Galore Darling: STELLA, Daughter Of Carlos Santana, Wows Us With Her Musical Talents

When I first heard Carlos Santana’s daughter STELLA was making music I immediately thought it was going to sound very similar to his, but it came as such a breath of fresh air. Her voice is awesome and the production is of the highest quality and makes for an amazing listen. Her r&b and hip hop influences are so evident, you can really hear STELLA knows her music. Check out our interview with her below and take a listen to her tracks below.

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OK, your dad is Carlos Santana: was it a very natural progression getting into music?
Not sure if it was natural–everyone has a different path… But it’s always been in me. I wasn’t always sure I wanted to participate in that world or the industry but when I really started doing it, I realized this is where I’m supposed to be.

Who influences you?
I grew up in the 90s, I was so into Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Keith Sweat, Xscape, Mariah Carey, Total… I was drawn to some alternative stuff too… I’ve just always loved to sing. And I always was singing the harmonies to songs without even realizing… Marvin Gaye did lots of harmonies.

How would you describe your music?
I’ve always been really drawn to hip hop. I want my car to be vibrating from the bass… My voice is sweet I think so I like to put pretty melodies on top of heavier bass sounds. I want my music to make you wanna sing but also make you feel like you can do anything. That’s what I’m going for.

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, if at all?
I’m not really into celebrating war but I think it’s cool that we celebrate a holiday highlighting Mexico’s victory over France. Pretty much has nothing to do with the US…. How cool is that? But it sucks that in reality no one knows that and everyone just gets drunk.

How do you think having a legendary father affects your music and how people perceive you?
There are too many ways for people to perceive me because of my dad so it’s kind of pointless thinking about it. So I don’t. But as far as it affects my music I grew up listening to the greats: Miles, Coltrane, Marley, Marvin, Otis… I’m not trying to recreate the sounds necessarily but I know their sounds have shaped me.

Are you touring this summer?
This summer I’m actually gonna start releasing what I’ve been working on with Hardy Indiigo, who I’m obsessed with. He knows it, too! It’s been so great working together.

What’s coming up next?
A few weeks ago I wrote a record with Hardy and my dad was in town so I asked him to come and put some guitar on it. It won’t be out for a while though. I wanna do my thing first.

https://soundcloud.com/stellibelli/switch

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