Stella Donnelly, Stella Donnelly Foundation Sounds, Stella Donnelly GRAIN

Foundation Sounds is in its second month and I couldn’t be more chuffed to have Perth's golden child Stella Donnelly involved.

Written by Brodie Popple
Photograph by George Foster



Stella has had a massive year blowing socks off the feet of people all around the world with her beautifully crafted debut EP Thrush Metal. The singer songwriter has captured the hearts and minds of everyone in her path with her stand out tracks Boys Will Be Boys and Mechanical Bull being some of the most influential and important pieces of music to hit the air waves in the past year. After an absolutely huge 2017 playing the likes of Bigsound, Falls and our very own Against the GRAIN festival, Stella has started 2018 on a strong note, smashing a home town performance at this years Laneway in Freo. To top it all off, Stella has just announced her biggest and best tour yet alongside her pal Alex the Astronaut and if that interests you (which it REALLY should) you can check out the dates for that below. I was lucky enough to catch Stella for a quick chat about her Laneway, her down time and the five songs that made her into the incredible human/musician she is today. Check it out:

How was your Laneway experience and what did you think of the festival?

My Laneway experience was pretty special for me because I had my family and friends there. It’s also a festival I had been attending for years so to be on that stage was an incredible moment.


You just announced a huge run of shows with the incredible Alex the Astronaut, what does Alex’s music mean to you and what are you most excited about for this tour?

Alex and I are going to have so much fun while we’re away. I think she’s going to teach me how to bake a cake and I’m going to teach her how to surf (even though I can’t surf and she can). 


Since your massive week at Bigsound you’ve been to the UK and all round the country and in the coming months you’re heading to the US and all around the country again. I just want to know, whats your favourite thing to do when you get some occasional free time?

When I get free time on tour my favourite thing to do is go for a walk wherever I’m staying and have a bit of quiet time. I’m not going to lie, I do get hit with the occasional homesickness bug so when that happens I go running until I feel better!

Song 1:

Road Rage

Who it's by:


What it means to you:

I first heard this song when I was a little girl living in Wales with my family, mum and dad had the cassette tape of this amazing Welsh band Catatonia. I didn’t realise this at the time but the front woman Cerys Matthews had so much depth to her voice and her lyrical content. She really managed to encapsulate sweetness, sarcasm and anger in one song. Catatonia has stuck by me because it makes me proud of the gravel that I get when I sing in a certain way, it also gave me permission to say things that are deemed as ‘ugly’ for women to say.

Check out Stella's new video for Mechanical Bull below!