Dirtybird’s “Rood Boy” Mark Starr
Mark Starr appeared on the radar of many through his remix of Alex Metric’s ‘Rave Weapon,’ which came out on Skrillex’s imprint OWSLA back in December. After a series of shows that spanned from Miami to LA to Boston, Mark’s release of sexy, bass-driven jam ‘Rood Boy’ is set for March 13 on Dirtybird’s Players Compilation Part 2 (or now, if you’re a Birdhouse member).
We’re looking forward to catching him alongside label figureghead Claude VonStroke and J. Phlip this Saturday at Story Miami, which is quite an honor for the up-and-comer, as Dirtybird is his favorite record label.
His connection with the Dirtybird crew started on twitter, of all things.
“Kill Frenzy randomly sent a message out on twitter asking people to send him promos for a gig,” Starr recalled. “I said, ‘Hey, why not?’ and sent him over ‘Sunshine.’”
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But everything picked up steam a few months ago.
“I got a random tweet from Claude, saying if I sent him anything like my remix of a track called Spaceship by Wet::Sex, he’d sign it on the spot. I did a double and triple take. I figured it had to be a mistake. I’d never sent him any of those tracks.”
After sending him some tunes, including ‘Rood Boy’ and ‘Sunshine,’ Claude surprised him with a speedy half-hour repsonse.
“He gave me some great honest feed back on everything,” he said. “He’s a super honest guy. In a good way.”
That was only the beginning.
“He asked for ‘Rood Boy’ and offered me some remix opportunities. I’ve been going from there ever since, slowly getting to know each of the birds as we cross paths since I signed with the label.”
Mark has been producing for some time, but the switch to production as his main focus happened more recently.
“It’s hard for me to pinpoint when really. Absolutely getting recognition from some of my favorite artists had a lot to do with making the idea [of producing for a living] more plausible,” he said. “I have always felt making a career out of this was possible, I really do believe anything is possible if you want it badly enough.”
Though he admits luck played a role.
“Everything outside of putting together a good product still relies on sometimes being in the right place at the right time,” he said.
Before he was producing sexy beats, Mark had been DJing and witnessing the scene changing with the trends. The Dirtybird sound, he feels, always has a bright future.
“One of the things I really enjoy about the Dirtybird sound in particular is that it’s not pretentious. It’s fun, sometimes downright silly, but always infectious and forward thinking,” Starr said. “I think the forthcoming Players Compilation really shows that as well, even in terms of how Dirtybird has evolved its sound as a label over the years.”
I talked to him about his thoughts on a producer’s will to experiment with new sounds, instead of sticking to a genre or tempo.
“I think everyone should do whatever the heck they want as long as they are having fun. Fans will naturally have a predisposition to kind of assume what you will put out … or how you will play but I don’t think it’s exactly fair. I think the true fans will respect an artist’s desire to experiment if they so choose.”
Starr knows this from experience.
“I’ve produced a lot of different stuff and released it, too. Only recently have I found a really particular sound that I am comfortable with, and, even still, there will be some more deep-house based tracks coming out, along with the 808 heavy ones in the future. I think everyone has the right to express themselves and have fun. The people who enjoy it will dance, and that is unbelievably rewarding.”
And what about the haters?
“If they happen to not like a particular song because its not what they are used to, fine,” he said, “but they can at least respect it!”
When he has to get his mind out of production mode, Starr likes to dive into some video games.
“I enjoy some Call of Duty, Black Ops 2 (Add me Markstarrsounds come get some). I’m trying to see what other producers out there play,” he said. “It’s a guilty pleasure. I really should spend less time on it. I haven’t gotten to play much these past few weeks though!”
But he also loves spending time with his girlfriend and cats, and some good food here and there.
“Shrimp, lobster, any seafood, Italian, any pizza, chicken parmesan, maki of any kind.” Starr said he’ll eat almost anything.
I finished off by asking him what’s one party he wants to paly before he dies.
“A dirtybird BBQ, maybe one in Ibiza someday!” he exclaimed.
Well, the BBQ always has surprises. If not this year, here’s to hoping the Starr rises in 2014! (But we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing him here for WMC/MMW)