JG: It’s hard to ignore the current state of global isolation at the moment. For some, it’s been really helpful in instigating creativity. For others, it’s been quite difficult from day to day living, and the resonant anxieties that come along with it all. How have these new, uncertain circumstances impacted the way that you work? Has it been a detriment, or blessing in any way?
Z: I can’t complain much because so far i have my health, and I’m safely under a roof with my family in LA. But it is wild not being home in NYC and not knowing when i will be back. But it’s beautiful we can make things together. Yesterday my mom, a friend and i made a music video for a song off of the EP. It was shot in this shed my parents have in their backyard which I’ve been calling my “office.” We did it in two days and for the first time during quarantine i was so inspired and busy i forgot the reality of our situation for a few minutes which felt nice to catch a breath.
JG: Coming from a family of creatives, did you ever feel the pressure to do something creative? Or is it something you’ve gravitated towards naturally?
Z: Inherently probably yes but my parents didn’t pressure me to pursue music as a career, that pressure was pretty self-inflicted once I knew it was something I wanted to do.
JG: Your songs carry a sort of transcendent quality. I can’t help but get into my body when I hear them, especially ‘Noise,’ and ‘For Now,’ which get me moving in ways my mind couldn’t really ever grasp—like an unexpected cure. What is it that the music does for you?
Z: It makes me feel alive.
JG: Who or what, are your biggest influences/inspirations?
Z: Fear, laughter and doubt.