Zander Lamothe’s life in music began at an extremely early age.
When Zander was four years old he was already on stage performing with
his father at clubs and festivals, playing hand drum, singing, and sometimes
strumming a little guitar. By the time Zander was fifteen years old, he
was regularly backing up musicians and bands, playing festivals and venues
around Ontario. He also began to gain more experience in the recording
studio, playing drums for various artists such as Ariana Gillis, Tom Wilson
(Junkhouse, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings), and Melissa McClelland (Whitehorse).
While still only in high school, he boarded a transatlantic flight to
accompany his father (Rob
Lamothe) on a European tour which had him performing shows
all over the UK, Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands. It was his first
real taste of life on the road, playing music every night in a different
city, and he loved it. After returning from his first European tour, Zander
began working at Catherine North Recording Studio as an assistant engineer.
During his time working in the studio, Zander learned a great deal about
what goes into the recording process and was asked to play on some of
the albums he helped record (including City and Colour’s ‘Sleeping
Sickness ft. Gordon Downie’).
Soon after graduating from high school, Zander joined Toronto’s
Desperate Union on a cross Canada tour which had them opening up for Silverstein,
CKY, and The Envy. After a long coast-to-coast trip the band then traveled
to Chicago to work with Grammy nominated producer Johnny K. (Disturbed,
3 Doors Down, Finger 11, and Plain White T’s). The recording sessions
resulted in Desperate Union’s single, ‘At The Sun’ and
it’s follow-up, ‘Surrender’. The video for ‘At
The Sun’ was also added to heavy rotation on MuchMusic.
In the winter of 2010, Zander was recruited by Hamilton’s Dean Lickyer.
The band was featured on the MuchMusic television show DisBAND and in
the following year were awarded $10,000 by Gene Simmons for being the
“best band in show” at the 2009 Canadian Music Week Festival.
When Zander showcased with Dean Lickyer at Canadian Music Week, Fazer
Magazine wrote of their performance, “It’s amazing how youthful
yet how seasoned these musicians are, with a riveting stage presence that
can’t be denied”. The band went on and toured all over Canada,
opened for Bon Jovi at the Air Canada Center, and played showcases in
New York City and Austin, TX (SXSW).
In 2011, three of the guys from Dean Lickyer formed THE ZILIS (www.thezilis.com)
creating a new, explosive, power-trio, and quickly hit the road, gaining
fans and accolades in the process. After releasing their debut album in
2012, they went on a two month Canadian tour and eventually finished off
the year playing over 120 shows. Zander also returned to The Netherlands,
Belgium, and Germany for his second European tour with his father Rob
Lamothe in 2012. After a very busy musical year for Zander, he was awarded
the Hamilton Music Award for Drummer of the Year.
THE ZILIS generated a great deal of buzz following the release of their
sophomore album ‘Sketches II’. The group went on their first
U.S.A. tour, which had them performing all over America in the summer
of 2014. They also filmed a brand new music video for their song ‘The
Way Love Goes’, and the video was exclusively released by Exclaim!
The group performed at festivals and venues throughout Ontario, including
opening up for The Sheepdogs at Mohawk College, and David Wilcox at Burlington’s
Sound Of Music Festival. Currently THE ZILIS are busy performing around
Ontario and writing new songs for their third full length album. For more
info check out www.thezilis.com