Rathfarnham, County Dublin
Dubliner, ZaPho was a late bloomer in terms of music, she didn’t pick up an instrument until she was 16. Once she had the dream and realising that music might be her thing, she opted for music college to study songwriting and graduated this year.
Initially finding her voice through commercial pop songwriting, she soon took a sharp right and fell into the crevice of dream/electronic ambient pop music.
A self-professed queen of doing nothing, all things femme and wearing an offensive amount of colour on stage, ZaPho’s songs are permeated with a lust for escapism. Her album is lyrically rich, with intentionally non-specific pronouns, addressing sexuality through a hyper-femme lens, evoking entire alternate realities and nonsensical imagery. These lyrics are delivered with a vocal performance that veers from sweet and sombre to bigger, bolder tones. All this wrapped up in warm layers of unexpected harmonies.
ZaPho tracks are like floating on a cloud of smoke and (sometimes) thick beatz [remember that caterpillar in Alice In Wonderland?]. Real melt-into-the-ground stuff here. She commonly says she doesn’t really know what’s going on, but do any of us really?
ZaPho has since been lying low writing and recording her debut album. She is about is about to begin flexing her musical wings, having completed her first Irish tour, supporting Cathy Davey and most recently supporting Picture This on their sold-out tour. Watch this space.
For more info:
'New Artist Of The Week' - The Irish TImes, Nialler 9.
'A star making performance here' Whelans Ones To Watch - State Magazine
'Really genre defying. Couldn’t explain it in any sort of words, which is a good thing! Excellent stage presence, one to watch out for’ -98 FM’s, Totally Irish, Brian Byrne.