As the USA’s dance music scene continues to come of age on a widespread scale new talents are coming thick and fast. Only a few have the staying power to go the distance, however.
Formerly known as Nick Terranova, Las Vegas talent Starkillers has very quickly cut his way to the top of the global electronic scene. Blending big hooks and riffs, soaring vocals, thumping beats and mind-bending effects trickery, his sound is the perfect blend of high-octane, fierce energy and accessible appeal. It’s truly at home amidst the contemporary sound of cutting-edge dance music.
It’s not about subtlety or tradition; instead it’s a question of pushing technology and sound to their limits, and creating in-your-face tracks with plenty of charisma and attitude. There’s nothing mundane going on here. Pitch bending leads, rugged bass, mind-warping FX, huge builds and drops; everything in a Starkillers track is designed for maximum impact on the dancefloor, and his potent blend of electro house groove and sharp trance-laced breakdowns has seen his records signed to huge labels including Doorn, Ultra and Spinnin.
Already Starkillers has picked up two of Beatport’s Top 25 biggest-sellers (as well as a Number 1 with his remix of Armand Van Helden’s classic The Funk Phenomenon), and his sales have continued to soar over the last two years. Fans include Pete Tong who has shown plenty of support for Starkillers on Radio 1, whilst he has also won an IDMA Award nomination for his anthem Discoteka, and has remixed for some of the biggest names in the world including Robbie Rivera, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Jerome Isma-Ae and iiO. More recently his track with the stunning Nadia Ali and 303lovers’ Alex Kenji, Pressure, has received huge support from DJs across the scene and smashed Beatport’s sales charts once again. He’s a producer with integrity, though, so expect him to keep on coming up with the inventive underground goods that have stood him in such good stead to date.