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.
TWITTER INTERVIEW 02.20.14
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