Heroin arrest turned Sky Ferreira into ‘punching bag for chauvinistic media’, says DIIV frontman

Zachary Cole Smith comments on his 2013 arrest ahead of new album 'Is The Is Are'

DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith has criticised the “chauvinistic, male-dominated music media” for their reaction to his and girlfriend Sky Ferreira’s arrest in 2013.

The couple were arrested 2013 arrest after being found in possession of heroin and ecstasy. In a new interview with DIY, Smith says his band’s new album is a chance for him to follow in the footsteps of Ferreira, who had all charges she initially faced dropped, and let the music speak for him.

“I spent three years having tape over my mouth,” Smith said. “Even after Sky’s charges were dropped it didn’t matter because nobody was able to say anything. Sky turned into this punching bag for chauvinistic, male-dominated music media and it was so upsetting but we didn’t have a voice. Finally she put her record out and got to say all this stuff she’d been wanting to say. Now I have a chance to talk about everything that I’ve wanted to say and I get to make a statement musically about what I think the world needs.”

Speaking about the sound of DIIV’s forthcoming record ‘Is The Is Are’, Smith also stated that the band have created both their most commercial and dark material.

“It has its darker moments,” he said, “but I think it’s a much more diverse record. We’re just free to do so much more: people are more willing to listen to what you have to say [on a second record]… I want DIIV to be a rock band that continually evolves. A lot of these songs are more accessible and poppier, whilst some are way darker and weirder than anything we’ve done before.”

‘Is The Is Are’ will be the follow up to their 2012 debut ‘Oshin’