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    with Zak Emerson

    The ultimate quick fire questionnaire for the music and creative minded!  

    We get under the skin of some of our favourite directors, musicians and bands to reveal what makes them tick musically and creatively, from their favourite band to the latest book in their hand!

    Next up on Quick Fire is award winning director Zak Emerson of Merman, who began his TV career as a storyboard artist and creative assistant under legendary ad man, Paul Arden at ASD. His first short film 'Suspended' was picked up by the British Council for representation and won the prestigious Stella Artois Best Short Film award. He has since directed award-winning commercials for clients such as Adidas, Heineken, Toyota, Three, Nikon, HSBC and many others. 

    Zak spills all on his favourite band of the Summer, the best place to visit in London, his music guilty pleasure and more, here on Quick Fire 15...

    1. What bands or artists are you listening to most right now?

    My current album of the summer is Black Pumas. Check it out.

    2. What was the first record you bought?

    Erm, it was Benny Goodman Trio (I used to play clarinet, not cool but true).

    3. What was the last gig you saw?

    Ben Chatwin playing a live set of his 'Staccato Signals', haunting electro-orchestral at Southbank last week. Epic.

    4. Favourite gig venue?

    The Waterfront, Norwich. Good times from my teenage years.

    5.Favourite album cover?

    Fat of the Land - Prodigy.

    6. Favourite music video?

    Windowlicker - Aphex Twin.

    7. Favourite movie and soundtrack?

    'The Beat My Heart Skipped' by Jacques Audiard or 'Stand By Me' by Rob Steiner.

    8. If you could direct a music video for any artist/band, who would it be?

    Pink Floyd.

    9. Film director idol?

    Jacques Audiard.

    10. If you were a boxer what would your walk-on music be?

    Go with the flow - Queens of Stone Age.

    11. What would your heavy metal band name be?

    Zak, back and crack!

    12. What band / artist is your guilty pleasure?

    Hall and Oates.

    13. Favourite thing to do in London (or your hometown)?

    At low tide, walking along the Thames beach in Central London with my kids.

    14. What are you reading at the moment?

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

    15. Anything you want to tell us about?

    Yes, I ran a very long 160km ultra race last weekend. 103 miles, 10,000ft ascent. It was a beast. First 80 was all good and felt comfy enough. Last 20 was a grind. Dawn to dawn. Gorgeous seeing the sun come up!

    Thanks Zak!

    Zak Emerson | Ben Chatwin - Knots from Merman on Vimeo.
    Zak Emerson | Vauxhall Crossland X - Muddy Boots from Merman on Vimeo.