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STARLING

London, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
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"STARLING - Public Service"

https://myspace.com/essejmusica - The Music Hideaway


"STARLING - Public Service"

https://myspace.com/essejmusica - The Music Hideaway


"STARLING"

Starling are a British quartet, formed back in 2008. Now, usually the term quartet is just used offhandedly to say there are four of them, and there are, but the connotations to classical music overlap perfectly well with the group. From the first track I heard, Be Someone, I was drawn in by the fluttering piano and full feeling of the strings. That’s not to say that their songs aren’t modern and catchy – the la la la’s in The Simple Life spring to mind on that front. The more classical elements don’t date the music or take away from its mainstream appeal. Instead, it gives them a fresh and interesting sound.

Their MySpace page doesn’t offer much in the way of information about the band. Daniel James is the man with the voice and the guitar, Vanessa James and Keith Nixon offer backing vocals as well as keyboard and bass respectively and then John Pullan sits behind the drums. A short biography sits underneath their calendar of upcoming shows – a gig in a London venue named The Dublin Castle threw me off and left me a bit disappointed.

I could easily spot their zeal and enthusiasm for what they do when I skimmed through old blog posts. Plenty of Oh My! moments, as well as the always welcome declarations of love for their fans. Their last post won me over even more, where they explained the meaning behind their album’s title, Public Service. They talk about how once art is put out into the world it gives something to each observer – just like a public service. When musicians see their work as art, and not solely a product or business, frankly, it makes their music better.

The guys, and girl, have clearly worked hard to create their own sound and, like all good bands should, they write their own stuff. When Daniel sings, you can hear true emotion behind the words. They’re performing their music because that’s what they love to do. A labour of love is always sweeter to listen to. And they certainly aren’t afraid of the work that’s involved, as Daniel explains in the Sounds of Change’s Be Somebody video.

Taking A Break has a nice and funky intro, lots of twangy strings and solid drumbeats. The song’s energy doesn’t relent at any point and is definitely one of my favourites. How Do You Change opens with a big orchestral feel and slips unnoticeably into splashy cymbals and Daniel’s powerful vocals. He’s got one of those great voices that can serenade the softer songs with a gentle croon and hit the high notes during those dynamic catchy moments. Another worthy mention is Believe In Me. A smooth, melodic song; a good choice to listen to while relaxing. Although their MySpace hosts ten songs, I’m going to be greedy and state that my ears require more.

Starling are currently touring the UK and their new album, Public Service is now available on iTunes.

Follow Starling on Twitter @starlingband. - Pop Culture Monster


"STARLING"

Starling are a British quartet, formed back in 2008. Now, usually the term quartet is just used offhandedly to say there are four of them, and there are, but the connotations to classical music overlap perfectly well with the group. From the first track I heard, Be Someone, I was drawn in by the fluttering piano and full feeling of the strings. That’s not to say that their songs aren’t modern and catchy – the la la la’s in The Simple Life spring to mind on that front. The more classical elements don’t date the music or take away from its mainstream appeal. Instead, it gives them a fresh and interesting sound.

Their MySpace page doesn’t offer much in the way of information about the band. Daniel James is the man with the voice and the guitar, Vanessa James and Keith Nixon offer backing vocals as well as keyboard and bass respectively and then John Pullan sits behind the drums. A short biography sits underneath their calendar of upcoming shows – a gig in a London venue named The Dublin Castle threw me off and left me a bit disappointed.

I could easily spot their zeal and enthusiasm for what they do when I skimmed through old blog posts. Plenty of Oh My! moments, as well as the always welcome declarations of love for their fans. Their last post won me over even more, where they explained the meaning behind their album’s title, Public Service. They talk about how once art is put out into the world it gives something to each observer – just like a public service. When musicians see their work as art, and not solely a product or business, frankly, it makes their music better.

The guys, and girl, have clearly worked hard to create their own sound and, like all good bands should, they write their own stuff. When Daniel sings, you can hear true emotion behind the words. They’re performing their music because that’s what they love to do. A labour of love is always sweeter to listen to. And they certainly aren’t afraid of the work that’s involved, as Daniel explains in the Sounds of Change’s Be Somebody video.

Taking A Break has a nice and funky intro, lots of twangy strings and solid drumbeats. The song’s energy doesn’t relent at any point and is definitely one of my favourites. How Do You Change opens with a big orchestral feel and slips unnoticeably into splashy cymbals and Daniel’s powerful vocals. He’s got one of those great voices that can serenade the softer songs with a gentle croon and hit the high notes during those dynamic catchy moments. Another worthy mention is Believe In Me. A smooth, melodic song; a good choice to listen to while relaxing. Although their MySpace hosts ten songs, I’m going to be greedy and state that my ears require more.

Starling are currently touring the UK and their new album, Public Service is now available on iTunes.

Follow Starling on Twitter @starlingband. - Pop Culture Monster


"Celebrating Indie Artist Starling"

In the rise of 2008, Dan, Vanessa, John, and Keith fused their passion for poetry and music and formed Starling. Their cross pollination of genres mixed with raw emotion and the grandeur of large string sections and energetic live performances are creating a stir on some of the most influential stages in the UK, including London's Water Rats and the infamous Dublin Castle. Starling have also crossed the Atlantic to capture the hearts of their American counterparts. With gigs booked throughout in the year and a tour of the USA to promote their debut LP Public Service, Starling is set to change the perception of what a band should sound like.



