I’ve just launched a KICKSTARTER for my next album where I plan to live in Thailand for 2 months to record and produce an album with Burmese Refugees. Proceeds from the album sales will go directly back to their community for language and educational services.
There are over 2 million refugees that have left Burma (also known as Myanmar) since 1962 when the military junta took away their freedom and many have fled to Thailand. Even though the government has transitioned to an elected government, not much has changed and they can’t go back to their homeland in fear of persecution. With this migration, their music and culture is becoming a lost art. I hope to bring about awareness to their situation and also share their music with the world. Music is the language that everyone understands, it’s healing and hope to bring communities from around the world closer together.
I’m calling the album “Karuna”, which means compassion in Sanskrit, and refers to the desire to remove suffering from people that are displaced from their homeland. After the album is created, the profits from this future album will go directly to those in need. I’m partnering up with the Thai Freedom House in Chiang Mai which is a non-profit organization that offers language and educational services to Burmese Refugees.
I know that music can make a difference in peoples lives and with this project I hope to give back to those who need it most. I’m really excited about this project so check out the video and I have some great rewards like to have me come DJ in your living room!
The Untz premiered my new David Starfire Caravansary 4am mix that is similar to sets I had at Burning Man this year! Amazing interview by Graham Berry about my new label Amrita Recordings and recent releases! Awesome photos by Darrin Harris Frisby! Check out the interview HERE and hit red play button below to hear it!
My new EP titled “Transformation” is out on my Amrita Recordings label and is free! These songs were originally slated to be on my last album “Awakening,” but I decided to release them separately because these songs have more of a “hip hop” vibe. The EP opens with “Darshana”, and features exotic South Asian instruments such as sarangi and shenai with lush strings for a powerful yet beautiful track. The second track, “Shofar”, has a reggae inspired dancehall feel with skank guitars and heavy dub bass. The third song, “Soma Dreams”, is a psychedelic audio landscape of with sitars, bansuri flutes and heavy 808 bass that rattles speakers. The last song, “Apsara”, has a true hip hop feel mixed with bhangra instruments from India such as the tumbi and tabla. Blending bass music with indigenous world music is a natural progression, deep in ones core DNA. This EP was inspired by transformational events in my life and a shift towards a higher consciousness in humanity. A major component to this shift is music, and the intention of this EP is assist on ones journey. I hope you enjoy it as much as I had making it!
As a gift to my fans, I’m releasing my new album “Awakening” for free on my newly created label, Amrita Recordings for three weeks! I put so much love into this album and feel that I’m now at a turning point in my life. So, this record is about new beginnings and awakening to how everyone is connected through the vibrations of music. I hope you enjoy it! You’ll find that I’m diving deeper in the Psydub genre, fusing music and voices from Tuva, Nepal, Tibet, India, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, Turkey and Australia. I assembled an all-star cast of musicians, collaborators and remixers for this worldly journey. Ganga Giri, one of Australia’s most acclaimed didgeridoo players, is featured on the funky psychedelic glitch hop song Daksha. Jamie Janover, one of the top dulcimer players in the country, is featured on the deep and entrancing song Duality. On the song Sharaj, my long time collaborator Rik Shiva is featured posthumously, as the song was recorded only months before his passing. On the melodious song Sultan Stomp, the master oud player Inner Forest is featured. Kaya Project, well known in the world beat genre, and one of my favorite artists, produced an up-tempo dancehall remix of Sharaj. Finally the last song on the album, Veer La Lutz, is an original unreleased song by Kalya Scintilla that was remixed by me. The stunning and psychedelic artwork was created by well-known visionary artist, Shawn Hocking. I hope you enjoy the album as much as I fun had making it!
I was interviewed about my music production by Vespers at the Warp Academy and was an great experience! The questions were mostly about making music and the programs, VST’s etc I use to produce it. It’s an hour long and we get really into it!