Alternative Pop singer-songwriter Zosia is a fearless storyteller bringing forth difficult everyday stories of heartbreak, trauma and ultimately the raw feeling of hope. The Los Angeles based artist recently chatted with us and revealed some insight behind her latest single, “Overthrown” and her passionate message to all the victims of sexual assault embedded in the core of the song.
SR: What is your story?
Zosia: I’m a Silicon Valley native now living on the east side of Los Angeles. I began songwriting at a young age but only recently established a sound that I’m excited to share. I’m drawn to topics that are typically difficult to discuss, because songwriting helps me to work through my own anxieties and frustrations.
SR: How would you describe your music?
Zosia: In short my music is alternative pop. More specifically I’d call it cinema-inspired-electro-pop.
SR: What artists have been your biggest influence or inspiration?
Zosia: Britney and other 90s pop stars motivated me to start songwriting when I was young. Over the years my style has been heavily influenced by Bat for Lashes, Robyn, and Metric. I’m inspired by all badass female songwriters.
SR: What inspired your single, “Overthrown”? What was the recording session like?
Zosia: “Overthrown” was one of the few songs that I finished quickly. I wrote it in my bedroom after a difficult conversation with someone about being a victim of sexual assault. Afterwards, I was filled with shame. I felt that my feelings were a burden, that I should keep them to myself. This frustration came out in ‘Overthrown,’ and soon I realized how much strength I could elicit. It was a powerful transition that allowed me to look at that conversation for a new perspective. I didn’t professionally record the song for another year after that. I worked with the producer Stephen Lukach to record the vocals and vocoder. Later on I decided to add more instrumentation, which was produced by the very talented James Gordon.
SR: What do you want your listeners to take with them after listening to your music?
Zosia: I hope to encourage more honest conversation, to remind everyone that there is no shame in being a victim of sexual assault. I want victims to feel heard and comforted and inspired by the song. You can work through the trauma, but the first step it to stop hiding the fact that you are hurting.
SR: What advice would you give to anyone who aspires to be an artist?
Zosia: Persistence and self-awareness. Get in touch with your strengths and your weaknesses and try to better yourself constantly. Know that it will take a crazy amount of work, and you must be willing to keep going even when it feels that the whole world is against you.
SR: What can we expect next from you?
Zosia: I’m finishing up a music video for ‘Overthrown’ that I can’t wait to put out. After that you can expect another single and an EP in the near future.
Catch all the latest news on Zosia on her Official website