Listening to superfluous rock albums, redundant Top 40 hits, and mindless sound bites day in and day out may keep us occupied, but it also sucks our souls dry. On the other hand, listening to Zella Day’s music is like tapping into our prana energy, putting us in touch with the earth and the universe. It’s like transcendental meditation and a three-hour hatha yoga session combined, without all the concentration and effort involved.
Not only is the Silver-Lake-by-way-of-Arizona electro pop artist an unofficial spiritual counselor, but she’s also one of the coolest, most laid-back people ever. With her long bedhead hair, diamond-encrusted septum ring, and Joni Mitchell-esque style, it’s no surprise that Free People chose to profile the singer in a super sweet mini-documentary. And while it may not focus on the days when she ran barefoot into the woods, guitar in tow, at six-years-old, the short film gives a tremendous insight her life.
Centering on her songwriting process (”[I] definitely get into spaces where I feel like the well is dry, which I think happens to anybody and everybody. I mean, it’s a job. I really can’t let that one fall to the wayside or stop practicing. Cause the second I stop writing, that muscle kind of gets weaker.”), her place in the music world as a whole (“There’s been so many great artists before me and there will keep being great artists after me. And I think all you can do is just be you because [if] you’re where you’re supposed to be, feel it.”), and what it’s like to become a household name (“Being recognized out of a sea of people on a street, somewhere I don’t live—the fact that they love my music...I couldn’t ask for anything more.”), the film clips together footage of Day walking through the New York City streets and playing a waterside acoustic session.
“I know what I’m supposed to do. And that’s play music. And I’ve always been very, very comfortable knowing.”
VIDEO CREDITSDirected By: Free PeopleDirector of Photography, LA: Nelsen BrazillCamera Operator, LA: Arsenii VaselenkoDirector of Photography, NYC: Kevin Castanheira1st AC, NYC: Mark WiitanenEditing/Color By: Free PeopleSound Mix for “Jameson”: C.J. Calhoun and Danny BowersoxSpecial Thanks - Troost NYC, Hannah Teeter, Wild Honey Pie, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Neon Gold Records, Santos Party House