David Starfire’s new album, Ascend, is his most “live” project to date. Starfire’s previous efforts for Six Degrees – the five-track EP Bombay Beatz and debut full-length Bollyhood Bass – were predominantly his own doing. Ascend is more of a collaborative effort, bringing in more live musicians instead of relying on loops and samples. Ascend takes Starfire’s trademark fusion of Electronica mixed with Indian and Arabic influences to new levels of excitement. This time however, David is working with a dizzying cast of musical characters, including hip hop pioneer, Afrika Bambaataa, label-mates Cheb i Sabbah & Natacha Atlas, Desert Dwellers and vocalists iCatching and Sheila Govindarajan. Starfire’s live aesthetic, merging with beat-driven dance textures is perfectly at home at the varied venues he’s performed at, including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle and BurningMan.
David Starfire is a producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. His production style is eclectic, fusing world music with EDM, hip-hop and everything in between. He’s performed at large festivals with some of the biggest electronic artists. His music is in high demand with tracks being licensed on major TV networks and commercials. He’s developed quite a following and his unique sound has created fans across the globe.
David is signed with the internationally known label Six Degrees Records, home to artists such as The Orb, Bebel Gilberto, Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Michael Franti, Natacha Atlas and many others. His upcoming new album titled “Ascend” will be released Feb 19th, 2013. His last album, “Bollyhood Bass”, was released in 2010 and has also released 4 EP’s with the latest being “Jumpin Off” in 2011. His tunes have been played on BBC, NPR, National Geographic, XM, college radio and internet stations around the world and charting on several formats.
David’s heritage is Creole and he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Oscar Rouzan, who was a famous horn player in New Orleans and played with the likes of Paul Simon, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and numerous other great artists. His aunt is Wanda Rouzan, who is also well known vocalist in the New Orleans jazz scene as one of the premier musical ambassadors. David started playing the guitar at 8 and by 17, he was composing, producing and recording songs in his bedroom on a 4-track and could play 5 instruments. He then became enthralled with electronic music and gravitated towards computer music production using sampling and drum machines. By 19, David was in a signed band and touring with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Filter and Skinny Puppy. After a brief solo career in NYC and several bands later, David moved to San Francisco and was part of the critically acclaimed band Cellophane Masses. Soon thereafter, his interest shifted towards producing world music and started incorporating rich, textured world music sounds with electronic music.
His signature sound landed him several DJ gigs at large scale international festivals all over the world such as Winter Music Conference, Coachella, Love Parade, the Forum, Musikmesse, Electric Picnic, Shambhala, Harmony, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle and Earthdance. He’s performed at private parties and events for Lucas films, ILM, Samsung, Sprint, Google, Semens, Nolkia, HP, Virgin Galactic, Roland, Digg, MacWorld, Flaunt Magazine, CAA and many others. He’s performed in cities across the world such as India, Canada, Australia and major cities in Europe with rave reviews. He also sets himself apart from other DJ’s by playing bass guitar and electronic hand drums during his set and for special festival shows incorporates a live 8-15 piece band.
David’s songs are featured on several CD compilations such as Lonely Planet, Red Bull, Craig’s List, Six Degrees, Starbucks and many more. He has songs are featured in video games, TV and cable programs such as Lie to Me (FOX), Outsourced (NBC), Live with Kelly Ripa (ABC), ESPN2, Fox Sports, MTV, MTV2, Fuse, Showtime, HBO, EA sports and a Right Guard commercial. He’s a favorite in the belly dance community and is featured on several Bellydance DVD’s and CD’s including the Bellydance Superstars. He co-wrote and produced the 12” of the dance song “Radiation”, which was featured on the national top 20 CMJ independent dance charts. Over the years, David has collaborated with FreQ Nasty, Ooah (Glitch Mob), Cheb i Sabbah, Natacha Atlas, Information Society, Afrika Bambaataa, American Music Club, Wire Train and members of Beck.
David is constantly touring and his shows comprise of a solo performance or “Live Ensemble” that features live musicians, incredible vocalists and top-notch bellydancers for an exciting theatrical show. He’s also a founding member of the Dub Kirtan All Stars project with FreQ Nasty and performs audio/visual shows with VJ Culture under the name StarCulture.