Rathfarnham, County Dublin
Weaving, honing, and fine-tuning her sound, Dubliner, ZaPho, is establishing a firm foot on the Irish music scene. With humble beginnings, ZaPho first sought to develop her sound through commercial-pop-songwriting before soon taking a sharp left, and falling straight into the crevice of dream/electronic ambient pop music. And she’s gotten pretty comfortable there since.
Unapologetically femme and a self-professed queen of doing nothing, ZaPho relishes all things big and bold, and this is reflected in her songs which are permeated by a lust for escapism and for transcending the “expected”. Lyrically rich and innovative, her songs address sexuality from a perspective which defies categorization, and turns tired and repetitive formulations of sex and love (and everything in between) on their head. ZaPho commonly says she doesn’t know really what is going on, but her tracks attest to a deliberate and intentioned crafting of a sound that is both familiar and nothing you’ve ever heard before. Vacillating between gentle soulful melodies and sexier thicker beatz, her music is, if nothing, contemplative and richly textured. Evoking alternate realities through nonsensical imagery, her vocals veer between the sweet and sombre to the gritty and audacious, all swathed in warm and masterful harmonies. Sounds delicious, right?
Having been lying low writing and recording her debut album, the vivacious performer has begun to edge towards centre stage, completing her first Irish tour supporting Cathy Davey, and most recently supporting Picture This on their sold-out tour. With huge plans in store, hang tight and see for yourself all that Zapho’s got to offer…
'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.