Q&A Scene: Stace Cadet

Tell us about your new single

Molly Happy – A song about the effects of a certain illicit substance for those that dare. Written as funny ha ha for my friends and I the song has taken me on an unexpected journey to say the least.

What’s your favorite work at this point in time?

Molly Happy is my first single and only single release to date. My favorite by default.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

How I made my record:

  • If you really want to know what it takes to make a record like ‘Molly Happy’ you may need to ask yourself if that’s information you can live with. If you’re still keen then ask the man himself. In secret. After hours. From a payphone.

But for now here’s the basic recipe:

  • 1 road trip around the U.S
  • An RV full of your closest
  • 1 cup of Electric Forest Festival
  • 1 Claude Von Stroke set
  • 1 awkward conversation with Green Velvet
  • A private show from a high school marching band
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A shirtless Billionaire riding a Harley two hours inland for burgers (Both cold…)
  • And yes, that. A lot of that.

What, or who, inspires you?

Drugs apparently. Anything, everything. Inspiration is everywhere you just need to pay attention.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Hokey Pokey, it’s informative and gets results.

What’s next for you?

I have a string of new music set to be released over the coming months. Stay tuned!

What’s your scene?


Attention all Clublings:
For centuries humans have questioned whether or not we are alone. What’s out there, have they ever visited us, and do they listen to techno? We say – stop asking so many goddamn questions and meet Stace Cadet. The earth born Melbourne producer has launched, landed and stuck a bloody flag in it. Houston, no problem here, just dance.

Molly Happy is upbeat, visceral, and adventurous – and you can let Houston know that there’s not a problem in sight. House music fans will rejoice in the oozing bass, progressive, intricate production and concise, clever vocals that inform this slick debut. The man behind Stace Cadet, the effervescent Stasi Kotaras is coy about the details of Molly Happy’s conception.

With an incredible host of Molly Happy remixes landing, including the likes of Dirtybird Records Kyle Watson, Sydney wonder boy Acaddamy and the best thing to come out of trap world since rolling snares, MOSS (Bris), you’d be forgiven for thinking it couldn’t get much better. “It was a Thursday afternoon and I was tackling a Bega Stringer like my life depended on it,” laughs Kotaras “and boom, I get an email from a very dear friend of mine, Guy Chappell (Yacht Club Dj’s / Twinsy) with a link to this delicious Twinsy mix. I threw the stringer on the ground and called the Medium Rare Records team and here we are.

Directed by Chase Burns (Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill), the video for Molly Happy is an existential exploration of yin and yang – punctuated to perfection with some signature Stace Cadet, astronautic dance moves, of course. Shot at Lake Corangamite – the closest thing to Mars on Earth, the video follows our hero Stace Cadet as he is thrust into an alien landscape, completely alone, or so he thinks. In the clip, the YANG version of me finds a charm that transports him into another world where the YIN version of me finds some mirrors that encourage him to explore his emotions,’ explains Kotaras. “At the end of the clip he realises he quite likes this world, and lets himself wander off in the never-ending scape of it.”

Intrigued? You’re not the only one. The enigmatic Stace Cadet has caught the attention of Medium Rare Recordings, signing a deal with the renowned dance label owned by Ben O’Connor (better known as Benson), Daniel Farley (AKA Terace) Michael Mitropoulos (AKA Mike Metro) and Tom Piper (AKA LO’99).

Molly Happy is out now through Medium Rare Records.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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