We are lucky enough to have her on our team as a DJ and as a live musician. We love her, you guys love her…here’s a one-on-one interview with the ever-amazing Stolie!
How did you get your start as a musician? When I was 6-years old, after church services, my parents would find me plunking on the piano at the front of the room, so they signed me up for piano lessons. I’ve always loved singing, harmonizing, and learning any instrument I can get my hands on! Eight years of piano lessons taught me the music theory and I have since taught myself to play acoustic guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, djembe, congas, bongos, tin whistle, harmonica… Now, if only someone would get me a banjo, already?!?!
What genres do you consider to be your specialty and how has that evolved? Generally I’ll say my style of original music is ‘pop-rock-acoustic,’ but I’ve learned over 300 cover songs that span from classic rock to adult alternative, country to crooner, 60s to 80s, oldies and even Gaga. This giant repertoire has been built from requests by listeners over time. Tapping into so many genres has since influenced my own writing and I realize there is no limit to what I may produce or evolve into. I just read this quote from Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff: “music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” Who knows where it’s going, but it’s going!!! I’m currently involved in FAWM.org (February Album Writing Month) where the challenge is to write 14 songs in 28 days; hear some of what has recently come out of me here.
How do you prepare for a performance? Advance prep involves researching the songs for the setlist, finding the right key for my voice, arranging and memorizing. Then, I practice songs both privately at home and live in front of people at the open mics I host (Thursdays at Murphy’s Bleachers and Sundays @ Hops and Barley’s) because I think “live practice is the best practice!” There are nerves that invite themselves to live performances so being able to play a song several times in front of actual people beforehand helps knock ’em down the day of the big show! And as for day-of-performance-prep, I like comfortable shoes so I can rock out while playing, new strings on the guitar, deep breaths, a good hair day, and knowing that this performance is as much for me as it is for the audience! I love entertaining!
What is your most memorable performance? In March 2008, for the release of my third solo album, Between the Fake and Real, I rented a huge theater space and played all the songs on the album with a band 8-musicians wide. There was some bleacher-style seating and about 150 listeners who SAT and LISTENED to the entire 90-minute show. Their attentiveness and appreciation for this album that I had spent 3 years creating was so rewarding and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to play a show like that.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing instead? I still would like to be a personal trainer or graphic designer.
What kinds of community organizations do you take part in? I most often perform for children as a solo artist (Super Stolie) or with my children’s band, Super Stolie and The Rockstars and I feel like every single show is a community service as I’m sharing the musical experience with the young and excitable generation that will be responsible for carrying it on!
What are your hobbies? I recently started a YouTube channel called “The Super Stolie Show” where I’m posting kid-friendly videos for my little fans. It’s a very creative endeavor and so fun to fuse music, art, dance and videography! I also play co-ed soccer, try to keep plants alive and recently learned how to crochet.
What is your life goal? I don’t have a life goal, but I try to remind myself to enjoy each day. So maybe a lifetime of good days is my goal. 🙂
What inspires you the most? Health and relaxation. I have a pretty stress-driven lifestyle, so the most rewarding feelings are post-workout, or if I’m taking in some delicious aromatherapy. When I do good things for myself, things become clearer and I’m happier — that’s where inspiration meets me.
In ten years, where do you see yourself? I’ve always had visions of a cabin in the woods on a lake, with a rocking chair and a guitar on the front porch, a fire in the front yard and a setting sun. I know that’s probably not what you were looking for, but that’s all I can see… 🙂
As long as that rocking chair can transport it’s way to a C&A wedding once in awhile, it sounds good to us!