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LOVE HER 3000
The Internet can and will make you famous. Here’s how Stephanie Poetri made her hit song in just two hours.
With the digital age comes connectivity, instantaneity and the crazy-amazing ability to go viral in hours. Stephanie Poetri can attest to that. “I Love You 3000” and its music video, has been viewed over 50 million times on YouTube since June 2019 and shot to #1 on the Spotify Viral 50 Chart in the same month. We spoke exclusively to Stephanie to see what she’s currently working on and the relatable way she veg out.
Can you tell us how you came up with “I Love You 3000”?
I like to do Q&As on my Instagram stories, and one day, I decided to ask people to send me a word or a phrase and write it into a short song. Endgame came out a week before that, so a bunch of people sent ‘I Love You 3000.’ I wrote the chorus of the song super-quickly and the next day a lot of people said they wanted it to be a full song. I wrote it in two hours and went and got my friend to help produce it with me!
Did you ever expect it to become as big as it turned out to be?
Not at all! It was just a fun project that I did since a lot of my supporters said they wanted it to be a full song, that’s why everything was so DIY! I didn’t expect that the song would reach outside of my audience.
What did you want people to take from your music?
My aim is to make songs that can be used as the soundtrack to people’s lives. I want my songs to accompany people throughout their day, like on their way to work or in the shower.
Growing up, did you ever expect to get into the entertainment industry?
Not really, ’cause I grew up seeing how hard my mom worked and I felt like it was way too much pressure. But now, after realising music is my passion, the pressure is actually very motivating!
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Right now I listen to Alec Benjamin, Jeremy Zucker and Finneas. I think what I take from them is their ability to really showcase lyrics in their songs and use organic sounds to to push the meanings behind them.
Is there a song that means a lot to you?
Rich Brian’s “History”. I saw his breakdown of the song and it inspired me a lot in songwriting and how to play with metaphors and emotions.
Tell us a little bit about your newest release “I Love You 3000 II” with Jackson Wang.
It’s a new take on the song, having Jackson show his perspective of the original storyline. I dedicated it to my fans and it’s an honour to have him make his own interpretation!
Do you have an ultimate dream collab?
Lauv is someone I really look up to in the industry. It would be such a dream come true to not just have a song with him, but to create one together!
If you had the day off, what would you do?
Play Minecraft. I have a server with my friends, it gets LIT!
Five years from now, where do you see yourself?
I just want to be able to produce for myself and for others. My main passion is actually songwriting, and I love seeing how other people interpret my song. That’s why I love watching covers so much! I also want to be closer with my fans, and do a bunch of shows all over the world and see everyone!
Describe your style.
I try to be as comfortable as possible with my style ’cause I move around a lot and I don’t want to limit my expression!
Tell us a bit about beauty — what are your favourite make-up picks?
I LOVE brown eyeliner! I like to have winged eyeliner and with a brown color it looks pretty natural!
What can we expect in the near future?
New music! I can’t wait for you all to hear what I’ve been working on!
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A quick round-up of #TeamCLEO’s catch-up with Anna Of The North.
1 She doesn’t like moving on. “I love a safe environment where everything has its space. I learned the hard way that I should explore more.”
2 She says love your own company first: “With social media, I think it’s important to talk about things with yourself.”
3 She believes it’s time for equality at music festivals. “I love boys and girls but I think it would be cool for us to go 50/50 for music festivals.”
TEXT AND INTERVIEWS LINA ESA; AINA NUR SARAH PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WARNER SINGAPORE; ALEX BLAKE CHARLIE SESSIONS