When you have an archive of music, it can be hard to continue to evolve and to get the most out of one’s creativity. Enuff Z’nuff is one of the best examples of this. Commitment is something that has to be shown in the music industry, Enuff Z’Nuff has more creativity in one song than most bands have in an entire library. Hailing from Blue Island, Illinois, Enuff Z’nuff (pronounced Enough is Enough) started recording at the very beginning of their career and haven’t even thought about stopping and still have a lot to offer to the world of hair metal and rock music. The name has a simple meaning. First off, Z’Nuff is the bassist’s (and now currently tackling vocals due to Donnie Vie leaving the band in 2013) last name. Secondly, the band was just tired of hearing the same old sound, with the same boring music. Enough was enough and they wanted to make a change to the music industry. “We were mainly influenced by bands over in England such as Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Beatles. We just played music that we considered rock, and I think that really set the tone for the band,” says Chip Z’Nuff. The band has charted several singles such as “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing” and has appeared on numerous outlets such as Howard Stern, MTV, and even the Tonight Show with David Letterman.
Enuff Z’Nuff has such passion and a fire that hasn’t even began to die. The band is gearing up to release their 21st record. Signing a deal with record label, Frontier Music, these guys can not wait to move on with their careers. The band has 16 studio albums and the others are compilations and live records. Fans of Enuff Z’Nuff have continued to buy records and bassist Chip is honored. He can’t wait to release the new record that is scheduled to release this fall. It is a great visitation to the band’s entire archive of music. “This record is material that fans may have heard in the early days. I think I would call it an archival record. I sent the label three songs and the record label called me back and said we want you to make a record. So, I had to scamper and got everyone together. I was able to put together a nice dozen songs for the album, which is a great archival Enuff Z’Nuff record. I think it’s a good mixture of what we are about: rock, pop, metal, new wave. I think people will listen to it and it sounds new and fresh, even with some of these songs being 20 years old. You won’t find any Enuff Z’Nuff records in the used bins at record stores; the fans buy those records and love them. They are little flocks of life. This record is no exception,” says Chip Z’nuff. Enuff Z’Nuff has snagged a couple of big names to record in their upcoming record.
Life wasn’t always glamour and fame for the band. These guys had to fight their way to the top and would gladly play a show at any venue, at any time. “We played the clubs for as long as we had to, we were just happy to get a gig. We would be especially happy when we got to open for people like Cheap Trick and bands such as that. “I would be lying if we said we didn’t want to get big. When we came out we played the clubs for five or six years. We opened for anyone that we could. Our big ones would be like opening up for Cheap Trick. We just took any gig we could get until we were discovered by Doc McGee and we started making records,” says Chip.
In today’s music industry, there is always concern with if an artist’s record is going to be successful. Enuff Z’Nuff understands that there is always a chance you can succeed or there is always a chance that you will fail. Users are able to consume music with such services as Spotify and Apple Music and these guys still strive to make the best music even if there is a bit of anxiety and nervousness when going to make a record. “We go make records and we know what’s on the table. We know that we’ve got to make a good record and if it doesn’t do well within the first six to eight weeks, then I know that it’s time to go ahead and start on the next one. That’s the crazy thing about this music industry. It’s even changed now. There is so much competition. We are at a time where there is too much product and not enough demand. We are always concerned if our record is going to be heard, and if it gets heard and does well, then people are going to purchase it,” says Chip.
Enuff Z’Nuff is an underrated band that works hard and will continue to do so until the day the guys can’t physically play. The commitment level this band has after three decades, 20 albums, and playing their hearts out for anyone that would listen, is on such a high level that no one can bring them down. These guys care about their fans and will continue to make music for them as long as they can. Enuff Z’Nuff will be touring all through the year of 2016 and 2017. The band will be featured on the Caribbean Cruise along with other hair metal bands such as KISS, Skid Row, and many more. “I know I keep talking about it and I’m not trying to brag, or maybe I am, that we are opening up for KISS! I mean the real KISS, not the fake KISS. We are really proud and excited to have this chance to play with these guys. I’m probably going to be talking about it a lot. We’ve worked our whole career for opportunities such as this,” says Z’Nuff. These guys are a long way from stopping. Enuff Z’Nuff is one hard working band that deserves any recognition they get. In today’s music industry, it’s hard to come across a band that even through break ups and member changes, Enuff Z’Nuff still continues and allows that fire and passion to keep driving them.
Enuff Z’nuff will be performing with Tracii Guns (Formerly of LA Guns) at the District 3 in Downtown Tampa on October 15th. Tickets are still available for this show.