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371 – Starkillers

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For this week’s podcast we headed stateside to harvest the talents of one of America’s fastest rising EDM stars. 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.

Formerly known as Nick Terranova, U.S talent Starkillers has been cutting a swathe through the bolshier end of the global EDM music scene with his tough-edged, big room 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 sound of mainstream dance music circa 2014.

It’s not about subtlety or tradition; instead it’s 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 or set is designed for maximum impact on the dancefloor, Play it loud!

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…   Its A Power Fuelled Killer Mix With Hands In The Air Moments And Huge Drops. What’s your personal favourite track on it? Tom Staar Rocket has to be one of my favourites on the podcast It has all the right elements. What’s the special ingredient in this mix? Energy is the special ingredient, I wanted to create something that captures the energy of the dancefloor and the festivals. with summer on its way i wanted to deliver that special feeling you get when you hear those tracks.What’s the best gig you’ve played recently? I just got back from quebec which was amazing, recently I played a festival in the philippines which was a huge experience. also my tour of asia was really special, i got to meet so many new fans. What have you got coming up? I am working hard on new music, some great collaborations, we are working on the new single with nadia ali for the summer. You never know maybe the starkillers album by the end of the year.And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? I’d like to say thank you for all your support, my fans mean so much to me. With out them none of this is possibleTracklistingDavid Guetta feat Skylar Gray-Shot Me Down (Starkillers F.U.I.F Bootleg)Starkillers-RideStarkillers & Inpetto-GameoverMartin Garrix, Jay Hardway-WizardFedde Le Grand-Rockin N RollinDeniz Koyu-RubyNicky Romero & Krewella-Legacy(Kryder Remix)Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujano-BonelessMako-Beam (Dannic Remix)Max Vangelli & Danny Ray-GrimHardwell & MakJ-CountdownDmitri Vegas, MOGUAI & Like Mike-MammothTom Staar-Rocket

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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