Interview in Vents Magazine

Interview with David Ladon of the Doctors Fox


How would you describe your music?

This is the question that most bands really try to avoid when they don’t want to pigeonhole themselves in one genre. Upon recent consideration, I think we sound a bit like Tropicália, a style of music that developed in Brazil in the late 1960’s. One of its guiding principles was “cultural cannibalism” or the coalescence of different influences, out of which could be created something unique. Similarly, our music blends rock, jazz, pop, bluegrass, funk, reggae, klezmer, and bossa nova into its own derivative non-genre. We have our own sound, but I’d be damned if I could describe it any better than this.


How was it to work with James Zaner and Luke Sullivan?

James and Luke are both fantastic to work with. James made us feel really comfortable in the studio, which was essential, since we recorded the bulk of the tracks over two days at Blue Jay Studios. Luke came in at the end of the Blue Jay Sessions and worked with us over the course of a year and a half to overdub another dozen musicians. Luke is very laid back, and has a poetic way of expressing what he wants from an artist, which helps them bring out their best playing.


How you guys came out with the album’s title?

It is both a lyric from the song, Zonkers, and it is also an apt description of what the album holds – plays-on-words and cultural references for the NPR crowd. We considered calling the album “Giggles Galore” but we felt it was a bit of an overstatement.  Read More…

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