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Behind The Noise #3: Mark Starr @ LIT Tallahassee Fl 07/10/12 (Exclusive Interview)

So tonight I went and saw Mark Starr perform at LIT, which is one of the bigger clubs in Tallahassee. I went a little early to hang out with Mark and get a feel for what the night was going to be like. It just so happened that there was a huge foam party going on later and shit was about to get wet and wild…

As I stood up on stage with Mark listening to him absolutely destroy his set, I had the opportunity to do some great people watching. From the three girls in bikini’s running around in the foam, to the couple hundered people taking full advantage of the AYCD, to the guy right next to the stage doing what I think was supposed to be shuffling, the club was truly alive tonight.

Mark played a great mix of his originals, even dropping a little preview of a new song he’s been working on. When I tried to sneak a peak over his shoulders to get a the name of it, his CDJ only said “Track 6”. It looks like we’re gonna have to wait for this one.

My favorite track he dropped besides his originals was “Diplo Hates You” by Dani Deahl, which made me put my drink down and do a little 2 step of my own. If any of you readers have a chance to go to Lights Out Festival, make sure you see this guy, he is filthy on the decks and knows how to work a dance floor. I had a blast hanging with him and will definitely see him again at my next oppurtunity. Stay tuned for more updates about Mark Starr as he is very busy and will have more tracks coming out soon.


NYSH
Mark thanks for meeting me, you’re quite busy these days, congrats on the remix by the way

Mark
Thank You

NYSH
So first question, How long have you been producing music?

Mark
Um? I’ve been dabbling I guess with programs since I was 16 or so, there’s a program called Reason that came out by a company called Propellerhead. It was a neat toy to mess around with but I wasn’t doing anything serious with it. Like making goofy beats and just kinda getting into the idea of writing my own stuff, but more seriously probably within the last year or two, it’s definitely a continual learning process.

NYSH

Yea definitely, now what made you download Reason? Was there a trigger point?

Mark
Well I’ve been DJing for about 8 years so that kinda seemed like the natural progression, like I really got into djing and then I was kinda like this is fun but I’d like to express myself in another dimension on top of you know playing my favorite tracks and different styles. It’s a different way to connect with a crowd too, theres definitely no greater feeling than mashing a club, but mashing it with your own track…

NYSH
That must be intoxicating

Mark
Yea, I just got like goosebumps. It’s a really crazy really new feeling but it’s a lot of fun cuz I can go both ways, you can go play your track out like something new and it bombs it.

NYSH

So you have that hybrid DJ/Producer label that not a lot of people can claim.

Mark
Absolutely, it’s a cool thing to

NYSH
So were you always musically talented? Did you play insturments growing up?

Mark
I use to play drum in a small punk cover band in middle school

NYSH
Nice!

Mark
Yea, I also went to an art magnet school, Dreyfus, in West Palm Beach so I was always around it. My dad use to play in a Motown band like saxophone and stuff and my sister use to sing so ive ben surrounded by it one way or another but never really classically trained.

NYSH
So describe to me the process and you think “I’m gonna write a song” What do you do?

Mark
Generally, I’ll scope out where I wanna go with it based on tempo first of all, what tempo range I’m working in and what kind of drums im using, and cup of coffee, sit down and kinda go. Sometime I have a specific subgenre in mind sometimes maybe not. Sometimes I sit down and something comes out and sometimes it doesn’t. But really whenever Im sitting down im looking to have fun which is the most important thing. I’m not trying to stress myself out with I need to make a track that sounds like this or I need it to be super marketable. The way I approaching everything is im having fun writing what im writing and people are either gonna like it or not gonna like it. If they like it enough to put it out on their label and that something they’re interested it im all about it. I think you have to have fun no matter what youre doing in any line of work because when you lose that you lose the soul of what your doing

NYSH

So who are you working with right now?

Mark

I think most notably are these guy MC Flipside and A-Divizion, who are in Canada and have done a lot of work with Deadmau5 and a bunch of people up there. They runs two different labels called PBR which is like big room house type stuff and they have a tech house label he just started called DBR a couple months ago.

NYSH
I’ve been noticing that on your soundcloud a lot

Mark
I’ve been tryin to blow them up you know what I mean. Those are like my label mates right now so. It’s a good tight knit family atmosphere. That’s what I’ve been finding with a lot of the small independent labels, everyone takes care of each other. But I have two different EP’s coming out in August with them that I’m excited about. One of them has a remix by this group Munnibrotherz who are these two guys from South Africa who are on Dirtybird Records which is like my favorite label. I sent them a message about my track Sunshine and they loved it which was really exciting for me. I’ve also been working with Atomic Zoo Recordings, they just released my latest song, I did a remix for Van Tek. And I’m also working with Audio Planet Recordings, which is based out of Canada as well led by one of the most promising up and coming producers Soulfix, a pioneer of the “electro-step” sound that combines dubstep and electro house elements. I released an EP called The Switch on their label last month, my first peak time electro house tune. The label itself is gaining support by some of the biggest names int he industry from Lazy Rich, to Zedd


NYSH

That’s great, so what are your plans for the future, when can we expect to see these EP’s out?

Mark

The next EP is called Ocean Drive Hustle and that’s gonna be the first one out on DBR in the beginning of August. They’re pushing to have it out the first week. And then the week after they’re releasing Sunshine they’re releasing Sunshine and the remixes. For the immediate future I’m doing the Lights Out Music Festival in Miami, July 21st.

NYSH
Yea I told my friends down in Miami about that, it looks like a great festival

Mark

Nice, and yea we’re also gonna start doing the Saturday night Gonzo night here in Tally sometime really soon once we get the venue repaired from the storm we had. Other than that, a lot of music work, if you don’t see me out I’m at home, I’m waking up and just writing man.


NYSH

Well great that’s awesome man, thanks for sitting down with me today

Mark

Yea no problem man


Here are some tracks by Mark

Mark Starr- The Switch (Original Mix)
This is a badass track man. It can really knock you out of your shoes if you’re not careful

Mark Starr- Rood Boy (Original Mix)
This is a smooth bass heavy track with a real great progression and wonderful drum sequences

Mark Starr- Sunshine (Original Mix) *My personal favorite
I like to call this, real booty shakin music. It’s so infectious you can help but jive to this beast

Support Mark Starr on Soundcloud

You can also Support DBR Recordings, Atomic Zoo Recordings, and Audio Planet Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook

And Check out the Lights Out Music Festival in Miami Fl where you can catch Mark along side other big names like Felix Cartel, Lucky Date, Crizzly, Alex Kenji, Felix Da Housecat and More!

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