Photography: Dan Frost / @danfrost.jpg

Rising from the hot ashes of Queen Zee, Zee Devine, Ava Akira and Mollie Rush are ready to make their full throttle introduction as Tokky Horror. Blink and you might miss.

If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
Fast music.

Have you always wanted to create music?
No. When I [Zee] was a child I wanted to be Steve Irwin, but there weren’t many opportunities to wrestle crocodiles in Birkenhead, so I decided to learn drums, which, I was disappointed to learn, has equally few opportunities.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I remember dancing around my parents living room in a lil white vest and no pants pretending to be Freddie Mercury, so it was probably just having MTV on constantly as a child that got me intrigued. My first CD was a single of Queen’s We Will Rock You covered by 5ive.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
It’s definitely emotion. I’m very emotional and do just write obsessively to help block out all my shit. I’m also just influenced by the music itself and a desire to write better and better.

 

 

 

“When I was a child I wanted to be Steve Irwin but there weren’t many opportunities to wrestle crocodiles in Birkenhead, so I decided to learn drums”

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
I’d like to open for artists where you’re g’tting’ a mixed bag, something we don’t properly fit with, like Slipknot, which would be fun. But then again, all time heroes like Goldie or Underworld would be major. To be honest, anything where I’m gonna get paid at this point.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in?
I got to play at Brixton Academy, that was weird. I was too anxious to really enjoy it in the moment, but now I can look back and be like holy shit that was Brixton. Liverpool Olympia is also a beautiful venue, I really enjoyed playing there.

Why is music important to you?
It’s how I make sense of the world and how I connect to it. I’ve always struggled with my autism, to really connect to people, and I find the world overwhelming or confusing most of the time. So, it’s through music I can have a common ground with people and make sense of emotions.

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Get onto Donny Soldier, he’s rockin’ it on the main stage.

@tokkyhorror
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