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Sinistarr has cemented himself as a major name in international Drum and Bass. Sinistarr’s distinct sound reflects the musical landscape of his hometown Detroit, Michigan, combining the sounds of Detroit Techno, House and Detroit Electro into his own blend of Drum and Bass, citing main influences such as Aux 88, Drexciya, Derrick May, and Aril Brikha, among many others. As a result, Sinistarr has become one of the most exciting fresh contributors to the American DnB scene as a producer, and DJ.As a producer, Sinistarr’s music has been supported by top names including Goldie, Marcus Intalex, Fabio (BBC Radio 1) London Electricity and Commix. He has released music on many well known labels including Creative Source (Detroit Diesel), Deep Soul Music (“Recovery”), Hospital Records (Black Diamonds), and works closely with San Diego’s own Peer Pressure Recordings where he also works in their A&R department.

The last 12 months have been huge for Sinistarr. In October and November of 2008 he was featured in Knowledge Magazine, and has also received radio support from the biggest names in Electronic music including Pete Tong on his “In New Music We Trust” show, 4 times on Dj Hype’s show on KISS FM UK, countless plays on Fabio’s Drum & Bass show on BBC Radio One, Bailey and Crissy Cris on BBC 1Xtra, Gereard on Hospital’s Drive-By show (KISS FM) and has also featured on 7 of the Hospital Records Podcasts – one the most played artists of the podcast. Sinistarr has also had tunes released on Offshore’s Buried Treasure 2, MJazz’s Modernists CD and the Hospital Records’ Sick Music CD.

In 2009 Sinistarr Joined Driven AM, the US based Artist Management and Record Label and has released a EP entitled ‘Load Screen’. Additional upcoming releases include a remix for local Detroit band and record label Exchange Bureau Music, original tunes for Qilin Music (ran by Kiat – Metalheadz\Function) Prestige Music, Phunkfiction, collaborative efforts with fellow Americans Mixmaster Doc (31\Creative Source) and Submorphics (Good Looking/Westbay), International artists Redeyes (Bingo Beats, Spearhead – France) Agzilla (Metalheadz – Iceland), and a track featured on Deep Soul Music’s exclusive shoe collab with the world renowned sports clothing line Lacoste. At the end of 2009, Sinistarr also locked a track with the legendary Metalheadz imprint, becoming the first Detroit born and raised artist on the label, a label that has strong ties to the city.


Apart What / where / who was your first experience of electronic music?
Sinistarr I got my first dose of electronic music through the radio, listening to Saturday night mix shows they would mainly mix house/ghettotech on a lot of stations to get people hyped for the wknd

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
Sinistarr At the time of me starting, it was the Detroit techno and Chicago/SF house scenes, then it became dnb/jungle. so to answer the question haha mark farina, Goldie, Fabio, grooverider, Derrick may, kevin saunderson, Carl Craig, and the like

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words?
Sinistarr smart club music

Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
Sinistarr Denver, Colorado; Austin, Texas and my hometown when I play there rarely hahaha (Detroit)

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
Sinistarr Tokyo, Japan

Apart Do you have any of your productions out? If so on what labels?
Sinistarr I have a lot of music out – the oldest running ones being on labels such as metalheadz, hospital and renegade hardware

Apart Youtube us one track that we can expect to hear you play in Milwaukee?
Sinistarr Heavy1 – Fear The Satellite (Sinistarr remix)

Apart When your not listening to electronic music, what do you like to listen to?
Sinistarr in terms of non-electronic –jazz, African music, hip hop mainly, 90s as a guilty pleasure hahaha

Apart Have you performed in Milwaukee before? If so, where?
Sinistarr I’ve played twice in Milwaukee – once at bad genie with Danny the wildchild, and once at the miramar with Raiden

Apart One last question for ya this evening.. Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
Sinistarr was a (1 semester) nursing student lolll