Where did you get the name “Zinnia” from?
Z: “I am a huge astronomy geek…we are talking to the degree of a telescope collection (my babies), celestial themed tattoos, and 90% of the time I am talking about outer space. I can’t help it…its just so flipping amazing…ok I’m focused. The story about my artist name:last year on the International Space Station, Scott Kelly (an astronaut that I live vicariously through) informed the world that the first flower had bloomed in outer space! It had defied odds against gravity and I immediately felt connected to it!”
How long have you wanted to to a dj/producer?
Z: “I grew up in a house full of constant chaos, noise, laughter, and MUSIC! There were always instruments lying around my house as a child, and even now if you were to walk into my mom or dads house, I can guarantee you there will be a guitar, a keyboard, a harmonica, etc…somewhere within sight at all times. I have been blessed to have known music since I came into this world, so with that being said I think I’ve always subconsciously been mesmerized with the idea of pursuing a career in the music industry, but not until age 15 did I truly start acting on that. I taught myself the ins and outs of the first software I ever bought. I actually had my dad drive me to Best Buy (I didn’t have my license yet) but I had my first pay check so I was set on buying one thing: music production software. From there I realized how expensive of an investment it was. So I made it a hobby rather than my main priority. I eventually graduated, went to college, and after one semester, I dropped out of college because I felt like it was pulling me away from what I truly wanted to do: produce. I called my mom for some advice before I had made the decision to drop out, and I remember her saying “whether you choose school or music, don’t half a** any of it; that is how you can gain my support,” so that night I wrote down the pros/cons of staying in college and dropping out to work towards my dream career. I didn’t even get through the cons of staying in school before I went to my student account and dropped all of my classes. I got a job that next week and I enrolled in some online courses to expand my knowledge in the music industry, but even then I couldn’t find it in myself to sit still for long enough to read text book information. I am a very hands-on learner, and had lacked proper guidance when reaching out for input. After some time of researching and reading blogs about other artists and their experiences I was able to make a quality decision on what software to buy, what equipment to work with and how to go about beginning learning the fundamentals of mixing. So eventually I moved home to Dallas, embraced my inner introvert for most of 2016 and got to work. Now it is 2017 and here we are!
SIDE NOTE: I AM NOT CONDONING DROPPING OUT OF COLLEGE TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MUSIC – IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO BOTH…BUT I HAVE A TENDENCY TO NOT BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON MORE THAN ONE THING AT A TIME WHILE ALSO BEING PRODUCTIVE.”