Stella Mozgawa

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Stella Mozgawa
Mozgawa in 2011
Mozgawa in 2011
Background information
Born (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 34)
Sydney, Australia
GenresPsychedelic rock, indie rock, art rock,
Years active2007–present
Associated actsWarpaint, Jagwar Ma, The xx, Cate Le Bon, , Kurt Vile, Flea, Adam Green

Stella Mozgawa is an Australian drummer. She is best known as a member of the indie rock band Warpaint, with whom she has recorded three studio albums. Alongside her work with Warpaint, Mozgawa has contributed to recordings by musicians Kurt Vile,[1] Adam Green, Cate Le Bon, the xx, Tim Presley, Tom Jones, Kim Gordon and Regina Spektor.[2]


Childhood and early life[edit]

Growing up in Sydney, Mozgawa was raised by her Polish parents, who had moved from Poland to Australia to perform music together as a musical duo.[3][4]

At age 13, Mozgawa began playing the drums,[3] and was initially influenced by the drummer Zac Hanson from the pop band Hanson. She explained: "For a lot of people who are a half-generation older than me it was Tommy Lee, but for me it was Zac Hanson from Hanson. I'm probably in a smaller group of people who were really turned on to the profession by that particular man".[5] At age 14, Mozgawa pretended to be a "20-year-old Polish immigrant with no ID" to perform at Sydney music venues.[3] Mozgawa befriended Red Hot Chili Peppers bass guitarist Flea, who suggested she move to Los Angeles, eventually meeting the members of Warpaint.

With Warpaint[edit]

Mozgawa (left) performing with Warpaint.

In Los Angeles, Mozgawa befriended Warpaint vocalist and guitarist Theresa Wayman in late 2009. She was subsequently invited to join the band and replaced Shannyn Sossamon.[6] Mozgawa featured in the recording of the band's first album, The Fool (2010). In 2014, the band released its second studio album, Warpaint, with Mozgawa contributing fully to the songwriting process, followed by Heads Up in 2016.

Mozgawa has remixed several artists, including Daughter, Shura, Sarah Blasko, Eves the Behavior and Depeche Mode.


With Warpaint
Guest appearances


  1. ^ "Weird Still Spills: Stella Mozgawa Of Warpaint's Favourite Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  2. ^ Snook, Emma (15 December 2015). "Stella Mozgawa: "I'm musically and creatively promiscuous"". DIY. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Stella Mozgawa: Artist Biography". Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Weird Still Spills: Stella Mozgawa Of Warpaint's Favourite Albums – Steely Dan". The Quietus. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  5. ^ "AGOP Interview Series: Adam Christgau Interviews Stella Mozgawa". Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  6. ^ Benanti, Diana. "Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa Talks Gaga, Van Smells, Hip-Hop and the Band's New Album". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 10 December 2016.