Record Label: None
Kierstyn St. John: There isn't much to tell! I was trying to find a name for the project using online random band name generators and I liked this one when I came across it. It's short, easy to remember, and wasn't in mainstream usage. It means "living or vital to life" which isn't why I chose the name but it is pretty cool!
Kierstyn: I met Emma in February of 2020 right before the pandemic really hit the US. I had two previous singers beforehand and was looking for someone who could both sing the material and make this a serious endeavor. I'm actually very close friends with Emma's sister, and she recommended Emma to me when I told her I was looking for a singer. Emma had the perfect combination of an incredible vocal range, prior jazz experience, and a heart for the Lord.
Kierstyn: Like most songwriters, I write about what I am going through at the time. Emma had quit her job a month before that, which was a giant leap of faith for her, and I decided to hire her part time which was a giant leap of faith for me. We both felt that these were decisions that were led by the Lord. It's not often that Emma and I have shared experiences like that, and so it seemed natural to write a song about it!
Kierstyn: We are definitely open to signing a record contract, but it would need to allow us the creative freedom to continue to self-produce and write alone. I'd like to maintain a lot of creative control, but if the record label liked our sound and understood our mission, we would be willing to discuss it!
Kierstyn: I released my first EP with a different singer, and back then I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I think these days, singles are the better way to build a solid fan base from scratch, and albums/EPs should be released by more established artists. We are going to stay on the singles path for another year or so and then if we are ready to release an album, we will. I love albums; I love telling a story through an entire body of work. But I just don't think we are quite ready for that yet.
Kierstyn: Some of my current favorites in the Christian jazz scene are Cole McSween, Montell Fish, and Madison Ryann Ward. We would love to collaborate/tour with any of them. For secular artists, Emma's favorite band is AJR and mine are Animals as Leaders and Snarky Puppy. It would be incredible to collab with any of those artists but considering how outside of our genre they are, it seems unlikely.
Kierstyn: I love playing Magic the Gathering with my husband (I know, super nerdy). I'm also an avid lover of ping pong. Emma is the queen of Rubik's cubes. She can solve any of them, even the twelve sided ones.
Kierstyn: I started Zoetic because I was tired of mainstream Christian music all sounding the same. As Christians, we serve an infinitely creative God, and we should strive to reflect that in our music. But much of Christian music has become commercialized with vague, shallow lyrics and four chord progressions. Even much of the production sounds the same. Obviously, there are creative artists in the scene right now, but they are often on the fringes. I hope that as Zoetic continues, we can reach others with music that glorifies the Lord, tackles difficult topics in the faith, and pushes the boundaries in songwriting and production.
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