The Chatroom: SZA Interview

Amelia Diamond | December 2, 2015

Watch Leandra interview the musician you need to know — but will also want to befriend

Observing someone upside down is an excellent way to determine their personal style. As I watched SZA “stand” with her palms on the ground and her feet in the air from my decidedly safer-position (cross-legged and on the floor), I realized that there is no way to perform a handstand in front of a six-person audience without feeling really, really good about what you’re wearing. You need to be comfortable to hang out the wrong way up.

The Top Dawg Entertainment-signed artist did just this (off-camera, I regret to inform you) in a pair of Muppet-sheep shorts and a tee-shirt with expertly-rolled sleeves, combat boots and the kind of hat that requires innate coolness on behalf of the wearer in order for the whole look to read as cool — and SZA looked cool. She always does. Have you seen her Instagram? This shoot she did for us? She embodies style, but her music alone could tell you that.

It’s a comforting reminder that we eventually do grow into ourselves. In this episode of The Chatroom, SZA tells Leandra that she still remembers what it’s like to be picked on in school. That she wasn’t “cool” growing up, and far from popular. She was different. Her path was different, but she followed it — sometimes on two hands — all the way to the stage on which she was born to dance and sing.

Watch the interview. You’ll see what I mean.

Follow SZA on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also listen to her music on TopDawgEntertainment’s website and Soundcloud channel

Feature Photograph by Charlotte Fassler.

Special thanks to SIXTY Hotels for their lovely hospitality (follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook).  

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  • Sarah

    I love her music! I feel like she’s different than your regular program, i dig it!

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  • Alison

    I love that line from her song — “hate will make you old.” For the spiritual and the shallow in all of us, some solid advice.

  • TOO SHORT!! I’ve been loving how long the podcasts are and so you have spoiled us. This little glimpse of SZA is not enough!

  • kay

    “i can channel the fuckit, i can create this moment again and again” wow that is so inspiring. I’m going to write that on my bathroom mirror.

    • Amelia Diamond

      i know. i love that.

  • Caro

    L-o-v-e

  • Gabrielle

    Love SZA. Amazing live, amazing lyrics, amazing voice. So happy to see her here.

  • N

    I loved this!!!!!! More, more!!! Leandra looks so cute