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Stephanie Poetri Interview: A chat about music, food, Singapore and more

I Love you 3000, does that ring a bell? Yes it’s the infamous line from Marvel’s Avengers:Endgame, but at the same time it’s also the title of Stephanie Poetri’s hit single. Stephanie is the daughter of Indonesian diva and singer Titi DJ. She recently got the attention of listeners and musicians alike thanks to the song she put out.

I Love you 3000 has received over 55 million views on her official Youtube channel at this point in time. She also performed at the second edition of the Head in the Clouds Festival in LA, organised by music label and creative agency 88rising.

We recently got the chance to meet her to chat about music and everything in-between. Read about what Stephanie Poetri has to say down below! Photo credit: Mathan Raj

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Coming full circle, a chat with Stephanie Poetri

Hi Stephanie, what was your favourite record/track from 2019?

NIKI’s La La Lost You from the Head In The Clouds II compilation. It’s so nice.

Let’s talk about some of your musical influences.

Growing up, my mom had a phase so all of her children had a phase too. I was really into My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte and Linkin Park. That was kind of like my first introduction to non pop music. Then I had a phase in eighth grade where I listened to stuff that was sort of EDM. I was a tropical house kinda girl. I liked Kaigo and Major Lazer. But lately I’ve been really into Jeremy Zucker, Blackbear. People who are a bit more like easy pop, where the focus is still on the voice and the instrumentals push the voice forward.

What’s your song writing process like? What keeps you in the flow?

I’m a shower hummer.  When I’m in the shower I tend to hum a lot. Then sometimes when I come up with a melody, I immediately record it on my phone. So because of this, I have a bunch of videos of myself pressing the record button and just humming those melodies out. There are times even when I’m talking to someone, and they say something really funny or something that stands out to me, I immediately jot it down in my head. That’s usually where it starts.

The subject matter however is a different story. I’m pretty chill and I don’t dwell myself in too many dramas so I don’t have a lot of inspiration from that. For this reason I take a lot from movies or from stories. Trying to just show an emotion that I may not necessarily be feeling but I think is enjoyable. 

There are some times when I am sad or happy, I do write some things. It depends, We’ll see.

Tell us about your collaboration with Jackson Wang, How did it happen?

Basically I just knew that my song did kinda well and Jackson heard it. He was like “It’s a cool song, I’d love to get on it.” I immediately went on board with it, I mean I’ve been a Jackson Wang fan for a long time. It wasn’t like he was new to me, it was very much like a dream come true. 

I remember he was doing this concert with GOT7 in LA and he did the take for the song the very next day. 

Who’s an artist that you’d like to work with on a track?

It’ll be cool to be on a track with Lauv & Blackbear. If could write with someone, it would be Julia Michaels. She’s so good. 

What are your two ‘must listen to’ albums? 

Ed Sheeran’s ‘+‘ & Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city

How about your favourite food?

Hmm. Grilled Cheese.

When you are not working on music, what else do you usually do?

Lately, I’ve been playing Minecraft. I like bowling too!

Any fun facts that fans don’t know about you?

One of them would be I didn’t take music in high school. I took visual arts. 

Do you watch movies? What’s your recent favourite?

I’m a huge horror fan. I like the adrenaline from it. My favourite would be Sinister.

Let’s talk about fashion, what are your go to clothes in the wardrobe?

I like colours. Well actually, if I’m just hanging out I always tend to use all black baggy clothes. I want to look like a big black hole. But um, if I get to do something more fun like this, I like to use colours and be a little more fun and funky!

What can everyone expect from Stephanie Poetri in 2020?

I’ll be 20! Definitely more music, I’ve been working on a lot lately so things are going to be coming out soon. It’ll be the first time I release something new after the success of the last one, which was crazy. I really want to make songs that people enjoy. Easy listening and more feel good type of music. 

Would you like to perform here in Singapore?

Yeah! That’ll be my dream. Cause my mom she’s a singer and one of my favourite memories of my childhood was when she was singing in Marina Bay. She brought me and all of her kids. Being able to see her sing in Singapore and have all the people know her songs was just so amazing. I really hope one day I can come here and perform for everyone. It will be my full circle moment!

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