According to a recent press release: “Self described “Soulful Siren” Stelle Amor is turning up the heat with her sultry new single “Spike’s Groove”. The Nashville-based “soul-ternative” singer debuted the track last week on Atwood Magazine. “Spike’s Groove” starts out soft with a seductive, jazzy feel, which pulses and grows until it finally crescendos over in an ecstatic bluesy guitar solo.” On the eve of the single being released, we were able to grab 10 Quick Ones from Stelle regarding the new single and much more…
1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?
“Spikes Groove” is our newest single and my favorite song on the record. It’s more jazz influenced than any other song on the EP and that’s a huge part of my band’s background. I am in love with the Wurlitzer parts in this song, which don’t necessarily jump out at you at first. It’s a beautiful sparkle and adds such a trippy vibe.
2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?
I’ve always been a songwriter. Since I could pick up a pen and write, I felt the need to express my emotions and tell my story. Singing came natural as well; in school I was always in trouble for humming when I should be quiet. Then I picked up the guitar to help aid my songwriting and accompany myself singing. And I’ve always been an entertainer – my mother said even as a baby I couldn’t go anywhere without getting the entire room’s attention. It’s just always been a part of who I am and I feel destined to live this life.
3. Who would be your main five musical influences?
Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Lana Del Rey, Nina Simone.
4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?
Danger Mouse. The Rome album is an absolute masterpiece and one of my all-time favorites, but I am also in love with his “Broken Bells” project.
5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?
Soul-ternative – soulful funk, rock and blues fusion.
6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Being able to express an idea, emotion, story and connecting to people through it. At the end of the day, we are all one and my goal is to serenade the world and bring people together through music.
7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?
Normally I play chef for the boys. I always try to feed the band at practice, but our drummer John is probably a more skilled cook. We’re not huge drinkers when we play, but we’ve been known to send up some smoke. I literally laughed out loud when I thought of us doing sing-alongs. It’s not really our style, but we do love a good improv jam.
8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?
This is the only life I could see myself living, but if I had to pick something else I would explore the world as a photographer/journalist.
9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?
Even though this journey has been far from perfect, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have the most beautiful team and it took the trials and tribulations to bring us all together.
10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?
I would go back and Electric Lady Studios in 1970 and see Jimi Hendrix record “Drifting.” He’s one of my favorite artists and that is such an amazing song and period of time. Music in that era seemed less about making things technically “perfect” and more about capturing the perfect vibration, and to me that is what is most important in music.
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