Industrial, Classical, Electronic, Goth, Experimental Rock
Zola Jesus is the stage name of Russian American singer/songwriter Nika Roza Danilova (born on 11 April 1989).
'I try to create songs that are really massive and intense, but at the same time remaining honest and raw. I love the feeling when you hear a song that is so overwhelming and powerful it makes your veins hurt. I'd like to write one of those songs one day. I keep the lyrics simple, no nonsense. I've always enjoyed the way old folk songs say what they need to say without becoming convoluted or ostentatious. Just words of wisdom straight from the heart of a little midwestern girl.'
Being a philosophy student in some ways shaped both her lyrical concepts and attitude. "In high school I was really into Situationism, which is basically the idea that you can live art. Thats part of my music now, because I feel like it's not worth doing something if it’s already been done. So I'm trying my best to do something that’s completely novel within the parameters of it being accessible so people won’t dismiss it right away", she said in an interview. "...Reading about certain philosophers changes your perspective. I was just reading this guy named Arthur Schopenhauer, who's dark as fuck. He's basically like: Kill yourself, it's not worth it. After you read his essays, you can't feel good about anything, so it's obviously going to affect my art and how I live", she added.