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Zeth Hex – Deflowered

Rich vocals are captivating with intricate lyricism which adds a strong depth to the track.

The vocals are recorded in a question and answer way, it’s cleverly done as Zeth Hex overlays his own voice which then follows on to the next verse.

The overlap in vocals adds an mesmerising, different way of recording.

Zeth Hex

The following interview is recommended for over 16s due to sensitive content.

Where did the inspiration for this particular track come from?

“Well, I wrote deflowered a couple of weeks after being r***d, (it was my virginity) and it kind of wrote itself.

It wasn’t me trying to be the victim or feel sorry for myself, it just came out and it was the first time I’d properly utilised metaphors to turn something quite forceful and negative into something poetic.

The floral imagery and the concept of being ‘deflowered’ alluding to such events was pretty clever and lyrically it is the song that made me realise I could write better than deadpan words and evolve within my lyricism. It was pretty premature and adolescent before that track. I may have subconsciously stolen “pretty flowers in the garden,” from ‘ sun won’t shine’ by angelfish though, however that is certainly one of the more vacuous lyrics in there.”

 Have you ever experienced any negativity or prejudice from the industry?

 “Well I have at many open mic nights experienced homophobia, mainly in the form of straight men giving each other ‘that look’ as they giggle and point at me stood there dressing openly queer, in my fishnets and lipstick, sometimes saying the F slur or the T slur, but they soon pipe down when they realise I have something meaningful to say.

Also I have had other musicians make up rumours about me relating to addressing their homophobic micro-aggressions just for politely asking them to not say slurs casually in the future, and had it spread around that I apparently called them out for saying ‘f*g’ as in cigarette, but that did not happen ,but also if it had, f*g as in a cigarette does originate from hundreds of years ago, gay men being rolled up in carpets and burned like cigarettes, so therefore is problematic historically.

I get this kind of language is unintentionally harmful , but if you don’t experience same sex attraction yourself, you just can’t say it.

I know plenty of musicians who have experienced similar things, but have noticed misogyny is still rife at live performances and gigs, and many of my female peers being jeered at by men or cat called during a set they are playing, or told to get “get your (their) t*ts out,” which really shouldn’t still be a thing in 2020. but then again 2020 has been unexpectedly bleaker than we all anticipated anyway.”

What advice would you give to anybody wanting to express themselves with music which may not conform to the mainstream?

“Well, every real music icon such as Madonna or David Bowie, or Kurt Cobain, Patti Smith, Amy Winehouse (just to name a few), has had something unique and non-conforming about their sound or/and visual image that sets them apart from norms.

Not conforming to the mainstream should be seen as an advantage, not a glass ceiling that can’t be broken.

It just might be harder to prove to labels they should take the risk of signing you, but many independent artists don’t need labels nowadays anyway, as long as you build your own community fan base of like-minded non-conforming outcasts, they will probably stay loyal and genuinely appreciate what you are doing.”

How would you describe your sound?

“In press emails i usually reference grunge music heavily, as my biggest inspirations are Hole and Nirvana, and The Distillers and romantic bands such as Strangelove.

Of course having a deep voice I get compared to Marilyn Manson, but being a fan of him happened further down the line.

I’d describe my music briefly as poetic, loud and grungy; but also not shy of hooks and melody. I wouldn’t call it pop punk, maybe ‘faux punk/rock”?

I’ve started calling it that after someone quit an attempted band lineup because I was “too pop” and not heavy enough to be considered rock in their opinion, which I found kind of hilarious to be honest.”

With official pride celebrations being postponed this year due to covid-19, will you be having / have had your own celebrations?

I attended Pride last year (the corporate clubbing side of it) in the Gay Village in Manchester, and honestly it stunk of capitalism and the whitewashing of gay culture.

I prefer the more alternative ‘Queer Scene’ such as the “bollox” events at the Deaf Institute, etc. but I haven’t had any Pride celebrations in quarantine.

Everyday is pride though, I go out being myself and wearing makeup and dressing up every day, because why not?

F*ck all of the hateful comments I get, I refuse to let insecure victims of societal norms and brainwashing dumb my self expression down.

So yeah, everyday is Pride!”

 What is your musical background?

“I don’t really come from a musical family at all. I mean my grandfather’s father apparently played accordion professionally, but that’s pretty far back!

I just knew I wanted to do music when I was a child and saw the film ‘The Sound of Music.’ however, it was when I heard Kate Nash say in an interview something about not waiting until you’re perfect to start pursuing music, and to just go with what you know and grow that way.

That kickstarted me into bothering to actually take writing songs seriously.

I think just singing during long car rides my whole life with my twin Cameron, and my mother has been the most cherished musical experience for me; as it connects us so deeply as a family.

My mother and father were both always huge music fans anyway, but none of them took it up professionally or anything.”


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