Stellie

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2020

21

Sep

Stellie

Adelaide, SA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Stellie!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

In the beginning, I was heavily influenced by jazz music. I absolutely love artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Amy Winehouse. Over time, I started to experiment more with my sound (which at first I found pretty difficult). When writing my debut EP ‘Stellie’ and collaborating with so many unique and talented producers/ songwriters - it really helped me explore my sound more and more. At this point, I feel that this EP is the most accurate representation of my ‘sound’ right now. But i’m not afraid of change - I want to push the boundaries and keep it interesting. I want my sound to grow with me as I develop more as a singer/ songwriter.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

I like to describe the way I write music as an ‘exaggeration of my everyday life’. My life isn’t always that interesting, so I just like to push the boundaries on it a bit more. I just love to tell stories (whether they are completely accurate or not - it almost doesn’t really matter). Like for many people - music is a form of therapy for me. Letting your thoughts and emotions run free for a bit is so soothing and relaxing. I'm constantly inspired by the people I surround myself with and the stories that people share with me, or stories that I read. Even just captions on photos - or just really interesting and beautiful photos can be so inspirational when it comes to my writing - its almost like i’m trying to put the picture into words.

What can punters expect from a Stellie live show?

I like to think that when I play shows - its almost like bringing magic to life. There is such a rush that comes with finally getting to play the songs that you’ve been holding so close to you for so long, to people that actually really want to hear them. Stellie shows are very wholesome I think. I love my band, and I know they love playing with me too and it really shows. I always have the most fun on stage and really try build that connection with the audience. I also almost always manage to chuck in a cheeky cover during my set (at the moment it's Britney Spears).

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

‘You are not in control of other peoples emotions’ - I cant remember where I found this quote, I think I read it somewhere once and it’s stuck with me ever since. It especially relates to the way I like to make music. I don’t want to tell people how to think/feel when they listen to the songs I write - I want those feelings and thoughts to be pure and completely up to the listener.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

‘Its Nice to Be Alive’ by Ball Park Music

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

‘Knuckles White Dry’ by Gang of Youths

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

‘Holdin On’ by Flume.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

TEENAGE JOANS! It was actually the first live gig I’ve seen in about 7 months and it was absolutely insane. I honestly couldn’t stop smiling all night.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.

I'm so lucky to be surrounded by so many incredible and inspiring musos every day. There are heaps of talented musicians in Adelaide, I’m almost spoilt for choice. I spend quite a bit of time with the EAST AV3 boys - those guys are some of the most hard working and dedicated people I know. My bandmates (Max and Jarrad) are so incredibly dedicated and are an absolute joy to be around - as well as Jess Day, Timberwolf, George Alice, Mane and so many more.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

2020 has been an absolute whirlwind of a year in so many ways. I guess my plan is to just take each day as it comes. If I can play some more live shows that would be so fun - but one things for sure, there’s definitely lots more new music on the way.

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Beddy Rays

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14

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Beddy Rays

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Beddy Rays!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

We like to think of our music as a love child of all the different bands we grew up listening to. We’ve always loved big sing-along choruses and relatable lyrics. We don’t really try and make our songs fit into any one genre in particular but rather just whip up a bit of a concoction of what we’re feeling at the time. We always like to throw in a new tune at a show to see how the crowd reacts. That’s a good test to let us know if it’s heading in the right direction.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

We would probably say our friends are the biggest source of inspiration. Although we have some personal songs, a lot of the subjects we write about come from what we see happen around us.

What can punters expect from a Beddy Rays live show?

We like to give the crowd something to take home other than just watching us perform our songs. For example one time we played a mini fezzy down the Goldy during summer and while we played a cover we got Lewy to run out in to the crowd and hand out a bunch of mini water pistols for people to go nuts and wet each other. Went real well although the seccys weren’t too pleased when people started spraying them… but hey, it was a hot day haha. They can expect plenty of terrible on stage banter, occasionally the crowd twists Lewy’s arm to take his shirt off and reveal what’s under the hood, the odd bung note here and there, Benny throws a stick at least once a show, Brad has usually had a few too many but somehow smashes it on the bass and Jacko likes to keep it fresh and throw in a some random quirky accents rather than strictly following the melody. We’ve learnt not to take it too seriously, whilst still trying to play a memorable set. The more fun we have the more involved the crowd gets!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

We’ve been told not to expect too much from being in a band in the way of financial wealth. Every little win is a bonus – for example a six pack each rather than two drink tickets. As long as you’re having fun, that’s all that matters! – some old punter at the Reddy Bay Pub

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

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What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

We’d have to put down ‘I feel fine, I feel sick’ by Melbourne band Ceres. They really know how to capture you for a moment and absorb the lyrics around a wall of sound that kicks in, the song hits in a certain way. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

If the d floor is pumping we’d have to throw on ‘Feel The Way I Do’ by The Jungle Giants. It’s a straight up shtonking tune that you cant help but move to. They’re a real good gateway between EDM junkies and band frothers!

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

We went and saw Semantics play at The Zoo a couple of weeks ago. They absolutely smashed it! It was a bit weird being seated at a gig rather than getting amongst it in the mosh but we are still so grateful to be able to see live shows.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.

We get constantly inspired by our mates playing in the local area, always giving each other advice on the music industry. One of the great bands we look up to would be Violent Soho seeing as they are such a hard working band that keeps bringing out great quality music while being a really down to earth bunch of blokes, which is how we aspire to be.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Everything’s a little up in the air right now due to Covid, plans are always changing but we’re trying our hardest to work around the hurdles. Hopefully we can get another single out before the end of the year and get an EP out early 2021. We can’t wait ‘til things kick off again so we can play shows for all you legends!

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