CONJVRE THE CIRCLE dedicates this article to all the female artists and musicians that have helped expand the Witch House genre over the years! Thank you!
Which House has separated itself from other music genres by one simple fact: the women are kicking ass all over the underground! Most lyrical content is written and performed by females, with singers, artists and song writers from all over the world contribute as headlining vixens such as Liz Sirin (King Plague), Amy Fireice (BΛNMΛSKIM), Nadia Giselle (morgve), Malice, aka Hurricane (†ENEBRÆ), Nastya (Ic3peak), Shannon Chiles (†rials), Ello (†LOΛΣΓS†) and Nancy Lutz (∆AIMON), just to name a few. WH has definitely grown since its gloomy inception back in 2010, where vocals were often always distorted to the point of obscurity, and although some singers still choose to use filters and scream-style, clear vocals are making a comeback, bringing new and beautiful aspects to Witch House.
One woman who has contributed to many different styles of WH exhibits a wide range of talents:
She’s 2wenty-4our, a spiritual warrior living in Brooklyn, and she loves Witch House!
Stella Perish is a guest vocalist who has collaborated with numerous artists such as EV OF ISIS, satanwave, DULC3, SEMICOLOŊ, pyramid†blast, volkanoS, †ě∆, and BΔLΞFIΓΞ. Stella grew up in Chula Vista, CA on the Tijuana/San Diego border. She is able to tap into various vocal pitches from lower altos to higher sopranos. She sang at her grandma’s church as a child and in her school choir as a teen. However, she didn’t begin focusing her talents until singing for her first band, Ghost Shores. Stella currently resides in Brooklyn with her fiancé, and has ambitions of studying film. She works many different jobs just to make it through the thick world of NYC; however, she dedicates much of her creative time to Witch House and other music scenes. I contacted Stella a couple of months ago after hearing her on “THORNS AND TEARS THAT GROW,” by SEMICOLOŊ. The song truly impressed me with its simplicity and clarity. Stella’s voice can be thought of as quite ghostly and intoxicating. CONJVRE THE CIRCLE is very proud to present the Wxtch of Brooklyn!
Thank you for being so patient with me, I know it took a while for me to get this interview rolling. Witches and Warlocks I give you, Stella Perish!
Jared: So, give us Stella Perish in three words?
Stella: I am God, I am sovereign, I am free; that’s part of a 12D Shield mantra. The name has three crosses in it for protection.
Jared: How did the name “Stella Perish” come to fruition?
Stella: My fiancé has a friend whose cat’s name is Stella. It’s a name I chose and liked because of its cosmic reference. “Perish” comes from the help of my extremely talented friend Violet Church, whose music has been circulating for a long time in the WH scene. At the end of 2015, she helped me with a very powerful Reiki healing session, and did some energetic realignment for me—especially in my heart. A death of my previous-self occurred; we expelled the part that was trapping me in a deep pain. “Perish” is, in a way, the death of my old self; I put the bad to rest.
Jared: I’m glad it has a lot of meaning! How did you get into Witch House?
Stella: I think my interest stemmed from my love of electro. When I was 20 years old, I quit design school, and used all my grant money to get a warehouse space. From there, Cathedral X was born (myself, Jessica, Jeffrey and, later, co-composer Paul Remund).
2011-2012 was a special time for us. We worked normal jobs and threw all our money into living this lifestyle; we had no bathroom or shower, and we were making music by the train tracks in a metal & woodworking studio; we were sleeping in a place that probably wasn’t chemically safe for us, yet we were able to pump out a plethora of material and live performances. Each one was an interpretation of a different dream.
I went through a period of time where I wanted to renounce my post-punk identity, and delve into a more mystical field of music. My bandmate Josefin Hinders and I also began working long-distance on a lifelong project known as Ēv of Isis. From then on, I was hooked on the dark synths and the “fucked” attitude of the vocals.
Jared: What are your thoughts on the online WH community; is this a place where you get a strong sense of support?
Stella: A world for people to connect with the music-makers of their choice is a blessing and a curse in a way. It hurts to be away from the ones you love. I have traveled far to meet some of my SoundCloud friends in their home countries, and it’s literally forced me to give up everything. I use all of my money and possessions just to see who and what is on the other side.
The Internet is the only place I really feel support since leaving my hometown. I don’t think NY has a niche for WH, but maybe if the Hexx 9 crew wants to change that, we can work on it together. I find it sad that WH has such a negative stigma. I feel that everyone just assumes the people making it are fucked-up, crackheads with no future. They dismiss their talent because of Salem; that project is really talented and it’s their music that should be recognized, not their physical identity. But, if you combined all of the WH fans throughout the world, we could create our own country where we would have the music community of our dreams rather than have to live in a fake, digital world.
Jared: Personally, I have only experienced positivity with Witch House which, again, is why I feel it’s a little different for everyone. What does Witch House mean to you?
Stella: It means to me a cry for help.
Jared: Do you feel WH is primarily dominated by female vocals—why or why not—and how do you feel about this?
Stella: Lately, it may seem so.
However, I think the illusion of gender is soon to be diminished. A veil is soon to be lifted, and no one will be able to deny that we are all one. Right now, I think it’s hard to say if WH is dominated by just one, concrete thing. And I think WH is only one form of electronic music that has a lot of gateways to being other forms of sound.
Jared: Right on! Now, you’ve done a lot of guest vocals. Do artists reach out to you or vice versa; walk us through a normal collab…
Stella: Right now, I am really overwhelmed with how many songs I promised to do vocals for and haven’t been in the right state of mind to work on. My studio situation isn’t ideal right now because of construction going on outside my window. I tend to fall into waves of depression because it’s hard for me to take a break from doing music; music has been the only thing that has ever defined me in a way. I have dreams of becoming a director, but I’m really freaked out by school and institutionalism; It’s hard for me to commit to playing the game. I reach out to people online to ask if we can work together, and vice versa. Everyone’s so special. I get insecure a lot, but I realize I need to rise.
Jared: “Awake, arise or be forever fallen,” John Milton [Laughing]. Have you appeared on any live sets and, if not, would this be something you would like to do?
Stella: I have had about three shows so far since I moved to NY, but they were all kind of random, one-offs that didn’t lead to anything more. Something was wrong with the sound for two of the shows, and it was an uncomfortable struggle to make it through those sets; you just want it to be loud enough to feel something. I do have a show coming up on July 11th at Trans Pecos, thanks to Scorpion Warrior and BBY BANGZ. I’m hoping to make myself seem more available around here, but that takes time.
Jared: Does spirituality have a place in your life and music??
Stella: Hugely. I was raised Christian and was baptized at my family’s church when I was 12, but I think I’ve been just like every sinner: imperfect, going through life, and not knowing why but following my intuition. I was shaped by my parents’ religious upbringing, always using discernment in my choices in life (of course, I’ve faltered in my own ways from time to time, but who hasn’t). When I was 15, I rejected my religion, but I think that was just me being a punk. I respect people who subscribe to religion, it’s a personal choice. As I grow, I begin to see the transparency in labeling your religious affiliation, though. Never in my life have I felt so lost. But, I believe in good and evil, and my music helps me get out of this world of suffering and float somewhere higher—off the physical plane—where I’m free to interact and express without boundaries.
Jared: Do you have a favorite song that you have done guest vocals on?
Stella: “The Last Days of a Dying Breed,” by SEMICOLOŊ
Jared: What do you use to record vocals and what is the process for writing collaboration vocals?
Stella: Logic Pro, USB mic. I usually write lyrics after I’ve received the song; I keep the lyrics very simple.
Jared: Are there any vocalists out there in the WH scene that you look up to, who have inspired you?
Jared: Damn, I love ǝțâ ΛЮƂǪɃЬ! Is there any artist in particular you would like to work with? Why?
Stella: Me and HᗗLFMᗗSSED from Arizona have been working on something, and he’s been pushing me to a new level . Nullse† from Atlanta have something in the works too. I also admire a lot of the stuff coming out of Siberia right now. My friends pyramid†blast and satanwave have stuff coming up as well; I hope they continue to be patient with me because their music is very meaningful to me. I hope to visit them someday if I get the chance to do some shows in Russia; it would be really great for me to meet my fiancé’s grandparents who live out there as well.
Jared: Who are some of your favorite bands, not necessarily WH?
Stella: Lena Platonos with her EP titled “Gallop;” huge inspiration. This song is personal to me: Λένα Πλάτωνος- Εμιγκρέδες της
Ρουμανίας, and November Növelet.
Jared: What’s the next move for ☩STELLA☩PERISH☩:
Stella: Go to school or do music forever?!
I want to also add that Stella Perish just released an LP with Dulc3 Y Cru3l.
Thank you Stella for your wonderful words!
CTC sends out their love to the amazing Amanda Peukert for her editorial expertise!