INTERVIEW: Stacey Kelleher

Hi Stacey, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Heyyyyy y’all! I’ve been doing well, working on writing and recording loads of new music which has been super fun.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Want Me”?

Yeah! I’m so stoked to have this song out in the world. I’ve been working on it with a team of incredible collaborators for over a year now, just making sure we got it perfect. It blends pop, rock, and trap elements, which I was hugely passionate about doing because I’m inspired by so many different genres of music.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wrote “Want Me” with my good friend Mitchell Proctor after I got totally backstabbed by a guy I was seeing (lol). This guy made me believe he was super interested in me and made all these false promises that he never followed through on. I was super angry and frustrated with Mitchell and I sat down to write, so we decided to make a super honest, straight-up anthem about how I was feeling.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Maybe! I’ve always wanted to do a music video so that would be super cool.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why name it after yourself?

Actually, my EP was self-titled, this is just going to be a single for now!

How was the recording and writing process?

So fun. I wrote it in Boston with Mitchell, and the recording and production were done half in Los Angeles when I was living there one summer with my good friend Alisse Laymac, who produced and mixed the track. She’s honestly one of my best friends and getting in the studio to record such an honest yet banger-y track was one of the best musical experiences of my life. We finished it up in Nashville, where I currently live, and my friend Alex Fansel helped out with some finishing production/engineering touches.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Nashville keeps me grounded and honest and really inspires me to write the best possible songs that I can. There are so many incredible writers, producers, artists, and creatives in general here that I never feel short on creating content. There’s always amazing people to meet and work with, which has been really fun.

What aspect of your own life did you get to explore on this record?

I got to explore my sassiness and honesty – I’m super dramatic and I think that comes from my Italian side lol, so it’s been fun to have that shine through in this song. I think it’s really authentic to the way I actually talk. And I’m such a jokester and never take myself seriously, so I think that some of the funny lyrics in this song allow that to come through as well.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I take inspiration from pop artists like Dua Lipa and Halsey – I love the way that they’re so independent and don’t give a f*ck about what they’re saying or who they’re addressing. I also love rock-influenced artists like Green Day and Post Malone, and that’s where I got the inspiration for those drivey guitars, played by my super-talented friend Noah Wiehl.

Any plans to hit the road?

Ohhhh yeah. Hoping to get out a bit this summer! Working on routing stuff as we speak. If anyone wants to host me for a house concert or a show, I’m always down!

What else is happening next in Stacey Kelleher’s world?

I’ve been playing tons of shows in Nashville and I’m constantly writing, producing, playing in my friends’ bands, and creating. I’m really into fashion, so I’ve been constantly curating my wardrobe and updating my style/what I’m wearing. I love to help style my friends, too – keeping busy for sure!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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