INTERVIEW: Chela

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Ever since CHELA burst onto the scene earlier this year, when she provided vocals for Clubfeet‘s ‘Heartbreak’, she has been taking huge steps towards making a name for herself. Not only has the Melbourne songstress toured with the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth, Clubfeet and more – she’s also landed herself on the illustrious Kitsune roster.

Now that her latest single, ‘Romanticise’, and its accompanying remix EP have been released – we sent Lauren Payne to have a quick chat with Chela to see how she’s travelling after a hectic few months in the spotlight.

‘Romanticise’ has had a lot of praise since it’s release, what was your inspiration behind the track?

I find it hard not to write about things that are on my mind. At the time a friend of mine was being negative about life and I found it boring, so I wrote ‘Romanticise’ about that. It came quite easily to me.

People have been saying that disco is having a bit of a revival in 2013 and that ‘Romanticise’ is helping push it along, do you agree?

For sure, if it makes people want to dance and be merry there will always be a place for it. I think it’s just evolving which is good.

You’ve gotten a variety of exciting producers and electronic artists remixing your single, what has been your favourite remix of your work so far?

I don’t play favourites! They’re all quite different so it would be impossible to compare them. The Collarbones remix is good if you’re feeling relaxed, Le Bruce if you’re feeling loved up, Fascinator if you’re looking for your drug dealer, Boys Get Hurt if you’re in a blow-up pool, and Gold Fields if you simply want to dance.

‘Romanticise’ and it’s remixes have been doing extremely well online, did you expect it to become as popular as it has?

No I’ve learnt not to expect anything, just to hope for the best. I’m chuffed that people are enjoying the tunes!

You’ve done your fair share of collaborations too with Goldroom, Clubfeet etc. How do you usually approach collaborations? Do you have a strict process?

Not really, if the tune is good and interesting that’s the main thing. Becoming real-life pals is always a bonus too.

Are there any more collabs we can look forward to?

I’m currently working with Cassian on a fun track, but I don’t want to be too much of a collaboration sluz so I might concentrate on my own tunes for a little while.

Can we expect to see you out on the road anytime soon?

I’m touring with The Preatures in September! 5 shows between NSW, VIC & WA.

What’s in the works for the rest of 2013?

Lots more writing & playing live. I want to nail my live set so I’m focusing a lot on that at the moment.

As she stated above, you can catch Chela live on the following dates supporting The Preatures:

Friday 6th September w/ The Jones Rival
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
**SOLD OUT**

Wednesday 11th September w/ Hollow Everdaze
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
**SOLD OUT**

Thursday 12th September w/ Hollow Everdaze
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
**SOLD OUT**

Friday 13th September w/ Hollow Everdaze
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
**SOLD OUT**

Saturday 14th September w/ Dark Arts
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Tix: oztix.com.au

Friday 20th September w/ Gunns
Flyrite, Perth
Tix: oztix.com.au

Saturday 21st September w/ Gunns
Mojo’s, Fremantle
Tix: oztix.com.au

Grab CHELA‘s ‘Romanticise’ EP via KITSUNE now on iTunes

Words by Lauren Payne

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