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Musician, Zoya Mohan:

There is something magnetic about Zoya’s music. It is dreamy yet powerful. As a graduate from the world renowned Berklee College of Music, she began her journey in her birth country, India, and explored countless countries in between before finally moving back to her childhood home in Southern California. And in doing so, Zoya developed a soundscape that stretches across borders. Her music is experimental and unorthodox, organic and ambient alike.

She first impressed the music industry with her debut EP, titled Letters to Toska, in 2014. The next year, her visually emotive EP, Lasya turned heads with extraordinary footage of professional dancers expressing the anatomy of her lyrics. And 2016 is going to be about her brand new album, The Girl Who Used To Live In My Room. Zoya took Platform through her musical journey.

What personal experiences and stories sketch the contours of the tracks?
I moved around a lot as a kid. Went to a lot of boarding schools and lived a life of a nomad—I was virtually packing up my life and moving to start a new one almost every year. The Girl Who Used To Live In My Room paid tribute to my idea of this female figure who is a gypsy. My room in whatever city I was in, became my home. There have been many reincarnations of this room and the girl I was in each of them. Most of my songs are really personal, stemming from my experiences and emotions during certain crossroads in my life.

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