Too Many Zooz

The curious thing about being a fan of brasshouse? You’re pretty much talking about being into one solitary but extremely unforgettable band: the amusingly monikered Too Many Zooz.
The musical style was “branded” by drummer King of Sludge, who recognized that there was no worthy existing classification for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet).
“Brasshouse is a high energy musical conversation,” Matt insists. “Though I honestly don’t think there is a good way to describe it in words. It’s about many different feelings and sounds and emotions.” Or as KOS so decisively puts it, “I don’t really care about what’s happening in music — I just make art that I enjoy making.”
It’s exactly this indifference to convention and trend that has garnered Too Many Zooz a fanbase that KOS describes as “wide-ranging and fanatical.” One of those fans? In 2016, Beyonce asked them to perform with her at the Billboard Music Awards…and it’s quite possible they got just as much attention as did she.
After two years, a gazillion live performances and four EPs, their debut album Subway Gawdz (an unsubtle reference to their birth in the underground stations of NYC), was released to enthusiastic acclaim in 2016. Its sound was truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude.
And right now, TMZ are riding higher than ever, surely poised for the leap into genuinely widespread international recognition that was likley inevitable since they first set foot in an NYC subway station. Indeed, following a deal with Ministry of Sound, their single “Warriors” racked up major play on Radio One (if you think you haven’t heard it, when you hear it, you’ll quickly realize you already have), followed by high-profile remixes from the likes of Armand Van Helden and KDA.
Then, UK sensation Jess Glynne penned lyrics and added vocals to morph the song into “So Real (Warriors),” which has been generating massive buzz while climbing the European charts. In the meanwhile, a live video for “Car Alarm” furtively racked up more than 500K views in one week.
But surely signaling their mainstream “arrival”? A Canadian KFC commercial featured the band and their songs — so don’t be surprised if listening to their music suddenly makes you hungry. Though they’ve also been up to more serious matters. Leo, in fact, was asked to play at the BBC Proms Charles Mingus tribute at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall in August 2017 — certainly no small honor.
Yet for all this, the forward plan for Too Many Zooz, is, as ever, constant touring. The reason is simple: it’s their outrageous, electrifying live performances that consistently continue to add the numbers to their growing worldwide legion of fans

Shows

Victoria Curling Club
Sat. June 25th 21:30
$29.50 - $35 advance Ticket Info
Saturday night is a night to dance, a night to celebrate, a night to have serious fun. With that in mind
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival is proud to host a double-headliner powerhouse of a Saturday night.
Born in the fires of busking in the undergrounds stations of New York, TOO MANY ZOOZ has built
themselves a legend as one of the most engaging and hard-hittingly fun bands to hit the world of live
music in sometime. They've played alongside musical luminaries like Beyoncé and Charles Mingus, and
been featured in a staggering amount of media spots – if you think you haven't heard Too Many Zooz,
you actually probably have. But it's the videos of the their dynamic, powerful live performances that have helped spread their groovy gospel – garnering millions of YouTube plays and making them a household name around North America and beyond.

The art of modern DJ can trace its roots directly back to the streets of Jamaica. Since its inception, DJing
has spread around the globe, bringing musical worlds together as DJs relentlessly hunt for the spaces
where styles and genres overlap. No one doing it today embodies the genreless search for the party like
the mighty A. SKILLZ. For over two decades A. Skillz has established himself as a world-class DJ and
producer, rocking dancefloors around the world – including his long-running spot as a must-see DJ at
British Columbia's renowned Shambhala Music Festival. Through his live sets, his ongoing “Beats
Working” mix series and his frequent collaborations with some of the most exciting minds in music, A.
Skillz has raised the bar for what it means to truly rock a party. His blend of genres (hip-hop, Ghetto funk,
drum n' bass, classic funk and soul, reggae, and everything else under the sun, really) means when he's
behind the decks, there's literally something for everyone. If you like music, if you like dancing, then A.
Skillz for you. A true music-lover and connoisseur of all things groovy, we are so excited to welcome this
master of rhythm to Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival for the first time.

Keeping things burning between these two huge sets is one of our favourite hometown talents, DJ
ANGER. A deft mixer and selector with an incredible ear and impeccable taste, it doesn't get much better
behind the decks than Anger and we're stoked to have him back on our stage. Combine him with special
guest KING BENZ – a lyrical wizard on the mic – and it's a truly unstoppable combination. Put on your
dancing shoes and come celebrate a truly huge Saturday night with us.