STASH “Red Cup! Pinky Up!”
Everyone’s favorite “Poppy House” Dance Duo STASH is back with a Summertime Party Anthem sure to get your party movin!
Why should male electro-pop duos have all the fun?
That’s what Steph Prost, the multi-talented L.A.-based DJ/rapper/songwriter behind the emerging two-girl group STASH (www.dancestash.com) thought when she heard LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and saw them become global EDM sensations. A master at creating fresh mash-ups, the San Antonio native had built a great rep producing and DJ’ing for exclusive private parties and events ranging from big film premieres to RedBull Spring Break, the Sundance Festival and South By Southwest. But music had always been part of the multi-instrumentalist’s family DNA, and she was restless to expand.
“I love being a DJ, but sometimes they get stuck just being thought of as opening for other performers, and I didn’t want that,” she says. “So I thought about all the groups like DADA LIFE, EC TWINS, LMFAO, W & W out there with lighthearted songs, giving people a good time and thought, why not a girl version to break that mold? There was a huge space for that.”
A few years later, Steph’s vision, ambition and funky way with a rap sets the groove for the powerhouse vocals of classically-trained pop singer Amanda Maze. With a musical partnership driven by natural chemistry and a playful, laid back friendship, they’re having a blast as STASH, gearing up to unleash their high-energy pop meets electro-pop (or, as they like to dub it, “poppy house”) on the world. They write their (happy) songs with a guitar and their clean but spirited lifestyle creates a perfect backdrop for their music.
Steph’s killer DJ sets at Sundance brought a ton of new opportunities, and she ultimately joined forces and started working with producer Nick James, whose credits include arranging and producing on Justin Bieber’s Under The Mistletoe. The EP will also feature tracks produced and co-written by David Kidd and STASH’s current musical director Nick Annis.
The duo’s infectious debut single – the “lousy ex-boyfriend”- inspired anthem “Tear Me Down” is currently making an impact on Top 40 radio residing in the top 5 on the Mediabase Top 40 Pop Independent Label/Artist Most Active rankings for 10 weeks, and top 10 for over 20 weeks and #30 on the BDS Top 40 Indicator Chart. Sirius XS Venue (Ch. 3) added “Tear Me Down” to the playlist in March 2015. STASH’s throbbing; lady-empowering “Strip Me Bare” dance remix has been well received at clubs and DJs across the country. In November, 2014, STASH scored their first Hollywood Music In Media Award (HMMA) in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) category for “Strip Me Bare,” while “Red Cup! Pinky Up” scored a nomination in the Dance category. STASH was selected one of MUSIC CONNECTION’s 2014 HOT 100 Independent artists.