24 year old up-and-comer Zoe A’dore has had a ripper of a year since releasing her debut single ‘Bury It’ with Melbourne producer Staygo. The track has so far reached over a million streams on Spotify and garnered high rotation on triple j Unearthed. We asked Zoe a few questions about herself and what she has planned for the near future.
When did you start writing songs and making music? How did you get into it?
I picked up the violin at 8 years old and continued playing folk/classical music for roughly 5 years. My violin teacher wasn’t too keen on teaching me other genres of music so I begged my parents for a guitar and BOOM … got the good ole ashton guitar for Christmas and learnt every Taylor Swift song known to man. I was also a bit of a jokester in high school and loved to make silly tracks/parodies using Audacity (it was a free DAW ok) and I would play them in my friend’s car just for laughs. It wasn’t until I went to university that I had a better understanding of DAWs, and this improved my vocal recordings and production skills. Now I really enjoy collaborating with other artists and producers in songwriting/toplining.
Where do you get the ideas for your songs and do you have a process for writing them?
I’m a pretty dreamy person so I like to let my imagination run wild or just write from personal experiences. From time to time, books and movies can also spark a few ideas so I might write from a certain character’s perspective.
As for the writing process, it’s always going to be different each time. Sometimes I’ll start off with a little vocal hook I’ve recorded onto my iPhone or I might base it off a particular sound design that feels good and reflects the current mood I’m in.
What kind of things do you like to write about?
Writing is pretty therapeutic for me. Imagine singing your journal entries out loud and getting whatever you need off your chest… That’s me. It’s scary but it’s also freeing.
Who are some of the biggest influences on your music?
My music taste is quite eclectic, so I’m influenced by all sorts of sounds and genres however, I think I’ll always be a sucker for commercial pop music.
When it comes to topliners, I’ve always appreciated Lorde’s style of writing as she doesn’t always paint a clear picture with her lyrics. You can tell she puts a lot of thought into her songwriting and tries to think outside the box. I also really love Sarah Aarons and Julia Michaels writing because I find they can consistently write hooks that forever loop in your head. It takes a lot of skill in choosing which words you want to marry with your melodies and chords and I feel that can make all the difference in a song and Sarah and Julia crush it.
As for producers I’ve been listening to more and more of Alex Hope’s work now as she’s trapped me within her world of dreamy synths. It’s like she produces more with feel than just the theory of what’s supposed to sound good and I think that makes her a dope producer.
Sophie is another producer who I also find super fun and refreshing. I feel her production style is this K-pop meets industrial pop vibe that sits in it’s own lane. It’s super cool how she figures out this way of synthesizing real sounds that materials make rather than using samples. She produces solely for the enjoyment of creating art and doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks which is a quality to admire.
What do you like to do in your downtime when you’re not making music?
You’ll probably find me out dancing like an idiot until my feet hurt. Otherwise I’m just having a chill night in with close friends and eating all the vegan cheese! (not going to lie, the tomato & basil Culinary Choice brand is life changing).
What would be your dream line up to be a part of?
I’m going to pretend that I haven’t put any thought into this at all. I think these artists are making great music at the moment and bring in the high energy.
- Charli xcx
- Miss Blanks
- Alice Ivy
- Tove Styrke
- Julia Michaels
- Tkay Maidza
- King Princess
- Alison Wonderland
- Tina Says
- Christine and the Queens
- Nicole Millar
- Chelsea Jade
- Tove Lo
Why wouldn’t you showcase all the talented women (especially Australian) in the music industry? Could you imagine how sick an all female lineup and would be?
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
To continue writing as many stories as I can and work on improving my production skills.
Where can people go to keep up to date with everything Zoe A’dore? (links to shows, music, videos etc)
I’m pretty much on all social media, so you can search my name or try these link!