Mark O'Connor (Zeb).
Where are you from?
Name of band: (if applicable)
Zeb vs Zeus.
Who else is in your band? (if applicable)
Mark O'Connor (Zeb)
John O'Connor (Zeus)
Adam O'Connor (Teeb)
Mr. Tickles (Himself)
Jubs Haylin (Silent Partner!)
How would you describe yourselves?
Zeb vs Zeus is 'fictional' band that makes 'real' music. Made up of bickering siblings Zeb & Zeus, we will be releasing two versions of all our songs - a Zeb version and a Zeus version - which will go head to head to see who's version is the best. Each song release will be preceded by a mockumentary style YouTube video, chronicling the trials and tribulations of Zeb & Zeus, the first of which Episode 1 - How to Start a Band is now available on our YouTube channel.
While we enjoy making quirky videos to market our music, we mostly just love to make great music. We have released our first 'duel' single 'Out of Wax' on 2nd June with our second to follow in July 2014.
Who are your main influences musically?
Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay, Ocean Colour Scene, Bob Dylan.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
Like all the other musicians out there, we just want to avoid having to get a 'real' job and have fun along the way. We'd really love to make it as an independent band. We record, mix and master our own music, shoot and edit all our own videos. It's a lot a work but it gives us the freedom to things the way we want to. We love writing songs and making videos and hope that someone out there will enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Just getting things off the ground for our first release was an achievement in itself. Most people don't know the amount of work an indie band has to put in behind the scenes with recording and mixing the music, shooting and editing the videos, setting up and maintaining the social media, building websites, etc.... Getting the ball rolling is often the most difficult step. Now we just want to keep the momentum going.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Well that would have to be the microphone stand hurdle incident of 2014! Luckily I can still have children! Zeb Tip #1 - Microphone stands do not make good hurdles, even if you are wearing a cape!
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Well that's easy to answer, we've only released one song (2 versions) so far - 'Out of Wax'
Where can we listen to it?
Zeb Version - http://youtu.be/Ap3MMikP8eo
Zeus Version - http://youtu.be/_1wM3pnO3JY
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
Zeb, Zeus & Teeb (aka...Mark, John & Adam) are real life brothers from Dublin, Ireland. We developed the Zeb vs Zeus idea when both Adam and John moved out of Dublin making it a bit difficult to practice and perform together. Subsequently, Adam moved back to Dublin from New Zealand and John currently lives in Bangor near Belfast. We meet up whenever possible to shoot video footage for episodes of Zeb vs Zeus, music videos and other quirky ideas to help get our music out there.