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PRESS RELEASE FOR STARLA STARSHINE

INTRODUCING STARLA STARSHINE! 

 Hello!! to the SoCal-Based Singer-Songwriter and Mental Health Activist – a Bohemian Flower Child in Leather, Whose Dancey-Trancey Debut EP Red Lagoon Sounds like Jim Morrison Making Love to a Hot Girl from Portugal. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Los Angeles, California – January 9, 2019 – Like the classic tune from “Hair” goes, it’s time for the earth to say hello to Starla Starshine. She’s an emerging singer, songwriter, mental health activist and former rock and roller whose music is trippy modern indie dancey-trancey but whose lyrics are pure bohemian poetry from someone who wants to love you on a level like no person could ever. Her music, which she introduces in gripping, soul-transforming fashion on her edgy but otherworldly three-track debut EP Red Lagoon, sounds a bit like what might happen if the brooding Jim Morrison was making love to a hot girl in Portugal. “Red Lagoon is my sound, my vibe, my child, what my soul would sound like,” she says. “When you listen to these five songs, you’ll know my aura, and who I am.” 

Starla’s from Orange County, California, but she’s more like a time traveler, an anachronism from the hippie era whose punkish edges and teenage years as a rocker make her music sound as much the future as the past. Born in the bloom of spring to a botanist dad eager to impart the musical flower child aesthetic of his generation to his daughter, Starla wrote her first song at 13 for John Lennon, her first muse, her first love, the “first time I ever felt butterflies,” and “my rock and roll Jesus throughout.” She identified most with men who were loud, misunderstood, raw and intensely alive, ala Lennon and Bob Dylan. These legends helped her find her true soul, which she likens to a poet boy filled with rage and love, both extremes always competing for the light. Though a flower child at heart, she’s never worn a flowered dress. She’s forever the Bohemian clad in leather, fishnets and thigh high boots. 

The music was stirring in the artist who would become Starla Starshine long before adolescence. She would listen and daydream about being on stage and what she would be wearing. “My little soul was filled with visuals that turned out to be prophecies that came true,” she says. She began writing lyrics born of teen angst and the pain of youth at 13, and launched her first successful rock band, Rebel Heart, at 15. She attracted the interest of iconic DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, aka “The Mayor of Sunset Strip,” who played “War of Life” and other original tunes on legendary station KROQ. Her first record also did well in England and Japan. Then at the end of her teens, she took a breather. The music she was making wasn’t truly her. The music she’s making now in her 20’s totally is. The listener must be prepared to be mesmerized, hypnotized, seduced, sonically, lyrically, body and soul, every which way. She sings about love, the good, bad, ugly and groovy. 

The three songs on Red Lagoon are the perfect gateway into this grounded yet surreal Starla Starshine experience. The infectious, playfully swinging “Bad Boys” is about falling for that person you crave even when the Universe tells you to brake and steer clear from that harmful idea of love. It’s real life – Starla falls frequently for dudes who look like Jesus but roll like Lucifer. The fuzzy trancey “Lover Man” takes the opposite approach, a fantasy fulfilled where she falls in love with a real man. The moody, murky and immersive “Red Lagoon” finds her losing herself and literally bleeding so that someone else doesn’t have to.” 

A passionate mental health advocate, Starla is putting the finishing touches on a book called “Emotional Overdose,” a semi-autobiographical book which reveals her deeper, more vulnerable story and the ultimate source of her life’s hard-won truths. “I’ll go to Congress with my book and ideas,” she says. “It all comes down to one simple thing. Listen to the children, talk to the children, love your children and do not hate or resent them when they are individuals and not just clones of yourself. If we all listened to the thoughts and hearts of kids, we would be better human beings. They’ve got all the right answers and we need to stop programming them to not feel as they authentically do.” 

About: 

Starla Starshine is a goth-trance singer-songwriter with a new alternative album out now entitled, Red Lagoon. 

Contact: 

Starla Starshine 

starlastarshine@gmail.com 

Links: 

Official Site: https://starlastarshine.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starlastarshinemusic 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/starlastarshine 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starlastarshine

Bandcamp: https://starlastarshine.bandcamp.com

 

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THE PETER PRINCIPLES 

The minutiae of music and more.

