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Interview with Star Noir

Star Noir has recently released a fantastic debut album, full of deep ambient synth tracks. We had the chance to chat about it and others things.

Check out the interview.

Headphones For Robots: Who is Star Noir?

Star Noir: Star Noir is an alter-ego, born from the more night-dwelling, outrageous and angry side of myself.

HFR: What can you tell us about your reverse star logo?

SN: The inverted pentagram relates to the battle and domination of matter over spirit.  I have always been interested in all sides of religion and spirituality but never really subscribed to one idea.  I think we all have an internal battle within us and around us, the battle between good and evil, darkness and light, matter and spirit, The logo and name represents that within me.  

HFR: You have recently released Society, your first album.  I think that you initially wanted to name it Dead Society. Is there a message of hope behind this change?

SN: That is a great question and yes, I think it does.  Since I started making music a year ago I have moved away from the darkness I felt at the time of starting this process and I suppose as such my isolation and view of society as changed.  The album is still a statement and a warning but I guess it’s more reasoned and less angry.

HFR: What was your approach on composing this ambient album? What were your musical and non-musical influences?

SN: I suppose you could say it’s influenced by everything around me.  When I write music, I write in a ‘cold’ environment which means I refuse to listen to any music (new or old) until I am finished.  I do this to make sure I am writing from inside myself rather than accidentally copying someone else. Musically I think you can hear my love for Nine Inch Nails, Moby, Depeche Mode and John Carpenter.  

HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” gear and equipment?

SN: In my studio, I use FL Studio on a PC with a Maschine studio, midi keyboard, guitar and a Minilogue.  On the VST front, it’s all about Diva, Omnisphere 2, Arturia V collection, Kontakt, and Reaktor.

HFR: What can we expect from Star noir after this album?

SN: I have already started writing a new EP based on everything I have learned so far.  The EP will be a place for me to push myself musically and try out some new styles.  I would like to pull in some more influences from the late 80’s and early 90’s. The rest you will have to wait and see.

HFR: Last words?

SN: Try to be nicer to each other and the world around you.  Check out Society and let me know what you think, I love hearing your feedback both positive and negative.  
Also if you’re in London on the 28th of July, come along to Retro Future Fest and see me playing live!  

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