Q and A with Zoe ZobristJuly 9, 2019
Zoe Zobrist is a talented singer/songwriter out of L.A. that has been building a buzz in the music scene. From putting out her songs to performing with John Mellencamp, she has been keeping busy. BareBones Ent got the chance to sit down with Zoe and chat. Join us and see what all she had to say.
BS: How would you best describe your music?
ZZ: The music that I’ve been releasing recently is more of a southern-rock vibe, but the new music I’m working on is more alt/rock. Funky bass lines, a lot of interesting concepts, I’ve really pushed myself musically and found some incredible musicians to collaborate with, it’s been a blast!
BS: What drove you to making music?
ZZ: I pretty much knew from day one. I think my first idol was Arial from “The Little Mermaid” ha. I was constantly singing. When I was 3, I pointed at a band on stage and told my mom that’s what I wanted to do. I started learning piano at 5 and guitar at 13. I wrote songs all the time. Eventually, I just decided nothing else made me as happy as music does.
BS: Do you feel you have a message you are trying to get across in your music, or are you telling a more fictional story?
ZZ: I had a really unconventional childhood. A lot of things happened at a young age, and I grew up very quickly. I’ve always been very real about things and felt things really intensely. Sometimes things are more metaphorically presented, but it’s always from me.
BS: What do you hope people take away from your music?
ZZ: I hope they take away what they need to. I write my heart out, and I hope it makes people feel something. I don’t write to make a product, I write because I need to. I think the human connection in that is really special. We’re all trying to figure it out, this is my way of doing so.
BS: Was there a band/musician you didn’t care for when you were younger, but as you’ve gotten older you have become a fan of or appreciated more?
ZZ: I think I grew to like pop music if anything. I didn’t fit in well as a kid, and listened to a lot of rock and punk. I got called emo a lot. I just didn’t listen to very much top 40’s music. Now that I’ve gotten the chance to get really experimental with writing music, I like a little bit of everything.
BS: You recently were featured on a documentary about John Mellencamp. What was that experience like for you?
ZZ: Surreal. He’s one of those people you grow up knowing every song and I never pictured myself being in the same room as him, let alone on a big screen in his documentary at a sold out show in Santa Barbara. Blew my fucking mind.
BS: How did that opportunity come about?
ZZ: Shan Dan Horan, the president of the label I’m with called me and asked if it was something I’d be interested in, knowing full well I’d freak out, haha. I was so stoked. Then Javin Romero and I shot/recorded the content for the documentary. Seeing it on the big screen was.. pretty damn cool.
BS: How did you first react when you were told?
ZZ: Called the parents, squealed like a kid. Picked one of my favorite songs by him and got straight to working on it.
BS: You have a song that just came out called “Guns”. What is that song about?
ZZ: In a nutshell it’s about the type of person who goes from place to place, causing emotional turmoil from one person to the next. Each person is just another notch in their belt so to speak, or “another one down.” I’ve unfortunately dealt with this personality type, and it really wreaked havoc on my life for a bit. In order for me to fully learn from an experience, grow, move on, I have to write about it. I’d hope someone else would hear it and not feel alone, and feel empowered to walk away.
I’ve unfortunately dealt with this personality type, and it really wreaked havoc on my life for a bit. In order for me to fully learn from an experience, grow, move on, I have to write about it. I’d hope someone else would hear it and not feel alone, and feel empowered to walk away.
BS: What was the writing process like for it?
ZZ: I co-wrote the song with my buddy Kyle Nicolaides. We met up in East Hollywood in this fixed up little garage outside of a studio that used to be a bar back in the day. Really cool spot. I wrote most of my recent releases there.
BS: After that release, what can fans expect to see next from you?
ZZ: Oh boy. I have never been more excited about anything creatively in my whole life. Pulling inspiration from everything from Motown to Punk. Catch some of the new tunes at an upcoming show.
BS: What is the best way for fans to reach you?
ZZ: My website has links to all of my socials as well as ticket links to upcoming shows. www.zoezobrist.com
BS: Anything else you’d like to add?
ZZ: Do something that inspires you today, don’t waste time doing things you hate