Melbourne singer-songwriter Reilly Stapleton is closing out the year with a bang thanks to her latest single, ‘Impulse’. Now, learn more about this stunning musician with our latest addition in the Tone Deaf Get To Know series.

If you’ve been paying attention to the local music scene over the last couple of years, then you might have come across the mesmerising Reilly Stapleton.

Having released a handful of awesome tunes, including ‘This One’s On Me’ and ‘Lost Mind’, Reilly draws influence from some of the greats, including Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Florence And The Machine, and much more, with this eclectic sound shining through in each and every track.

Last month though, Reilly Stapleton served up her latest track, the captivating ‘Impulse’. A stellar tune that is equal parts as intriguing as it is unsettling, ‘Impulse’ explores the darker side of the human psyche, while her forceful vocals and slick guitars soundtrack her deep dark thoughts.

To celebrate the release of this new tune, we sat down with Reilly for a chat to learn more about her music, her career highlights, and what’s on the cards for the future.

Check out Reilly Stapleton’s ‘Impulse’:


How did your artist name come about?

Not really a super exciting answer, but I was born with it. Overtime I attempted to change my name or shorten it, but I wasn’t happy with the outcome, so, I decided to just continue on using my birth name for the stage life as well.

How would you describe your music to your grandma?

hmm I would tell grandma that my music is a big mix of dark noises angry vocals that may not make much sense but are very expressive.

I would tell her not to worry about the lyrics and anything troubling that I say, then after that I would go around to her house and she would feed me a delicious comfort meal and I’d find the good snacks that she’s got hidden away.

Tell us about a few of your tracks? What about their names?

I only really have a few released now! My older ones are very old school Reilly, ‘Impulse’ has been the beginning of a new sound revolution for me.

My two favourites that I’ve released are:

‘That One’s On Me’ – This is about how when we feel an immense amount of pressure or sadness, sometimes we become in denial about the situations and you begin to allow yourself to believe that everything will be okay and that the worry that you feel is a subject of your imagination.

Then once the fabricated stress and pain becomes a harsh reality, the emphasised pain that you feel is a result of your own inner thoughts and naive consciousness.

The newest member to my little collection, ‘Impulse’:

‘Impulse’ is reflective of the constant battle between your negative impulsions and you inner consciousness that provides you with a positive moral compass.

It uses violence, anger and control in order to convey this unavoidable conflict.

When somebody has a short tolerance of anger they can withstand, it is generally our consciousness that holds us back from lashing out.

What do you love about your hometown?

I love Mornington because that’s where my mum is. It’s also where all my childhood memories are and the house I grew up in is.

An entire era of my life is situated all around Mornington, everywhere I look, there’s a memory or a comforting familiarity.

It’s just a settling vibe and not to mention the beautiful beaches that are all over the peninsula. As a kid, I grew up in the water. That’s where my dad and I would be most weekends and warm evenings.

The sunsets also look great when you sit on the big grassy hill.

What’s your career highlight so far?

I’ve only very recently begun on this music journey and everyday something is different and new.

I don’t really have a highlight as such, but being able to look at today and compare it to where I was at the exact time, the year before, is truly amazing and such a blessing, because in that I can see the growth and it puts all the hard work into perspective.

Check out Reilly Stapleton’s ‘That One’s On Me’:


What’s your fave non-music hobby?

I’ve done so many hobbies in my life, from motor bikes to horse riding and everything in between.

I’ve just recently moved into a new suburb a lot closer to the Melbourne CBD and so every spare chance I have is spent adventuring! From markets, to art shows and so many other cool activities.

I’ve always loved doing things that get me outdoors like painting in the sun or snorkelling and exploring the bay. As long as I’m moving and the day is full of new experiences that I can cherish for a long time, I am happy.

What’s on your dream rider?

My dream rider would absolutely be a room full of cats, a bunch of horror movies and a bucket of popcorn from the cinema.

Then the cats and I can all watch scary movies together and feast on salty delicious popcorn.

Then perhaps a canvas with some paints and paint brushes so that the cats and I can do some painting.

Dream music collaboration?

AHHH sooo difficult!! I would love to work with FINNEAS on the production of a song, he’s ridiculously talented and produces some of the most amazing tracks.

OR! Lana Del Rey! I would absolutely adore to write a song with her! Her lyrics are enchanting and captivating, god that would be incredible.

No wait, what if the three of us did a song together… wow, imagine!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My goals for 10 years time is to be known for my music. I would love to be successful in the music industry, because in all honesty, that is all I can ever see myself doing. Nothing else in this world feels right and I don’t ever consider doing anything else.

I literally invest EVERYTHING into music and in 10 years I hope it pays off and my songs can be known across a wide plain of people. What a dream come true that would be.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Ooooh – when I was young it was definitely ‘Why Don’t You Get A Job?’ by The Offspring.

Over exaggerating the word BITCH as a kid was the greatest because you’d cop a solid side eye from mum but it was all good, ‘cause dad had your back.

What’s on the cards for the future?

Mammoth music take over! The future involves me investing everything I have into music and never stopping until I can develop a successful career doing what I love!

Right now, I am aiming to be back in the studio developing new songs as soon as possible so that I can release a fresh track into the world.

Check out Reilly Stapleton’s ‘Lost Mind’:


Reilly Stapleton Live Dates 2019

Tuesday, December 3rd
God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC