18 Questions With Stephanie Poetri

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Indonesian-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Stephanie Poetri taps into her Taurus qualities for inspiration behind her latest single “Astrologically Illogical.” Best known for her ethereal vocals, this track enters new territories with an invigorating blend of indie and pop influences. With this release, Poetri fearlessly injects a vibrant feminine energy into the realm of pop-rock. Poetri has always possessed an uncanny ability to exhibit authenticity in her music, stemming from her strong songwriting sensibilities and desire to share relatable experiences with her fans. This authenticity connected right away, with her 2019 viral hit, “I Love You 3000,” reaching over 365 million streams to date. 

While on tour opening for Lyn Lapid, Stephanie Poetry chats with 1883 Magazine about life on the road, fond childhood memories, and “Astrologically Illogical.”


What’s one exciting thing that happened to you this week?

I’m currently on tour with Lyn Lapid! So all the shows have been very exciting


What was the last thing you read?

I don’t really read much, but I LOVED Geronimo Stilton.


Favorite memory growing up?

Every Sunday, my family and I would go watch this live band at a restaurant and they played old school RnB.


Where was the last place you traveled to?

I am traveling to Seattle for our show tomorrow from Salt Lake City!


What was the last thing that made you laugh?

The band and I were playing billiard and I hit the 8 ball in on the second turn– that was goofy.


What’s your night time ritual?

Skincare and a lot of youtube.


Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list?

Honestly, a mix of my high school friends from Indonesia and my current friend group in LA


Favorite quote from a film or TV show?

I LOVE YOU 3000!!!!


What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Life is A Highway” from the Cars movie.


Favorite item in your closet?

My striped green and black sweater I got from a photoshoot.


Tell us about your latest single “Astrologically Illogical” – what’s the inspo behind it?

The song was inspired by the fact that me and my boyfriend are supposedly incompatible when in reality we work very well together. It’s a fun little diss track on astrology! 


Where is the best place to listen to “Astrologically Illogical”?

In the car!!! So you can shout all the words.


In a few short words, describe your music for someone that’s never heard it.

Ethereal, angsty and storyline based!


How has tour been with Lyn Lapid?

AMAZING!! I love her very much.


What’s been your favorite tour moment so far? 

Playing top golf! 


What other bands/musicians inspire you when you’re making music?

I’ve been inspired by the production of Two Door Cinema Club, Grouplove and Of Monsters and Men.


What movie or TV show do you think your music would fit on the soundtrack? 

The Fault in Our Stars.


Where do you hope your music career takes you this year and beyond?

More tours and festivals! And I’m starting a new era with my music so that’ll be exciting!


Listen to “Astrologically Illogical” and “Invited” now.


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Photography John Liwag

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