Australia’s Stella Donnelly effortlessly incites political conversations through clever lyricism, beautiful vocal performances and silky guitar melodies. Donnelly’s debut ep ‘Thrush Metal,’ released in 2017 and reissued via Secretly Canadian, has given Donnelly global recognition as one of indie music’s most promising songwriterz. Over the backdrop of powerhouse vocals and gentle guitar work, Donnelly’s use of political lyricism has helped sustain an important, contemporary dialogue offering us insight into what it means to be a woman in 2018.
ahead of her show in Zone One at Elsewhere on 10/234, the artist took the time to answer a few of our questions.
You’re on a pretty extensive tour at the moment! What do you do for self-care while you’re on the road?
I am probably the most boring touring musician ever, I don’t drink on tour, I read books, love bananas, go hiking when I can and keep up that h2o! I believe sometimes I’m healthier on tour than I am at home!
Are there any bands or artists you saw growing up in Perth who influenced your songwriting?
There are so many Perth artists that have and continue to influence the way I write music and carry myself on stage, Jacob Diamond, Tanaya Harper, Oosterbanger, Dumbleachers, Super Ego and Methyl Ethel to name a few.
Do you feel your openness in your songs has allowed you to connect to your listeners on a deeper level? Has it led to any important conversations between you and your listeners in the past?
Yes definitely. I have learned so much from people who have heard my songs and shared with me their stories. I love that it can open up a dialogue that wouldn’t usually happen between two strangers and I feel really close to the people who resonate with my music, I have all the time in the world for them.
What is most important to you when it comes to presenting important issues in your songs, like those of sexual assault and toxic masculinity?
I guess presenting these issues in a way that is accessible.
Can you tell us any details about your upcoming debut album? What were some of your inspirations in the creation of this album?
The album will be a mix of songs I have written for a band and songs that I am just playing on my own, it’s my first album so it’s been such an amazing and challenging process creating something that has a narrative and is much longer than anything I’ve done before.
Interview by Thrin Vianale
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