|Born||February 25, 1986|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, indie rock, art rock,|
Stella Mozgawa is an Australian drummer, best known as a member of the indie rock band Warpaint, with whom she has recorded four studio albums. Alongside her work with Warpaint, Mozgawa has contributed to recordings by musicians Kurt Vile, Adam Green, Cate Le Bon, the xx, Tim Presley, Tom Jones, Kim Gordon and Regina Spektor.
Childhood and early life
At age 13, Mozgawa began playing the drums 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." At age 14, Mozgawa pretended to be a "20-year-old Polish immigrant with no ID" to perform at Sydney music venues.
From 2000 Mozgawa's early Sydney bands included Nick Maybury on lead guitar. Early in 2006 Mozgawa and Maybury formed Mink in New York City alongside Neal Carlson on lead vocals, Grant Fitzpatrick on bass guitar and David Lowy on rhythm guitar. The pop rock group issued a self-titled debut album in August 2007 but had disbanded by 2009.
Mozgawa befriended Red Hot Chili Peppers bass guitarist Flea, who suggested she move to Los Angeles, eventually meeting the members of Warpaint. During this time she lived at Flea's house: "He was so instrumental in me meeting the Warpaint girls. He was the first person to even say their name to me and the first time I hung out with them was around him and around his friends, so he had a huge part to do with that. There’s a lot of people from that era that were raised on certain music that have so much integrity. Whether you’re a Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan or not, he really means what he does and he’s a punk at heart. He doesn’t give a shit about metrics or who’s popular, he’s just about the soul of music."
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. 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.
- Belief (2022)
with Kurt Vile
- Wakin on a Pretty Daze (2013)
- It's a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) (2013)
- B'lieve I'm Goin Down... (2015)
- Spotify Sessions (2015)
- Lotta Sea Lice (2017) (with Courtney Barnett)
- Bottle It In (2018)
- Watch My Moves (2022)
- Helen Burns (2012) – Flea
- Spirit in the Room (2012) – Tom Jones
- Howlin' (2013) – Jagwar Ma
- There There (2014) – Megan Washington
- Wonder Where We Land (2014) – SBTRKT
- My Dreams Dictate My Reality (2015) – Soko
- Right On! (2015) – Jenny Lee Lindberg
- Crab Day (2016) – Cate Le Bon
- Furnaces (2016) – Ed Harcourt
- Aladdin (2016) – Adam Green
- Murdered Out (2016) – Kim Gordon
- The WiNK (2016) – Tim Presley
- Every Now and Then (2016) – Jagwar Ma
- Remember Us to Life (2016) – Regina Spektor
- The Good Book (2016) – Andy Clockwise
- Clashes (2016) – Monika Brodka
- I See You (2017) – The xx
- Young Adult (2017) – Rodes Rollins
- I Romanticize (2017) – H Hawkline
- LoveLaws (2018) – TT
- Record (2018) – Tracey Thorn
- Remind Me Tomorrow (2019) – Sharon Van Etten
- Diviner (2019) - Hayden Thorpe
- Reward (2019) – Cate Le Bon
- Return to Center (2019) – Kirin J Callinan
- Ceremony (2020) – Phantogram
- Boy from Michigan (2021) – John Grant
- Things Take Time, Take Time (2021) – Courtney Barnett
- Pompeii (2022) – Cate Le Bon
With Desert Sessions
- Volume 11: Arrivederci Despair (2019) – Desert Sessions
- Volume 12: Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels (2019) – Desert Sessions
Awards and nominations
ARIA Music Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|2022||Courtney Barnett & Stella Mozgawa for Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time||Producer – Best Produced Album||Pending|||
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- Leggett, Steve. "Mink Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
- "PBS Presents: Mink". PBS 106.7FM. November 2006. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
- "How Stella Got Her Groove". lnwy.co. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
- Benanti, Diana. "Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa Talks Gaga, Van Smells, Hip-Hop and the Band's New Album". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
- Lars Brandle (12 October 2022). "Rüfüs Du Sol Leads 2022 ARIA Awards Nominees (Full List)". The Music Network. Retrieved 12 October 2022.