0Stella [oh-Stella] is the project of Edmonton-based, Irish-Canadian artist Liz Pomeroy. Reminiscent of Garbage, The Beaches and The Waterboys, ‘Fire’ is an anthemic declaration of imperfection. Callistan has taken 0Stella’s alt-rock Irish fusion and reimagined it as an infectious feel-good dance track.
Callistan is an Irish multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer. Previously of bands Janey Mac, Fierce Mild and most recently ELM who showcased at Canadian Music Week. The two Dubliners met in 2005 when 0Stella joined House Of Cosy Cushions, Callistan’s first signing to his record label, SeaDog Records. This will be Callistan’s first solo release under his new moniker.
On the artists’ long-standing friendship: “I managed to catch up with Callistan last year when I was on tour in Ireland. I had just released the ‘LYLK’ EP and ‘Fire’ was the stand-out track for him. We discovered a lot of similarities to our stories spanning the decade since we’d last seen each other. This EP deals with some heavy subjects, so it was really fun to reimagine this track with a lighter vibe.”
“I’ve always loved Callistan’s energy and outlook on the world. We’ve both struggled with identity - he as a trans man and me as an Irish immigrant and dealing with steroetypes of drinking that come along with that. I had difficulty detaching myself from it. While ‘Fire’ touches on the darker side of substance abuse, Callistan’s treatment gives that brazen song a sense of self-forgiveness that transforms it into a dance anthem.”
IN THEIR OWN WORDS 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 upbeat 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”
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 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”