I noticed producer and multi instrumentalist starRo for the first time in early June of 2013. I received the song, “I Need You” from London-based singer Vib who had previously released his debut project “EP for You” in January.
“I Need You” was the first single from an upcoming collaborative project between Vib & starRo, but outside of that pairing, I knew starRo would remain a constant feature on Embassy: Interactive. I immediately admired the drum arrangement and depth of instrumentation in the production and knew that he had a complete understanding of composing music and creating the perfect ambiance to work with.
The months followed, and I was continually impressed with some of starRo’s work. Remixes of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”, Erykah Badu’s “On & On”, and arguably his most popular one being Janet Jackson’s “Anytime, Anyplace. “
Of his approach to remixing songs, starRo states:
“I always think about how I would make the track if I were the producer of the original track, so I always try to re-arrange the track without losing the beauty of the vocal or original song. I always admire Sushi chefs because they always bring the food to the next level without doing much to the fish itself. I would like to think that I am doing the same for the remix.”
starRo lists some of his music influences being his father, who was a Jazz pianist, along with elite artists such as Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Antonio-Carlos-Jobin, Sly and the Family Stone, J Dilla, DJ Premier, The Neptunes and Ryuichi Sakamoto. His journey into his world of production was both experimental and well planned. He details it as this:
“My father is a Jazz pianist so I naturally started playing piano when I was 7, followed by guitar a few years after. Being able to play both instruments got me into playing in the band copying all kinds of music from Punk rock to Funk music. I got tired of copying someone else’s music eventually so I started writing original songs for my funk rock band. Nobody else in the band really read score so I basically started making some demo tracks using an old multi-track cassette recorder and a cheap Casio keyboard that has all kinds of sounds including drum sounds so that I can play every part in that band. By the time I made a few demo tracks I was totally mesmerized by the infinite possibility of sound making. I started adding strings, sound effects, crazy noises, some breakbeats and it got to the level that there was no way my band could play them. So I stop playing in the band and start focusing on making music.”
In addition to his remixes and work with Vib, starRo has worked with a list of artists & musicians from all across the world, including singers Mikezilla (Los Angeles, CA), Alcordo (Toronto) and Iman Europe (New York, NY), Japanese Rock band toe and UK based producers Fwdslxsh. The results of his hard work landed him a production deal with the music label Soulection and he is currently putting the final touches on his debut EP coming in December along with an official full length album slated to release early next year.
starRo’s future is definitely bright and he has the talent to take things to any level he desires. Listing one of his main goals as being able to produce an original song for Erykah Badu, there really isn’t a doubt in my mind that wish won’t be highly obtainable.
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