Stace Cadet Molly Happy Interview

Stace Cadet Molly Happy Interview

Stace Cadet Molly Happy Interview

Inserting some intergalactic optimism onto the dancefloor, Melbourne's newest dance recruit, Stace Cadet has just released his debut single Molly Happy, alongside an accompanying music video that may or may not have been shot on Mars.

Molly Happy is upbeat, visceral, and adventurous – and you can let Houston know that there's not a problem in sight. House music fans will rejoice in the oozing bass, progressive, intricate production and concise, clever vocals that inform this slick debut. The man behind Stace Cadet, the effervescent Stasi Kotaras is coy about the details of Molly Happy's conception, but reveals the basic recipe which could easily be mistaken for the plotline of the next big Hollywood blockbuster: '1 road trip around the US, one Claude VonStroke set, one private show from a high school marching band, a fire extinguisher, and a shirtless billionaire riding a Harley two hours inland for burgers."

With an incredible host of Molly Happy remixes landing, including the likes of Dirtybird Records Kyle Watson, Sydney wonder boy Acaddamy and the best thing to come out of trap world since rolling snares, MOSS (Bris), you'd be forgiven for thinking it couldn't get much better. 'It was a Thursday afternoon and I was tackling a Bega Stringer like my life depended on it," laughs Kotaras 'and boom, I get an email from a very dear friend of mine, Guy Chappell (Yacht Club Dj's / Twinsy) with a link to this delicious Twinsy mix. I threw the stringer on the ground and called the Medium Rare Records team and here we are."

Directed by Chase Burns (Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill), the video for Molly Happy is an existential exploration of yin and yang – punctuated to perfection with some signature Stace Cadet, astronautic dance moves, of course. Shot at Lake Corangamite - the closest thing to Mars on Earth, the video follows our hero Stace Cadet as he is thrust into an alien landscape, completely alone, or so he thinks. 'In the clip, the YANG version of me finds a charm that transports him into another world where the YIN version of me finds some mirrors that encourage him to explore his emotions,' explains Kotaras. 'At the end of the clip he realises he quite likes this world, and lets himself wander off in the never-ending scape of it."

Intrigued? You're not the only one. The enigmatic Stace Cadet has caught the attention of Medium Rare Recordings, signing a deal with the renowned dance label owned by Ben O'Connor (better known as Benson), Daniel Farley (AKA Terace) Michael Mitropoulos (AKA Mike Metro) and Tom Piper (AKA LO'99).

To celebrate the release of Molly Happy, Stace Cadet will be embarking on a national tour, kicking off with a gig alongside the voice of Peking Duck's High, Nicole Millar at Old Mates in Melbourne, and then wrapping up in Sydney on June 11. Letting audiences know what to expect from a Stace Cadet show, Kotaras enthuses, 'Stace Cadet sets are deeply bass driven, energetic and climactic. Lots of big builds and deep drops… come have a listen and I'll take you there. And I like to dance, notorious for it. Music is a joyous thing, it should be celebrated from both sides of the decks."

Molly Happy is out now and we suggest you do yourselves a favour and jump on to Mars with Stace Cadet, strap in for a thrilling ride you won't forget!

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View the video for MOLLY HAPPY
Listen to the TWINSY remix of MOLLY HAPPY


Interview with Stace Cadet

Question: What inspired Molly Happy?

Stace Cadet: The track is the result of an adventure myself some friends had over in the U.S at a festival called Electric Forest. We maybe have dabbled and -Molly Happy' is my interpretation of said dabbling's.

Question: Can you tell us about the creation of the video clip for Molly Happy?

Stace Cadet: We wanted to translate the story behind the song in a more discrete manner as not to mislead the children. We had a very limited budget and I was fortunate enough to work with the wild and wonderful Chase Burns who really took the project to another dimension. We made all the props ourselves and even took materials back to Bunnings for refunds when we were done. We filmed the entire thing over two days and some how the little lady came together wonderfully.

Question: How would you describe your music?

Stace Cadet: Stace Cadet falls under the banner of Tech House and its sole purpose is to create joy on the dance floor for every Clubling that hears it.

Question: What should we expect from the upcoming tour?

Stace Cadet: Lot's of dancing and a fair bit of sweat.

Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?

Stace Cadet: The track is the result of an adventure myself some friends had over in the U.S at a festival called Electric Forest. We maybe have dabbled and -Molly Happy' is my interpretation of said dabbling's.

Question: What's your inspiration when creating music?

Stace Cadet: I sing a lot to myself coming up with mini hooks and concepts. When I feel I am on a winner I jump in to the studio and start a project. Sometimes I hear a sound and get an Idea. Other times I may be watching a documentary about an artist or band and I cant get to the studio quick enough.

Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?

Stace Cadet: I have this thing where I hit people up on Facebook constantly asking them what they are listening to at that moment. It opens me up to any and every genre and helps get the ideas flowing for my own work.

Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?

Stace Cadet: This is not an option.

Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?

Stace Cadet: I like the combination of both. There's nothing like being alone with your art this is equaled only by seeing people enjoy it.

Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?

Stace Cadet: It all happened by accident really. I had always made music, sang and fooled around but it wasn't until a friend (BENSON) heard Molly and gave me the opportunity to enter the scene. Thanks BOPPA!

Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?

Stace Cadet: After writing Molly there has been a lot of hype around the Stace Cadet project within the scene and I think this has created a level of expectation that always weighs on an artists mind. The plan is to continue writing what I love and hope people continue to connect with it all.

Question: What's a typical day like?

Stace Cadet: Coffee, walk dog, answer emails, write songs.

Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?

Stace Cadet: I got in an uber the other day and the driver asked me what I do. I hesitated for a second and then I confidently answered, 'I produce music". That was a big moment for me. I officially do what I truly love and make a living from it.

Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

Stace Cadet: Gregory Porter – If anyone has his details hit me up. God Damn what a voice!

Question: Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?

Stace Cadet: - be kind
- love everyone
- Dance like a mother bithch!
- reach for the stars
- brush your teeth twice daily

Interview by Brooke Hunter