Undead beat jockey Zomboy has been unleashing some of the nastiest sounds heard on the bass music scene of the past few years. Labeled a prodigy by many, this young DJ has easily surpassed the hype surrounding him with precise production and an agressive take on dubstep.
Not only has Zomboy followed in the stylistic footsteps of giants like Skrillex and Flux Pavilion, he’s actually gained their attention and earned their praise. In just a short amount of time, Zomboy (known more casually as Joshua Mellody) has gone from humble sound engineer to sought-after remixer of work from top artists like Crookers and DJ Fresh. Initially a sound engineer, Mellody began his musical career on the opposite end of production than he’s now used to. After years of running his own recording studio, he moved to Guildford, England, to pursue a music production degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music, which is where he fell in love with the electronic sound.
Now signed to Never Say Die Records, Zomboy stands next to veteran DJs like SKisM, fellow prodigies like Eptic, and supergroups like Foreign Beggars. Despite being relatively fresh on the scene, Zomboy has proven that he deserves to be in such impressive company. His Game Time EP, released in 2011, has been recognized as one of the defining albums of dubstep’s harder side and remained among Beatport’s top five dubstep albums for eight weeks. His follow-up, The Dead Symphonic EP, helped to further establish the young producer as one of the genre’s most exciting names.
Though based in the UK, Zomboy embodies the electro-focused dubstep that has exploded in the States. Tracks like “Pump It Up,” “Organ Donor,” and “Nuclear (Hands Up)” are among the most energy-laden, hyped-up productions you’ll hear in dubstep. Zomboy’s approach ignores the usual convention of long, drawn-out buildups and instead jumps head-first into strong, complex rhythms and mind-blowing bass lines. Though soaked in dubstep nastiness, his work still manages to draw upon a variety of influences, such as electro house and chiptune.
Flesh-eating or not, Zomboy is poised to take over the EDM world and craft brilliant sounds for years to come.