10 Questions with ... Zella Day
March 23, 2015
1. For those not as familiar with you and your music, how did you get your start in music?
I found music pulsing through my brain when I was a kid and it has grown with me over the years. I started playing guitar really young with no incentive other than to create.
2. Your self-titled debut EP follows up your April release of your limited edition 7-inch vinyl of "Sweet Ophelia/"1965." What did you learn during the EP and recording process that you felt you wanted to infuse into your debut full-length album?
I attacked the EP in the same way I attacked the record. Nothing is calculated or contrived, both releases are similar in their spontaneous style. There's so much variety on the record, I'm sure I will be getting very interesting feedback.
3. What was your inspiration for your current single, "Hypnotic"?
"Hypnotic," like most of my songs, is an accumulation of experiences stitched together to translate a bigger meaning. This song is about losing yourself in a shallow sexual relationship.
4. Who are your musical influences?
I have many musical influences, but right now I'm listening to Neil Young, Damon Albarn and Air.
5. Do you remember the first album you bought for yourself?
I'm not ashamed to say that the first album I bought with my own money was definitely an Aaron Carter record.
6. What was the first song you fell in love with and why?
The first song I fell madly in love with was "Green" by Edie Brickell because it was the first time I could see imagery in my head evoked by a song. Singing along to that song was like opening up a photo album.
7. Who would your dream collaboration be with, living or dead?
I sure as hell wouldn't mind getting in the room with Father John Misty.
8. Tell us about touring,
I've been playing shows now with my band for about a year, but professionally for two-and-a-half years when I signed a publishing deal. That's definitely when I considered myself a working artist. I will be showcasing at SXSW this year.
9. What's on tap next for you, Zella?
I am so honored to be among such talented artists on this upcoming Insurgent soundtrack. My new song "Sacrifice" was released as a feature on March 17th.
10. What are you most excited about in 2015?
I'm really looking forward to playing BUKU fest in New Orleans, which is on the same weekend as my birthday. What's better then music, birthdays, and New Orleans?
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