Today we’d like to introduce you to Zaya
Zaya., can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started writing poetry since I was five years old and never really put my notebook down ever since. When I was younger I used to love going on road trips because that meant I’d get to close my eyes and listen to Alicia Keys on my little green iPod for hours. I would pretend I was her and would picture myself on stage singing her songs in fancy dresses which I guess made me realize my love for music and how I wanted to make my own someday.
Which then lead me to choirs and jazz groups in high school. During lunch break, I would always be in the music room practicing piano and then when I graduated my choir teacher gave me the piano and that’s when I really started putting in the work to becoming a songwriter. From then on I started building connections and meeting people in the industry and just started putting work in. After creating plenty of material and years of learning my voice, I’m finally finding myself and who I am as an artist and how this all sorta works.
Writing poetry at five years old is rather remarkable. You’ve come a long way since, has it been a smooth road?
Being an artist and a songwriter will always keep me on the hassle! It’s a kind of job that you never really clock out from and although I love it and wouldn’t do anything else, it still can be a lot. I’ve lost a good amount of friendships because it’s really hard for people that aren’t in this industry to realize how time-consuming it is and how much I’ve sacrificed to keep up with it.
I’m also learning that although there’s always going to be pressure and someone that’s ahead, it should still be fun and I need to enjoy my own process. I mean that’s why I started doing music in the first place. Although it’s a lot of work I wouldn’t want to do anything else or be on this journey with anyone except the amazing group I’m with!
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Although I’m an RnB Pop artist my production is heavily influenced by ambient, alternative and trap music. I can never really describe my genre because my stuff’s inspired by so many different sounds and I think it’s just its own unique thing.
I’m also a songwriter who’s written for Universal Music Group. I’m not quite sure what I’m most proud of. I think it’s just the little things that I put a lot of work into because they’re not visible or tangible it makes them the least fun to do but are really the ones that lead to the big victories.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I’d say if you’re trying to do music then probably stay in LA just because that’s mainly where it’s all at. But it honestly just depends on your situation and what you’re trying to do. If you’re elsewhere and have a lot of connections and opportunities there then maybe that’s the place to be for you!
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