Dar Stellabotta is an independent female LGBT artist from Southern Maryland. Dar plays original songs on banjo and guitar. Previous music ventures involve the punk band Soulful Aggression and solo albums Ride the wave of love and Mnhoti. This year Dar released a new album Broke in the USA and will performing regional festivals. Her new music video "Fountain of Youth" has been selected to air in this years 2016 Southern Maryland film festival.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Dar Stellabotta: I would describe it as acoustic.
Question: What was the main motivation behind Broke in the USA?
Dar Stellabotta: Basically it's a collection of songs about growing older as a woman, coming out of the closet, watching the degression and progression of my peers and figuring out how I fit into or don't fit into it.
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Dar Stellabotta: Yes I do. My inspiration comes from my friends, my girlfriend, alter ego, issues, experiences and work.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Dar Stellabotta: Lately it's been a lot of Frank Sinatra. I don't know why it just make the mood lighter.
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Dar Stellabotta: I am playing at Artscape in Baltimore Maryland. After that my music video that I made will be screened at the Southern Maryland Film Festival, I am playing Jerry's Bday Bash in WV and New Hampshire Hemp Fest.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Dar Stellabotta: No not really. Maybe throwing in the towel for paying people money to produce my music and get it heard. I recorded the album in my home studio. I mastered the album. I chose free digital distribution for the album (CD Baby and Bandcamp.) Hand stamped the discs and printed out the insert. Filmed the music video Fountain of youth with just myself and my friends. Built my own website and everything. I had to put in the work cause I'm broke in the USA!
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Dar Stellabotta: I like both.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Dar Stellabotta: I think my friend Trip convinced me to follow my music. He was a very convincing fellow!
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Dar Stellabotta: Finding time for music while working full time.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Dar Stellabotta: Get up, go to work, get home, eat, play music or chill then go to sleep. Not very interesting lol.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Dar Stellabotta: All the great music, friends and art I have discovered along the way.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Dar Stellabotta: The Dead
Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?
Dar Stellabotta: www.darstellabotta.com
Question: Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?
Dar Stellabotta: Eat healthy, exercise, do art, relax and eat good.
Full Name: Dorothy Stellabotta
Star Sign: Aquarius
Favourite Food: Sushi
Favourite Film: Lost Boys
Favourite Actor: Al Pacino
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Angelina Jolie
Hobbies/Interests: Comic books and surfing
First Job: Can't remember!
Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind: Not anymore.
What Can You Never Leave Home Without: Chapstick.
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: Coffee
Interview by Brooke Hunter