Award winning music-producer from Vienna. Electronic Dance & House Music in the styles of Purple Disco Machine/Claptone/Mark Knight etc. More than 150 releases on Labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Positiva, Spinnin', Sony, Sony, Toolroom, Universal etc. Huge network in the music industry since 25 years,.
Sugarstarr is a DJ/Producer project based in Linz (AT). I produce music in the genres of House/EDM (Funky, