Zella Day interview

It’s not easy flirting with the Americana esthetics in these post-Lana Del Rey days with the critics more than willing to put a ‘copycat’ label onto you. Yet a young singer Zella Day, who’s about to release her debut album ‘Kicker’ in June, is not a follower but a capable contributor to the ongoing small American romanticism narration.

This blonde with a soft voice and blue eyes filled with innocence switched the landscapes of her tiny Arizonian town to the dream-packed highways of the City of Angels, where she mastered her craft of telling metaphor-heavy stories about tragic love affairs (‘Hyptonic’), the loss of innocence (‘Sweet Ophelia’) and teenage rebelliousness (‘Mustang Kids’). And all of that while sporting a ‘hippie beauty of 2015’ look, surrounded by flowers, wearing a nose ring and covering her head with a cowboy hat.

The Russian version of the interview was published at the Cosmopolitan Russia website and the original is below.

I’d also like to note that ‘Hypnotic’ is my favorite song of 2015 so far.

What’s your story so far?

I am currently writing the exposition of my autobiography. With lots of twists and turns, this story began in the deep forests of Arizona far away from any logical explanation why a 13 year old girl couldn’t someday find herself in LA finished with her first record about to tour the country. I worked my way slowly but surely out of a small town into the deep valleys of Southern California crossing paths with producers, management, and a label that believed in my vision with a passion equitable to my own.

You grew up in a small town. Is it a more comfortable or challenging environment for a starting musician?

The reason I left was because it was too comfortable. I was growing beyond the walls of the place I had grown up. I don’t think it’s only because the town was small but because I had reached the point in which I needed something unfamiliar to contribute to my growth. I’m sure if I grew up in LA I would feel the same way; busting at the seams ready for a fresh prospective.

There’s some hippie/gypsy influences in your music and especially videos. Is that conscious?

I’m a conscious human being. It’s not like I’m throwing ideas at a wall to see what sticks. I’m influenced by the women I grew up around, that being my mother and aunties who were all strong natural beautiful women running around California with their sun kissed apple cheeks. I know real hippies… and I’m not one. The term “Hippie” gets thrown around like the word “Indie”, a hippy is somebody who is living as close to the land as possible and “Indie” means that you are working independently without a label, both terms are not genres.

If you were to pick one lyric that influenced/inspired you the most, what would that be?

“I am good and I am grounded” by The National.

How’s your tour going? Any wild stories to share?

Besides getting a psychic reading from a stripper in New Orleans? No not really.

Your song ‘Hypnotic’ deals with the subject of dark love affair that turns into obsession. Do you think everyone should experience something like this in their lives? How much heartbreak is enough for a true artist?

Everyone will experience heartbreak at least once in their life. Human tragedy is something that binds us together as people, we relate on the loss in our lives. ‘Hypnotic’ is referring to a specific type of loss, that being the loss of love. I’m grateful for the love that I’ve lost in my life just as much as the love that I’ve gained because I wouldn’t be the same had I not experienced both.

‘Hypnotic’ video looks like it was fun to make. Did you enjoy all the snake action and getting buried alive?

I shot that video with some of my closest friends, so as you can imagine we all had a ball getting freaky. I got over my phobia of snakes and I’m sure everyone enjoyed burying me up to my neck in dirt. It was a win/win situation.

‘Hypnotic’ was featured on the episode of the MTV show ‘Eye candy’ that deals with the themes on cyber danger and the pros and cons of online lives we lead these days. What are your relationships with the social media and Internet in general?

My personal life is personal. I enjoy social media as a way to connect with people by sharing images that I find to be beautiful but not as a way to keep everyone updated on what I’m doing throughout the day. before I post anything I always ask myself why I’m sharing and if it’s a positive contribution to the cyber world. I’ve always disliked the fact that social media can be very self-serving, there’s much more important things going on in the world then what you had for lunch.

Do you think you have the power to start a new nose ring trend?

The trend has been ongoing since the Aztec Indians which makes me a follower not a leader.

Excuse my obvious word play, but what is the favorite part of the day of Zella Day?

Without a doubt my coffee in the morning. It’s my meditative moment I get to have to myself no matter what.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I’m a complete bore. “YAWWWWWWN”

Tell us a bit about the song you did for the ‘Insurgent’ soundtrack.

That song chose me. It was written so fast with a very clear intention of what it was going to do; accompany the most beautiful Shailene Woodley as she kicked everyones ass. I’m honored to have been a part of a film so affluent to my generation.

What’s your plan for 2015? When will we hear your album?

The album comes out June 2nd titled “KICKER”. Come see me at a show xoxo.

And finally what fascinates you about Russia (if anything)?

The fact that Russia is bigger then Pluto.

Pre-order ‘Kicker’ on iTunes.

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