Introducing: Zara Martin

  • Interview: Iman El Kafrawi

Zara Martin is a woman on a mission and she means business. She’s been on the music scene for a long time DJ-ing for the likes of Chanel, Dior and Tom Ford and as well as being a model. Now Zara has collaborated with Skinnydip to maker her line of headphones one of the most successful in the world. We caught up with her to discuss her headphone line, how to be a successful woman in a male dominated industry and much more – check it out below:

Hey Zara! So you’ve DJ’d for some pretty big names, including Fendi, Chanel, Tom Ford. What has been your favourite experience?

Some of it has been quite surreal as luxury brands don’t do things by halves! It’s always an amazing experience to work with the big houses – and I get to wear amazing clothes I can’t afford lol

How did you get into DJing? Was this something you always wanted to do?

I was always obsessed with music, I guess I did always want to do it – but it’s not really a career a little girl is conditioned to aspire to so i never really thought about it as a career until it was happening, you know?

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What would you say are your highlights of your career in DJ-ing?

There have honestly been so many, when you’re like “wait – did that just happen?” – like when Kylie Minogue burst out of an egg on stage in a church while I was DJing from the pulpit, or when Madonna just happens to be on the dance floor. I think the thing is, is that you never know what’s going to happen – which keeps it interesting at least.

Are there any musicians or DJs you’d love to work with in the future?

I love DJing with musician Whinnie Williams, she’s a great friend and we have the best time playing together – we both have a penchant for early 2000s hip hop.

What’s your favourite events to DJ at?

Festivals, Fashion Weeks, and Grand Prixs are pretty fun as people are there to party, I guess.

As a young woman in the industry, how do you overcome challenges faced with being in a male-dominated industry?

Isn’t every industry (apart from fashion) a male-donimated industry? Everyone faces challenges. How boring if you don’t! I don’t really think about it!

You’re also a model – how did you get into modelling?

By being a really bad TV presenter LOL. I really wanted to be a TV presenter. That was the dream. I didn’t get that many auditions haha so my agent at the time started sending me out on commercial castings instead.

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How do you balance modelling with DJ-ing?

In true Libran style I’m always striving for balance, but one is a day thing and one is a night thing – I’m pretty boring nowadays so it’s not such a struggle to wake up in the mornings!

You work closely with the charity ‘Women for Woman International’ – how did you start getting involved? Can you tell us about what you do with them?

This organisation really is incredible. There is a big drive in me at the moment to help make a difference  – or what is the point of it all? God, I sound like I’m having an existential crisis. I met Brita Schmidt, the director of the charity, some time ago and connected immediately. Women for Women, as an organisation, help rebuild the lives of women in conflict affected countries- they learn their rights, how to manage their health, and very importantly, business and vocational skills so they can earn a living for themselves and their families. I’m an ambassador for the charity so what that really means is I help spread the word  – I’m currently working on two brand collaborations to benefit Women for Women which are very exciting.

You’ve recently collaborated with Skinny Dip – how did you find the process of designing and creating headphones with Skinny Dip?

It’s ignited the desire to create more! It’s so amazing to see something go from a sketch on the back of a receipt to the finished product on shop shelves! And a product that I use everyday. Now I just want to make more stuff!
How do you feel about your Skinny Dip headphones becoming so successful worldwide?

Proud! It’s amazing every time I get tagged in an Insta pic – the idea that something can go from a thought in your head to something that people actually want to spend their money on is pretty cool.

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I would love to work with more tech brands… especially on the audio side. Watch this space! Oh and sunglasses – I love sunglasses.
What advice would you give to young women in the industry?

Be nice. Oh! And, don’t be discouraged if it’s takes longer to achieve your goals than you thought it would, it’s quite difficult these days without a Surname or a sex tape.
Have a listen to the specially made playlist that Zara put together exclusively to Spindle!

Creative direction and hair – Anastasia Stylianou
Photography- Brett Russel
Make up- Lilli Kelly