Chela – Zero EP
At a beach house party earlier this year, my friend was looking for someone to help open his drink. He walked up to a girl and politely asked, “Excuse me, do you have a bottle opener?” She replied, “I don’t drink.”
“Oh, okay, do you happen to have a lighter?” he asked. Looking him straight in the eyes she said, “I don’t smoke.”
He smiled and backed away slowly.
Later that night, the same girl suddenly hopped up on stage with a band and ruptured the crowd with vivacious 80s pop grooves, contagious dance moves and an outrageously powerful voice. At the end of the show, the girl said to the crowd, “Hope you have a good night guys, I’m Chela.”
She has attitude, she is disciplined and she makes you want to move. Out of her way.
Elevated onto the honorary roll of French electro label Kitsune Maison last year for her debut Romanticise EP, Filipino/Spanish/Irish/Fremantle-born Melburnian Chelsea “Chela” Wheatley has released a video for her latest synth-pop blaster Zero, lifted from her latest EP of the same name.
You can’t help but admire Chela for the way she expresses herself so unabashedly through her music and dancing. If you’re at SXSW this year, don’t miss her gigs on Friday 14 March and Saturday 15 March!
Download a free Gold Fields remix of her previous single Romanticise here.
Words by Iain Excellent