Σtella: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
Athens-based painter, visual artist and performer Σtella’s has fashioned a lush brand of synth-pop that pays homage to her Greek roots.
Following her first self-produced LP, The Break, which came out via Montreal’s Arbutus Records, she’s now making a debut on Sub Pop, the label that’s been home to the likes of Nirvana, Mudhoney, Beach House and Moor Mother.
On Up and Away, which is released today, she feeds her Greek heritage into the release more than on her previous offerings. Though the words are still sung in English, for the first time she’s brought on board musicians to play the bouzouki and the kanun, which sits atop vintage bass lines and drum patterns.
Written during a period of heightened emotion, the release translates conflicting feelings of love and how it manifests in ways that are out of our control. She traces how she’s got to where she is today and her personal musical journey, captured through her dulcet vocals that sit atop a bed of synth melodies and beautiful strings.
To celebrate the release, she presents a mix (which is the fourth one she’s ever recorded) that laces together a collection of sounds to compliment the sunshine. Σtella tells us that it’s best served with wine, so get yourself out in the heat wave and treat yourself to a cheeky glass of pinot noir to take you into the weekend…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
Hello! I am Stella, I am in Athens, Greece and I am many things.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
My music sounds like a mix of Sade, Fleetwood Mac, a touch of MJ and a hint of old Greek folk/pop music.
Where was the mix recorded?
At my studio in Kypseli, Athens.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
I would crack a bottle of wine before listening to this.
What should we be wearing?
I don’t like clothes.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Love Song by Devendra Banhart.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I ever bought was “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston and the last one was Zorba the Greek (soundtrack).
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Upcoming in the world of …
My album is coming out on Sub Pop on June 17, it’s called “Up and Away”.
Anything else we need to discuss?
I am really not a DJ and this is my fourth mix ever.