Singer, Songwriter & Producer
17 year old Gabriella has been writing music for as long as she can remember and started producing at age 12, which she continues to do in her home studio. Zauna has synesthesia, which means her senses are intertwined and she associates each of her songs with its own color, number, texture and shape.
She uses her synesthesia to bring her music to life, stay honest with herself, and tell her stories. This is exemplified through the color blue being an extremely integral part of her artistry and branding. Zauna doesn’t box herself into one genre, she keeps her music fluid and appeals to as many people as possible while creating her sound.
All she knows is that she’s attracted to the beauty in darkness and what it has to say – which is reflected in her music. She writes in character as well as real life experiences.
"I see the world in blue"
When did you start to get interested in music?
When you are younger, you don’t necessarily know how to process sadness, anger, anxiousness, and maybe happiness. I found a way to make sense of those emotions by putting them to sound, visuals, colors, textures, etc.
It allowed me to say what I was feeling without actually having to explain myself. Seeing that I could use music as a safe place where all my secrets could be kept helped me get through life and growing up.
If you were an advertisement, which would your slogan be?
I see the world in blue.
Which is the part you enjoy the most about music?
While I do love writing about the sad shit I’ve gone through in my life, I love creating characters their and backstories, fictional scenario, fantasies, etc. Most fictional things I write about have dark twists to them, but it’s fun being able to play different roles in your music that can’t be played in real life.
It just makes the song and visuals more creative which I’m all for.
Most artists say that through their art they learn more about themselves, heal injuries… In which aspects has music helped you?
Like music has done for everyone, it gets them through dark periods of a persons life. Writing music helps me process the things either recently or from my past that I haven’t been able to process. And once a song is finished, it’s like closing a certain chapter of my life and boxing it away; it’s relieving to know that music can do that for you when you feel like nothing else can.
What does music mean to you?
I see my art as a representation of what I’ve gone through in my life and how I see the world we live in. It’s a pretty fucked up place but finding the beauty in the darkness of it is what I love doing. I hope other people understand what I have to say in my music.
But sometimes, being misunderstood can be better because people have no idea what you are talking about besides yourself, which creates this sense of intimacy between you and your music. It’s out there and in public, yet it’s still private and personal.
Who are your idols?
I listened to Prince a lot growing up, I’ve taken huge inspiration from him and his guitar playing because guitar is such an essential thing in all of my music. Without guitar, it really wouldn’t be a song of mine. Sultriness is also a huge part of my artistry so I attribute a lot of that to Lana Del Rey. She is insane.
If you didn’t like music, what would you like to do?
I would style clothes for people like artists who are creative. I’ve always been really into fashion and what it can make out of a person. Clothes are a huge contribution to someone’s persona and helping someone create that for themselves is a beautiful and cool thing.
Do you consider that nowadays there are more or less opportunities for new artists? Why?
I think there are way bigger opportunities for new artists considering social media has taken over all of society. Everyone can have access to anything, including people music. For example, with things like TikTok, the amount of time people can know someone exists is insane.
In terms of artists, the social media world has become so massive that getting their music out there is easier than ever, but the downfall to huge platforms with big followings is that it gives people the opportunity to spread tons of hate. SO there are both positive and negative aspects to how social media affects artists.
What would your idyllic life as an artist be like?
I’ve really always wanted to play shows and just somehow have my music affect people the way I’ve been affected by some of my favorite artists. I just want to make music that I’m proud of and that I feel captures who I am and the story I’m trying to tell, and if my music does that and touches people along the way then I’m happy.
Do you want to know more about Gabriella Zauna? You can find some projects below.