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Trippy Talk: “Future Self” with David Starfire

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David Starfire, the chart-topping pioneer of the global bass genre, comes to Gravitas Recordings with his newest musical creation. ‘Future Self’ is a culmination of Starfire’s lifelong musical experience with orchestras, marching band, sound design, EDM, and world music. With three collaborative tracks and three innovative remixes, David creates a soundscape with influences from Bulgaria, the Middle East, Australia, India and Africa. With all these elements inDrawing from his years of music production, Starfire creates a familiar, yet divergent release. play, he transports listeners into a cinematic and ethereal universe that merges with dubstep, trap, and global bass sounds. Catch him on his current ‘Future Self’ tour with stops in California, North Carolina, and Oregon.

‘Future Self’ opens with “Vishnu,” a 2,000 year old mantra from the temples of India. David Starfire and Mumbai vocalist Shri pay respects to the principal deity of Hinduism as powerful 808s are launched. On the second track, “Izgrejala,” heavy trap music meets cinematic heights and features Bulgarian vocalist Sonja Alexandra Drakulich from the internationally acclaimed StellaMara. “Osho” first begins at a steady rhythm, gradually accelerating into an expeditious global dubstep intended for the dancefloor. To wrap up the EP, there are three remixes by Boston’s Zebbler Encanti Experience, DISSOLV, and SOOHAN.

David Starfire remains at the forefront of the global bass movement by delivering electrifying performances, releasing unique work, and collaborating with world-class artists.” –Julian Reyes of Keyframe.

Interview with David Starfire

About David Starfire: BBC Radio called David Starfire, “one of the most brilliant world-fusion producers of all time.” Coming from a musical family with roots in New Orleans jazz, David started playing music at a young age. He grew up to become a renown musician with a rich and diverse set of musical influences including hip-hop and world. On stage, he has performed with Bassnectar and Skrillex, and at festivals such Burning Man and Coachella. His collaborations include: Afrika Bambaataa, Sizzla, Ooah (The Glitch Mob), Beats Antique (Sidecar Tommy), Alex Grey, William Close, and the Grammy Award-winning vocalist Chaytanya.

Keyframe Entertainment: ‘Future Self” contains three remixes with Zebbler Encanti Experience, Dissolv, and SOOHAN. How did these come to be?

David Starfire: SOOHAN and I have been closely working together the past year. We released a comp together called “Circulate Vol 1” on Gravitas Recordings. It focused on underground Global Bass dance music from different artists around the world. Dissolv, ZEE, and I had been talking about remixing tracks for each other or collaborating. This seemed like the right time and I’m happy to have them on this release. I’m currently in the studio working on a remix for ZEE right now.

KF: What was the inspiration behind ‘Future Self’?

David Starfire: The inspiration was to create music that was the culmination of all of my life and musical experiences. I’ve traveled around the world recording musicians and have been creating music my entire life. Growing up, I was in the school symphony, jazz, band, marching band, and rock band, and was into electronic music. And, I wanted to bring it all together. The main focus for the EP was to have a cinematic feel. Aside from world instruments, there are lots of strings, huge toms, and ethereal vocals from Bulgaria and India. That give the songs an epic electronic-soundtrack feel. Some artists that are direct influences are Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Lisa Gerrard.

KF: What can attendees expect from your ongoing ‘Future Self’ tour? 

DS: I’ll be performing the tracks on tour and have added live drums along with my electronic hand percussion module. On top of that, I’ll have dancers and guest singer for select shows. I’m very excited about some upcoming shows with Beats Antique on 12/30 in Felton, CA and NYE in Santa Cruz, CA.

KF: You recently curated and released a benefit compilation, Circulate Vol. 1, where 100% of net proceeds went to funding an after-school music education program. And we appreciate your dedication to doing good. We would love to hear more about it, and any other work that you support. 

I’m a big believer in giving back to others. The Circulate Vol. 1 release was a wonderful project that SOOHAN and I spearheaded. The idea was to give awareness to Global Bass music from around the world and to raise money for Beyond the Grade, which provides lessons and instruments to underserved kids in Austin.

In the same vein, I released a benefit album titled “Karuna” a few years back to raise money and awareness for the “Thai Freedom House,” in support of Burmese refugee children in Thailand. For it, I went temples and border zone areas and recorded with Burmese refugee musicians. Afterwards, I went back to LA to produce the album. In the end, 100% of the profits when to Thai Freedom House. I even gave an Ableton workshop to the kids there. I feel that more artists should give back. Unfortunately, I don’t see much of that happening and I hope to inspire other artists to give back.

KF: Shout-outs or anything that you’d like to share?

DS: I have new music coming out with my side project the Dub Kirtan All-Stars and features the amazing singer Jai Uttal. I’ve just started a sample pack company called “Loops for Good” with Black Octopus Sound that will be giving 10% of the profits back to various organizations. Big shout out to Gravitas Recordings and they are really awesome to work with!

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