In conversation with Musician Scarlett Stevens from San Cisco
Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?
I play drums and sing in San Cisco and I sometimes DJ under the name Beryl Streep. I don’t have a typical work schedule however the band keeps me mostly busy. There’s usually quite intense periods of touring, recording, rehearsing, followed by periods of downtime where it’s really quiet and I have a lot of free time to spend at home. We released our fourth studio album ‘Between You and Me’ about a month ago so it was pretty crazy in the lead up to that. I’ve finally had some time to chill out at home in Freo before getting ready for our next tour.
What was some advice you wish you were given when starting out?
To follow your gut instincts because they almost always right.
What’s your favourite Brie Leon piece and why?
The Chloe bag in desert snake. It’s very cute but also very practical - I also like that it can be worn cross-body.
How do you approach your personal style?
My style is very much influenced by vintage fashion, I take most of my style cues from icons of the 60s and 70s - all the good ones are from that era. That said, I love all the 90s and early 00’s trends that have made a big comeback. My mum has always been an avid vintage collector and used to drag me around to all the op shops where I grew up. I guess she has given me an appreciation for vintage clothing and wares and so most of my wardrobe is stuff I’ve found in op shops or collected in my travels over the years. I’m a big fan of mixing vintage with modern designer and contemporary brands.
What are you reading, listening to and watching at the moment?
I’m reading ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ by Ottessa Moshfegh, my friend lent it to me. it’s set in New York in the early 00’s which i love. I’m really enjoying it. I just watched the latest David Attenborough documentary which made me teary. At the moment I’m listening to MGMT’s most recent album and a really funny food podcast called ‘Off Menu’ with comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster.
What’s something exciting that’s coming up for you in the next couple of weeks?
Our album tour starts in a couple of weeks (with four sold out shows at the Fremantle Arts Centre!) so I’ll be rehearsing for that. We are very lucky to have eased lockdown restrictions here in WA, so we’re making the most of touring here whilst we can. Living in one of the most isolated parts of the world has finally paid off! I’m excited to go and explore WA a bit more and play shows again.