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Beija Babe Backstage: Stella

Beija Babe Backstage: Stella


Home is….?
Anywhere you want it to be.

What are you working on at the moment?
My second single, Greys, is being released on March 23rd!!! On top of that, the band and I are working on re-jigging the live set for greater viewing and aural pleasure and I’m doing a lot of writing with other artists, which I’m really excited about sharing.

What are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about people. I love our complexities and nuances and the stories and neurosis that make us unique and wonderful. There’s nothing quite like an intimate (not necessarily romantic or sexual) connection with another person, when you can be vulnerable and be in the moment with another consciousness other than your own. I guess that’s what music is to me, the instrument that allows me to connect with as many people as possible… a way to melt away the barriers and be vulnerable without feeling threatened by each other’s fears, defences and projections.

 

What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken?

Pursuing music as a career.

What are you most proud of?

Hmmmm… probably most proud of having survived some terribly trying years and never giving up on myself during that time (although thanks to my stubborn mother, I probably wouldn’t have had a choice anyway). Also, super proud of the family of friends I’ve made in the UK, most of whom are involved with my music in one way or another.

At the moment you are…?

Trying my best to write as much music as possible amongst everything else on my to-do list.

If you could work with anyone who would it be?

James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Black Keys, Anderson Paak.

Most unforgettable lingerie moment good or bad?

I get stuck in my clothes on quite a regular basis because I’m pretty ungraceful when it comes to taking anything off… so I’d say those many times when I’ve somehow managed to get tangled and irreversibly stuck in lingerie probably are all as unforgettable as each other.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

We are not in control of anything but we are responsible for our choices

Last play you saw…

A one woman show written and acted by my best friend, Edie Deffebach, I made from that one year stint I did at a performing arts boarding school near Boston. A provocative, funny and dark confrontation about what it’s like to be alive during the Trump era… she killed it.

Earliest London memory…

My friend took me to a pub near Waterloo that had a resident cat. Fresh out of Singapore, I was unreasonably excited… I’ve never been able to find the pub since.

Best London meal?

Tough. One. Either the vegan ramen at KOI or pretty much anything from Bezaethio in Elephant & Castle.

Favourite London discoveries?

Discovering my local coffee shop, Stir, was a pretty big deal - they’re now part of my London family. 

Tell us about your neighbourhood?

I’m still a Brixton newbie having spent my first few years in London on Brick Lane. After a year, it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love with South of the river and the Brixton spirit is infectious. The amazing hair products available have done wonders for my hair I gotta say, and as a foodie, it doesn’t get much better than Brixton. I moved out of East london to find more of a community vibe and I definitely feel it here.

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

My housemate Gabs, the only person who would follow me unknowingly into a dark tunnel if it meant going on an adventure.

What do you collect?

 I’ve never really put my intention into collecting anything except for photos but have recently started buying plants, and now I’m really crazy about plants.  

Where was your last holiday?

Venice for my manager, Sabrina, and guitarist, Jonny’s wedding (to each other). 

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

The release of my next single in March, playing at El Dorado festival, going to Shambala, my third single at some point… the list goes on… i’m very excited for 2018!!

Listen to Stella's latest single Greys here.

 


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