“I remember one year for Christmas when I was around 8 years old, they got me an old record player for Christmas, and gave me some of their vinyls. That was it for me… I would lock myself in my room and sing for days.”
popVLTR: What’s your hometown and where do you live today?
Justina: Our band was actually formed by Avi (guitar) and I around 2009, in our hometown of South Plainfield, NJ. We are still pretty based in our hometown, but when it came time to find other band members we branched out a little bit. We found Mike Lyon, our drummer on Craigslist and it just so happened that he lived in the next town over. Coincidentally enough, he actually lived right next door to my best friend that I grew up with. She lived there for years, and I never would of thought that I would be in a band with her next door neighbor who I didn’t even know existed. It really is a small world, and it’s really funny how things turn out sometimes! We found our bassist, Neil Brown, through someone I met on a musicians network on Facebook. He is actually a little more South Jersey than the rest of us. Mike ended up finding a house in a town between ours and Neil’s , so Parlin is kind of the middle ground for our whole band. We practice there every week.
popVLTR: What kind of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What influence did it have on what you play today?
Justina: Personally growing up, I listened to a lot of classic rock and 80s girl bands. My parents raised me on The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Pat Benatar, The Bangles, The Go Go’s, Joan Jett & Scandal. I remember one year for Christmas when I was around 8 years old, they got me an old record player for Christmas, and gave me some of their vinyls. That was it for me… I would lock myself in my room and sing for days. I went through really different phases with my interest in genres throughout the years. I went through pop music, christian rock, R&B, & ultimately acoustic pop rock with my own solo career for almost a decade. But it wasn’t until I met Avi, that I actually started writing Rock music with this edge that I have never been able to write on my own. It was refreshing and I loved it! We had met about a year prior to actually forming this band, and during that time (2008), we would sit around and jam to Paramore, Incubus, and Envy On the Coast songs. We really bonded over the Rock genre and eventually when Mike came into the picture, they got me more into progressive type bands like Coheed & Cambria, and Periphery, and we got Mike into Envy on the Coast. Mike also grew up being a diehard 311 fan, and you can tell in his drumming. Neil comes from a pretty big jazz background, and also grew up listening to a lot of industrial music like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, so we really do have a little bit of everything in our sound. It’s awesome to be able to share our own individual influences with each other, and it’s cool watching them all come together and mesh into what is now Stelladeora.
popVLTR: What was it like the first time you performed on stage? Do you still feel the same way?
Justina: All of us in the band have been performing for a really long time prior to being in this band together. I, with my solo career and in and out of multiple bands, and Mike & Neil both had previous bands. I think the person in the band most green to the performing thing had to be Avi. He had some previous recording work under his belt. When him and I started writing songs together , we played some acoustic shows, but he had never played a live plugged in show before. I think the first time we played a show together as Stelladeora, with everyone plugged in, we all felt that we were all finally a part of something that had a tremendous amount of potential. Things have only gotten better from there. We have gotten a lot tighter as a band, we have learned a lot about pacing ourselves. We now play with in ear monitor systems, and more recently we started playing to a click track live, and eventually we added backing tracks to the mix. I think we are constantly trying to push ourselves out of being pigeonholed as just another local garage band who gets on a stage and just thrashes around on instruments for 45 minutes. We aim to get more and more professional with each show we play, and I think slowly but surely we are achieving that. It is a challenge, and it takes a lot of work. The learning process never ends, but we love playing live, and we love playing for the people who enjoy watching us play live!
popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music so far?
Justina: In the short amount of time that we have been a band, only forming in 2009, I would say that our proudest moment would be recording a few songs shy of a full length album and releasing it on our own, without the help of any sort of label (A Dosage From Delusional produced by Mike Lisa, My Arcadia, BeAware). Music listeners take for granted most of the music they hear, and many don’t realize how many man hours, and changes, and little fixes, and crashing gear, and long treks to the studio in shitty weather, lugging your gear in the cold, snow, rain, wind, etc., It’s such a long process, and can be very frustrating and draining, doing take after take, for hours at a time. But once that final product is in your hands, it’s such a rewarding thing to be able to say, “WE did this”. Also Mike Lisa was great to work with, we learned a lot from him about the recording process, and we plan on taking what we learned from our experience working with him, and applying it to whatever future projects we may work on. We have also had some other accomplishments. Our first single “Magnetic Poetry” made it into the first season of a growing web series titled “Hollywood Girl” (www.youtube.com/user/HollywoodGirlTV ), we have been featured on some radio shows (103.9 WRCN’s The Real Radio Show, 90.5 The Night, Brookdale College Radio). We have also played some festivals around the Tri-state area, and have also played Six Flags Great Adventure Live & Local Stage, & last years ING Marathon in NYC.
popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for you?
Justina: We are currently working on recording some new material, just writing more, playing more shows. We are gearing up to do a new promo photo shoot, since Neil is the newest addition to the band having joined this past summer, we have yet to take some pics together of the band as a whole. Be on the lookout for new photos in the next month or so! Also during the making of our EP we filmed a documentary using the behind the scenes footage from the studio. We are looking to release that after the new year, and are planning to have a premiere party for it. We would really like to make it into some kind of Hurricane Sandy benefit, as we are from New Jersey, and many of the places where we spent our summers as kids, are now destroyed. It is so heartbreaking, so if there is anything we can do to help “Restore Our Shore” and help out the victims, then we will try to do it! Be on the lookout for an announcement on that event, but In the meantime, we have some trailers available on our youtube page where you can learn more about the meanings behind all of the songs and the process of writing/recording them which will be featured in our documentary.
