cecilia majzoub


from san francisco currently residing in new york city
contact me at ceciliamajzoub@gmail.com


cage the elephant/foals crowd at terminal 5
can be seen in the new issue of the zine is dead
photographs by cecilia majzoub

an interview with Mechachief by Cecilia Majzoubfor The Zine Is Dead
photos by Adrianna Trinadad O’neil

How did you two meet and how did Mechachief form?

We met through some old guy we both know named Joseph. He brought him skating one day,  he told me everyone in the car some gnarly story about his first sexual experience, which I can’t go into detail about because he currently has a girlfriend that will kill him if she reads this. Everyone thought it was weird, But i knew then and there this kid was awesome. We ended up not hanging out for around 2 years because ,well thats just how life is sometimes, but then ran into each other at a Locust show. He needed a ride home and a place to stay for the night, so he crashed with me. I had just left the other band I was in, and got a free drum set from a friend. So when we woke up, he picked up my guitar, and I got on drums, neither of us knew what we were doing, but we just winged it and have since then just to continue to wing it. 

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Tell me about your most memorable show.



Bell Gardens House Party, here we go… Someone booked 6 bands for this party, they put us on first at 7:30, We show up, and the cops are parked across the street, already waiting like fucking sharks. The Van we just got didn’t have any paperwork, Kevin has legal issues, one of our friends is attracting even more attention because he’s being drunk, and loud. So we’re a perfect target, not to mention that , besides the family thats inside the house watching “Sabado Gigante”, we were the only people there. The kid who lived at this house says  ”oh don’t worry, they always show up when I throw gigs because the neighbors hate it” Well, no shit. Inside, in the living room where we were supposed to play, there’s a back line set up of drums with no rug, on a tile floor, and two huge metal head amps. Kevin and I talk and decide, fuck it, lets just play on this, it’ll save us time, and we can shake this place even fast. Kevin plugged in his guitar, turned the amp all the way up, I plugged in my face mask mic to the other amp and did the same. It was loud as fuck, the feedback was piercing and painful,  the drums are sweeping across the living room, Kevin can’t hear me, and I can’t hear him. He gets up on the couch and starts jumping up and down while playing. Our buddies followed his lead and joined in on the improvised trampoline. We finished the set, ears ringing, kid came back inside, and says “Oh dang, you’re done?” Yup, later foo. It was actually one of the most funs shows we’ve ever played. 


What is your writing process like? Do you sit down and decide to write some music, or is it more organic?

Kevin writes all the guitar parts at home, then comes to me and says “hey, I wrote like 20 new songs.” Then we’ll jam em out, record them on our own, then I’ll think of something to write about, come up with lyrics, record them over the song. No engineer, no mastering, no problems!



What bands and musicians did you guys listen to growing up?


Despite our age gap, we have kinda the same taste in music, which is what got us hyped on starting this band. We both like noise music, Lightning Bolt,  Pink and Brown, The Coachwhips, The Locust, Black Dice. Haha, we’ll drive around and switch off putting on music, and surprise each other “What the fuck? You little piece of shit, I didn’t know you like Le Shok!” 

Have any of those influenced Mechachief?


Haha yup. We’ll watch videos of those bands when they were around ,or go to the shows when and if they still play, and say to each other “That’s sick, we should do something like that”. Playing live is when a band puts their money where their mouth is. If you can’t cut it live, what’s the point of going to your show. We try to keep it interesting art our shows. Some drunk girl actually came up to us last night after our set and was pissed because she heard that we strip during the show and we didn’t. We don’t always play the same set with the same antics, other wise we’d get bored

Top 5 favorite albums of all time?

Haha fuck, the hard questions

Kevin:
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
The Hospitals - I Visited The Islands of Jocks and Jazz
Pink and Brown - Shame Fantasy ii
Walter Tv - Apetite 
Thee Oh Sees - The Hounds of Foggy Notion

Chris:
David Bowie - Let’s Dance
Dan Deacon - Spiderman of The Rings
Black Dice - Creature Comforts
Lightning Bolt - Ride The Skies
Paul Simon - Live Rhymin

Some of your favorite new bands at the moment?


The High Curbs, Tongues, Milf Nipples, Couth, Youth Ruiins, and Girl Pool.

Give us a little history behind some of your songs.

Haha “Papas” started off as Kevin playing some slow jazz line , then I started fucking around on it, we recorded it, then I just started singing “Papas!” to make kevin laugh. Then we just left it like that and filmed the video the next day.
"I’ll follow" was a supposed to be a cover of a song that was in Sister Act. haha Kevin had just watched it and said " Man, that’s a good song! Man, fuck, thats a good movie!" So we just wrote it, but it ended up sounding different and I changed the lyrics to be about a girl who loves her dude so much that she’d kill him if he left her. 

