Mixtape Music Tea/ Stetson Rose

A few weeks ago, Philly Mixtape sat down in a much well deserved air conditioned room at the Firefly Music Festival to spill some music tea with local singer/songwriter, Stetson Rose.

Having already won the hearts of many at Philly Songwriters Project, Ms. Rose was offered an opportunity to play the annual festival, where she was quite gracious in spilling all of the local music dish for us. Take a sip below…

PM- How did you get your start as a musician?
SR- I just always have (been a musician). I started on ukulele then my parents got me a guitar when I found a broken one in the garage.

PM- Hey, that was like me! I found one in my mom’s attic after being enamored by my cousins. She got it fixed up for me and I started just riffing on it. So, Firefly is a pretty amazing opportunity. How was the experience for you?

SR- It was phenomenal. I was so scared before going on but it was so much fun while I was up there. I just wanted to keep going.
PM- You did have a good crowd going. I could hear your voice half a mile away when walking up to the tent.
SR- Aw thanks ! People came up afterwards telling me they were headed to another stage and that I had stopped them in their tracks.

PM- That’s an awesome thing. So you have traveled a bit before I’m told?
SR- I was born in the Bay area on the west coast. I have traveled to New York and Florida, was a part of California’s West Coast Songwriters. I’m well traveled I guess you could say. For a long while I took a on music to focus on family. It definitely feels good to be back and this is probably the first time I’m professionally promoting it.

PM- It looks like it’s working quite well for you. What inspires you as an artist?
SR- Making someone cry (laughs). It’s being so touched within that moment that I try to evoke.

PM- Any artists?
SR- My parents lived in San Francisco in the 60s…so The Band, Paul Simon, Sam Smith. I’m a sucker for a vocal. First and foremost I’m a singer. But the feeling…I don’t know how to describe it. Oh and Ray la Montagne. His album, Trouble, so good.

PM- So you do have a day job and a child at home as well as being a performer. How do you juggle all the responsibilities?
SR- I cry a lot (laughs).
PM – So do I. Trust me haha.
SR- I have a lot of support though from friends and family. No one becomes successful alone. For me it’s about how to get the energy and then keep the energy.

PM- Any act that inspired you here at the festival?
SR- Paul McCartney of course. I’m also excited to see Max Frost.

Listen to her single “Silver Lining” and check out her TOUR below:

Tour Schedule:

Jul 11Rose Tree Summer FestivalMedia, PA Free

Jul 15Penn Museum Summer Nights Music SeriesPhiladelphia, PA Tickets

Jul 18The Oval StagePhiladelphia, PA Free

Aug 16Bethlehem Musik FestivalBethlehem, PA Free


Philly Mixtape Music Tea/May Spillages Edition

When Philly Mixtape was conceived in the music bedroom almost a year (!) ago, the goal was simple–serve up the hottest music both local and mainstream. In that past year, we’ve made great strides in keeping that promise–with a few music bumps along the way, of course–to bring you guys the boldest, brightest and most extraordinarily gifted talent from around the music spectrum. It seems that with each passing month, the local guys and gals featured on Mixtape get more and more creative and unique, but most of all, they’re all in for the same thing-that good old fashioned music love. Personally speaking, this music life is certainly not an easy one to achieve, and it can certainly make you little crazy while werkin’ it out to be the best you can be, (hey, I’m no angel), but, our focus is simple–we all keep our eyes on that coveted music prize. This past month, Philly Mixtape has had the absolute music privilege of sipping music tea with some of the brightest music stars around, so we just want to send out a note of nothing but music love to all who took time out this past month to sip with us…

The best part about all of the amazing artists we’ve featured in May–besides being an ultimate mixed bag of music genres–pop, dance, music producer, singer, songwriter, engineer, DJ, werk–they’re all in it because they do it for all of us. 

Thank you to all who spilled with us to for deliver your one-of-kind music vibes, thoughts and music words of wisdom into the Philly Mixtape world this month. At the end of the day, being in this together is the name of the music game. And because we just fucking love music so much. 

Take some time out to to spill with these incredible music artists, both local and legendary. Each one of these music acts will move, groove and just give you music life. 

1.Barry Harris

2.DJ Escape

3.Erika Jayne

4.Grapefruit Sound Lab

5.DJ John Michael

6.The Fontaines

7.Victoria Watts




Spill Just a Little Bit of Music Tea w/ Hank Fontaine

Tomorrow, Philly Mixtape will be traveling across the coast to L.A. to spill some music tea with Hank Fontaine, who along with his sister Charlotte, makes up the funky, doo-wop tinged group, The Fontaines. While the sibling singing/songwriting duo is just starting out in this crazy music business, they’ve already set the west coast on fire;creating big buzz that is aiming to take them across the music globe, hopefully eventually landing them a coveted spot to perform at any one of Philly’s far out entertainment venues…

While we don’t want to give too much of Hank’s sip-and-spill away, we will tell you that Mr. Fontaine is a truly genuine, down to earth, kind-of-guy who loves his music, lives for all things Radiohead’s classic set, OK Computer, and when it came time to ask him why he decided to get into the music business, his response in just six words is truly one-of-a-music-kind. In the meantime, The Fontaines swinging serving of tunes, like the cheeky-titled, “Cate Blanchett” and “Paul Newman,” will absolutely take you away to your hump day music happy place! We will see you tomorrow for the spillage!!

For all things The Fontaines, check this out.