Firsts (2017)

Harris

ZOTO

ZOTO is a duo composed of Zoé Renié Harris (1992), singer and guitar player, and her brother Tom Renié Harris (1995), singer. Just Listen got to know them in the summer of 2015, in a small village on the coast of France in Normandy. 

It was evident that these two voices together sounded very pleasing and the vibe was just there. The first track on the E.P. was recorded in the summer house using a Sony PCM-D100, which, albeit it's name, can record Native .dff files, which we transformed to .dsf's by adding metadata.

The first two tracks were recorded on the stage at MCO in Hilversum, and included double bass player Pierre Dunker. These tracks were both analog mixed at the session and recorded to 256fs DSD and finished without any post-production.

- Jonas Sacks 

At the recording session at MCO, Hilversum, The Nethelands - All photos by Jonas Sacks

"This is awesome! I loved working with the NativeDSD crew and these two mega young talents."

Pierre Dunker, Bass Player on Firsts - Zoto, @pierredunker

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ZOTO

ZOTO is a duo composed of Zoé Renié Harris (1992), singer and guitar player, and her brother Tom Renié Harris (1995), singer.

Their musical collaboration began in family gatherings sometimes ending up in a brother/sister clash. They started to write songs together in the late summer of 2015. Their music is the reflection of their young lives, origins, different trips and souls, from where they draw their inspiration. 

The duo’s mother comes from England, but her parents were Jamaican. She brought them up listening to Miles Davis, James Brown, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding… Their French father created them original mixtapes for their Fisherprice K7 mixing rock (The Clash, Radiohead...), folk (Bob Dylan, Nick Drake...), world music (Compay Segundo, Salif Keita, Caetano Veloso..) and hip hop (Outkast, Dr Dre...)

Zoé and Tom spent most of their lives in Paris - France where both were born, but they moved to Cuba - Havana in 1999, and stayed there with their family until 2001. Since 2012-13, they don't live in the same city anymore, Zoe living in different places around the world for her studies (Montréal, Barcelona, North Carolina, south of France) while Tom stayed in Paris. This, plus the fact that they needed to grow musically each in their own direction made it impossible for them to write songs together.

They recently decided to begin a new chapter of their lives, writing, composing, singing, basically working together. Their music is a mix between nu-soul and folk music, with multiple influences ranging from Colombian Cumbia to Congolese Soukous.

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Firsts (2017)

Harris

ZOTO

    Just Listen

"These songs are so fresh and heart touching. Music in one take, no editing. This is pure music, give us more of these. Congratulations to all - musicians and recording team. Bravo again !!"

Jean-Pierre Diepenrijkx[read full review]

Firsts (2017)

Harris

ZOTO

Assistant engineer: Annemiek Dirkzwager
Design: Océane Combeau of Fernand et Firmin
Digital Converters: Merging Hapi
Headphones: AKG1000
Mastering Engineer: Tom Caulfield
Microphones: dpa, schoeps, neumann, sonodore mpm-91
Notes:

Recording dates: 17th november 2015 Recording location: mco studios hilversum

Demo recording date: August 25, 2015 Demo Recording location: La Grange, Varengeville-sur-mer

Producer: Jared Sacks, Jonas Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Software: Merging Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256 except track 3
Special Thanks: Daan van Aalst, Frans de Rond, Sjoerd Zegwaard, Floor van der Holst

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Cold in the South
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