Having been a promising young teen with a rock vibe, Starla Starshine has emerged from the chrysalis fully reborn. The transformation suits her well. Her new EP Red Lagoon is the sort of dreamy, transcendent music that sets itself apart from the endless tides of made-to-order pop. Exotic textures support pointed lyrics that deliver an authentic vibe that can’t be faked. Starla Starshine is a passionate artist, and she is here to make her voice and beliefs known. 

It will be a busy time for her. In addition to Red Lagoon she plans to release a full length album, and is putting the final touches on a book entitled Emotional Overdose. All three projects are part of a unified vision on her part. This vision is to spread not only awareness of her creative muse, but the important topic of mental wellness. 

Starla calls in to discuss all these projects, her songwriting processes, and just how happy she is to be going forward as her true self…

 

 INTERVIEW

BY:

Richie Frieman  

President/CEO  

The Pen's Eye View                    @PensEyeView 

She may have been born in Orange County, but we think you’d agree that powerful singer/songwriter Starla Starshine is actually from another plane – a place where hope reigns and music rocks. Starla says her music “sounds like Jim Morrison making love to a hot girl from Portugal”…and that’s one of the best descriptions we’ve ever heard. Rocking stages since she was 15, Starshine has gone through numerous evolutions, from rock n’ roller, to gutter poet, to what’s represented on her latest record (Red Lagoon) – redemption maker

 We asked Starla about the 3-song effort; she told us, “My album is dedicated to the broken hearted who rise from the dead and start again…It’s a record that makes you wanna be free. Close your eyes and turn the music all the way up. Let it take you away. Poetry is the first thing that comes to me. After I hear the melody, soon the hook comes. That’s been my process since I was 16 and it’s the one that stuck.” Clickto https://www.facebook.com/starlastarshinemusic/ to check out Red Lagoon, and while you’re there, investigate Starshine’s newest book as well. Do all of this, of course, right after a real good readof all the answers to the XXQs below.  

XXQs: Starla Starshine 

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre? 

Starla Starshine (SS): My music sounds like Jim Morrison making love to a hot girl from Portugal. 

PEV: Born in Orange County, California, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert? 

SS: I grew up listening to the 60s. John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Ray Davies influenced me deeply. I think my music sounds like one of them and a fairy goddess slow dancing under a blood red moon. I don’t remember my first concert – I was so tiny. But my favorite memory was the time The Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies looked at me and leaned down and said, “What are you doing here?”, and kissed my cheek. I’m obsessed with the Kinks so that was heavenly. 

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?  

SS: I fronted my own Rock N’ Roll band from 15 on. I feel most alive on stage; I guess that’s why I can’t shake that feeling. 

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Starla Starshine show? 

SS: I will be singing lullabies to the crowd with dreamy imagery projected behind me. It is going to be Starla’s Disco for the Damned. A place where all the freaks, beautiful black sheep, boy girl human hybrid fairies will be celebrated and loved. 

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform? 

SS: That I am coming home. 

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience? 

SS: It is a reminder that I am alive and able to do what I was born to do. I am grateful. 

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? 

We asked Starla about the 3-song effort; she told us, “My album is dedicated to the broken hearted who rise from the dead and start again…It’s a record that makes you wanna be free. Close your eyes and turn the music all the way up. Let it take you away. Poetry is the first thing that comes to me. After I hear the melody, soon the hook comes. That’s been my process since I was 16 and it’s the one that stuck.” Clickto https://www.facebook.com/starlastarshinemusic/ to check out Red Lagoon, and while you’re there, investigate Starshine’s newest book as well. Do all of this, of course, right after a real good readof all the answers to the XXQs below.  

XXQs: Starla Starshine 

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre? 

Starla Starshine (SS): My music sounds like Jim Morrison making love to a hot girl from Portugal. 

PEV: Born in Orange County, California, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert? 

SS: I grew up listening to the 60s. John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Ray Davies influenced me deeply. I think my music sounds like one of them and a fairy goddess slow dancing under a blood red moon. I don’t remember my first concert – I was so tiny. But my favorite memory was the time The Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies looked at me and leaned down and said, “What are you doing here?”, and kissed my cheek. I’m obsessed with the Kinks so that was heavenly. 

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?  

SS: I fronted my own Rock N’ Roll band from 15 on. I feel most alive on stage; I guess that’s why I can’t shake that feeling. 

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Starla Starshine show? 