"Forever Stuck with The Bae" was the weirdest song we’ve ever recorded / written, mainly because of how it happened. Our friend asked us if we wanted to record a song with his buddy that had a nice studio. We were hesitant because we usually record everything ourselves, but he did some convincing and we said yes. We set up in this super nice studio in LA, and we had no clue what were gonna record. We didn’t wanna re-record any songs, because we’ve done that and  it ended up sounding forced. So kevin played me a riff on his phone while the dude was still setting up the mics, I thought of something pretty quick, luckily I suck at the drums and can only really play one tempo, cause it kinda worked out. The guy says " Ok, lets do this, we’re recording this on an analog system so nail you song because this isn’t pro tools"  haha we did two takes, recorded the vocals, and after he told us he really liked it, we told him "thank god dude, because had no idea what were gonna do and just came up with that on the spot!" The lyrics came kinda easy, Kevin met his girlfriend off of instagram, so the first verse is about that. The second verse was kinda about a relationship I had just got out of, and being surprised that it actually lasted two years. And the last verse is about one of my friends, that’s my age, who has two kids and third on the way. The song name came from some dumb slang word that kevin’s girlfriend uses when she refers to him. 

Mechachief on Joey Sinko:

I met Joey when I was still in the other band, he came to one of our shows and he was with his girlfriend, they were really nice.
I kept in touch with him, because he was stoked on what we were doing. and I was stoked on his work with his films he was making. Dude makes his own Tv Show. And it’s good! As soon as the Supreme video came out, I got a text from Joey “I wanna make a music video parody of the supreme video, would you be into that?”
Kevin and I love jokes, so we were into anything he had up his sleeve. He filmed most of it with our friends Bob, Steve, and Tom in Downtown LA in One day, then we met up with him and filmed the rest. He put it together and I guess it got quite the reaction. Some dudes told my friend Bob that he shouldn’t show his face around certain bars in LA cause someone who works at supreme in LA is super into guns and got pissed about us making jokes or whatever. Joey was kinda concerned about it, I told him not to worry about what people say, at least they’re talkin.

Mechachief on skateboarding:

Without skating, life would suck. That’s all. 

Mechachief is on instagram, sound cloud and Facebook.
an interview with Mechachief by Cecilia Majzoub
for The Zine Is Dead
photos by Adrianna Trinadad O’neil
How did you two meet and how did Mechachief form?
We met through some old guy we both know named Joseph. He brought him skating one day,  he told me everyone in the car some gnarly story about his first sexual experience, which I can’t go into detail about because he currently has a girlfriend that will kill him if she reads this. Everyone thought it was weird, But i knew then and there this kid was awesome. We ended up not hanging out for around 2 years because ,well thats just how life is sometimes, but then ran into each other at a Locust show. He needed a ride home and a place to stay for the night, so he crashed with me. I had just left the other band I was in, and got a free drum set from a friend. So when we woke up, he picked up my guitar, and I got on drums, neither of us knew what we were doing, but we just winged it and have since then just to continue to wing it. 

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drowners opening for AHJ, nyc 2014
shot for the zine is dead issue 6
photos by cecilia majzoub

