Nika (Zola Jesus) sits in her gothic home on 150 acres in the woods of Wisconsin and we sit in the studio of Alpha60 in Collingwood, Melbourne. Its been a few years since we met in-store and we have stayed in contact ever since. Nika would often send through images of herself wearing Alpha60 on stage - always opting for our black textural and sculptural pieces. We have always admired Zola Jesus' way of wearing Alpha60 and her unique sound which combines industrial, classical, electronic, goth and experimental rock. We caught up with Nika to see whats new since her last visit to Melbourne and to capture her in her favourite pieces from the Autumn Winter collection.
Why did you choose Zola Jesus as a stage name?
Architectural digest featured your amazing living room in an article. Does being surrounded by a stunning backdrop of nature inspire your music?
Why did you decide to move back to your home town of Wisconsin?
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Any plans on a trip to Australia?
How would you describe your sound?
When are you most comfortable?
What are you listening to at the moment?
If you could be an animal what would you be and why?
This may sound cliche but I love wolves. I love my dog. I would love to understand her better. I think wolves are beautiful creatures - they’re solitary to an extent but also quite dependent on their pack. They are stealth and graceful but also very powerful if provoked. I feel that.
Favourite alpha60 purchase?
WOW! Hardest question, because I have so many treasured Alpha60 pieces from over the years. I’ve been wearing Alpha60 since 2012! I have a long quilted jacket that I’ve worn to death, but now these new crinkled cotton pieces might be my new favorite. I’m such an Alpha60 fan girl, especially the way texture is used in pieces. Also I live in my Sana Knits… they are travel essentials.