Meet Aya Zahra, a 22 year old from Sweden.
“I made this playlist at a time when I was super into EDM and commercial house, and this was a way for me to always stay up to date with the latest music. I used to love having a set collection of amazing tracks to share and play for my friends wherever I was.”
What music did you listen to growing up as a kid?
I grew up dancing to Atomic Kitten, Shakira and Britney Spears, but in my later years I was all about EDM and Indie/Indie pop.
If you were a singer, what current living artist would you love to collaborate with?
I guess I would love to collaborate with The Blaze or Tame Impala, so we could create a beautiful, emotional and very abstract music video to an upbeat and nuanced song.
Do you play an instrument? If no, what instrument would you love to learn?
No, I used to play guitar, but now it would be a synthesizer or a piano.
What is the best concert you've ever been to?
I can't pick one! Definitely many of the dj sets I've been to, but also The Blaze, Fever Ray and Cigarettes After Sex.
What is your favorite quote?
Ugh this question is too cheesy for me, but this one will do: "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."
Do you have any hidden talents?
I've always been really good at maintaining and managing my energy when dancing several days in a row without sleep. Does that count?
Do you have a life slogan?
Not really, but I try to take every opportunity to be spontaneous and to not waste energy on people and experiences that drain me rather than energise me.
Name your top 3 favorite artist and why?
I listen to a wide range of artists but definitely The Knife, The Blaze and a big selection of techno and ambient producers, Matrixxman and Konstantin Sibold are two of my favourites.
If you could interview any artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
I've never really cared so much about "famous people", more about the actual content. However, I think it could be interesting to interview Yasmine Hamdan, (a Lebanese singer) or Renata (A lebanese DJ) because they are fiery rebels who make music with high impact on the society.
What is more important to you, music or lyrics? Why?
It's funny because I used to not be able to listen to music without lyrics when I was younger, because the impact of the words was so important to me. I think it is because I used to read more and write a lot on my own before. Nowadays, I almost listen to music without lyrics more than with, and I think the music is more important to me now because that is what allows me to dance.