Q&A Scene: Reilly Stapleton

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Impulse is reflective of the constant battle between your negative impulsions and you inner consciousness that provides you with a positive moral compass. It uses violence, anger and control in order to convey this unavoidable conflict. When somebody has a short tolerance of anger they can withstand, it is generally our consciousness that holds us back from lashing out. 


How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Like Minestrone Soup, a whole bunch of ingredients thrown into a bowl and you kind of just hope for the best, but then it actually tastes good and you’re pleasantly surprised so you decide to cook it for all your friends and you accidentally poision it and they all start dying at dinner party… (Please see music video if you don’t get the sinister reference)


Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

Well each is supposed to resonate to different emotions and stages in your life. So I guess each one kind of has its own opportunity to resonate, it really just depends on whats happening. 

Like, there was a time when “That ones on me” was extremely relevant, especially after I lost my dad and the same for “Impulse”, when I went through my feral teenage years, it is so dependant on the current situation that you’re in.


Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Generally many of my early days, on the road to gig trips resulted in running late, swearing, getting lost, awful driving, mounting curbs and attempting to not draw any attention from the highway patrol with your car that really should not have a roadworthy certificate. There’s no particular story that’s great because if I went into detail, VicRoads might just put me back on my learners permit again. 


Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from things that happen everyday. My songs are always based on something that’s happening in my life or something that is happening to someone close to me. 

Alternatively, sometimes some of my songs are created through stories that people tell me, but they require a little more in depth thinking because a lot of the time I just let my mind flow. 

In regards to melodies and lyrical structures, I have 2 hours on a tram everyday that I spend listeniong to new music and gathering ideas and sounds that I like and trying to incorporate the new techniques and sounds into my own personal music, The music scene is so inspiring and the world is full of stories that are aching to be told. 


Which song do you wish you wrote?

I really wish I wrote “Creep” by radiohead. What an absolute tune. 

I feel like the message behind it is definitely something that I would have sung about and just everything about it is engaging and it’s quickly become such a classic. 

The lyrics are raw, emotional and sincere with an almost desperate tone to it. I just love it so much! If only…


What’s next for you?

The future involves me investing everything I have into music and never stopping until I can develop a successful career doing what I love! 

Right now, I am aiming to be back in the studio developing new songs as soon as possible so that I can release a fresh track into the world.



What’s your scene?

My scene is a big mashup of whatever I feel like! At the moment it’s got edgy dark vibes and I’m loving it! 

Dark, creepy, unexpected, what an absolute adventure to be travelling in! 

I don’t think I should categorise myself, I believe that my music will be subjective to what I’m doing in my life and what I feel my mind wants to write about and the way it want’s to express it. 

My music will tell a story along the way… you just have to listen. 



Reilly Stapleton is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter and recording artist, producing music described as dark-pop. Her deep and emotional lyrics allow her audience to create an image filled with colour and honesty.


Stapleton has never been good at speaking about her feelings or thoughts submerged in her mind, however at a young age she discovered the ability to articulate these thoughts through her music. This is why her audience can always expect a truthful perspective into the singers mind and an opportunity to capture her most raw notions and reflections, some of which can be perceived in a relatable aspect to those who let the words speak to them.



Empowered songwriter Reilly Stapleton has today announced her enthralling new single Impulse, an unsettling, eclectic rock ballad about the fine line between our morals and our devilish impulses, out October 31. The intriguingly dark song is accompanied by a brilliant, slasher-style clip, directed by Michael Sadler (Teenage Dads).  To celebrate the release, Reilly Stapleton will be playing a residency at God’s Kitchen in Mornington on the first Tuesday of every month until the end of the year, and an exclusive one-off show at Grace Darling show in Melbourne on November 1.

Impulse explores the darker side of the human psyche, leaving no stone unturned.  Reilly’s powerful vocals take centre stage, as guitars scream and synths swirl around her.  ‘Is it bad? I’ve gone mad, smashed the bottle I had in my hand,”, Reilly expresses her deepest, darkest thoughts, in the perfect amalgamation of lyricism, vocal delivery and instrumental arrangement. Impulse is reflective of the constant battle between our negative impulsions and our inner consciousness that provides you with a positive moral compass” explains Reilly. “The song uses violence, anger and control in order to convey this unavoidable conflict.  When somebody has a short tolerance of anger they can withstand, it is generally our consciousness that holds us back from lashing out.”


The clip for Impulse is appropriately creepy and unsettling – the perfect accompaniment to this ghostly track.  The video centres in on a whimsical tea party gone completely wrong, as the main character finds herself picturing the grisly deaths of her fellow tea party attendees.  Speaking on the concept behind the haunting clip, Reilly explains, “The protagonist struggles with maintaining self-control when it comes to the loud and obnoxious guests, so she begins to imagine the ways in which the guests could be murdered and her mind can once again be at ease.  The guests become more irritating as the event goes on and she becomes quite irrational and exasperated…on her final murder spree, it seems she may have gone too far – the audience will be left wondering if her impulse really did take control.”


Reilly Stapleton will be celebrating all things Impulse with some intimate live performances, beginning with a residency at God’s Kitchen in Mornington on the first Tuesday of every month until the end of 2019, alongside an exclusive headline show at Grace Darling in Melbourne on November 1.  This young powerhouse’s vocal prowess is a force to be reckoned with, and paired with her humble, welcoming stage presence, she is an impressive live act. 

Impulse is out now


Tickets on the door


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