Introducing Callistan- multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer – previously of queer-pop group ELM. With a collage of projects underway, Callistan’s first solo release under his new moniker is with 0Stella – Irish alternative rock artist residing in Canada.
The two artists have a long-standing friendship starting with Callistan’s co-founding of independent Irish label SeaDog Records in 2005. House of Cosy Cushions were the labels first band signing to whom 0Stella lended her vocals and charismatic live performances.
“So yeah, there’s a history there,” notes Callistan. “I’ve always admired 0Stella’s artistry. We managed to catch up last year when she was on an Irish Tour. She was about to release her EP ‘Little Yes, LIttle Know’ and I thought ‘Fire’ was a stand-out track. We reconnected this year online during lockdown and she gave me free reign to reimagine the track.”
0Stella (oh-stella), now based in Edmonton, Canada is the solo project of Dubliner Liz Pomeroy. Reminiscent of Garbage, The Beaches, St. Vincent, PJ Harvey and The Frames and with music that is both socially conscious and confessional, ‘Fire’ is a track that is an “anthemic declaration of imperfection”
Produced and mixed by Callistan, with mastering by the very brilliant Ivan Jackman (Alarmist, Jape, Bitch Falcon), the remix brings the song into a new realm. With the original in 0Stella’s signature alt rock feel, it now vibes in the dance-pop universe showing the power of the song writing in play and the imagination of the new track.
Callistan, “I love the origins of the song; a “declaration of imperfection”. Everyone has their own struggle with that. As a Trans man, I’ve struggled silently for most of my life with that.
I try to remind myself constantly that imperfection is something that can be prized. It can be what gives us empathy or what keeps us human.
In that sense, I feel that the reimagining of the song celebrates the imperfection we all feel and brings us a bit closer in doing so.”
0Stella, “As an Irish immigrant in Canada, I’ve often struggled to find my own identity. We can all feel pressured to live up to a stereotype. ‘Fire’ is a brazen declaration of your own imperfections.
When Callistan and I reconnected and discovered so many similarities in our stories, it felt right to reimagine ‘Fire’ in a lighter, more ellative way. It takes courage to find out who you really are. The process can be messy and ugly, so you might as well lighten up and have a dance.”
0Stella ‘Fire’ Callistan Remix is out 25th September.