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Classical pianist turns pop surrealist

Following guest vocals on tracks and remixes for standout UK labels such as Hypercolour and Warp Records as well as producers Luciano and Matthew Herbert, the hotly tipped vocalist and producer Zilla is taking centre stage for her debut solo release.

The debut single Get Your Way was first used for Elle UK's incredibly successful #MoreWomen #ELLEFeminism campaign Get Your Way is a deeply personal anthem of empowerment to the individual, to speak out when oppressed and to live life according to one's own vision.

“Growing up in a male environment (I have three older brothers) and with a strict upbringing, I was expected to cook and clean from a young age and I was not treated as an equal intellectually. It enraged me. Piano was my quiet revenge on those who expected me to fail. As a person, I have decided to own my flaws and not feel self conscious because of society’s vision of what a female should look like” Zilla

Get Your Way is the first track to appear from Zilla’s anticipated debut solo album. A visceral and intoxicating avant pop number, the track was co-written and produced by renowned producer Matthew Herbert (The Invisible, Karl Hyde, Mica Levi, Eska) who has signed Zilla to his Accidental label for her first run of singles.  Matthew says “I like the fact that Zilla can sit at a piano and bash out some Rachmaninov and Debussy, but chose instead to make an ahead-of-its-time record out of the ephemera of ordinary life. It bristles with the friction of real life as opposed to the comfort of the recording studio. So many new artists want to sound like their heroes and end up diluting their own identity, but this has never been the case with Zilla.’’

The kaleidoscopic video for Get Your Way was directed and choreographed by Imogen Knight (Sadlers Wells, Barbican, Royal Court Theatre) with set and costume design by Chloe Lamford (National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre). Visually arresting, it is a fitting representation of Zilla's explorations of sonic space, loops and sequences and the feelings of confinement that she experienced when she wrote the original lyrics.  Speaking about how the track came together, she explains:

“All the instruments used in the song are real objects. The beat was called Round and I decided to use all round objects firstly because the loops in my head at that time were constant, it was like living in a world of sequences, my mind would obsess on bits of sentences or bits of music non stop. Round is also a very feminine shape, a pregnant woman, the female body. Round can represent a routine, so it can be reassuring and comforting but also there is something quite disturbing about not being able to get out.”

This then is the first of a series of releases from a bold new artist, working somewhere between the crunch of the avant garde and the joy of a good hook.

Zilla releases 'Get Your Way' debut single release 1st September on Accidental Records

01 September 2017