Starley: Fusing Organic and Electronic Sound




Meet Starley. Starley is an up-and-coming musician based in Australia, who premiered her single “Call On Me” in August of last year. A unique facet of her music that I noticed is her seamless fusion of organic instrumentation and electronic elements in a single song. Her music style caught my ear, so I asked Starley some questions about her journey thus far as a musician. Interview by Danielle Leard.


Lithium Magazine: When and why did you start pursuing music?
Starley: I've always [made] music. My mom actually gave me a stage name, Starley. She said she just knew I'd be a performer. I think my earliest memory is watching La Bamba, the Ritchie Valens story, and becoming addicted to the movie. I knew music would be it for me after that.


LM: Describe your songwriting process.
S: My process actually varies; however, for “Call on Me” I was writing in my bedroom, playing around on my keyboard. I just kind of found a chord progression I really liked and wrote on top of that. Lyrically, “Call on Me” kind of poured out of me. It was a real therapy session for me, writing that song.


LM: Who are some of your favorite musical influences?
S: Mariah Carey was a huge influence for me. Obviously, Ritchie Valens as well (whom I mentioned above). I also love artists like Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran . . . I could keep going.


LM: What type of work ethic is necessary for your line of work?
S: You have to be extremely dedicated and focused to be successful in this industry. There are so many people who [will] tell you no or that you're not good enough. So, you just have to believe in yourself and put in the work/effort to get yourself to where you need to be.


LM: What are you working on right now?
S: I'm writing my album!


LM: What are your plans for the future?
S: I don't really have set plans. I just want to continue making music that touches people! Obviously, I'd love to tour and all that as well. But, really, it's all about making a living doing what I love.


LM: How would you describe your music?
S: My music is a mixture of organic instrumentation (real pianos or guitars, etc.) and dance music. I guess it's referred to as dance/pop? If you had to categorize it, that is!


LM: Can you tell us when you're planning to release your first collection of music?
S: I'm working on my album now, so once that's ready to go, I'll release it into the world.


LM: Are there any messages you strive to convey in your music?
S: Hope. I want to give people hope. I also want to write about things that I'm going through so when people listen, if they can relate to it, they can know they're not alone.


LM: Is there anyone you'd like to collaborate with in the future?
S: Yes, absolutely. I love Coldplay. I love Ed Sheeran. I love Sia!


LM: Have you experienced any struggles as a woman of color in the industry?
S: When I was younger I had an experience where I was told I'd need to lose weight and straighten my hair to "make it." However, I don't know that my ethnicity has had a massive effect on my music. There are definitely racial disparities in Australia and I'm proud to be a woman of color who's having success from Australia, but I come from a mixed family and have never felt like my race has been a huge issue.




LM: Where do you see yourself in three years?
S: Making music.


LM: Okay, I’ve got to know. What is the meaning behind your cover art for your single “Call On Me”?
S: I have always loved lady beetles (or “bugs” as you say in the States). When I was a kid I used to go out in my backyard and sing to them, hoping they would come out so I could see them. They were a memento of hope for me as a kid. So, when it came to creating the single artwork for my record, I just knew I had to use the lady beetle in some way.


Check out Starley’s stunning music video for her single “Call On Me” here.

You can keep up with Starley on her Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

7 comments

  1. she sounds lovely! i'll defintely check out her music sometime this week

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  2. i love that anecdote about lady bugs
    i'll be checking her out too

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