His name might not ring a bell, but Marc Zermati's associations will definitely draw your interest. Founder of the Parisian record label Skydog, Zermati's first release, Sky High, was a result of a drunken jam session with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.
According to The Jimi Hendrix Foundation, the recording should be in the Guinness Book for being the most bootlegged recording ever.
Zermati was also instrumental in promoting the punk rock scene in Europe in the late ’70s. He promoted the first-ever European punk festival in 1976, and subsequently booked tours for bands in Japan.
His artist roster included acts like Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Motorhead, Flamin' Groovies and Johnny Thunders.
What's more interesting is that the 65-year-old producer has now turned his gaze to India. Currently touring the country to find and promote Indian acts, Zermati is also keen on picking up bands to play at Japan's annual Fuji Rock music festival, which takes place in July every year.
“I'm not interested in Bollywood bulls**t. I hear there's a growing underground and middle-of-the-road music scene here, so I wanted to check it out firsthand,” he says, adding, "You can see from the success of other Asian bands. They started out like India, doing hard rock and metal, but eventually went beyond and discovered their own sound. India is currently on the verge of breaking out of that mould. And I think something interesting is going to come out of it.”
Currently in Kerala, Zermati is keen on making a documentary featuring indie artistes and bands.
“I’m planning on making a documentary, but I'm still researching the underground scene. I won’t speak about it till I collect more information.”
What’ his advice to upcoming bands to discover their own sound? “Keep going at it and bring out the feeling of rock with the Indian attitude,” he says.