How new “supergroup” Zen From Mars came together
Yesterday, new “supergroup” Zen From Mars revealed the band members’ identities as well as a video for their first single “New Leaf” which will be available on iTunes through THC Music on Friday, August 12, 2016.
Zen From Mars consist of singer Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory/Malignancy), bassist Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), guitarist Brynn Arens (Flipp), guitarist Drew Fortier (Bang Tango) and keyboardist Kate Catalina (The Showgirl of Rock).
Fortier spoke exclusively to Sleaze Roxx about how the group came together, how they came up with the band name and who has been handling the bulk of the songwriting.
With respect to who came up with the idea for the group, Fortier stated: “It actually all started with myself and a totally different situation I was involved in that didn’t pan out the way I expected. Then Stephen [Shareaux] came in, and then everybody else and it was just the perfect snowball effect of creativity. We all have nothing but love and respect for one another, and it’s truly a wonderful situation.”
In regard to how the name Zen From Mars came to be, Fortier advised: “That was actually Stephen’s idea, I was hanging with Chip [Z’Nuff] and Kate [Catalina] one day and he had texted me. This was very early on when we were still demoing songs, and he texted me “Zen From Mars… band name?” and we all absolutely loved it.”
Finally, Fortier was asked who were the main songwriters for the ZFM songs to which he replied: “Stephen and I are the prime initiators for the songs. The first song we actually created was “New Leaf.” Every single ZFM song has an acoustic demo, which is so cool, especially hearing how far a song comes compared to the demo. Another thing I love about this is that all the songs are so different from each other… We venture into a lot of cool territories on this record. I can’t wait for people to take in the whole picture!”
Zen From Mars‘ “New Leaf” video:
https://www.facebook.com/ZenFromMars/ Directed & Shot by Joe Placzkowski & Frank Ritter Edited by Drew Fortier “New Leaf” Mixed by: Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5) Mastered by: Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More) THC Music 2016 Zen From Mars (ZFM) are: Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee): Vocals Drew Fortier (Bang Tango): Guitar Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff): Bass & Backing Vocals Mike Heller (Fear Factory): Drums Brynn Arens (Flipp): Guitar Kate Catalina (Showgirl of Rock): Keyboard