In 2005 Zoe Boekbinder began their music career by forming a band, with their sister Kim Boekbinder, called Vermillion Lies. Over the five years that they played together they released two albums and toured with Amanda Palmer.
In 2009 Zoe released their first solo album, recorded with friend and producer, Cesar Alvarez, in Brooklyn, NY. Thus, “Artichoke Perfume”, was born. Two years later came, "Darling Specimens", produced by Shenandoah Davis in Seattle, WA.
In the fall of 2013, Zoe wrote, recorded, and publicly posted 100 songs in 100 days. The next album, "Baby Bandit" (January 2014), was recorded live onto two inch tape in Oakland, CA with cellist Danah Olivetree and violinist Dorota Szuta.
2018 welcomed Zoe's latest work, "Shadow", that is both political and deeply personal. In their own words:
“I took a break from touring because I felt unsure that it was what I should be doing. I didn't make an album for four years. I barely played any shows. I'd been a full-time musician for my entire adult life - so this was a big deal for me. After working in prison, I started to doubt that the songs I wrote were important to the world. During this break I discovered a bravery, that I hadn't had before, to write songs about issues outside of myself. I wrote about feminism/violence against women, privilege, and prison abolition. I wrote about my best friend who committed suicide. My songs started to feel important. This album is the least and most personal art I've ever made. It feels terrifyingly vulnerable.”
From May 2010 to December 2014, Zoe volunteered as a performer and teacher at New Folsom Prison and is working on an album of songs with songwriters, poets, and rappers who were incarcerated there. The profits of the album, which is produced by Ani DiFranco, will benefit prisoners' rights groups.
Zoe resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some of their favorite collaborators over the years have been; Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Neil Gaiman, Mal Blum, Mirah, and Leyla McCalla.