Delve Into The World Of Zebra Katz
Come with us into the world Zebra Katz who's track with Hervé is the title music for our brand new upcoming show...
Who is Zebra Katz and where does he come from? MTV UK took the artist and style enigma to one of London's darkest corners, to find out whether or not Ojay Morgan is actually of this planet. In between a spot of tutti frutti baseball, watch him talk about his influences, muses and icons, as MTV Meets Zebra Katz. Now it’s time to enjoy his track with Hervé as the theme song of our upcoming show Brothers Green: EATS!...
Who's Zebra Katz?
Zebra Katz, has been on the scene for a minute and has already been provoking reactions from music critics, rap fans and fashionistas left, right and centre. Originally emerging from a multimedia and performance art background, Zebra Katz understands how to paint bleak stories of sex and tragedy, as well as how to perform them vocally.
With his deep baritone landing somewhere between Busta Rhymes and Maxi Jazz, Zebra Katz’ hypnotic, sexually ambiguous Ima Read caught the ears of Rick Owens and became a catwalk anthem. Zebra Katz’ unique style has made him a standout debut, getting the remix treatment from everyone from J-Wow to Brenmar to DJ Sneak, and taken him to the stage alongside Diplo, Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks. Capturing the zeitgeist is no easy task, but Zebra Katz isn’t about to let it slip through his fingers anytime soon.
The Count (& Sinden), Machine’s Don’t Care, Speaker Junk, Voodoo Chilli, Action Man, the list goes on and on. If you’ve been anywhere near a dancefloor over the past few years it’s a fair bet that you’ve cut some rug to some of the above’s productions.
The common link? They’re all different aliases used by Joshua ‘Hervé’ Harvey, Cheap Thrills label boss, in demand DJ, remixer to just about everyone there has ever been and one of the most acclaimed dance music producers of the past decade.
His collaboration with Sinden as The Count & Sinden produced a club classic in the form of ‘Beeper’ and a radio hit 'After Dark' with the album ‘Mega Mega Mega’ – featuring appearances from the likes of Katy B, Bashy and Mystery Jets - forming a genre-busting snapshot of club culture that saw the pair distil electronic music and new sounds from all around the world into something completely fresh.
Hervé’s early releases on Dubsided such as ‘Cheap Thrills’ and ‘Foxxy’ were genre defining and he has continued to produce huge club records such as ‘Together’ and ‘Better Than A BMX’. Over the years Joshua has been remixing tracks from the likes of Kidda (‘Under the Sun’), Usher (‘Climax’), and Beyonce (‘Countdown’), to The Chemical Brothers, Orbital, Faithless, Basement Jaxx, Prodigy, Calvin Harris, Bloc Party and many more.
In 2013 Herve released his solo album The Art Of Disappearing. This critically acclaimed, deep, superb, downtempo and sometimes dark, long player included guest appearances from Maria Minerva, Niki & The Dove, Austra and Seasfire.
Hervé has not lost his love of the club however and 2014 saw him collaborate with Armand Van Helden as well as releasing the massive ‘Tear The House Up’ with Zebra Katz on Diplo’s Mad Decent, ‘Money Where Your Mouth Is’ on MTA Records and a series of underground jacking club releases.
2015 see’s him debut on the infamous Skint Recordings with ‘Jackin’ With Your Mum’ and has just inked an album deal with the label for release later this year.
Away from his busy production output, Josh utilises his skill for spotting talent, producing the band Closer and running his own Cheap Thrills label; a label that has provided a launch pad for some of the biggest names in underground dance music.
Brothers Green: EATS! comes to MTV UK soon...