As the USA's dance music scene continues to come of age on a widespread scale and different styles proliferate and evolve, new talents are coming thick and fast. Only a few have the staying power to go the distance, however.
Starkillers has been cutting a swathe through the bolshier end of the global house music scene over the last few years with his tough-edged, eclectic sound. Blending big hooks and riffs, soaring vocals, thumping beats and mind-bending effects trickery, his sound is the perfect blend of high-octane, fierce energy and accessible appeal. It's truly at home amidst the contemporary sound of cutting-edge dance music.
It's not about subtlety or tradition; instead its a question of pushing technology and sound to their limits, and creating in-your-face tracks with plenty of charisma and attitude. There's nothing mundane going on here. Pitch bending leads, rugged bass, mind-warping FX, huge builds and drops; everything in a Starkillers track is designed for maximum impact on the dancefloor and this end goal has allowed his records to be picked up by huge labels including Doorn, Ultra and Spinnin.
"I really just try to make my sound as crazy as I can with out being too far left that people don't get it" he says. "I try not to pigeonhole myself into one genre so I can change easily and so that it doesn't come as a shock to my fans when I evolve." It's that versatility and open-mindedness that should see him continue to flourish and succeed for years to come, and that will ensure he outlasts less-imaginative peers.
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