When we stumbled upon Chela’s “Romanticise” music video on YouTube, we immediately thought, “She gets us.” Sure, anyone can become obsessed with her insanely-addictive track, but when we peeped her on-point ensemble and killer dance moves, she really spoke to us. We were dying to find out more about this Melbourne-based babe, so we hit her up with questions and, well, now we love her even more.
Three Emojis to describe yourself:
So, you live in Melbourne, Australia. Tell us what’s awesome about your city.
It lacks in beach culture compared to other cities because the climate is cooler and the beaches aren’t as idyllic. I think this allows the live music, arts, and fashion scenes to flourish, which is a great thing.
What’s a typical day like for you there?
None of my days are the same, but I’m usually writing music and hanging out with my sister. I’m a foodie too, so I’m always on the lookout for great places to eat.
Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you start making killer music?
It depends on what you classify as killer! I started producing instrumental demos when I was 12 on Logic. I also started making rap breakdowns for my sister’s songs around the same time. My songwriting really developed when I was in a punk band with my best friends at the age of 15.
How would you describe your sound?
Nostalgic, emotional, rhythmic, cool pop.
Tell us about making the “Romanticise” video! What was the inspiration? Did you do it all in one take? Who created the video art?
Yes, we did it in one take. We ended up using my last, the seventh. The idea came to me very quickly. I wanted it to match the song’s message—to transform something boring into something wonderful and colorful. I created the video art with a friend of mine, Chase Burns.
How would you describe your personal style?
Flamboyant teenage boy dancing through a time warp.
Where do you look for style inspiration?
I’ve been adding some of my favorite labels and fashionistas on Instagram. It’s a good way to see new looks daily.
How does your style influence your music?
They definitely go hand-in-hand. It’s more the other way around; I wear sports shorts and silver Docs on stage because they’re good to dance in.
What’s one accessory you can’t get enough of as of late?
I love chokers. I’m glad they came back in.
Any tips on how to rock a turtleneck as well as you?
Own it baby!
Tell us the secret to your amazing dance moves.
It’s not about technique, just getting in touch with the rhythm and letting go of any inhibitions!
What’s a song that you’ve done recently that you’re really proud of?
I wrote a song with Stylaz Fuego recently, which is one of my favorite tunes so far. It should be coming out sometime this year!
What are you working on now?
I’m hoping to find the right producer to work with on my album. I’m searching to find “the one.”
What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?
I have a big passion for film, especially writing and directing. Down the track sometime I’ll bring my screenplays to fruition.