Too Many Zooz

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Too Many Zooz
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Too Many Zooz in 2020, (from left to right): Leo Pellegrino, Matt Muirhead, and David Parks
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresBrass house (self-defined)
Years active2014–present
Members Leo Pellegrino
Matt "Doe" Muirhead
David "King of Sludge" Parks

Too Many Zooz is an American music group based in New York City, consisting of Leo Pellegrino (baritone saxophone), Matt "Doe" Muirhead (trumpet) and David "King of Sludge" Parks (drums). [1]


Formation and viral fame

Pellegrino and Muirhead met at the Manhattan School of Music where they were attending. Pellegrino and Parks had played together in Drumadics, a local busking band. [2] Teaming up in mid-2013, the trio started busking together that August at various stations in the New York City Subway in their self-defined genre brass house. [2]

The band's definition of Brass House is defined as a mix of jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk, EDM and house music. [3]

They gained fame when a video of one of their subway performances, recorded by a passer-by at the Union Square station, went viral on YouTube in March 2014. [2] They are known as well for Pellegrino's characteristic dance moves while playing.

Stage and studio

Too Many Zooz recorded an EP, F NOTE, in January 2014, which they sold at their busking performances. The band has recorded three more EPs, followed by their first full-length studio album, Subway Gawdz, on June 27, 2016, receiving mixed to positive reviews. [4] [5]

By January 2015, the band was booked on a tour at theatres and small clubs across the United States. [6] They continue to perform on road trips, [7] and played backup for Beyoncé for her televised CMA Awards performance on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. [8]

Kaskade's July 2016 single "Jorts FTW" features Too Many Zooz. [9]

"Warriors", from Too Many Zooz "Subway Gawdz" album, was featured in Google's commercial for their Pixel 2 smart phone in October 2017. [10] "Warriors" was also featured in the Flag Parade of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Grand Final. [11] "Brnx Bmbr" is featured in a KFC commercial for the Triple Grab N Go. [12] "Get Busy", is also featured in the beginning credits of the Netflix original movie, "The Package".

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