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88RISING's STEPHANIE POETRI Reveals Craziest Thing She Did As A K-Pop Fangirl

Ai dela Cruz

Posted at March 23, 2020


A 19-year-old girl released a homemade, low-budget music video back in June 2019 and it now has over 60 million views. #NoTypo

That's the amazing story of how Indonesian-American artist Stephanie Poetri made a name for herself and instantly became a viral sensation through her Iron-Man-inspired song "I Love You 3000."


Courtesy: Stephanie Poetri

Definitely one of the fastest-rising stars of today, Stephanie has amassed half a billion streams worldwide after releasing her remix collaboration with GOT7's Jackson Wang—"I Love You 3000 II"—and her debut EP Do You Love Me filled with her signature relatable lyrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luckily, I got the chance to talk to the young superstar who's now based in Los Angeles, California, where she shot her most-viewed music video "I Love You 3000" with her sister, using only her phone's camera during their first time in LA.

In our MYXclusive phone interview, Stephanie candidly shared how her famed collab with "The New King of Asian Pop" happened: "I just somehow heard [Jackson Wang] ask, like he said, 'Hey! I like the song. Do you think I can jump on for a remix?' And GOT7 was my favorite band and I was just really confused like, 'What is going on?'"

Of course, she said yes! But apparently, she was clueless as to what she said yes to: "I didn’t know whether he was gonna rap or whether he was gonna sing, or he was gonna yodel—I had no idea! And so when I heard the recording back and he was singing, gurrrl I was like whoa."

And just like a regular teenager, she adorably fangirled over the K-pop artist whom she considers as her "Beyoncé": "I think his voice fit so well. It’s just kind of like a dream come true to be able to have someone who, for me, was my Beyoncé, you know what I mean? I was a Jackson stan! And him singing my song and interpreting my work—it’s crazy!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

cause youre my ironman... I LOVE YOU 3000 is out now! https://88rising.lnk.to/HITCII look at this duuuudddee

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She eventually went on to create a colorful music video with her personal "Beyoncé" and fellow 88rising artist, and it's now nearing 10 million views on YouTube!


Although born in the spotlight—her pop-icon Mom has been dubbed "Indonesia's equivalent of Madonna"—Stephanie has managed to stay grounded all these years and still easily gets starstruck, especially when it comes to her favorite K-pop idols!

"I still go insane whenever a K-pop idol shares my music. I remember the first one was Bang Chan of Stray Kids. He played my song live and I was like whuuut? I actually have their albums and I even bought tickets to watch them in Jakarta," she admitted.

She also couldn't forget the time when Baekhyun of EXO sang one of her songs in a US concert with SuperM and described the feeling as meta: "The people I’ve looked up to growing up are now appreciating my work. It’s probably one of the craziest things I have ever experienced. It’s really meta."

Speaking of meta, Stephanie also revealed the craziest thing she has ever done as a K-pop fangirl and it had something to do with influencing her whole school. "My first ever comeback as a K-pop fan was when Red Velvet came back with 'Peek-A-Boo' and I love that song. It’s such a good song," she began.

"And one of the craziest things I did was, I don’t know why, but I was still in high school and I taught all of my friends how to dance it, to the point where like even teachers knew the dance! I just kept dancing to it like as a joke, but it ended up being like a running joke throughout the school where people would just like do the dance," she laughed as she reminisced her ReVeluv days.

Now with an award of her own after winning Best New Asian Artist Indonesia from South Korea's biggest award-giving body, the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), she is ready to be an idol in her own right with her original music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tag urself lol anyways its been a month since do you love me came out and im so soft ily all 🥺

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Her newly released two-track EP contains the title track "Do You Love Me" and "Touch" which she described as "anti-romance" as opposed to her debut single.


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"So for 'Do You Love Me,' it’s quite an immature understanding of unrequited love. Obviously, this guy doesn’t like you, right? But you’re so obsessed that you’re like, 'Maybe he does!' And so you keep asking, 'Do you love me, love me, love me," she explained, referencing the "He loves me, he loves me not" flower petal-picking game in her music video.

Her other song, however, shows a different side to Stephanie: "I thought it was just really funny how immature 'Do You Love Me' is and then we go to 'Touch' that’s a lot more mature, calm, and emotional. I wanted to really sound like how it sounds inside your head. That’s why the kind of instruments is very soft and very quiet, whereas 'Do You Love Me' is upbeat and bright."


Courtesy: Stephanie Poetri

The promising singer-songwriter also expressed her excitement to come visit her Filipino fans soon: "Yes! I really wanna go!" So while we wait for that day, stream Stephanie Poetri's debut EP Do You Love Me below:

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