“To be able to hear sub frequencies is essential for my music production. It’s obviously not convenient to bring a subwoofer with me on the road. The SUBPAC is compact and enables me to listen and feel sub frequencies almost anywhere. This is a big game changer as I would usually be guessing how loud my sub bass level is when I’m not in my studio. It’s now quite difficult to experience bass music without it!”
Q&A with David Starfire about the SUBPAC:
What role does “feeling” play in the music you make and love?
Feeling the bass is very important because it’s the main energy of the song. It’s the lifeblood of the track and can be felt throughout your body.
Has the SUBPAC changed the way you create, produce or mix music? How could “physical audio” change our relationship to sound and music in the future? What excited you about the Feel SUBPAC project?
It has become an important part of my creative process and also for my final mixdowns. The SUBPAC can replicate what the audience feels in front of a huge festival system. Read More...
Physical audio I think will be important for the deaf community as well as VR and entertainment uses. There are so many different ways it can be used such as sound healing. Producers can now produce songs that can go well beyond the frequencies that you can hear and that’s exciting!
I’m excited to be involved in this new, uncharted territory and look forward to hearing what others are creating. It allows artists to work with frequencies that haven’t been heard/felt before. This will create a new community of artists and an place for fans to hear/feel this before unheard/felt spectrum of music.
How could “physical audio” change our relationship to sound and music in the future?
What excited you about the Feel SUBPAC project?
About David Starfire:
David Starfire is a world-renowned producer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ that is known for his signature “global-glitch-bass” sound. His niche is mixing world instruments and fusing them with modern beats. For his DJ sets, he often performs with percussion and various world instruments such as the phin (Thai lute) or the tumbi from India. His sound has brought him to perform at some of the most amazing places on earth, including the Pyramids of Giza, The Coliseum at Caesars Palace and Coachella. Read More...
David has performed at festivals and shows along with some of the biggest electronic artists including Skrillex, Bassnectar, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, David Guetta, Diplo and countless others. He’s performed around the world in exotic places such as India, Thailand, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia and most major cities in Europe. Festival highlights include Coachella, Winter Music Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Love Parade, Outside Lands, Electric Picnic (Ireland), Shambhala(Canada), Burning Man and Wakarusa.
David has released 4 albums and 6 EPs in the last 10 years as well as various singles and remixes. David’s Ascend album reached #7 on the iTunes world music chart and # 5 on the RPM and World music CMJ charts. His songs have been remixed by the likes of Govinda, iLL Gates, An-Ten-Nae, Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique), Kalya Scintilla and Kaya Project.
David’s songs are featured on several TV, cable, movies and video games. Some highlights include 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. His songs are featured on several music compilations including Sony, Lonely Planet, Red Bull, Craig’s List, and his song “Shout it Out” was regular rotation at Starbucks.
David’s signature sound has led him to perform public and private shows for Lucas films, Samsung, Sprint, Beats Audio, Google, Siemens, Nokia, HP, Symantec, Virgin Galactic, Roland, Digg, MacWorld, Best Buy, Flaunt Magazine, CAA, Red Bull, Warner Music, Atlantic Music, Industrial Light and Magic, Chobani Yogurt, Hotel W, City of San Francisco and many others.
David has collaborated with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Ooah (of the Glitch Mob), Natacha Atlas, Cheb i Sabbah, Gaudi, Govinda, Ganga Giri, FreQ Nasty, Desert Dwellers, Beats Antique, William Close and members of Beck’s band. He produced an official remix for reggae king, Sizzla and he’s had two #1 bootleg remixes on the Hype Machine that included the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. In 2015 he released an album from his side project with FreQ Nasty called The Dub Kirtan All Stars that features the Grammy Nominated singer Chaytanya.
In 2016, David released his Karuna album where he traveled to the Thai-Burma border-zones to collaborate with Burmese refugee musicians, which was a first for an electronic artist. All of the proceeds go towards a non-profit to pay for education for Burmese refugee children. Other collaborators on the album are Alex Grey (the well-known visionary painter), William Close and the Earth Harp (runner up on America’s Got Talent), and Govinda. The album cover was designed by the world-renowned digital painter, Android Jones.
Q&A with David Starfire about the SUBPAC:
About David Starfire:David Starfire comes from a legacy of well known Creole musicians from New Orleans and a distant relative to the famed Voodoo priestess Marie Lavaue. Growing up listening to music from around the globe, he’s one of the leading music producers that is best known for blending world music with glitchy bass music.
David’s festival performance highlights include WMC, Coachella, Shambhala, Outside Lands, Symbiosis, Wakarusa, Love Parade and Lightning in a Bottle. He recently released his Karuna benefit album where he collaborated with Burmese refugee musicians and notables such as Alex Grey and William Close and the Earth Harp. David looks to the future and currently collaborating with virtual reality programmers and SUBPAC for next level immersive audio-visual-physical sound experiences.
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