StarAV is an Australian-based musician, composer, and producer who is well versed in the art of pop sounds. StarAV has just released an original single titled “Endless” which features Kirk. We had a few questions and answers with them through StarAV. Below are exclusive details on StarAV and the release “Endless”.
What is your real name?
StarAV: I can’t reveal that, not yet at least. I value my privacy over everything, so it feels a lot more comfortable for me to just be known under my alias.
What’s your official stage name (showbiz name)?
StarAV: StarAV. The AV stands for AudioVisual, as I am also into working with visual components. It’s also far easier to search for than just Star. My handle is often staravproductions as well. I like how it sounds a lot broader than what I primarily do.
What do you do (fashion, music, comedy, art, dancing, etc.)?
StarAV: I make music, in particular I produce, sing & songwrite. I can’t play any instruments, much to the disappointment of those that ask. Though I’m definitely interested in picking one up over time.
How did you get into what you do (music, modelling, art, dance, etc.)?
StarAV: I’ve always loved listening to music on a pretty deep level. I used to self-regulate with music a lot during hard times, specifically stuff that’s sadder and more introspective material. This is the type of stuff that I can project my own experiences onto on some level. Also, I was a bit of an audiophile growing up; imagine a kid in their early to mid-teens stressing about what audio gear and file types were being used. But back on track, as I was coming out of a period of extended depression, I felt as if it was time to really believe in myself and start trying to make my own music. So that’s what I did every day, with some breaks here and there.
What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what your career/profession/ field feels like?
StarAV: The core of my music simply relies upon pop stylings, mainly in my vocals and songwriting. Behind this, I work with whatever catches my ear, be it elements from ambient, wave, noise, orchestral, or now alt rock with this new collaboration with Kirk. While varying, I would say the core of the music keeps it identifiable as my own. I wouldn’t really call it a career yet, but I’m excited to keep developing and expanding the experience I have here under StarAV. As well as this, I would also like to move into any adjacent fields, such as sound design and composition for movies. Part of why the “productions” part of my handle exists.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
StarAV: Back when I started out, it was probably Ye (Kanye) West, as he instilled the idea of believing in yourself when no one else would. Nowadays, any positive external affirmation I get in relation to my music, be it the numbers slowly creeping up or especially when people tell me that they enjoy my work, definitely motivates me to keep going. But ultimately, StarAV is a thing that I myself wanted to bring into this world. In my mind, it’s like a long form story that I’m writing over many projects and years. It’s something I want to see come to its natural completion, no matter how much distance I’d spend away from it.
What was your first project and the people you worked with, and which year?
StarAV: My first project was an ambient pop EP titled “The End.” It was a cover EP I dropped on the last day of 2021. Basically, in terms of my own life it reflects my feelings on the loss of someone very close to me, but through the carefully curated cover songs, which ties back into the idea of self-regulation through music. Loss and isolation, in particular, are widely universal experiences; the EP is a tribute to how music can help you feel less alone through hard times. I produced the thing at home on Ableton, then I had the vocals recorded and mixed at a studio named Hosea Creative by Tim Evans. It was worked on over the year as I was moving back and forth a lot for education.
I tried to master the thing myself, but I failed horribly. However, Juan from Powerestudio was able to master it beautifully. On top of this, the art was done by @jole.nino on IG, a perfect visual representation of the world I envisioned for the project. The original artists of the cover songs themselves are Frank Ocean, Thundercat, Kirin J. Callinan, Yung Lean, and Thom Yorke. They are all huge inspirations to me.
How many projects do you have so far?
I’ve currently got one EP as aforementioned on StarAV, an experimental audiovisual project as part of my education, and a bunch of singles released on my Nondescript Music Group page, which includes this new collaboration with Kirk.
How long have you been doing what you do?
StarAV: Singing, producing, making music, and just working with sound in general I would say it’s been a bit over two years now. I’m really happy to have made this kind of progress in this short period of time. Ye was right, believing in yourself works.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
StarAV: Money. Nah just kidding, but it is part of it. Everyone has to make a living, and I would love to be able to do this for work primarily. I would also like to keep meeting more people and collaborating with unique, talented artists. I always feel there’s a lot to learn and new areas to grow in through this process.
Have you won any awards or been nominated for an award? Or in short, any achievement? both in and out of your career path.
StarAV: Nah not really, outside of a few regular educational awards I’ve been an underachiever for most of my life. Over time, I’ve come to think that what you do for yourself is much more important than awards. Though I’m not against receiving awards, that would be cool.
What is this new release about?
“Endless” covers the pursuit of happiness in a world of 7 billion unique experiences, hence it being a “lonely world” with the bitter side of nostalgia. It comes to the conclusion that with patience and perseverance, one can come to terms with the fleeting nature of happiness. It ends with an allusion to the idea of leaving opportunities up to chance if it’s too much to handle all at once.
Who and how many people worked on it?
StarAV: I wrote the lyrics and did the vocals on top of Kirk’s beautiful instrumental, which I found after digging around on SoundCloud. I DMed him the demo and he said he’s cool with me releasing it. On the technical side, I mixed the vocals and Juan mastered the track.
What can your previous and new audiences anticipate from you in the future?
StarAV: I aim to release more collaborative and miscellaneous works on a semi frequent basis on Nondescript Music Group. The projects I’m working on for mainline StarAV require a lot of continuous reflection and time in order to ensure that they will hold up over the years. I find this a good approach for me as it allows me to release a solid amount of content whilst remaining perfectionistic at the same time.