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Desert Island Cloud artist interview

We’ve been lucky to interview Gabriella Stella, an exciting new artist with high octane pop singer/songwriter attitudes. Her fierce choices of surprise and righteous raw sound will leave you wanting more.

Her previous skills of acting and modelling; separate her from the wave of other pop artists. Her explosive performances are filled with original choices, possibly eclectic musical ears. Her musical influences are Demi Lovato, Julia Micheals, and Miley Cyrus. Gabriella has performed at The House of Blues, Disneyland, Grand ole Opry Mills, and local venues.  

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Can you name one formative influence on your music – A place, a person an experience?

I would have to say the concert I saw of Miley Cyrus in 2014. It was her bangerz cd and she was just such a great performer. I remember feeling the energy and wanting that to last forever. It made me remember my goal of wanting to be an artist. 

Studio or live?

Hmm, it depends on the song or the meaning behind the track. Sometimes you want that breath or random sounds in the background. 

What was the first track you wrote?

I started writing music when I was 12. The first track I wrote that got produced was a song called “I’m not your princess”. It was all about not being someone’s princess and not being myself for someone.

Are there any artists you would like to collaborate with?

I would love to be able to collaborate with Miley Cyrus. I respect her artistry and how she is always evolving. She is 100% herself and never apologizes for it. 

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

I am addicted to fashion, so maybe I would be a stylist. I can imagine outfits in my head and think about the style of pieces before putting them on. I have a certain look and can help others with theirs. 

Where do you see your music in a years time?

I would love to have an album out and a tour by then. I am currently working on some new music and towards that goal. 

Are there any subjects that you wouldn’t write about?

As far as limits towards writing, my songwriting is my journal. I use it to express things that are hard for me to talk about. I want to be able to help others as music has helped me. 

Best gig so far and where?

I have the honour to perform at venues with the help of Sofar sounds. Sofar sounds is an intimate experience for local artists. You are able to perform and have the audience truly immerse in the experience.

What qualities do you think you need to be an artist now?

You just have to keep yourself focused on your own journey. It’s easy to get discouraged by other journeys of other artists. But you have to remember everything happens for a reason. 

What’s your creative process for creating your music?

I like to write music to track but sometimes I write with my piano. I randomly get lyrics from street signs, stores, phrases etc. I save them in my notes app and save random melodies in voice memos. 

Do you follow a process or ritual before a performance to get rid of nerves or performance anxiety?

I always take a second to slow my breath and remind myself this is my dream. Performance anxiety means you care so I use it towards my performance.