Van Zeller

Bristol

Name, where are you from?
We're Van Zeller from Bristol.

Describe your style in three words?
Ben: Double denim venom.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Nick: I can't really pick a single 'best' show, but one of my top 10 would have to be Thee Oh Sees (now Oh Sees) at the Coronet Theatre back in 2016.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Nick: I'd love to play with The Sonics.
Ben: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80. I’ve seen Seun Kuti, his son, twice and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Probably Elton John as well because he’s got the f*ckin' hits.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Ben: Pretty much exclusively outlaw country.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Ben: Freddie Mercury when he was recording 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Or Dandy Warhols when they were recording 'Bohemian Like You'. It’s a win/win.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Nick: I'd say back when we started it was definitely Start The Bus, which has now shut down. We played with some of our favourite bands there, from The Black Tambourines to The Big Moon, all in a really intimate setting. Now it's probably Thekla here in Bristol, where we did our biggest headline show to date last September.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Ben: Probably Merry Clayton who sang on 'Gimmie Shelter'. She probably did more for The Stones than anyone else.

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