RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST STARAV
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
First of all, it was a dream I decided to take a chance on and put continuous effort into. Eventually as I learned and experimented I came up with some amazing ideas that I will be rolling out throughout the upcoming years. Whether or not success comes my way I won’t be done with music until I get these ideas out.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
I’m StarAV, I started making music from scratch in 2020. That includes specializing in singing, songwriting and production.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world including RGM Australia to share music with America and the UK. Good idea?
Yeah of course. Sharing is caring and all that.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really, I love learning new conspiracy theories as well as different views of the world. I don’t subscribe to many belief systems or trains of thought because you can’t really be 100% sure of anything. Anything that keeps me moving forward in a positive direction for myself is all that I would like to hold onto at a time.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
So many fragrances. I love it as an art form but I don’t necessarily “need” all of it. I smell good.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Haven’t been on stage yet, the whole idea freaks me out, people don’t even know what I look like yet.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
As I said before, I only started making music from nothing two and a half years ago and had recorded my first release “The End” just a year in. It’s just proof that if you’re consistent with something you can get nice at it pretty quickly.
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What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
My sound signature and songwriting. I’ve been told there’s a real sense of mystique and authenticity to it. I don’t like to overcook anything and prefer a more stripped back approach, that way the feelings are rawer. Yet at the same time, I like to make the production have a sense of immersion and professionalism, it’s a balance of feeling and polish.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Not much really, I like to make sure everything in my life is optimized so that I don’t have to experience unneeded frustration. However, I would say that trying to break into an adjacent industry on a work basis has been a little challenging recent. Also, vocal comping sucks.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Scary. Very scary.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
Waiting So Long is a cover of the Silver Fins track that appeared in the 1997 Berserk Anime series. This song and the series of Berserk covers the struggle against fate and inevitability in order to achieve personal goals and find peace. This song in particular carries that yearning.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?
That yearning feeling for more is something I’ve felt very deeply for a long time in my life. The lyrics are somewhat nonsensical yet there was something about it that drew me in. I decided to cover it due to this intuitive feeling I got about it. Along the way I realized there was a line “There is an end but it’s endless” which is quite the coincidence as I have an EP titled “The End” as well as a track titled “Endless”, I just had to release it after that. Compared to the original the drama is played up with a more emotionally expressive vocal direction. That element was inspired by emo music in particular and a sense of scale in the instrumental that was inspired by more orchestral leaning arrangements.
What was the recording process like?
It was chill, I re-recorded a fair amount, and it was a somewhat different vocal approach I was attempting for this track.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album/ep?
I tried a different mixing style, LCR and it gave a really spacious feeling that I loved. Eventually, I ended up breaking the rules of LCR in order to glue it all together a bit more. Maybe one day I can try a proper LCR mix.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
One of the elements sounds more buried when compared to the original track, but I think it’s just time to let the track go, or else I’d just be stuck on it forever. I got so much more music on the way, not even scratching the surface of my long-term goals.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
The big one is to drop another EP for my mainline releases on StarAV. I classify Waiting So Long and my last few drops as Nondescript Music Group releases. I hope to be able to invest more into my music and grow more overall.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I got a vision that I believe in very much. I know, anyone would say that. All I know is that I won’t stop until it’s over and I’ve given everything I can. I hope that anyone who enjoys this release sticks around as there is a lot more special stuff on the way