SS: I will be singing lullabies to the crowd with dreamy imagery projected behind me. It is going to be Starla’s Disco for the Damned. A place where all the freaks, beautiful black sheep, boy girl human hybrid fairies will be celebrated and loved. 

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform? 

SS: That I am coming home. 

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience? 

SS: It is a reminder that I am alive and able to do what I was born to do. I am grateful. 

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? 

SS: Fairies, mermaids, children who are misunderstood, drag queens, princesses who are trapped in towers and never allowed to express themselves. Abolishing all shame and celebrating the weirdos, outcasts, and rebels. Love, hate, blood, pain, anxiety, depression, rebirth. My album is dedicated to the broken hearted who rise from the dead and start again. 

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today? 

SS: Absolutely. I feel like a tiny moth who almost didn’t make it. This era of my life is about celebration. Starla is a butterfly with wings made of stardust. She is alive in the night sky right now. 

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you? 

SS: I don’t relate to anything beautiful. I belong with the gutter poets. And with the Rock n rollers who never felt good enough. 

PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it? 

SS: I take long breaks from writing. If a song doesn’t come to me organically, like a gift from a spirit or a past life, I don’t write it. I don’t pursue it. 

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out? 

SS: Immensely. It’s close to beautiful now. I started out very young in the industry. It was much crueler only a decade ago. Unconventional features were not celebrated. Rock n’ Roll wasn’t and still isn’t something you make money doing. So I worked hard to find that sweet spot. The loop hole where I am doing something I love and never selling out. I had management tell me no one wanted to work with “The Jim Morrison” artist. That I was writing music that was for hippies and hippies are dead. People tried to make me pop and the type of pop I don’t respect. So I left the industry for a long time and as I changed and evolved, so did it. It was time. I dig the way it’s headed. I’m grateful I can create moving pieces that are deep and groovy enough for people to dance to. 

PEV: What can fans expect from your edgy but otherworldly three-track debut EP, Red Lagoon? What was the writing process like for this work?  

SS: It’s a record that makes you wanna be free. Close your eyes and turn the music all the way up. Let it take you away. Poetry is the first thing that comes to me. After I hear the melody, soon the hook comes. That’s been my process since I was 16 and it’s the one that stuck. 

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet? 

SS: Definitely Japan. 

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? 

SS: My folks and my brother are the most supportive. They believe this is what I’m meant to do. They are with me during all highs and lows. I love my supporters. Anyone else is just background noise. 

PEV: What do you like doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music? 

SS: I’m obsessed with high fashion. My passion outside of music is studying all the past designers and muses they had walk for them. I think Galliano and Mugler are the most majestic designers. The pieces are ethereal and not from this planet. I love super models from the 70s, and 90s. My soul is most moved by Studio 54’s scene. I think people like Veruschka and Donyale Luna are mesmerizing. 1969-1974 is where I grab all my inspiration from. 

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why? 

SS: John Lennon is my answer to everything. He has been my life long inspiration. I love him because he’s so raw and flawed. I don’t care about the peace activist he became. I find much more comfort in the angry boy he was in his youth. I identify with that the most. Present day would be Lady Gaga. To me she is truly the closest thing to a supernova. 

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now? 

SS: I don’t know of one but I hope to find them and play a show with them. 

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career? 

SS: Fashion Designer. 

PEV: So, what is next for Starla Starshine? 

SS: Touring this new record, working closely with Epilepsy foundations for my brother. Singing to children in group homes and orphanages. My book will be out next year. It is very much the sister to my record Red Lagoon. The two go hand in hand. I just wanna sing. I am so happy I get to do this. 

For more information, click to https://www.facebook.com/starlastarshinemusic/. 

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Best, 

Richie Frieman 

President/CEO 

The Pen's Eye View                   

@PensEyeView 

@RichieFrieman

 

Modern pop is a wonderful musical realm, and one more difficult to do well than you might imagine. The best pop music is the variety that matches memorable melodies with an artistic edge. Starla Starshine has mastered this unique artistic juxtaposition with Red Lagoon. She has all the skills necessary to create pop songs, but also the element of artistic mystique. She’s created an irresistible aura that makes the listener want to know about this cool chick’s creations. Although she’s nothing like her, sonically, she’s learned – whether directly or indirectly – from Lady Gaga that in this day and age, one requires more than just enticing sounds to be successful; one also needs a unique image that separates an artist from the rest of the pack. Starshine takes us to the beguiling Red Lagoon and dares us to enter the murky water along with her. https://www.facebook.com/starlastarshinemusic/ -Dan MacIntosh SKOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC. https://skopemag.com/2018/10/27/starla-starshine-presents-red-lagoon-3-song-teaser ”

Dan MacIntosh

E.P. REVIEW        

Starla Starshine 's   EP– Red Lagoon is scheduled to be released March 31st,2019.

