Stephanie Phillips – sometimes known as Stef Fi – is coming to play LOUD WOMEN on 12 May and we are super excited. To get to know her better, we asked her 10 questions ...
- Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
I’d love to write a song FKA Twigs would want to cover, or maybe Kristin Hersh.
- If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
Stevie Nicks on vocals and tambourine and Carrie Brownstein on lead guitar.
- What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?
I haven’t written a song in what feels like forever. I think the last song I wrote might have been a new one called ‘You don’t see the way you hurt me’. It doesn’t really have a title yet. It’s about abusive relationships but I have no idea where the idea came from. It’s nearly finished, it just needs one more hook to finalise it.
- Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
Our last gig at DIY Space for London with Twinken Park was my favourite gig. It was the first time Stef Fi played as a band and it went really well. People seemed to enjoy us even though we still only have about five songs. We’re working on more though.
- Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
I just started listening to Child’s Pose, a new post punk band from London, and I really love their sound. It’s quite 80s but really joyful. You’ve probably heard of this but I really loved Jenn Pelly’s 33 1/3 book on The Raincoats. It was a really insightful overview of an influential band.
- What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Don’t expect to be a genius from the get go. Just write and trust your instincts.
- Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
Dig Me Out – Sleater-Kinney
Hounds of Love- Kate Bush
A Seat at the Table – Solange Knowles
8. What are your musical goals?
To make something I’m proud of. I don’t know what that looks like but I assume I’ll know when I see it.
- What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We’re new and ready to get out into the world so invite us to play your venue. Also we mainly play slow, sad songs that you can still dance to.
- Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.
Childs Pose because they’re fun
Pillow Queens because they make straight to the point pop punk music.
Shopping because .. well they’re Shopping
Martha are always leaps and bounds ahead of everyone
Solution Hours because I really love their spoken word meets punk aesthetic.