Zola Jesus, also known as Nika Roza Danilova, is an American singer, songwriter, director and producer. Known for her synth-laden alternative electronica, she’s made five full-length albums (“The Spoils,” 2009, “Stridulum II,” 2010, “Conatus,” 2011, “Taiga,” 2014, “Okovi,” 2017) and one live album (“Live at Roadburn,” 2018). It was just as she debuted her first self-directed music video that she spoke to Eve Barlow for WePresent, about depression as a creative force, her shift behind the camera and the immigrant experience in modern America.
“All Americans come from somewhere. I think about it every single day – where my family came from. I feel an incredible debt and responsibility to honor that.”