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Hey APC! My name is Zoë Viñas, and I am a Dominican-American 19-year-old singer-songwriter and producer from New Jersey. Currently, I am based in Northampton, Massachusetts and New York City. My Instagram handle is @zozoawes0me. My music projects are on my SoundCloud under the name zoë viñas. My single “in my room <3” is out on all platforms.
My songs you and run are both songs I wrote during a break up last year. In the past a lot of my songs weren’t actually written about my own personal experiences, they were sort of just fiction pieces so it was a really beautiful experience to write music directly about my own experience. I found it really cathartic to express the pain and confusion of a certain time in my life through music. It was very healing and helped me process my feelings at the time.
“You” is about the end of a breakup. Where you want to be there to console the other person but obviously you can’t because you are broken up. It’s also about knowing that you could find another person in the future, but dreading that other person because it is not the person you first fell in love with.
“Run” is a song about regret and hope at the same time: regret about ending a relationship, fear that it wasn’t the right decision. It’s about the pain in trying to hold onto that person even when it’s over. It’s saying that two people who have love for each other shouldn’t run away from each other when it gets hard. At the root, it talks about how fear is at the cause of much pain in our lives and relationships. And how we have to conquer that fear in order for love to flourish.
“In my room <3” was a song I wrote and produced this year for a production class I was taking. This was probably the first happy/bouncy song I’ve written. Since I was ten I’ve just been writing sad ballads first on piano and then guitar. I wanted to write a happy bedroom pop song for once! In “in my room <3,” I’m expressing the naivete and all-consuming feeling of having a crush. But infatuation isn’t a painful yearning like I would’ve portrayed it if I wrote a ballad, instead, infatuation is in this song just feels dreamy and playful.