Zara was born and raised in NYC, spent an exploratory decade living abroad in the UK, and has been based in Brooklyn since 2011. She began studying piano and composition when she was five, and hasn’t quite figured out how to do anything aside from music-related stuff since.
Previously, she's toured internationally as a musician, was a sound engineer at Live Nation for three years and worked for EMI in London for four years. Since returning to the NYC area, she's focused more on independent music projects rooted in underground electronic sounds. A lot of this was cultivated during the seven years in which she was the head buyer, events booker and manager at Brooklyn’s storied Halcyon, where she pushed to give local labels and upcoming artists a platform. She was also a curator for the Grayscale event series, and had the honor of being a sound engineer at the immaculately produced club, Output.
She is currently working as U.S. Broadcast Production at NTS Radio, and has been involved from when it began in 2011. Since 2012, she’s been a Curatorial Advisor and also more recently the Mutual Respect Manager for Unsound festival. Locally, she’s still producing and curating events as part of Quo Vadis. She’s also a longtime assistant at Underground Quality, and is Co-founder Emeritus of Sustain-Release & co-directed it for its first three and a half years. Most weekends you can catch her at Elsewhere as an audio engineer, and at Public Records managing and working production - as well as various other Brooklyn clubs. Her freelance music writing has spanned a variety of publications including: DJ Mag, XLR8R, Thump, The Quietus, Dummy and Resident Advisor.