Ali Tabatabaee talks Zebrahead’s legacy and new EP

By Dom Smith
By November 17, 2021 Culture, Features, Interviews, News

Hello!! How are you today?

Hi. It’s 90 degrees here in sunny California and I’m feeling like it’s still summertime, so I’m doing great!

Zebrahead have been through some changes over the years, what have you personally learned about yourself through your time in the band?

I’ve been in this band since I was in my mid-twenties, so I’ve grown up and have had a lot experiences that have shaped who I am as a result of touring. I think it’s given me an appreciation for other cultures and different perspectives from people that I would never have had the opportunity to meet if I wasn’t in Zebrahead.

How would you say you’ve changed and developed as artists/an artist?

I think we have learned to be a lot more self-reliant throughout the years. At first, I think we really relied on our label, agents, and promoters to shape the future of the band. As time went on and our experience in the music industry increased, we took a much more hands on approach with everything. I think that has allowed us to have a lot more confidence in our creativity, what we wanted to accomplish with each album and pave the way for the future ourselves, rather than only rely on outside sources

What does success mean to you, and the band now?

To create a song or an album that inspires others is a measure of success. Also to be able to travel and tour after so many years and still appreciate all the experiences that come with that is something that I consider a major accomplishment. We are lucky to be able to do what we love.

As a fan, and member of the band, how do you reflect back on early work now, in contrast to new stuff like ‘Lay Me To Rest’ for example?

Each album reminds me of different periods of my life. The earlier albums remind me of a more carefree time. These last couple of years have been trying for everyone, and I think the new songs are a reflection of that. I think this EP will always remind me of this time, and of finally being able to play shows and tour once again coming out the tail end of the pandemic.

As a fan, and member of the band, what does the legacy of Zebrahead mean to you now?

We have been doing this for a while now and I can honestly say that none of it would be possible without the undying support of our fans, so to me, the fans are our legacy. The experiences that we’ve had as members of this band mean the world to us and we owe all of that to them.

‘III’ seems to be a pretty hopeful EP, is that accurate?

It just depends on what song you are listening to really, but I know we are all excited and optimistic that things are slowly getting back to normal, and we can’t wait to tour and see our friends all over the world again, so yeah in that way, this EP represents the hope of that.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to about coming back to the UK?

We love playing shows in the UK. The fans are the best and we can’t wait to get back to them! Also, a late-night kebab sounds pretty damn good right now.

Thanks so much for your time!!

Thank you!

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