FRESH: ‘I’d Have Killed For You’ – Stellie

Stellie Says “I’d Have Killed For You”!

Stepping out from bedroom songwriter to emerging artist on the cusp of greatness, Adelaide’s Stellie has made her mark as one of the most exciting young songwriters in Australia right now. Her hypnotic melodies, nostalgic imagery, and charm-filled lyricism have reached the ears of hundreds of thousands of listeners, and launched her career from her bedroom into the spotlight in just 12 months.

Off the back of previous single “How Do We Look So Good?”, which was added to high rotation on triple j, featured across multiple websites and playlists, and solidified her immense talent for songwriting with emotional depth and lush sonic palettes, Stellie announces her self-titled debut EP, due for release August 21st. Not to leave you waiting, new single “I’d Have Killed For You” is a funky, yet slightly dark and obsessive track which plays with the concept of extreme unrequited love and obsessive fantasy, with a killer bass line.

Stellie told us recently “Although “I’d Have Killed For You” has a pretty dark underlying theme, it’s probably the most upbeat song on my EP, which is pretty confusing when you think about it – but I kinda love that”. Co-written with Zach Hamilton-Reeves (Northeast Party House), and produced by Alex Markwell (The Delta Riggs) “I’d Have Killed For You” mixes Stellie’s hazy world of dreamy and cinematic song writing, with Zach’s irresistible groove and melody, and Alex’s hard-hitting, ear catching riffs and bass lines.

“I’d Have Killed For You was ultimately born after a conversation at a bar in Adelaide that we (Zach and Stellie) had both recently played at. Without really knowing, that lit the songwriting fuse and set the scene in my mind as to where I wanted this song to go and what I wanted it to represent” Stellie adds. “The song was then taken to Alex who added his stellar production skills, making “I’d Have Killed For You” the funky, yet slightly dark track it is today. I never would’ve thought I’d be working with these two amazing producers/songwriters from different parts of the musical spectrum, who each bring their own style, and somehow create a song that perfectly fits into my world – but I’m so thankful that it happened”.

Making her break just last year, 2019 saw Stellie release her breakout single “Love Me First” – which has over 700,000 streams, was the 13th most visited artist page on triple j unearthed, and was hand picked as ‘Ones To Watch: 10 artists ready to break airplay charts” from The Music Network. By the end of 2019, Stellie also broke into the live circuit as she showcased at BIGSOUND, as well as supported Lime Cordiale, Winston Surfshirt, Didirri and G-Flip at massive shows throughout the year. Launching into 2020 full steam ahead, Stellie released career-defining single “How Do We Look So Good?” and performed at Mountain Goat Valley Crawl in Brisbane, as well as WOMAD in Adelaide.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!