Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Zella Day

Zella Day
Coming to us live from her couch, Los Angeles-based artist Zella Day recently took the time to catch up with us folks at AMBY! Dive into our interview below as we discuss a year of change and beauty, an upcoming four song EP, microphones, Carole King, and playing soccer.

AMBY: Hello Zella Day, welcome to AMBY. Please introduce yourself to our readers!

Zella Day: Eeeep! Hi I’m Z. If you are reading, thanks for reading… Coming at you live from my couch :).

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Zella Day: If Snow White were to take her highest note and mash it together with the tone Carole King has in “I Feel the Earth Move” you would get a Zella voice. There is a throwback quality to the music but I’m playing around with beats.

AMBY: You recently released your new single 1965. What’s the story behind the song?

Zella Day: 1965 was a year of  change, beauty, and turmoil, as was my life when I wrote the song. I wrote the first verse while sitting in my living room reminiscing about a certain experience I had while at a party in Hollywood. I was wearing my favorite bell bottomed jumpsuit and was spinning around to a Motown song when somebody tapped me on the shoulder and said “You look like a vision straight out of 1965”. Even though the moment was quick it stuck with me; I was in a place where I didn’t know very many people and my surroundings felt unfamiliar, it meant something to me that somebody saw me as a unique light in the room that they couldn’t help but to notice.

I recently experienced an intoxicating love that felt like that “light” (obviously on a much greater scale). I went through the pain of missing this person and wanting so badly to have the sweet moments that made waiting all worth the while. I took the words I wrote in the first verse and finished the song with all of my favorite moments I spent with this person. The song is about simplicity.

AMBY: Is there an EP or record in the works?

Zella Day: Yes yes yes a million. I’m in the studio everyday right now tightening up the mixes and they are so close to ready. I’m planning on releasing a four song EP by Summer.

AMBY: Which Zella Day lyric is your favourite?

Zella Day: Kind of a personal spot on the body…. haha. I wrote a song that has the lyric “My worn down soul is fortified”, which my mom got tattooed on the inside of her arm. The words surround an already existing tattoo that she and my father got when they were married, and the words mean that whatever we go through nourishes our soul.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to Zella Day at a show?

Zella Day: Well I hit my teeth on the microphone almost every performance. I play it off like no big deal but it makes an awkward sound and I have to lick my teeth afterwards.

AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry for one day, who would it be?

Zella Day: I usually shy away from this question because it makes me feel weird. Ha. To give one answer and one name it defines me when I’m not yet defined in the music industry.  Anyways…. If I had to choose a career that I admire I would have to go with Carole King. She’s such a strong woman. Carol is the type to write a hit at 17 and perform at the Grammys at 72.

AMBY: What would a movie based on Zella Day be called?

Zella Day: A “Day” in the Life

AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?

Zella Day: I want this Summer to kick ass. I’m aiming to play as many shows as I possibly can.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Zella Day that nobody knows yet?

Zella Day: I was a big soccer player when I was younger and got a spot playing on an Olympic Development team. The team was composed of girls from all around Arizona (tryouts were insane), and we went to Madrid, Spain to play in an international tournament. GOALLLLLLLL!!!!


Thank you Zella Day, for giving us your answers!

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