an interview with Joey Sinko by Cecilia Majzoubfor The Zine Is Dead

Introduce yourself!
My name is Joey Sinko and I grew up skateboarding. I started making skate videos at age 14. I hate labels. I like to shoot, edit, act, write, direct, whatever, it’s all good as long I’m working with cool people. I enjoy the process of filmmaking. Anything! Short films, music videos, whatever! I do it under my mom and pop production company Broken TV Pictures. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching Columbo, and doing nothing.
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Tell us about your series Now Now John.
Not Now John is a series and I’m proud of it. It was one of the most important creative endeavors I’ve ever embarked on. It started with a short film “A Letter to Marty (Scorsese)” and bloomed into it’s own series. The show wasn’t for the faint of heart and this even included some close friends, which sort of stung. The series dives deep into human condition. We explore various emotions, dreams and questions about life. It’s real! It’s sad, it’s funny, and we did it all on Youtube, which is a terrible medium for important work. Great for cat videos though. Then to boot, the web-series medium is frowned upon by serious film makers. I just wanted to try something different. Something that felt like a novel in film form for the internet, that’s what I thought of when I first heard the term ‘web-series.’ On the plus side, we took a chance and risked everything to express it all. We (cast & crew) made something honest… not perfect, but honest. We gained a fierce audience of people who aren’t afraid to step away from their corner and watch something that might be uncomfortably relatable. That’s what’s great about Not Now John, it goes beyond entertainment, it’s something you can actually respond to. I plan on doing more when the time is right. It’s just hard to release work when you know people reduce art to thumbs ups and likes, then measure people’s work by a demographic, rather than heart.
Tell us about your skate edits.
I make these Documentary style edits under the title of “Skate Career Heaven” These edits honor and capture the highlighted work of skateboarders that have had an impact on my life. I’ve done “Heath Kirchart: The Final Cut ” (2011) Ed Templeton: Jump off a Memory, Ali (An Ode to Ali Boulala) (2013), and Jeremy Klein: At The End of the Day (2014), just to name a few. I make those independently, but I have released them through rad websites like Jenkem.com and SkateTalkLive.com. Recently, I got involved in a separate project with Greco’s Houseofhammers.com for a feature titled “Hammer Hall Of Fame”. It’s a similar concept, more hession in a lot of ways and it’s fun to create in the spirit of HAMMERS! So far we have released edits on Jeremy Wray, Andrew Reynolds,Sean Sheffey and Danny Sargent. 
What are your thoughts on skateboarding today?
It sucks because Heath Kirchart and Jeremy Klein retired. I’m glad Greco is still in the mix though, Josh Harmony and of course Geoff Rowley… all passionate skateboarders. And of course I kid, skateboarding obviously doesn’t suck. I’m in awe of it actually. When I was younger I couldn’t imagine how progressive it would become. It’s insane! I think it’s a little too focused on virtuosity though, which is fine. I’d personally like to see more artistic sensitivity while doing a trick, more “style.” It’s there, but I want more! That’s tough, because if you do focus on style, and you don’t watch it, you can start showing off. Ray Barbee never showed off, Barbee was unaware of his great style, that’s what made it so good. It wasn’t indulgent. I see a lot of self-indulgent skateboarders sometimes. 
Are you currently working on any projects?
#SomethingDifferent is short film I wrote and directed. Also, “Spaghetti and Meatballs” is a skate video I’m making. I’m excited about them both! 
You’ve worked with Mechachief, a featured band in this issue. what has that been like?
Amazing! On stage they let it all go and that is exciting! Most bands in LA do what they think they’re supposed to do. Mechachief does what it wants to do. Their music inspires me, it’s soulful, it’s hostile, it’s complex in all the right ways, and it provokes me to let it all go too. What I’m trying to say with that is, I literally want to take their sound, their emotion, that energy, and expand on it with an idea of my own through film, and just create. Carefree of what others will think about it. That’s why I had to use some of their music in Not Now John and of course make a video with them.
Tell us about “Blueberry”, your parody of supremes cherry. How did that come about?
After I watched ‘Cherry’ the Supreme skate video, I thought it would be cool to do a parody on it and allow it to stand as music video for Mechachief. Allow Mechachief to be the ‘product’ we’re selling in our video, instead of the supreme brand which was sold in ‘Cherry’ the supreme skate video. That was actually the driving concept. Let’s just “sell” the crap out of this, but be really cool about it. Mechachief was down! I even warned them, people might take it the wrong way. Chris told me he didn’t give a you-know-what, and ‘blueberry’ was born. I let Chris and Kevin dress as Mechachief would, and only act out the Supreme vibe. Where as, Bob and the gang actually were Supreme, I mean they became those skateboarders from ‘cherry’ the supreme skate video.  It was wild! It was fun to make, and people should know we all had  nice things to say about ‘cherry’ the supreme skate video. It really was all in good humor, and even if it wasn’t, who cares? Everyone likes Supreme, it’s not like the company is a golden retriever that needs approval from everyone.  We’re just a bunch of piles. Thanks for the interview Cecilia, I’m going to clean my 2002 Nissan Altima, it’s super dirty.

Joey is on instagram, twitter, youtube, vimeo, and here’s his site.

an interview with Joey Sinko by Cecilia Majzoub
for The Zine Is Dead

Introduce yourself!

My name is Joey Sinko and I grew up skateboarding. I started making skate videos at age 14. I hate labels. I like to shoot, edit, act, write, direct, whatever, it’s all good as long I’m working with cool people. I enjoy the process of filmmaking. Anything! Short films, music videos, whatever! I do it under my mom and pop production company Broken TV Pictures. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching Columbo, and doing nothing.

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thezineisdeaduk:

IT’S HERE! ISSUE 6 OF THE ZINE IS DEAD!! Featuring interviews with UK Shoegaze band Gum, director Joey Sinko, Mechachief, gigs from POND, Peace, Parquet Courts, DROWNERS, and a feature on that latest releases from newly formed label, Spinning Top Music with GUM, Shiny Joe Ryan and Mink Mussel Creek!
Thank you to all those who contributed (Matt, Nadia, Cece, Clara, and Sam, you guys are awesome!)
READ IT HERE —> http://issuu.com/znbhssn/docs/tzid_issue_6
And don’t forget to share it with everyone!

hey guys, take a look at the new issue of the zine is dead! i’ve got some unseen photographs and 2 interviews in the mix! there’s a lot of killer content in this issue, it’s my favorite yet.

thezineisdeaduk:

IT’S HERE! ISSUE 6 OF THE ZINE IS DEAD!! Featuring interviews with UK Shoegaze band Gum, director Joey SinkoMechachief, gigs from PONDPeaceParquet CourtsDROWNERS, and a feature on that latest releases from newly formed label, Spinning Top Music with GUMShiny Joe Ryan and Mink Mussel Creek!

Thank you to all those who contributed (Matt, Nadia, Cece, Clara, and Sam, you guys are awesome!)

READ IT HERE —> http://issuu.com/znbhssn/docs/tzid_issue_6

And don’t forget to share it with everyone!

hey guys, take a look at the new issue of the zine is dead! i’ve got some unseen photographs and 2 interviews in the mix! there’s a lot of killer content in this issue, it’s my favorite yet.

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks, mercury lounge, nyc may 2014
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub