Stella Donnelly on her powerful song ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ and how “the pendulum’s really swung back” against abusers.
Stella Donnelly might be the only person at SXSW playing showcases for two different countries. The Australian artist is, obviously, repping for Down Under while in Austin, but she’s also on the bill for the Focus Wales showcase too. “I feel so cheeky!” she laughs, the din of the sound from several stages bleeding together behind her. “Just taking that dual citizenship as far as I can.”
The 25-year-old might be based in Fremantle now, but she was born in Wales and lived there until she was “nine or 10”. “Every time I hear the word Wales I get really excited,” she says, grin spreading across her face. “When you live somewhere when you’re young and then move somewhere else, your memories of that first place will always be fairytale-like.” To Stella, her birth country is a place of forests and castles, free from the trappings of adult reality.