Hi ZØYA, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I am doing great! Can’t complain. Thanks for asking!
Can you talk to us more about your single “I Still Believe“?
Sure.”I Still Believe” is an emotional self-empowerment anthem that encourages listeners to “still believe” and have a steadfast faith despite the circumstance or situation in life. It is considered as the lead single in the Veracious Heart EP and serves as the theme to my self-empowerment online campaign #IStillBelieve that allows everyone to participate by sharing stories of struggles or victories and in return to receive encouragement, love and strength.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
When I wrote “I Still Believe”, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression. It was a rough period in my life when everything was literally falling apart. While I was writing this song, I realized that I was not only writing it forothers but for myself in the first place. I wanted to remind myself and then my listeners not to give up and to still believe even though it was so difficult for me to do that at the moment.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes. I’ll be releasing a music video hopefully by the end of this summer.
The single comes off your new album Veracious Heart – what’s the story behind the title?
I came up with the title “Veracious Heart” because it resonates with authenticity, love, and faith. Definition of ‘Veracious’ is “speaking and representing truth” and it also symbolizes bravery. In this case, heart represents love. In other words, Veracious Heart is the brave heart that speaks the truth and that is authentic within itself and that is a loving heart. Another reason why I chose “Veracious” is because it has “Vera” in it. Originally, I’m from Belarus and my native language is Russian. On the EP cover art, “Vera” was intentionally underlined because it means faith in Russian language and I wanted to highlight the importance of this. All songs on my EP are faith filled. Each song has a story of my own. It was raw and authentic songwriting process. While I was writing the songs, I felt there was something changing in me. My timid and broken heart was transforming into a Veracious Heart.
What role does LA plays in your music?
I recorded my debut record in LA. In April 2016, I visited LA for the first time ever where I’ve attended MUSEXPO music conference where I’ve met with many producers, music executives, A&R’s and musicians. In the summer, I decided to come back again and record my debut EP with an amazing music team in a very warm and welcoming setting at the Red Oak Studios which is owned by the Grammy nominated and multi-platinum mix engineer Mark Needham, who produced and mixed for Imagine Dragons, the Killers, Shakira and more. Overall, it was a fantastic experience! I moved out to LA for good in November last year.
How did this album serve to you as therapy?
Veracious Heart EP songwriting process has contributed to an emotional healing and served as a therapy to me because each song on EP was a personal experience and story that I’ve always wanted to tell but never had the courage and opportunity to share it with everyone. I wrote what I felt at the moment, and I wrote about struggles that I’ve been through. The more I opened up in my songs, the more freedom I gained.
What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?
My spirituality and faith. My faith wasn’t strong enough until I started taking major steps and working on myself and believing that anything is possible. I am a Christian and I believe in God. But I have to admit that my faith in Him was challenged so many times in my life and you may probably see that in my songs on this record.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m currently onVeracious Heart Tour. You can catch me playing live in Columbus, OH this summer at the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Festival on July 29 as well as at the Fashion Meets Music Festival on August 18 and I’ll be also playing a few shows in Los Angeles closer to fall.
Feel free to check out my Veracious Heart tour schedule for upcoming show dates.
What else is happening next in ZØYA‘s world?
Keep an eye out on my new music videos this year. Also, I’ll be playing more shows in LA. You don’t wanna miss it!
Upcoming Veracious Heart Tour dates:
July 29 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Machine Lacrosse Festival @ 6:00 pm
August 5 – Santa Monica, CA – Third Street Promenade @ 7:00 pm
August 18 – Columbus, OH – Fashion Meets Music Festival @ TBD
September 1 – West Hollywood – State Social House @ 8:00 pm
Thanks so much!