Neil Brown (Bass)
Mike Lyon (Drums)
Justina Carubia (Vocals)
Avinash Patel (Guitar)
www.stelladeora.bandcamp.com << FREE DOWNLOAD
Thank you Mike Vomit for our awesome feature/interview on your blog!
INTERVIEW WITH STELLADEORA
Q: Can you explain the name of your band?
A: When brainstorming names for the band, we knew that we wanted something a bit feminine since we our a female fronted band, but we also wanted a unique one word name that stands out, right away. We found the name Stelladeora. The word comes from a rarely used alias of the Day Lily flower. Upon more research, we found that It also means Star of Gold. We really loved the meaning, so eventually we went with it.
Q: Who is in the band?
A: Justina Carubia (Vocals) , Avinash Patel (Guitar), Neil Brown (Bass), & Mike Lyon (Drums).
Q: Where are you from?
A: We are all from different towns in Central, New Jersey,
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A:Our sound definitely has some pop influence, but it also has a rock edge. I come from a singer/songwriter background, so writing pop hooks and melodies are what come naturally to me as a songwriter. Avi, our guitarist comes from a harder rock background, so he writes these really awesome guitar hooks and his rhythm is very percussive. Once the two of us joined forces , we started churning out these really awesome catchy , but in your face , powerful rock songs. I would also describe our sound as high energy!
Q: How long have you been playing?
A: We have been a band since 2009, but all of us in the band have been > doing music probably our whole lives!
Q: What sets you apart from other bands?
A: We are very one on one with all of our fans. It’s important to talk to your fans and get to know them. We respond to all the messages that we get on our twitter & facebook pages. Another thing is, I think we are extremely selective with the songs that we write. A lot of bands churn out EPs and singles like crazy just to get new material out. We really like to take our time to perfect the work that we present to our audience. Quality over quantity is our outlook, we want every single song to feel like it is our best. Also we started working on a concept to tie in with our music, that will be more evident in future albums! We want to draw our audience in more with a story.
Q: Can you name a few influences?
A: We draw from many different influences. As a vocalist I really admire Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth (Scandal), Ryan Hunter (Envy on the Coast) & Brandon Boyd (Incubus). Avi really admired the guitar styles of Michael Einziger (Incubus) while he was growing up. As a band and collaborators in creating our sound, we all draw from different bands such as Coheed & Cambria, Paramore, VersaEmerge, The Used, Periphery, No Doubt, 311, Radiohead, and again, Incubus & Envy on the Coast.
Q: So far what would be your greatest achievement?
A: Our greatest achievement so far, would be recording and releasing our first album as a band! Avi & I started writing these songs toward the end of the summer of 2009. These all started off as acoustic songs. To see them grow the way they have, as band members & producers came and left, Avi, Mike, and I still stuck by our project and made sure we saw it through to its completion. Sometimes we felt like we would never get this album out. Finishing up this EP on our own has forced us to become way more self sufficient as a band. That’s a very rewarding feeling!
Q: What are your favorite musical memories?
A: We played at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Live & Local Stage last summer, and afterward we got to ride all of the roller coasters together. It was probably the most fun we have ever had together as a band. Another one was watching Sam Oh lay down his cello tracks on “Goodbye August” in the studio. It was just a very emotional moment to watch everything all come together with live strings, it’s rare you get that luxury on a studio track.
Q: In two years where do you see Stelladeora?
A: Hopefully we will have established a large enough fan base to make a career out of music, and maybe another album or two :-)
Q: Any new material?
A: You can download our new digital album “A Dosage From Delusional” for FREE here: http://stelladeora.bandcamp.com/ Click Buy Now and enter $0 to DL for FREE or, you can name your price and donate however much you would like. All donations will go to getting physical copies of the album made. Everyone who has donated will get a signed CD sent to them!
Q: Where can we find the band?
A: We are EVERYWHERE!
Here is the interview that we did a couple weeks ago with The Alt Beast. (The sound quality is a bit crazy, so we are workin on fixing that asap, and will re upload!) But here is the first draft of the interview for now!
-Justina and Avi
Also here are some of the outtakes that didn’t make the cut for those of you who are interested in hearing us bs about fun stuff around the indie scene!
CLICK FOR THE ALT BEAST STELLADEORA OUTTAKES
Justina, Avi, Mike, & DJ
So today Avi and I sat down with Deborah of The Alt Beast , local indie music blog ( Error Photography on Facebook) , and discussed many things about our band, for our upcoming interview video to be featured on the site !!
It was a very chilly, windy day, but it was a lot of fun, and nice to meet a new person just trying to help bands get their name out about their music! Any bands that would like to be considered as a feature on The Alt Beast, send Deborah and email at AlternativeBeast@gmail.com !!
We are not sure when the interview will be up on the site, but we will def embed the video on here, once it is out! In the meantime, check out the new trailer we put together to promote our upcoming release, featuring our original song “Relic".
Hey Stelladeora Fans !
We know it’s been 2 weeks since our infamous appearance on The Real Radio Show, but we wanted to wait til we gathered all of our multimedia, so we can present to you ONE AWESOME POST!
So above, you can view the video of some footage that we scrapped together so you can get the full Real Radio Show experience! All video footage is courtesy of Justina Carubia & Thomas Campanella.
And if you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to our interview/performance on The Real Radio Show,
PLEASE VISIT ARTISTFIRST.COM’S SHOW ARCHIVES HERE!
Another huge thanks to Russ for filling in on the drums!
Thanks for watching, listening, and supporting!
Justina, Avi, & Ryan
We would also like to present to you some of these awesome color photos, courtesy of Thomas Campanella.
Stelladeora is a punk pop progressive band from Central New Jersey. They love long walks in the park and buffalo wings.
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