Austra pushes pink party music limits

Katie Stelmanis, face of Austra, has been tipped as the next big thing to come out of Canada. Based in Toronto, the unique, multi-talented performer is making waves internationally. While the world is only just now being exposed to her risque music, Stelmanis first played around with music at the tender age of ten years old, before making a professional leap when she hit nineteen. She snatched a huge break in the industry after featuring in 2010's SXSX. Just six months later, a deal with Domino fell into her lap.


Stelmanis finds plenty of motivation in simply doing what she loves. Music, understandably, happens to be one of her key passions. "I guess music is the biggest thing in my life. I've always studied it, done it, and that keeps me going," she explains. "I've always enjoyed music. Escapism, meditate, to feel good, to feel something, to listen... to escape."


Meanwhile, her influences are many and varied, a veritable feast of artists contributing to her craft of the present day. "Kate Bush is a big one for sure. Also Nine Inch Nails, Bjork and Nina Simone." Despite enormity of each of her aforementioned influences, Stelmanis has seized the opportunity to seek out her own identity. As a result, Stelmanis plays an intricate hands-on role in bringing every facet of her music to life - right down to her video clips. "I pretty much take full ownership of everything. I've never worked with a producer before. I didn't choreograph it. Self produced musically. I don't play a role with the music videos. I find other artists that I admire and get along with and understand and if we get along and make a connection we can collaborate," she says confidently.


She would recently find herself in collaboration with director M Blash, the video for Lose It unfolding as a result of the partnership. "We made a treatment, we liked the treatment, it made sense but it made no sense," she declares, crytpically. "It's open to interpretation. There's a strong theme of missiles, and saving the world. Yeah, its open to interpretation. The idea behind it was that I was saving the world from a missile."


Stelamanis' flamboyant creativity has earnt some decent press of late, the performer enjoying a share of the limelight with a feature in Vanity Fair, in the 'Vanity Show' page no less. Truthfully, however, Stelmanis bears mixed feelings concerning media coverage, despite its frequent kindness unto the sensual musical sensation. She's careful not too get to caught up in the hype and believing her own headlines. "I don't pay too much attention to media or press as I think it can be dangerous to do so," she muses carefully.


Fortunately enough, music enthusiasts may just get to decide upon Stelamanis' music for themselves if she has her way. That's right: Austra could be headed down our way for a live performance or three later this year. Watch this space.

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