We had Jake One on the podcast recently and I was just reminded of how goddamn nice and down to earth he is. Not like he wouldn’t be, but there are people who do the tiniest things and get big headed– and Jake’s done HUGE things. I spoke with him years ago but about a month or so back, before appearing on the podcast, we got on the phone again and he shared how “Rock Co.” was made and how everything all coalesced. It was eye-opening to hear about his own process as well as the working dynamics within De La. Jake has blown up–many times–but he won’t go pop. My latest for POW’s “Making of…” series, read it HERE.
“A Rose For Emily” is so gorgeous and so sad, bright and haunting all at once. A lot of their songs are that way. “Emily” is just a personal favorite but the Zombies seriously lay claim to so much high art material. We’d be remiss not to mention Odessey & Oracle, an immortal masterwork that’s rightfully considered one of the best things ever. Learn more about how it came together (more accurately, how it almost didn’t come together). Speaking with Chris White, bassist and one of the group’s key songwriters, was a HUGE honor. For Wax Poetics, READ IT HERE.