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Sometimes you have to take a break from what you’re doing to truly find the true direction you’re supposed to be traveling in. This is the best way to describe a musician who is currently calling herself Starla Starshine. Having been raised in Southern California to a botanist father, the young lady was truly a “flower child”. The woman now known by the name of Starla Starshine started off as a rocker of sorts when she started a band in her mid-teens. But she wasn’t truly happy with the results and took some time off. And now, a bit later, she has returned with a renewed sense of self and a new desire to create music. In fact, she currently is promoting a new three-song EP entitled Red Lagoon. These three tracks have been released in advance of a full-length album soon to be released.

The most important track from Red Lagoon from Starla Starshine is, of course, the title track. The track “Red Lagoon” begins with the sound of the keyboard creating an orchestrated feel to the music. That orchestrated feel soon fades as the music takes on a rather strong Pop-like sound that would is rather reminiscent of something from artists like Lady Gaga. The guitar and keyboard parts on the track blend together to form the basis of the track, while the strong beat provided by the drum machine helps to bring the track together. What is created is a track that contains both a strong New Wave vibe and a more current musical style. Although most of the track consists of keyboard-based sounds, the inclusion of the guitar gives the song additional depth to help bring the track alive. There is also a slight darkness to the music in the form of some production value that helps to add some depth to the track. That darkness fits well alongside the rather somber, macabre lyrics about the singer saving the one she is singing to from drowning the in the “Blood Red Lagoon”. With the inclusion of slightly dark lyrics and the slightly retro feel to the music, “Red Lagoon” feels as if it would fit in well alongside acts from the eighties such as Soft Cell as well as today’s acts such as the aforementioned Lady Gaga.

Another track on the Red Lagoon EP from Starla Starshine is the song “Bad Boys”. Where “Red Lagoon” contained a little darkness in the music of the track, “Bad Boys” comes across as much lighter in nature. That is, the musical portion of the track has a lighter, more pop-like quality to it. The lyrics, on the other hand, contain a little darkness as Starla Starshine sings about being attracted to the kind of boys that mama would warn you to stay away from. The lyrics to “Bad Boys” come across with some simplicity; not an over-simplicity, but they do feel rather familiar and that leads to the listener being able to join right in on the refrain of the song after only one pass through that section. While “Red Lagoon” was released as the initial single for the EP, you can easily see “Bad Boys” as the next track to be featured.

Starla Starshine’s Red Lagoon EP comes to a close with the third and final track. The song “Lover Man” changes things up a tad. There track features a Rock and Roll feel that is equal parts Alternative Rock and a style that brings to mind artists like Pat Benatar or even Joan Jett. The track features a Rock and Roll approach that comes with an easy pace to the music but with an energetic feel at the same time. Part of that energetic feeling comes from the deep feeling of the bassline of the track and the driving feel of the drum part. The vocals from Starshine contain a certain amount of Rock and Roll feel while also containing a slightly operatic quality to them. While possibly the least energetic of the three tracks on the EP, the track of “Lover Man” has a rather catchy feel to it.

The three tracks that make up the Red Lagoon EP from Starla Starshine are both diverse in their styles and still rather solid. The three tracks each have a strong commercial quality to them. While “Red Lagoon” may be the lead-off single for the release, each and/or any of the songs featured on the Red Lagoon EP could become popular if only given the chance. For those who like Pop/rock music, Red Lagoon from Starla Starshine is just what you’re looking for. And the three tracks from this EP are just a small tasting of what is coming as a full-length album from Starla Starshine is on its way.

For more information, check out Starla Starshine’s PR Firm, Whiplash PR. Click on the logo below to visit their site.

The full-length release of Red Lagoon from Starla Starshine is due to be released later this year. Right now, however, you can check out the lead-off single of the release called “Red Lagoon” by clicking HERE.

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