Zajah

SPOTLIGHT: Zajah

The futuristic world of Zajah

Synth-Pop, Retro-Futurewave

Zajah is the mono identity of South Carolina based producer and artist Zajah Escamilla, who delivers futuristic sounds based on retro technology and an old school love of what has gone before.

Her latest single, “Cray Cray”, typifies this. It’s her first release of 2021 and follows another busy year following her debut back in 2019 with “Neath The City Lights”.

Zajah uses a digital keyboard (Sensel Morph), which she believes has a very unique voice and style of singing too. And apparently has been told that she is the next Alison Moyet! You decide… Much of Zajah’s work is original, although expect a few covers in there occasionaly, most recently with her version of Soho’s 1991 UK hit, “Hippy Chick”, brought into the 21st century and given a completely different makeover, almost so you would never recognise the original.

Zajah began her career as the producer/composer and one of the former singers of the group boyMONROE. They found a home within the LGBTQi Family in Austin, Texas and gave a start to all the band members in their own musical careers. Zajah isn’t just about music though. She designs all the graphics for her albums, photos and website.

“I always believe that you must live in ambition and conquer determination to achieve complete destiny”.

Zajah has already worked with many talented artists like Scott Morris, Bobby Knight, Linsay Williams, Brian Twombly, Clive Hawkes, Robert Large, Mark Steller [STLR] – who feature on “Cray Cray”, David Connor [Meccedo], Hiroshima Ziggysan and Caine Carangi [boyMONROE] to name but a few. She is always seeking more avenues and openings and as she builds her fanbase internationally, who knows…!

Make sure you check out the industrial sounding “Forgave You”, the 90’s sounding “Talk Talk”, the 2-bit “Love Birds” and the retrowave-esque “Tonight” as you plough through this very different collection of gathered sounds and ideas from one mind to transport you to a world we have yet to know or discover…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!