Storyteller and avid traveller, Zoya, is carving a home for herself in the indie folk music world. Unmasking her conscience in her confessional songwriting and orchestral arrangements, these revelations gather Zoya’s experiences and understandings of the lives with whom she has brushed shoulders. To foster her eclectic sound and preserve her wanderlust nature Zoya is now based in Mumbai and Los Angeles.
Beginning the journey in her birth country, India, her childhood home in Southern California, and unearthing countless countries in between, Zoya has developed a genre that stretches across all borders. Zoya kept up with her roots by intertwining the inescapable allure of the North Indian music tradition through her entrancing vocal style that is coupled with intense, stirring harmonies, and eclectic instrumentation.
As a graduate from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Zoya is nurturing her passion for music by collecting sounds from around the world and accompanies them with her honest lyrics and classical guitar. This new sound she has come to be known for has caught the attention of publications like the Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, MTV Indies, Wondering Sound, ELLE Magazine, and more.
Her debut EP titled, Letters To Toska released in November 2013 and, after receiving much acclaim, was performed live at various venues across the country, including performances as opening act for world renowned writer, Salman Rushdie, and duo folk act, StoryMan. This intimate EP draws to the mind works of other singer-songwriters - Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Laura Marling or Susheela Raman. [listen to Letters To Toska here]
In November 2014, Zoya released her first ever Visual EP titled, Lasya. Partnering with a ballet dancer, modern contact dancer, and Indian dancer she used their choreography as a medium to gather their individual responses to the messages of longing and pining relayed in the lyrics of each song. The result was extraordinary footage that visually expressed this through dance and was released via YouTube. [view Lasya here]
In February 2015, Zoya performed at Brighton Music Hall with renowned looper - Kawehi - and was asked to join her for her full west coast tour. Since the Evolution Tour with Kawehi, Zoya has followed the DIY footsteps of the looping, one-women act by starting her own Kickstarter to fund her newest album and her first official tour in August 2015. Zoya's first full length album, The Girl Who Used To Live In My Room, released in July 2015 and was successfully backed by “The Girl Who” Kickstarter project.
[listen to The Girl Who here]
After The Girl Who US tour, Zoya was invited to tour her native country, India, and to be a part of the brewing indie scene. After a few short weeks, Zoya began touring the entire country and performing for India's major indie festivals. It was during this time she opened for acts like the Raghu Dixit Project in Mumbai or for UK singer-songwriter, Lucy Rose in Bangalore.
In October 2015, Zoya released an electronic remix compilation, Zoya: Plugged In, that features 9 producers who have each remixed a track from The Girl Who Used To Live In My Room and Letters To Toska. Collectively, it was decided to donate all the proceeds to install electricity, fans and lights in various schools in rural India. Electronic music for electricity as the theme, the Power of Power campaign was coined and was successfully funded in January 2016. Now the album is available for free
[listen to Zoya: Plugged In here]
Returning to Mumbai the summer of 2016, Zoya is currently working on her latest record, Natural Disaster, that is set to release July 2016. Following the release a full India and US tour will embark.
"As someone wielding both a music business degree and a microphone, there isn’t a thing Mohan does without integrity, and that comes through in her work: whimsical and experimental, but never for a second vapid. There’s a message in every line she pens—sometimes about herself, sometimes about the world.."
"Her soul filled sound blends every singer-songwriter you wish would have a baby together, and adds more personality than any of them could. Zoya is a treasure, and I urge all of you to listen to her."
"Get familiar with her music and name now because Zoya may just end up becoming one of the breakthrough artists you find out about after the fact" - Twisted Soulboy
"Her vocal abilities had us hooked and post her latest release titled ‘What’s Done is Done’, our obsession with her has intensified times one thousand" - Pepsi MTV Indies
"Eclectic Goddess, Zoya’s, voice is heaven-sent on the new collection of songs, which is inviting to those who may not have heard her music before. Zoya’s new record is one that will certainly appeal to the masses, no matter what your genre of choice is." - Buzznet