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 live sound engineer at Live Nation for three years and worked for EMI’s global HQ in London for four years. Since returning to the NYC area, she's focused solely on independent music projects that are DIY, passionate and community-oriented.
She is the head buyer and events booker at Halcyon, U.S. broadcast production at NTS Radio, general assistant at Underground Quality, curatorial advisor for Krakow's Unsound festival and co-founder of Sustain-Release + co-directed it for its first three years. Her freelance music writing has spanned a variety of publications including: DJ Mag, XLR8R, Thump, The Quietus, Dummy and Resident Advisor.