Written By: Chase Wilson
Easily one of the most positive people we’ve met, we’re proud to have Zinnia on the TRILLVO 2nd Annual Women Strong Charity Show line-up! From her passionate personality to her love for the arts, it’s so obvious to see why we can’t wait for her set and why we want you to get to know her as well.
Zinnia, a.k.a Brooke O’Donnell, hails from Denton, TX and brings a new, spicy flavor to the music we listen to. However, why not let the woman herself tell you who she is? It’s hard to describe just who Zinnia is and the way she conducts herself, so we asked her two questions and let her answer with as much detail as she would like. After being asked when she first discovered her love for DJing, Zinnia had this to say:
“I have always admired the idea of being a “disk jockey” because my mom raised me on artists like RJD2 & Nightmares on Wax, but growing up I can’t lie, I never saw myself being behind the decks performing my music.
(Fun Fact: Until a few months ago, I had the worst stage fright…)
I began to learn the ropes of audio engineering at the age of 15 & eventually fell in love with the production process of EDM. I took a year off of school after I graduated HS & to think about what path I was going to take & I chose Community College down in San Marcos, TX.
When I dropped out of college (mind you, it only took me 5 weeks to realize it wasn’t for me), I decided to give my entirety to production. After finding likeminded creators, I discovered how much the stuff I was trying to produce coincided with the idea of DJing live music. So, at the age of 19 I bought my first Traktor S2 & since then it’s been effortless to find the flow in spinning what I love.
I think a lot of artists & DJ’s take for granted the platform we have & forget to find the root of what it is all about. To me, it’s always been perceived as THE most powerful platform on this planet. The fact that ONE human has the ability to bring individuals together (whether it be 20 people or 100,000 people) from all sorts of different backgrounds, different political/ religious beliefs, divided moralistic derivatives, & so forth, & get all of these people to shut the fuck up about the down right madness occurring in the world & just jam out to the same wave/ sounds of music at the same time in unison & harmony … THAT is what brings my soul to its sense of fulfillment when stepping behind that dj booth & playing in front of those people who all showed up for the same reason: love for the music.
I booked my first event in December of 2017 & at first I only booked 4 events within the first 6 months of debuting “Zinnia” as a DJ. In August of 2018, I was blessed with finding a manager (shoutout to Syd) who never doubted my potential/lacked faith in my visions & since she discovered me at an underground event in Austin, TX, our momentum in collaborating has been catching unfathomable speeds.
Since she found me, she’s helped me book the shows that have helped me find my confidence & love for performing.
From August of 2018 to now (Feb/Mar 2019) I have played in Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, & I have landed my first headlining show/event, booked my first summer festival, locked in my first SXSW showcases (actually as of now I have four bookings..holy shit this is still crazy to me!!!), I have been local support for artists such as PhaseOne, Yookie, Slimez, Havoc Roth, Blaize, KawtNKandy, Mystic Grizzly, Pixel Terror, Hi I’m Ghost, Hairitage, & so on…(holy shit I didn’t realize how many epic artists I’ve played alongside until I just made that list wowowow!).
ALAS, to answer the initial question, if I had to give an exact moment that I fell in love with being the one who is the source of music playing/DJing, it was the moment I had the courage to play an entirely original track in front of an audience and then saw the way it made them move…TO THE SONG THAT I MADE…like NOTHING compares to that righteousness…”
Passion as raw as Zinnia’s is hard to come by, and you don’t always see it boldly expressed. Her love for music has been nurtured since she was young, and she has the personality to match her eccentric style. Of course, speaking about the past and present is much easier than to, say, talk about your future and your end-goals. We wanted to know just what exactly is Zinnia’s greatest dream music-wise? What does she want to achieve? Her answer may just blow you away.