live music in the UK would reign again; in a way we were right

Deep Joy the Beautiful Song If any of you read PEOM No 2, you would have noticed that Willie the Wolf stated 1990 will be the year of the band.
Saturday, 14 January 2012 16:48

Danny Rampling - Archive Interview : From PEOM

danny rampling zani 6.1988 was an important year in terms of music and fashion, there was an exciting counter culture emerging, called "Acid House", following in the tradition of Mods of the mid 60's, the hippies of the late 60's and the punks of the 70's, England was buzzing again and there was a media frenzy.

Fashion in the mid 80's, was very conservative and not really saying anything. Then there was a slight flirt with 70's fashion, and all of sudden people were dressing down, jeans, trainers, smiley tee-shirts and bandannas, topped with yells of "acid!" Getting drunk was now not the done thing, there was a new drug in town called Ecstasy; "American House wives choice." And by God, they were good.
Saturday, 14 January 2012 16:46

Dizzie Hites -Archive Interview -From PEOM



dizzie hites zani 1In the winter of 1989, Rap, was not seen as mainstream music and was  still low on radio play lists. However artists like Bomb the Bass with Neneh Cherry with the evocative Buffalo Stance ,  and Mark Moore of S-express were helping to develop the UK urban sound.
In 1988, obscure records were surfacing and doing the rounds on the decks in Acid House/Balearic clubs. Would I find Love by Dizzie Hites was one such record, which  was being played on a regular basis at the clubs which I was frequenting.
 
/oasis  the split  alan mcgee speaks exclusively to zani 6.j


ZANI – It’s just half past midnight and news is slowly slipping through about the Oasis split

Alan McGee  -  It’s like the stones or something,  it is probably because they have been through so much, they just thought they were never going to call it a day.  But I think that the times we are living in, there seems to be a change in consciousness whether they feel it or not, whether it seems to be happening

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ZANI was conceived in late 2008 and the fan base gradually grew by word of mouth. Key contributors came from those of the music, film and fashion industry and the voice of ZANI grew louder. So, when in 2013 investor, contributor and fan of ZANI Alan McGee* offered his support to help restyle and relaunch the site it was inevitable that traffic would increase dramatically and continues to grow. *Alan McGee co-founder of Creation Records and new label 359 Music..

 

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