How do you describe your music to people, Dan?
It's a four-piece alternative rock band with an orchestra in its back pocket.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was captivated by music and the live performance of it ever since I was a child. My elder sisters had guitars and I knew from the age of about 6 that was what I wanted to base my life on.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Go to art galleries and have my mind blown!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
To constantly improve my art and reach more people with it.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A fireman.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I have played in bands since I was 10. And from the age of 15 I was playing most nights with different groups. Most of these were with musicians that were much older so I really gleaned from their experience. I played in all kinds of groups including; rock, pop, jazz, salsa, prog, bluegrass, blues, metal. So these helped me gain an understanding of communicating music.

What other artists out there do you love?
Some of my favorites are; Elbow, Muse, Sigur Ros, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Bon Iver, to name but a few.

What does your future hold?
Lots of crafting my art; I'm constantly aware of the necessity to improve and grow, and I love the challenge. We're always writing and learning and researching music. However, the more that you discover about it, it seems you only realize that there's far more that you don't know! Based on that I think no-one will ever get to the end of music, it's far too big! Aside from that, we will release another album next year and do lots more touring, including across the US. - Such Cool Stuff


"Celebrating Indie Artist Starling"

In the rise of 2008, Dan, Vanessa, John, and Keith fused their passion for poetry and music and formed Starling. Their cross pollination of genres mixed with raw emotion and the grandeur of large string sections and energetic live performances are creating a stir on some of the most influential stages in the UK, including London's Water Rats and the infamous Dublin Castle. Starling have also crossed the Atlantic to capture the hearts of their American counterparts. With gigs booked throughout in the year and a tour of the USA to promote their debut LP Public Service, Starling is set to change the perception of what a band should sound like.



How do you describe your music to people, Dan?
It's a four-piece alternative rock band with an orchestra in its back pocket.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was captivated by music and the live performance of it ever since I was a child. My elder sisters had guitars and I knew from the age of about 6 that was what I wanted to base my life on.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Go to art galleries and have my mind blown!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
To constantly improve my art and reach more people with it.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A fireman.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I have played in bands since I was 10. And from the age of 15 I was playing most nights with different groups. Most of these were with musicians that were much older so I really gleaned from their experience. I played in all kinds of groups including; rock, pop, jazz, salsa, prog, bluegrass, blues, metal. So these helped me gain an understanding of communicating music.

What other artists out there do you love?
Some of my favorites are; Elbow, Muse, Sigur Ros, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Bon Iver, to name but a few.

What does your future hold?
Lots of crafting my art; I'm constantly aware of the necessity to improve and grow, and I love the challenge. We're always writing and learning and researching music. However, the more that you discover about it, it seems you only realize that there's far more that you don't know! Based on that I think no-one will ever get to the end of music, it's far too big! Aside from that, we will release another album next year and do lots more touring, including across the US. - Such Cool Stuff


Discography

Public Service - LP (Debut Album)
1. Be Someone
2. Live And Let Love
3. The Simple Life
4. How Do You Change The World?
5. My Sunshone
6. Gemstone
7. Believe In Me
8. Story Of My Life
9. Taking A Break
10. Can't Keep Pushing
11. Long Way From Home

Lights (Single) - video release

Lights Remix (Brazil) (in Top 40)

Dream Again (LP) (release @ SXSW, Spring 2014)
(featuring 12 songs and 2 B-sides)

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Bio

Starling are a four-piece British rock band from London who offer catchy rock riffs blended with a grandeur orchestral sound, are bringing a new shape to the musical landscape. Starling was born in 2008 after friends Dan, Craig, Sol and Vanessa, discovered a shared passion for creating music that doesn't just make you want to move your feet, but also moves your heart. They all met through being professional musicians playing for artists in stadiums across the world such as, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, The Wanted, Kate Nash, Penguin Prison, The Saturdays, Enrique Inglesias, Claire Maguire, to name a few. The band found a common love of music and decided to form STARLING.

Having then toured extensively across the UK playing at venues including London's prestigious O2 Arena and on BBC Radio, the band have already gained a strong fan base who are eagerly awaiting this ground breaking album that they took most of 2012 to record set to be released in 2013.

The band's decision to produce it themselves has given Starling the musical freedom to develop their own distinctive sound which sets them apart from their 'manufactured' counterparts. They refuse to be put in a mould, instead they continue to forge their own shape and style. This brings a refreshing musical authenticity to Starling that is loved by an ever-growing audience. Starling don't just demand your attention, they take you on a musical journey coloured with passion, grit and emotion. From the catchy guitar-driven rock riffs of 'Lights', to the emotionally tender stripped back acoustic vibe of 'You let me go', the band fill every track with the unique Starling sound.

For Starling, music shouldn't just be played - it should be felt, and they skillfully communicate with a genuineness and emotional intensity that connects with their audience. Tracks such as 'You can feel love' and 'Dream again' have an anthemic feel, with soaring strings and gigantic riffs. This is rock with a heart, it beats loudly with a fresh, exciting vibrancy.

Starling are well known for their atmospheric and emotionally uplifting live performances. The distinctive vocals and energy of charismatic front man Daniel James and the compelling onstage musical synergy of Starling draw you in. You feel like you've been invited to join four friends on the night out of their life. Starling's tunes have a way of getting inside your head and before you know it you'll be singing along.