Find the best quotes by Zola Jesus.
True expression is hard when performing opera. The problem is that opera relies on the dramatic context of the piece. It can be interpreted and…
The word ‘theatrical’ makes me cringe, because it suggests a performance is staged, put on, rehearsed. And while all this is true for an opera,…
The greatest benefit of being a solo performer is that it is seriously frightening, but at the same time very empowering. It’s just you and…
I guess something people wouldn’t expect me to listen to are artists like Alicia Keys. But she is so incredibly talented. She has this huge…
When you fall in love, you become weak.
The only reason I would write a break-up song is because my own problem of allowing myself to relate to people.
People don’t really understand who I am. They always think that I’m very dark or depressed, but it couldn’t be further from the truth!
No matter what you do, if there’s something you’re afraid of, you need to break through it.
My music started as a way to break through weaknesses – like anxiety, which was completely taking over my whole life, where I could barely…
I think I’m making music that’s pretty universal.
I try to create songs that are really massive and intense, but at the same time remaining honest and raw.
I started performing opera when I was 10 years old. I didn’t perform as Zola Jesus until I was probably 18.
And my music is always such a release of what I feel inside, an impulse.
I don’t find much influence in opera. It was such a different part of me.
Everything I do is a reflection of the duality within me. Musically, I really love things that are very synthetic and unnatural. And I also…
As a child, I was always making sound; it was a compulsion. I loved to scream and yell and sing; it freed me from all…
It sounds kind of stupid, but I’ve never not wanted to be a musician. It’s been inside me since I was little so I don’t…
I don’t know why people think I’m a Goth – that’s a misconception.
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