Name: Zella Day
Age: 20
City:  LA

Zella, what’s your story?
The plot is thickening. I finished my record early this year with 12 songs cultivated from my Arizona to California transformation. I’ve been living on my own, directing videos, and designing artwork for the small releases I’ve had all in the past couple of years. Things were headed in the right direction when I found my sound with songs like “Sweet Ophelia” and “1965”. LA has been a very positive move for me as I am constantly surrounded by music and the people making it, there’s a visceral art scene happening right in the middle of where I live which has greatly inspired me and is partially credible for the completion of my record. It’s still me and my guitar but this time I’ve taken more risks.

At what point did you decide you wanted to become a musician?
It was never something I decided. Music has been a part of my life since I was a child and everything that has happened to me thus far has felt very meant to be. I haven’t stopped playing and the opportunities haven’t stopped coming.


What gives you ideas and inspires you to create your amazing music?
My prospective. What I love about music is that it acts as a window into a persons soul. Artists tell you things in their songs that they would never admit in real life. My music elaborates on “real life”.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
I was just in Denver, Colorado for a show at the Larimer Lounge and went to see live music after my set. I have an old friend that lives in Denver that took us out to a venue with two different acts playing on two different stages for the entirety of a 6 hour show. I was mesmerized by an artist that goes by the name “that1guy”, he stood in the middle of the stage by himself surrounded by a home-made musical contraption that resembled a harp made of metal pipes. He played an hour set whisking around his monstrous touch-sensitive instrument and I just stared in amazement.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You are only as good as your last song.

Three words that would describe you as a person.
Curious, optimistic, heartfelt.


What is the best thing about being a musician?
Getting behind the microphone. True expression.

 Tell me one thing your fans doesn’t know about you.
I’m a snowboarder. Xo


Zella Day is playing at the Bowery Ballroom at 8.30PM in New York, Thursday April 30. Buy tickets here. To connect with the artist, head on to her website.