Go wild with Zebra & Giraffe!

By admin
05 September 2014

We chat to Greg Carlin, sing/songwriter and guitarist of Zebra & Giraffe.

They've just released their fourth studio album, Knuckles, and you can catch alternative rock band Zebra & Giraffe live at the I Heart Joburg Festival at Ellis Park on 6 September.

We chatted to singer/songwriter and guitarist Greg Carlin about what the band - the other members are Alan Shenton (lead guitar), Mike Wright (drums) and Stef Henrico (bass and keyboards) - are looking forward to at the festival, their plans and some other random stuff.

What’s been the biggest challenge in your career so far? 

The biggest challenge is to keep trying to better yourself. To keep pushing the boundaries of your sound while also keeping it focused.

And what's been your best moment?

One that always sticks with me is when we supported The Killers in Cape Town. It was such an amazing show and a fantastic crowd.

Are you excited about the I Heart Joburg festival?

Yeah, we’re really excited! It’s a really diverse line-up of acts so it should be fun.

Who are you most looking forward to sharing the stage with?

I like the new Panic! At The Disco album, so I’m keen to hear them live.

Do you guys have a favourite city to perform in?

We love playing in Port Elizabeth. We always have fantastic shows there and we’ve made some good friends there as well!

What do you like to do when you’re not making music?

Most of us are into recording and producing music, so we get involved in other projects in our downtime. Mike and Alan run studios and I take photos. The other guys all ride bikes so they’re very much into customising their bikes and talking bike bike bike all day! (Haha)

Do any of you have strange hobbies?

I wouldn’t call it strange, but Alan and myself love the bush. We always find time to go to the Kruger and we’re planning a trip to Botswana at the moment.

Which one of you is the prankster?

Mike Wright (our drummer) is definitely the prankster in the band… well, more like "the funny guy". He’s always doing accents and cracking jokes. He keeps us entertained on long drives.

If each of you could be a musical instrument, what would you be and why?

I guess we’d be the instruments we play? I wouldn’t want to be any kind of brass instrument though – people blowing spit into you all night! Or drums for that matter – getting a beating for an hour straight!

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