Hidden gem Erez Zobary releases new EPs

Singer-songwriter expands her musical horizons with electronic influence

Queen’s student and musician Erez Zobary.
Queen’s student and musician Erez Zobary.
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As Erez Zobary readies to release her two debut EPs, her dream of becoming a musician is finally becoming a reality.

The new music has its roots in the musical home Zobary, ConEd ’18, grew up in, where singing and music surrounded her every day. Her musical tastes come from her father who introduced her to bands like Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire from an early age.

“He is my biggest inspiration. He introduced me to cool music growing up which I think rubbed off on me quite a bit.”

The creativity continued to grow as Zobary did herself. She attended concert after concert, dreaming of performing her music and sharing her passion in front of fellow music lovers. The moment she put her love of music on a piece of paper was when she knew she wanted to be a musician.

Zobary released her first EP at the end of her first year with the help of co-composer and producer Enoch in their resident rooms in Waldron Tower and released it as “Erez and Enoch Love You.”

“I love what we wrote. The songs are personal and I think people can really connect with the content.”

The second EP was made by Zobary over the summer and is different from the musician’s older creations. She collaborated with different producers and experimented with her voice in new ways along with a creative support system behind her. One of Zobary’s singles ”Jupiter Time” exemplifies Zobary’s growth as a musician as she adds technology into the mix for the first time.

Zobary said her older, less electronic songs tended to come out like “word vomit” when she wrote them, often sitting by herself at the piano in a preferred place like the JDUC practice room.

“I often don’t think my songs make sense until they’re fully written and until I look at the lyrics later,” Zobary said, adding that the more recent electronic-influenced songs were more of a dialogue between herself and her collaborators. It’s a slow process that begins with a chord progression and steadily develops verse-by-verse as they work to tackle a certain theme or feeling.

These collaboratively written songs “tend to be not as angst-y and personal but I still really connect with them deeply,” she said.

“I don’t think any song has been necessarily easy to write. I really write from the heart and I tend to write about life, emotion, loss, love, fuck-ups, etc.”

Creating music isn’t always easy. There are bumps along the road that can make writing and performing hard. In one tune titled ”Breaking Comfort”, Zobary recalled feeling emotionally vulnerable after a song writing session in Waldron Hall. So vulnerable, in fact, that the showcase led to her actually having to remove herself from the classroom because the process was so affecting.

“I had to leave because I couldn’t stop crying and had to lie down on Summer Hill while reading positive messages from people. In the end, she said “it ended up being my favourite song.”

Her experiences as a student have been artistic fuel as she continues to write and perform what she loves most about the Kingston music scene alongside her friends and family.

Zobary and her two EPs, one electronic-based and one closer to her traditional singer song-writing style, will be released in the coming months.

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