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StarRo

StarRo

Rexx Life Raj

Wed, Nov 9, 2016

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

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StarRo
StarRo
Producer, artist, embracer and curator; Tokyo-born starRo is all these and more. From high art to street culture, from classical music to gaming soundtracks, from food and fashion to philosophy and psychology, starRo has spent the past five years creating and crafting a cultural, sonic-led movement that has begun to take seed across the planet.

The LA resident has repeatedly proven himself a modern-day Renaissance Man for all artistic seasons. Rotating artist-participation installations at Los Angeles Natural History Museum, exhilarating live band and visual showcases with Gavin Turek, Jarell Perry and special guests, global tours with Chet Faker and Little Dragon and performances alongside Flume, Gold Link, Anderson Paak, Toro Y Moi, and Giraffage, and fashion collaborations with Wolf & Man and Hotel 1171, have placed him on the international influencer map. Most recently, a month long series-special on Apple Music’s Beats1 international radio station exploring different musical genres that have both affected and inspired his own production. Dance, hip-hop, rock and Asia’s JPop and Idol Music all make an appearance, reflecting the diversity and complexity of starRo’s sound.

That sound is the hinge around which all starRo’s other creative aspects revolve. A soul-driven groove that flits in and out of different persuasions, his music draws from both digital and analogue, organic and mechanical, from past and present. Stevie Wonder, Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Neptunes, Sly Stone, J Dilla and Bill Evans all have a part to play in starRo’s world. From his earliest releases in 2011, the Komorebi EP and ‘Eternity’, through to 2013’s Soulection ‘White Label EP’ release and Loodma Recordings’ ‘Touching The Void feat. Mikezilla’, 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Emotion EP’ and 2016’s gamer-tinged ‘Milk’ single on Majestic Casual, starRo continually pushes the boundaries of his own sound, and consequently our listening experience.

With tours across Asia, Europe and the United States scheduled for the rest of 2016, music releases lined up and Beats1 confirming his position as a key musical influencer and curator, those seeds starRo planted years ago are now beginning to bear incredibly delicious fruit.
Rexx Life Raj
From the land of the Hyphy where slaps are king and going dumb is encouraged, Berkeley, California's Rexx Life Raj stands out by making music for the brain and the heart that's still pleasant to the ears. Raised by a God-fearing mother and Black Panther father in the mecca of progressive politics, Raj's music perfectly articulates the beauty and struggle of being a young black adult in 2016.

He transitions from hilarious anecdotes and clever bullshit to heartfelt gems about relationships, the loss of his best friend, and self-reflection, often making him both teacher and class clown on the same record. With his uncanny ability to shift seamlessly from rapping his ass off to singing his heart out, Rexx Life Raj has become one of Bay Area music's most unique voices.

Raj found his passion for music by way of his church upbringing and the encouragement of his mother. While his mother nurtured his creativity, Raj's father showed him the beauty and challenges of being a black male growing up in America, as well as the value of hard work.

He further solidified his relentless work ethic as a football player for the Division 1 football powerhouse, Boise State University, making him the first in his family to attend college. Although his talents on the field earned him a full scholarship, Raj admits that football was never his real passion; music was.

After graduating with a degree in Communication, Raj retuned to Berkeley to concentrate on his music career, releasing projects that have been featured prominently on the front pages iTunes, TIDAL, Google Play, and in popular Spotify playlists. In the process, he has garnered accolades from press outlets such as The FADER, Noisey, Pitchfork, Pigeons and Planes, Mass Appeal, HotNewHipHop, GoodMusicAllDay, TeamBackPack, DJBooth and more.

His debut album, Father Figure, is a nod to Raj being a natural-born leader or "Dad," sharing the game and knowledge he's accumulated as a son of racially conscious parents, as a musician, as a D1 football player, as a businessman, and as a life-long lover of learning.

Ranging from hilarious to profound, the 13-track released June 24th, boasting contributions from artists such as Nef The Pharaoh, Mikos Da Gawd, Julia Lewis, ymtk, and more.
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