It wasn’t hard to portend that Hanna Flemstrom (29), the future DJ Stella Nutella, would be a musician someday. She played violin, she recorded mixtapes of contemporary pop for her friends, she saw concerts in Stockholm as often as she could. While many girls in her peer group were busy spending money on makeup, teenage fashion accessories and heartthrob magazines, Hanna was spending her spare Swedish crowns on seeing the latest industrial bands like the Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Front 242 and other acts. The segway towards her manifestation as one of the world’s top trance Djs though, who could have guessed that?
Stella was born in Ornskoldsvik, Northern Sweden, a beautiful place that breeds adventurous, daring spirits. As soon as she finished high school, her Nordic wanderlust pulled her from near the artic circle to explore the rest of Europe, where she spent some years snowboarding in the French Alps as well as working on dolphin cruises in Tenerife.
In 1994 English friends brought her into contact with psychedelic trance music, a new and exotic dance form being played in the London underground scene at that time. Stella responded to it like her Tenerife Dolphins did to water: she dove into her element head first. She moved to London in 1996 and immersed herself in underground psytrance parties, captivated by the colorful mix of people and cultures, attitudes and ethos.
Gradually she became more involved with the organizational side of these parties and since most of her new friends were DJs, it didn’t take long until she got the idea to try her luck behind the turntables ... and literally a star was born (they don’t call her Stella for nothing *)
Her nickname for many years, Stella became paired with "Nutella" by an Italian friend; lets just say some of her mates thought she was a bit of a nutter!
In November 1998, the same day as she had bought her own Technics 1210s, she was invited to play her first club party, at the legendary "Tyssen Street" in East London. The dance floor rocked and Stella—as well as the crowd—were totally hooked. “From that moment there was never any doubt about where I wanted to be, I just love dance music so much and here was this incredible buzz! “ she remembers of that night.
She quickly became known for her funky style of mixing trance and techno together and for not being afraid of experimenting as well as adding that special feminine touch to her music and performance.
It didn’t take long before she was playing abroad, major events that cemented her global reputation. Her international breakthrough came with the "Solipse" Total Eclipse festival in Zambia, 2001 where she played a storming 4 hour morning set that left the crowd panting and promoters clamoring to book her. Since then we have seen her spin in all types of events and places, for crowds of up to 10,000, destinations as far as Japan, Brazil and Australia basking in the Stella Nutella sound glow. Her music ranges from full-on psychedelic trance ‘til deep and groovy progressive ... Stella likes the variation and claims all music has its place if you are open for the experience.
After starting off as part of UK label Organic Records and Flying Rhino, she moved to Amsterdam and joined French Turbo Trance Records in 2001, with whom she stayed until the end of 2004. In September 2002 Turbo Trance released her compilation AMAZON, the name representing the power of female energy. This compilation was an all-exclusive track list from some of the most prominent artists in the scene such as Tristan, Etnica and Tortured Brain and it received enthusiastic critical reviews worldwide.
While still in London Stella took her own first steps into music production. She now spends most of her time in her own studio, and she has recently been working with other trance producers such as Chromosome, Analog Pussy, Synchro, Lani, Psypilot, Safi Connection and AphidMoon. Her releases so far have been on Organic Records (UK), Rumour Records (UK) and Groovezone (Japan).
In 2003 she returned to her home country Sweden where she joined a unique school for songwiters and music producers:
“This experience is both challenging and fulfilling. I’m now getting the chance to work with some of the most talented Swedish musicians, from different backgrounds and genres. I’m feeling many new musical energies happening and I cant wait to bring that to my fans.
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