Time Out Dubai has described Bull Funk Zoo as “Dubai’s most recognisable vocal chords” praised his debut album, which featured Hamdan Al Abri, as “mixing Hendrix style riffing, Red Hot Chili Peppers-ish rock-funk and a dirty garage stomp, on a record complete with both soulful yearners, up-tempo burners, and plenty of retro funk-flavoured grooves.”
His upcoming single release ‘Would You?’ takes up where the album left off by bringing back energy-driven rock’n’funk glory with a great portion of experimental open-mindedness. But this time Bull Funk Zoo sang, performed all the instruments, wrote, recorded and produced the single all himself.
Bull Funk Zoo is the brainchild of producer, multi instrumentalist, vocalist, and accomplished guitar player Assaad Lakkis. Taking on influences from Frank Zappa, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against The Machine, to John Coltrane, Miles Davis or Tom Waits, Bull Funk Zoo is a colourful musical project that feeds from a buzzing variety of nearly every genre.
Bull Funk Zoo had featured Eslam Jawad -M.C (former Gorillaz and Wu Tan Clan) and Hamdan Al-Abri on many live shows in the past. On his new album he will be on vocals and guitar and has put a new rhythm section together. He describes the outcome as sounding “like a big bad bull fornicating and stompin’ the grounds with an attitude. Bull Funk Zoo brings together individual vibes of creativity that keeps everyone guessing – even us.”
Bull Funk Zoo’s debut album was recorded in 2013 and got the highest ratings for an unsigned band’s record by Rolling Stone. In the Middle East, he has made a name for himself, playing in front of up to 30000 people at concerts. In 2013, he also supported Sting . Bull Funk Zoo is continuously working on new material, videos and other creative endeavours. He says: “Creativity is my drug of choice, it has got me in a vise.”
Assaad was born in Dubai after his parents had to escape the devastating war in Lebanon in the 70s. Music has always played a big role for him. He was growing up to the likes of James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney M and various Motown artists. When he was four years old he first saw Kiss performing on TV and, for the first time, the idea of rock’n’roll both intrigued and scared him. Enchanted by the magic that those kind of performances had over him, he later moved on to listening to bands like Metallica or Megadeth and broadened his musical horizon as much as possible, constantly craving new experiences.