Interview with songstress: STACEY

STACEY will be releasing her second EP ‘First Move’ on September 15th, but for now you can check out her romantic music video for her single ‘First Move’ directed by Nicole Powell & STACEY. The video was filmed at the astonishing Glanmore House giving a vintage lucid dream vibe that you never want to escape from. Get to know the lovely STACEY with our interview below…

How has LA been for you? What are your plans while you’re there?

It’s been really good; I’ve had a few writing sessions, taking some time off work and gearing up for a few shows out here.

What was the inspiration behind your upcoming EP ‘First Move’?

Each song is a little bit different, they’re inspired by people and places or my train of thought/mood. Usually it’s something that’s eating away at me, and I don’t particularly know how to express.

How long did it take you to complete ‘First Move’?

It took about a year from when we started recording, but I would say two years for the whole process. I had tried to make the EP with a couple other producers before I found the producers that ended up making the EP. It was a bit of a journey to find them, one of them actually found me through instagram. The first song we recorded was ‘First Move’, and they knocked it out of the park, I could tell that they really understood me and could communicate what I was trying to do. When you’re one person writing the songs and you’re dependent on the finding the right producer, and you haven’t found that person, you’re sort of stuck. We finished recording within a week, but I felt like something wasn’t right, so I took a break from the EP for about four months. After I brought in a duo, Christine and Jay, and they helped with the background vocals and harmonies.

You picked the best setting for your music video, ‘First Move’, the Glanmore House, how did you go about finding the location?

I found a photo of the place on Pinterest, and I was able to track it down. It was only a two hour drive from Toronto, and believe me it’s more stunning in person. It’s basically a time capsule, and they ladies who work there were very nervous about anything breaking, so we couldn’t really touch anything. In the shot where I’m sitting on the piano, I actually brought my own stool because they didn’t allow me to sit on the chair they had. There was a woman on-sight the whole time, making sure we weren’t about to break anything.

Your music and videos have this romantic vintage aesthetic to them, how did you develop that?

There’s two parts to that, the writing and what I’m drawn to visually. I really like things that are luscious like velvet, roses, tassels, and my eyes light up when I see any of this. Sonically it’s just the subject that gets me the most wound up, whatever consumes me. Whenever I’m in a headspace where I’m overthinking something it’s usually something romantically associated. You know when you’re unsure if someone is into you, and you’re thinking if you’re saying the right or wrong things. Those thoughts to me are really consuming, and it’s something that I can’t help, I channel those thoughts through my music. I don’t know what I’d do without music, I’d probably explode.

You recently opened for Cameron Avery from Tame Impala, how was that? What did you learn from such an experience?

It was really great, I look up to Tame Impala and I’m interested in anything that branches out from them. It was an honor to be able to open for someone that I’m so impressed by as a musician and a creative. It was more of a technical learning, because I had a few sound issues during the show. I learned that things can go wrong, and you have to pick yourself up and carry on. In addition to that, I learned that I should probably hire my own sound person. I think it’s a matter of someone that knows your stage setup and what you’re going for.

What inspires you to keep making music?

I can’t imagine that I would ever stop, it’s one of the few things in life that gives me a really sensational high. I’m just a fan, and I always have been since I was a kid. I used to watch the countdown on Canada’s MTV, and I remember feeling so fascinated and bewildered by the music.

Could you tell me more about the collective you run, Toronto Women in Music?

I run a collective in Toronto called Toronto Women in Music with two other ladies. Toronto Women in Music is about cultivating a space online and in person for support and to share resources and start conversation. Also to inherently give people what they need to take up more space in the industry. The group has 1300 members now and about once a month I bring in a speaker, and we have inspiring conversations and get to hang out. There’s a facebook group and people post if they need a producer or a publicist, and people jump on with their experience.