It probably wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the Australian dance music scene seems to be going through a bit of golden age at the moment, and one such artist who is benefiting from this is Kitsune’s latest signing Chela. The Australian native has been popping everywhere with spots on Goldroom’s single ‘Fifteen‘ to Clubfeet’s ‘Heartbreak‘, and now her debut EP.
Her debut EP is a blend of sugary bubblegum pop and disco, and features remixes from Gold Fields, Boys Get Hurt or Collarbones to name just a few.
Chela is already in the studio preparing for her debut album – but before all of that we thought we’d grab 5 minutes with the singer songwriter to pick her brains about her guilty pleasures, what she’d save from her burning studio and how she came to be signed to Kitsune.
HBF: For those of us who don’t know you – tell us who you are and where you are from?
I am Bon Chela, from Fremantle WA.
HBF: Let’s start off with the obvious; who/what has been your most major musical influences? Any secret guilty pleasures we should know about? Barry Manilow? Phil Collins? Cher?
Some people may think my love of John Farnham’s ‘Pressure Down’ could be a guilty pleasure, but I am shame-free about it! A few big influences for me are – Ratatat, The Cure, The Pointer Sisters, Jackson 5, Ariel Pink, Hall & Oates & Toto.
HBF: So you’ve debut is now out via Kitsune – what are you overriding emotions? Excited, nervous, scared?
It has been released and I was very excited at the time to finally share Romanticise with everyone.
HBF: 5 words to describe your music?
Alt-pop, nostalgic, rhythmic & emotional.
HBF: You’ve already made a name for yourself with collaborations with Goldroom and Clubfeet – how did they come about, any future collabs we should know about?
Goldroom and I have the same manager, which is how we started working together. Jules from Clubfeet is a friend of a friend and I met him at a basketball game. I’ve been working on a song with Cassian, nothing yet planned after that.
HBF: I would seem from an outsider’s perspective; the Australian scene seems to be going through a bit of a golden age – what’s your take on the health of electronic music in your native OZ?
I believe it’s just a lot easier nowadays for the tech-savvy & talented kids to get their tunes ‘out there’ via the internet, which is so powerful now.
HBF: How did you manage to get signed to Kitsune? Did they approach you, or did you approach them?
We were pleasantly surprised by an email from Gildas (Kitsuné) one day saying he was interested in working with me.
HBF: So what do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Playing lots of shows and writing new material – I have a lot of things to get off my chest, haha!
HBF: If you could collaborate on a track with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
Michael Jackson (RIP) of course, who wouldn’t want to work with the king of pop?
HBF: Everyone has chimed in on the raging EDM debate, even ourselves, what are your thoughts on the rise of EDM? Do you think it’s a valuable phenomena or a load of tosh?
EDM has been around for 30 years and it will continue to evolve. There are so many followers of EDM out there, so it has an important place that can’t be denied.
HBF: If your studio was on fire, and you could go back and save one thing, what would it be and why?
My good old Lacie hard-drive with all of my song ideas and old photos on it! Everything else could be replaced.
HBF: Who should we be keeping an ear out for in your local scene – who’s going to be the next Chela, if you will?
Ha! I recently discovered a local artist by the name of Martha Brown AKA Banofee, she’s top quality.
Buy Romanticise here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/kitsune-romanticise-ep/id684779727