Zoë Kravitz most definitely does not live in the shadow of her famous parents, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.
The 26-year-old singer/actress can shake what both her daddy and mommy gave her.
The Divergent star was at Wynwood club ToeJam BackLot Thursday night with her Lolawolf band members, drummer Jimmy Giannopoulos, and keyboardist James Levy. The trio was putting on a concert as part of Bacardi’s Untameable Artist series, produced by VICE’s music channel Noisey, giving artists around the country a platform to showcase their talents.
Kravitz, who was born in L.A. but spent some years as a teen at Miami Country Day School, was loving the venue.
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“This place is dope. It’s got a cool vibe, a little seedy,” she said. “This whole area is blowing up.”
She was psyched to play for the crowd, a blend of old and new fans.
“We don’t have a hit top 40 song. Either you know our music or you don’t,” said the Brooklynite, who linked up with the two guys a few years ago in their same neighborhood. “We have a very unique sound. I like to call it industrial R&B, but it’s always changing. Definitely a hybrid.”
Lolawolf, named after Zoë’s little sister and brother, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf Momoa, from Bonet’s marriage to actor Jason Momoa, released their debut album late last year, Calm Down. The newest EP is called Every [Bleepin] Day.
The group takes a modern approach to making music.
“We record wherever we are,” explained Kravitz, who has lately been inspired by Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak. “We don’t go to studios. We bring our equipment into our environment and then we put it on the Internet.”
Next up for Kravitz: two very different projects. A roles in the indie love story Vincent-N-Roxxy, then two more big-time Divergent films, based on Veronica Roth’s wildly popular YA sci fi series.
With all varied interests and talents, Kravitz agrees that she can’t be pigeonholed.
“I like to do different things,” she said. “But I love that Divergent has such loyal, dedicated fans. They are such an awesome group of people. It’s a fun land to be in.”