A few numbers caught my ears: The unnerving Huntingtown opens the album with a seemingly sinister edge, whilst the tunefully memorable Lost In The Dirt perhaps provides a highlight, as does the banjo-driven Old Man Willy—a sad tale of an old man named Willy who sits in his rocking chair, unable to even comb his hair, and Your Worry Today, which closes the collection with a tale of all the bad luck you can possibly have in a week. From an outside folkie, the record is certainly different and by all means worth a listen. Dar Stellabotta has managed to carve a distinct folk sound that will undoubtedly work in favour for this plain-spoken banjoist from Maryland.
Interview with Dar StellabottaQuestion: How would you describe the Black Owl Demo?
Dar Stellabotta: The Black Owl Demo to me is my story about my struggle with love, as a person and who I want to be.
Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Dar Stellabotta: In my eyes some of the main stream music that is being promoted lacks soul. What I mean by soul is it lacks that real life suffering caused by joy, pain, sorrow, etc. It's just dry, I feel.
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Dar Stellabotta: Yes. My inspiration for the Black Owl Demo is some friends of mine that live by me here in Huntingtown Maryland.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Dar Stellabotta: Lately I have been listening Tara Nevins album Wood and Stone non-stop. I recently went to a Citizen Cope in Baltimore and have been rocking some Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy's in the ole whip.
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Dar Stellabotta: Next is shows; I recently starting playing with my friend Sophia. She is a drummer. I play the banjo and she plays the drums. Sounds like R&B. We are trying to get our friend Shana to join us and play bass. Shows are definitely next on the list.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Dar Stellabotta: Always because I live on the east coast of America where the only successful people are doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc. My family is here. So unlike most stardom seekers that move to the west coast in search of fame and fortune I chose to stay here in my home town to help my Mom, Dad, sister and her children. Family is important.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Dar Stellabotta: I prefer performing live because I get to travel and make new friends.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Dar Stellabotta: The main reason I started performing and playing music was a man named Trip McClenny who ran a music festival camp grounds in West Virginia. I always played a little bit of guitar and went to his festivals. He heard me play one time and gave me a chance to perform at festivals where Rusted Root, Ratdog, Avett Brothers and many other great bands performed.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Dar Stellabotta: Just letting go of fear and being myself.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Dar Stellabotta: Working on something.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Dar Stellabotta: Being able to write, record and publish my stories for the world to hear!
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Dar Stellabotta: My friend Wax and Herbal T because I like they're style.
Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?
Dar Stellabotta: www.DarStellabotta.com
Question: Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?
Dar Stellabotta: Definitely exercise, being around people that make you happy, help people, eating healthy and stay positive!
Question: What message would you like your music to say to your fans?
Dar Stellabotta: Don't stress because no matter how bad things get in life unconditional love conquers all.
Interview by Brooke Hunter
March 9, 2013 Black Owl Demo Review.
"Indie folk from SoMaryland–my neighbor! I’m really digging this. It’s definitely folk-y, but some of the modern rhythms almost feel like hip hop. Mos def worth your time."-Berkely Place Blog
March 3, 2013 "Playlists for 88.1 FM Playlist for Roots & Wings on 2013-03-01 06:00:00 My Girl/ Old Woman/ Your Worry Today: Black Owl Demo - Dar Stellabotta"
John McLaughlin, 88.1 WMUC FM (Mar 03, 2013)
March 2013, This month 2 of my songs were added to the rotation on Acoustic Pie Radio in San Diego CA. Thanks Acoustic Pie!
Feb. 26, 2013 Feedback for Black Owl Demo "I love your album." -random dude:)
Feb. 13. 2013 "Black Owl Demo" Did you write these songs ? This is awesome, im loving these tunes.-C.J. Oswald
Feb. 10, 2013 "Black Owl Demo" got a plug at Rock Out With Your Folk Out Press!
Feb. 4, 2013 "Black Owl Demo" I enjoyed listening to your songs.- Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
DC 101 Local Lix played my song "Christmas Trees" 12/16/12 Playlist link: http://www.dc101.com/pages/dc101locallix.html
My band Soulful Aggression was interviewed and our song "Raspberry Rollercoaster" was aired on 98 Rock in Baltimore Aug. 5, 2012 at 9:45pm. This interview and the show the following night was dedicated to my friend Paul Dossey who recently passed away.
Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 Women's Radio shared my new music video "Dirty Dirty" on their page.
DC 101 Local Lix played my song "Christmas Trees" on 12/18/2011 and 12/25/2011 Heres the link
JimmyD Played "Taxman" by Dar Stellabotta on KXCI 91.3 Tucson (KXCI.org) Thursday @ +/- 1:30.
KRNN 102.7 Junaeu, Alsaka played "Peaceful Nation" by Dar Stellabotta Thursday, September 8, 2011 Here is the link KRNN.
My song "Dirty Dirty" is being featured on Wrnr for the Silopanna Pre Show Commercial for the Whiskey.
This is what Dave Kaloustian had to say about "The Emo, Lesbian Connection" a song I perform with my band Soulful Aggression."Hey, I listened to some of your Soulful Aggression songs--great stuff, man! "The Emo/Lesbian Connection" is very witty, parodying emo while tapping into its vibe. It contains a nice counterpoint between--for lack of a better way to express it--a vulnerable, mooning voice and a hard-edged delivery. I really dig those contrasting vocal styles, especially because it engaged in the lyrics, too. I think that with your range, that counterpoint is a structure you could really explore with great results. And I also liked the driving rhythms on a number of your other songs. Really fun songs, Dar!"- Dave Kaloustian. Thanks Man! Whatever that means?
Soulful Aggression got a free ad in The Horse Magazine Issue 112 September 2011.
Soulful Aggression (my punk rock band) was interviewed in the Fanatic Fantastic zine. To get ahold of a copy email Djay Bookmaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was entered in a contest for Deli Magazine. Thank You to everyone who participated and voted for me. I lost oh well haha, it was a close one. The contest ended July 15, 2011.
I recieved linkage from Brian Ball of Women's Radio
"19 Budding Artists to Watch this Spring [MusicMonday]."
Reviews for "Ride the Wave of Love"
"This album gets into your head and doesn't let go!"
With a mixture of acoustics, rock, and world elements the album manages to maintain a wide variety of music while still achieving a unique style. Fans of such diverse artists as Queen Latifa and Dropkick Murphys as well as Jewel would enjoy Ride The Way of Love. We learned from the artist that “Stellabotta” is Italian for star-struck, and this sparkling album fits the bill.
Track 1 Peaceful Nation – This laid-back, peaceful song brings a simple and intimate vibe between the vocals and guitar chords. Uplifting words with unique melodies come together to create a delightful happy and refreshing feel.
Track 4 Trip's Song – A definite change from what the first few tracks of this album brought. Wooden flute duos bring a mesmerizing feel while groovy percussion keep us grounded and our feet tapping.
Track 12 Taxman – This fast paced, rocking number closes out the album with a bang. Crashing drums, bass and distorted guitar with defying lyrics bring a very different feel from what the rest of the album evokes. Clearly, this group is not afraid to show their diversity.
-Reviewed by Dominic Benavides of Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion