We all know the dictionary definition of “stash”, but let’s be real. That’s the boring one because it’s hard to make Webster’s cool. But, that’s why we’re here to talk about the fun definition. The one that makes you want to have spontaneous dance parties in the street. The one that is Steph and Amanda of STASH.
To better get to know the source behind the powerhouse duo, we thought it would be fun to do a Q&A to give some insight into what makes STASH the hit makers they are. They answered everything from who are their musical inspirations to who they’re dating to what meal they’d eat for the rest of their lives. Nothing was off the table. So, here it is. The candid answers to what defines STASH.
Let’s start with the music because that’s where it all began for them:
Question: How did the two of you meet and start making music?
Steph: Amanda answered one of my many Facebook/Craigslist/ LA casting ads… I got about 200 responses. I threw my own little American Idol competition.
Amanda: Steph posted an ad on Facebook, I passed over it then thought, “hmmm why not? Sounds fun!” It was fate!
Q: Who are your musical influences?
S: Kesha, Katy Perry, Eminem, Ying Yang Twins, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Chamillionaire, Missy Elliott, Lil Mama, Ciara
A: Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Nelly, Christina Aguilera, Guns N’ Roses
Q: Which DJs / artists would you love to collaborate with?
S: DJs- Calvin Harris, Dannic, TJR, Chris Lake, W&W, Tiesto, David Guetta, Alesso, Nicky Romero
Artists- Sara Bareilles, Kesha, Eminem
A: DJs- Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Kascade, Quik
Artists- Kesha, Andre 3000, Jeremih, Bruno Mars
Q: Who are your favorite artists of all time?
S: Blink 182 and Beyonce
A: Queen, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera
Q: What has been your coolest musical experience?
S: DJing Redbull spring break a few years ago, I was still new to DJing so it was cool to be thrown into a situation where I had to DJ in front of 5000 people. The energy was crazy, it was when I knew for sure that this was what I was supposed to be doing with my life.
A: One of the coolest and most beautiful settings I’ve ever had the pleasure of performing in was the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I performed in a rock opera and in addition to the loud and very participatory crowd, the amphitheatre itself is nothing short of breathtaking.
Q: What was your inspiration for Tear Me Down?
S: A crappy ex bf who pretty much told me I was a joke and never hesitated in putting me down. But I drew on a lot of experiences throughout my life when I was told I wasn’t good enough.
A: Every girl has an inspiration to this song…unfortunately it’s a common sentiment of pretty much every woman at some point.
Q: Which song from your EP was the most fun to write? Why?
S: Red Cup! Pinky Up! It was just super carefree and fun. We wanted to make a song that was a dance party song without saying “dance floor or club” so we had a fun idea about writing a song about crashing a house party.
A: Tear Me Down was probably the most fun atmosphere, but Strip Me Bare had choreo, and I love dancing.
Q: Which song was the most personal for you to write?
S: Spider Web! I pretty much wrote the whole story of a guy I was seeing. I was seeing him for a few months then I later found out that the entire time he had a girlfriend of 2 years and I was his girl on the side! Super fun.
Wow, talk about going behind the music! All the best musicians use their own lives as a backdrop for their creation, and these ladies write such relatable and empowering anthems by drawing on their own human experiences. Speaking of human experience, Steph and Amanda were also kind enough to answer questions about their families, likes/dislikes, and interests!
Q: Tell us all about your families.
S: I have a huge crazy Italian family with 20 cousins on my mom’s side. We all grew up in TX and we’re pretty close. At Christmas we have a huge tamale making party where we make about 100 dozen tamales. My grandfather also puts on a talent show that all the grandkids have to participate in.
A: I have one of the most loving, hospitable, welcoming families you will ever meet-both my immediate and extended family. I’m the youngest of three children and the only girl. I have two older brothers, one of whom is a missionary and the other is a cop. So whether I get in trouble with God or the law, I’m covered 😀 My parents have been married for 43 years. They’re pretty much the most awesome people and parents!
Q: What is the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
S: One Cinco de Mayo my old roommates and I dressed up in the colors of the Mexican flag and went to The Abbey. People thought we were go-go dancers and started tipping us… we made over 100 bucks!
A: I don’t think I can pinpoint one outrageous thing. I’m very much a thrill seeker. Cliff jumping, skydiving, scuba diving (I’m certified), anything like that. If there’s not a fear of death or dismemberment, it probably won’t interest me.
Q: If you had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
S: Sushi!! Spicy salmon avocado rolls.
A: Seafood, but specifically oysters (Ask me to say oysters in person, I have my own little pronunciation for it.)
Q: Are you currently dating anyone?
S: Couldn’t be more single if I tried.
A: I am. My boyfriend is an actor and he’s the bomb. dot. com.
Q: Do you have any weird hidden talents?
S: Random breakdancing moves
A: I can scratch deep in my ears my making a throat sound.
Q: What are your favorite TV shows and movies?
S: Ahh too hard! For television shows: Orange is the New Black, Homeland, Grey’s Anatomy. For movies: Zoolander, Old School. I love all the old Will Farrell and Ben Stiller movies.
A: For TV: Hellcats (there’s this really hot guy on the show named Ryan:-), Friends, South Park, Around the Horn. Movies: Rudy-it’s so inspirational! Also, This Christmas because of the music…and I love Christmas movies…year round 🙂
Q: What’s your astrology sign?
Q: How do you deal with nervousness?
S: Take a deep breath and make sure you are prepared, just know you can do it.
A: I just trust my training and experience.
Q: What is your New Year’s Resolution?
S: Keep going, never give up!
A: I need to cut down on candy 🙁
Q: What did you want to be as a kid?
S: I wanted to play in the Olympics.
A: I’m a great debater and aggravator… law was definitely in my future if music hadn’t come around.
Q: Tell us about a typical day for you.
S: Wake up, go search for new music, update any DJ playlists.. go to rehearsal, then go to the studio
A: Wake up, coffee, gym, writing/rehearsal, vocal exercises, studio
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
S: When they bring your food at restaurants and they don’t bring condiments to eat it with.
A: When people scratch their plate with a knife or fork.
Q: If you could have been born in another decade, which would you pick?
S: I think prohibition times would have been cool.. I think it would have been fun to sneak around in speakeasys.
A: 1940’s Chicago. Flapper dresses, mobsters, modern day electricity, beautiful architecture.
Q: And, lastly, the question that all us fans want to know: What’s next for STASH??
S: Hopefully a tour and a new CD!
A: We’re already working on new music but before that, tour! 🙂
Hopefully, you all got a kick out of seeing what makes STASH tick. If you have any more questions that you want Steph and Amanda to answer, leave them in the comments! Thus concludes our vocabulary lesson on the definition of STASH. Class dismissed.