ZÍA is one of the many skyrocketing stars in today’s Bass scene. The Philadelphia Producer/DJ is well known for her massive, wobble-filled sets. She’s blown up festival stages across the country ranging from Okeechobee Festival to Lost Lands to Big Dub to Ever After Festival to the inaugural Wakaan Festival. ZíA was booked for other huge festival slots for the 2020 Summer festival season (Bonnaroo, EDC Vegas, iLeSoniq) but of course, with everything going on, the future of summer festivals is unsure.
The young, metal-loving producer has also provided direct support for industry legends like Doctor P and Cookie Monsta and has been on tours alongside some of the hottest names in Dubstep, ranging from Subtronics to Blunts & Blondes to Dirt Monkey.
We had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with ZíA to talk about what she’s been up to, her time at Okeechobee Music Festival, looking back on past tours, and tons more! Check it out below and a big thank you to ZíA for chatting with us.
H: We loved your set at Okeechobee, what can you tell us about your time at that festival in early March?
Z: Ah, Okeechobee was a magical experience! Honestly, it was probably one of the best weekends of my life. Between playing one of my favorite sets of my career, seeing an incredible amount of mind-blowing performances, and spending the entire weekend with some of my most cherished humans at such an epic festival…it was definitely a blessing to have had all that before this hiatus.
H: We also loved your new song “Deviate” alongside your tourmate Sippy. What can you tell us about that track as well as your newfound friendship with the Aussie super producer?
Z: The track was a blast to make. The concept behind it is to send a message that is important to both Sippy and I: always follow your heart.
Now about Sippy herself…well, I don’t even know where to start. She is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted, fun, intelligent, hilarious and driven people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. We became best friends immediately. I fully love that gorl with all my heart and cannot wait until we are reunited after all of this.
H: Well we’re excited for your next collab or b2b, whenever that will be. You’re pretty vocal about your love of all things metal/rock on your socials, tell us who you listened to growing up? Any and all genres!
Z: Growing up, my dad raised me praying to Ozzy Osbourne. My brother and I listened to Black Sabbath every morning as our alarm clock when we were kids. My dad played a mix of Sabbath, Queen, Pink Floyd, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, plus many more. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, Symphony and a ton others were introduced to me by my cousin Daniel, who was like a big brother to me.
When I was a bit older, I started getting into a lot of metal bands like Slipknot, Korn, Marilyn Manson etc. and of course, Mötley Crüe. I listen to a million different kinds of music, but as far as rock and metal goes, these bands are my roots.
H: If you could pick anyone, which artist or artists would you like to work with on your dream collab?
Z: If I’m allowed to put three, it would be Zeds Dead, Caspa, and Ganja White Night, without question. All of these legends are easily my biggest inspirations and role models. It would be an honor to be able to one day work with any of them.
H: Looking back on your past tours, and of course your co-headlining tour, we wanted to specifically ask about the Up in Smoke tour alongside Blunts & Blondes and Subtronics. How do you feel your career has advanced since that tour only a year ago? Also, any funny stories on the road you can recall? From either that, the Deviate Tour, or Dirt Monkey’s tour last fall. We’d love to hear em all!
Z: Wow, it’s insane to think that it’s only been about a year since the Up In Smoke tour ended. That was also one of the craziest and most amazing times of my life. So much has happened since then. I will forever be eternally grateful to Subtronics and Blunts & Blondes (and our teams) for giving me that opportunity.
Oh jeez, there are tooooo many stories haha. I had an unbelievable time on all of those tours, but one of my favorite bits to mention is when I was on tour with Dirt Monkey and sfam joined us for a part of the run. We were in a sprinter van, and every few hours we would pull over at a rest stop and Dirt Monkey, sfam, the TM, Michael, and I would play what we called “tour ball” which was just juggling a small soccer ball trying to get it to everyone in the circle before it hitting the ground. Once, in Lawrence, Kansas, we were playing in a gazebo in the middle of a park before a show, and we didn’t realize there was a wedding party waiting to use it for photos lol.
H: That’s amazing. We also wanted to ask about your sets with VAMPA last summer, we are huge fans of her as well. Any fun stories there or standout shows? Also, for you personally, what are some pros and cons of a b2b vs a solo set?
Z: Pardon my French, but that bitch is my life. VAMPA is like a sister to me, a real pain in my ass but I would do anything for that gorl (as goes for the rest of the Grave Gang). Seriously, we have the absolute best time together. I find b2b’s to be just a completely different experience. Obviously, when doing a solo set, you have full control over the creative direction which allows you to mold your set into the experience you envision; when you do a b2b, you can’t completely control that experience, but there is a whole new element – playing off of each others energy and just vibing and going with the flow.
Playing with VAMPA specifically, as well as other heavier artists gives me an opportunity to play the more intense music that I enjoy because my own sets are generally not insanely heavy. It’s also one of the best feelings when you’re playing with another artist and have nothing planned, but you just end up flowing so well together and it just goes perfectly.
H: With everything going on with fans self quarantining and hopefully social distancing, what are a few methods/best practices you use to stay sane during these hectic times?
Z: Shifting from touring while having a full-time job to not being able to leave the house was definitely a huge adjustment. What I have been trying to do is follow a schedule as best I can. Regardless of when I wake up, stick to the schedule. I’m definitely using this time to fully tap into my creative side, put out another mix, get in shape, be healthy, and make the best of it. Gotta stay busy and use this time off to my advantage.
H: As do tons of other Bass artists, you obviously have your Facebook fan group “ZIA’s Angels”. Why do you think it’s so important for artists to interact and stay in touch with their fan bases/communities during these stressful times?
Z: It’s soooooo important to interact with our community at all times, but especially right now. We are all going through such a scary time together. This community is a huge reason why I personally have gotten through some of my hardest times.
Being there for each other and finding ways to bring positivity in each other’s lives every day, whether it’s through doing a livestream, posting art you made, or simply posting cute cat videos on the timeline..like literally whatever..keeping in touch with each other is how we are going to get through it.
H: I had to add this in here because we always see you joking around about it online. We share that we are both huge fans of Tim Robinson’s I think you should leave and the characters. What are your top five sketches from both of those projects?
Z: OMG, okay yes. I live for this show and it’s pretty much the only way G-Space and I communicate with each other haha.
2. Nachos sharing rule
3. Laser spine specialists
4. Car focus group
5. Funny magician
H: Car focus group has got to be our number one, really glad we asked that! Thanks so much for chatting with us today, anything else you want to share with your fans?
Z: Thank you for this opportunity!! Yes, please take care of yourselves, wash your hands, stay inside, stay positive, be there for each other, be kind and be safe angels!
We’re gonna get through this. I love you all so much, more than words could ever say. Thank you for all your constant love and support <3 Lex
Be sure to support ZíA below on socials and keep an ear out for new music from her soon! We can’t wait to see what’s next from ZíA, big thank you for sitting down with us!