So, who are you anyway?
ZONTOX, an Australian Metal project in which all music is written, performed and produced by myself (Tim Spriggs). Born and raised in the small town of Halls Gap in Australia, living pretty much in the middle of nowhere gave you not a lot to do, music was a great escape. The meaning of the word ZONTOX? There isn’t one.. Basically it’s just a random word I made up, I wanted something completely different so that if you were to search up the name on the Internet, the only results you would get are of the music. People have told me it sounds ridiculous, but when it comes down to it, I think the music itself will give the name a real meaning.
Describe your sound for us.
More or less a combination of all my influences with my own little twist.
So you rate yourself then?
No not really.. I’m happy making music that I like, if other people like it then thats great, if not then so be it! I think there has to be a certain element of confidence in anything you do if you want to succeed with it.
Who are your influences?
I’ve more or less liked heavier music since early primary school, the first time I heard Metallica I was blown away! As far as my main influences go though, Pantera would have to be the biggest. That band was on fire, many have tried to emulate what they did and have failed miserably. I think that band was one of those things that once was and will never be again. Other bands I gain inspiration from are Machine Head, The Haunted, Meshuggah, Deftones, Slayer, Sepultura etc. The list gos on.. I try to take a little bit from everything I hear. I think that its good to keep an open mind with music, otherwise you’ll wind up sounding like another number in the countless array of clones in the music world.
Tell us one of your musical secrets.
I don’t know if theres really any secrets, if you want to be good at anything then I guess the key is PRACTICE. I think my secret to life is music, it keeps me sane. It’s the yin for my yang!
What’s in the future?
Well an album is not too far off from being finished! Hopefully then I’ll be rehearsing some bass players and drummers to take on tour to unleash the material to you all!
What’s your claim to fame?
Hard work I guess, if you want something enough who’s’ to stop you other than yourself? I think most great things take a lot of work and effort, and if they don’t they just won’t seem like great things.
Musically, where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Honestly I don’t know, I try not to think too far ahead. Live for the day I say, I do know that music will be a big part of my life for many many years to come! Whether ZONTOX will still be around then? It’s pretty likely..
Myspace or Facebook?
Myspace is better for music, facebook better for keeping in contact with people you consider actual friends, not fans, bands etc.