Is she the fairy that lives down the garden path? She might be. We took a trip to Tzara-land and spent some time talking art, style and music with the Cape Town-based producer and DJ.
Entering Tzara's home is like reading the first page of most fairytales. You open a wooden gate and leave the pavement behind – in its place you find leopard print patches of shade and light as the sun meets the trees above. The ground is textured with shrubs and in the distance, you see and smell the ocean. It's a beautiful day to escape the city without actually having to leave.
We're met with coffee as we sit sipping it on her deck. It tastes like gratitude mixed with a healthy sense of optimism. Meanwhile, it's 2 pm and my first cup for the day – so naturally, the experience is, euphoric.
Tzara has been busy. She's currently working on a solo EP, a collaborative EP and some singles that'll get dropped along the way. ‘I'm losing my mind. No – I'm kidding,' she says of her ability to juggle it all. In all seriousness, she adds, ‘I guess it's easy for me because I love doing it.'
When it comes to her style she says, ‘It's definitely a result of every single facet of my life and my musical history.' Tzara grew up playing classical music – nice and old school before things got edgy. It's like she took a solid foundation and then realised the house could really look like anything she wanted it to – that the options really are endless.
"I started singing at 14-ish, but always wrote my own songs – often in a more singer/songwriter capacity. I always wanted to be in control of the process and that's how I got into production. I also love the technical aspect of things."
‘The sound I have now took me a while, especially when I first started producing. I was more just experimenting, rather than making stuff that I actually enjoyed listening to. I feel like I've arrived at something that I'm very satisfied with,' says Tzara of her current sound and the process it took to get there.
Tzara goes from wearing really timeless items to wearing something full of surprises. I say this just thinking of her brogues – such a clean-cut silhouette with a wild pattern. It kind of reminded me of Gustav Klimt's work in that way. This contrast is something that exists across all aspects of her life: from style to music and art.
"In every aspect of my creativity there's a very sterile, levelheaded, technical driven component – and on the other hand it's complete fucking chaos. It's creative chaos. There's nothing rational about it."
‘The bigger the crowd, the more comfortable I feel,' says Tzara of her ability to feel at home while performing. This is said in line with us chatting about the kind of bravery it (often) takes to be social. ‘It's definitely always a more exaggerated version of myself – more glamorous – more flamboyant. That's the side that comes out of me when I'm creating, but not the side that a lot of people see in general,' says Tzara of the persona that emerges when she performs. You can think of it as secret magic – it's something we all possess and shouldn't be shy to show.
Words by Celeste Jacbos.