30 seconds with... John Zealey

Our latest 30 second interviewee is John Zealey who composed the soundtrack for the motion picture Kill Keith, which features Keith Chegwin, Tony Blackburn, Joe Pasquale and Russell Grant. Zealey won the ‘Best Soundtrack’ award for his work on the film's music.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 21 Mar 2012
  • min read
John Zealey composed the soundtrack for the motion picture Kill Keith, which features Keith Chegwin, Tony Blackburn, Joe Pasquale and Russell Grant. The very British film hit cinemas on 11 November 2011 and had its first screening in October at the British Horror Film festival, where John won the ‘Best Soundtrack’ award.

We spent 30 seconds with John to find out more.



How long have you been making music?
Since I was thirteen, after learning three chords and acquiring two tape machines.

What inspired your latest album?
Our latest album Pop Out & Play by Zealey & Moore (Ian Moore is my music making buddy) is directly inspired by the artists we love – especially Bowie & Pink Floyd.

What process do you go through to create your music?
The best songs normally come quickly, when I'm under pressure. I then bounce them off Ian and they often turn into something very different from what I envisaged at the start. Songs that take a long time to write/produce are never normally good ones for me – they usually have the ‘stench of struggle’, making them difficult for me to listen to in retrospect. Our first goal is to make music that we want to listen to.

How would you describe your sound?
My songs are result of everything I love. I’m very interested in great song writers, and I know what I do reflects what I’ve listened to. I listen to a lot of music by other artists and would go nuts without it. I’ve seen this question answered so many times as ‘like nothing else’. I don’t believe that can be true.

What would your dream collaboration be?
Since the film soundtrack I did (Kill Keith), I’ve been feeling like I’d like to do something with an orchestra. As far as individuals go, I have to say, my experience of writing with other folk has not been great – being a total control freak – but I greatly admire Stephen Duffy’s skills, and would love to split a bottle of red and chat with him about his writing.

Where can we catch you performing next?
We (Zealey & Moore) are playing a fundraiser gig for Stop The Traffik at The Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury in September.

The new Zealey & Moore album, and the soundtrack sampler of the film are available for download now
www.noisetrade.com/zealeyandmoore