1 February 2010
I first met David Starfire the first time I DJ’ed in Los Angeles. As you can imagine, when you’ve DJ’ed around the world like I have there are very few places that still have mythical vibes attached to them, but LA was one of those places that excited me as it’s the City of Angels (as sung about in so many songs over the last 50 years) and the home to Hollywood & The Viper Room.
My flight out from London was so delayed that I ended up landing 11pm and had to be on the decks by midnight. Therefore my first gig in LA was a manic rush from airport straight to venue after a ten hour flight, with the last fifty metres from cab to decks done as a sprint. The gig was at The Standard, a LA hotel with its own brilliant Rock n Roll history, and as I entered the club I felt like I was moving through an alien world. Maybe it was my whole life spent watching Hollywood, but walking through the crowd all dancing to mashed up Desi vibes, in this club on Sunset BLVD, I felt like I was surrounded by people who had a different genetic make-up to me and breathed different air. It was at this point that an alien looking figure pushed a skinny arm out to me and pulled me behind the decks and said in the strongest Californian accent ever, “Hi Bobby! I’m David Starfire!”
Since then we’ve DJ’ed together numerous times and both played EPIC sets at Burningman 2009. His set at Hookahdome in the middle of the Black Rock Desert was a scene I’ll never forget as he played some real low down & dirty Desi Dub-Step with a live sitar player joining him on stage for about an hour, as well as a secret 5am back to back Dub-Step set with me at Bass-Camp which literally made peoples ears bleed! Anyway, his new album Bollyhood Bass is out right now on Six Degrees and if you take your electronic Asian music seriously you’ll get this album for yourself right now.
Enjoy this remix he did of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ – something he dropped in the middle of the desert that made a few people I watched, cry with joy.x