• Miya Buachie

Zelha, The Artist That Sets You Free

London based Mexican-Belgian artist Zelha returns with her new heartfelt single ‘Empty Calls’ where she portrays an empathetic feeling of disillusion. Unfolding with a dark timbre, Zehla presents a truth that is both anxious and awkward before taking us on a journey of retaliation. Empty Calls “describes the awkward situation of someone liking you but it’s not reciprocated. It revolves around the feeling of wanting to escape the moment of having to tell them because you don’t want to hurt them.” The intensity is certainly felt as it rises to the chorus, where its heartbeat-like pulse resonates with exuding courage. Finally, tension transforms into release as heard in the explosive production.

Zehla’s conversational skills and transparent storytelling are indicative of her influences from stand out artists such as Maggie Rogers, Haim and Lorde. The catchy pop tune gives the listener a profound sense of freedom as it is a clear acclamation to her musical inspirations.

Read more about Zelha below:

Zelhas Interview

Empty Calls is about someone liking you but it’s not reciprocated. Have you been in a situation like this before?

Yes, I think it’s something that a lot of people have experienced. And it can be a very awkward situation, especially if it’s someone who is close to you and you know well. At the time of writing the song I was torn as to how to approach the topic but writing about it really gave me a new perspective on things.

How would you describe your creative process during lockdown?

I used to start writing songs mainly on piano and vocals and then I would work on the production of the song. But with the ups and downs of being in lockdown and some health problems I’ve had during that time, I’ve had to change the way I write. I now tend to start with the instrumental and production side of a song and then add the vocals over it. I think it’s really broadened the way I approach writing and I’ve really been enjoying the process and the journey!

You’re half Belgian and half Mexican, how do you think this has influenced your music?

Well, I grew up with French and Mexican music and it’s what originally inspired me to learn how to play music. Even though you might not be able to hear these influences directly in my songs, I think that by growing up with that music I’ve picked up some slightly different ways of songwriting whether it’s lyrical, chord arrangements or others. It’s a part of me and it’s bound to be reflected in how I write and in my songs.

You’ve always been one to shy away from the spotlight, what changed this?

I think I’ve always loved music so much and I always knew I wanted to become a musician but I really lacked the confidence for many years. Even though I was very shy and I still am sometimes, music was always my way to express my feelings. Moving to the UK a few years ago and being around so many creative people really helped my confidence and it encouraged me to really give music a try.

What would you like your listeners to take away from your music?

I hope people can relate to my songs and that it inspires them to be themselves and talk about what they have on their minds and what they believe in.

What are your future plans as an artist?

My debut EP will be coming out in the next few months and I’m really excited about it! With the current situation everything is a bit unsure, but I’ve tried to keep working on my music and I’m hoping to work on some collaborations with other artists later in the year!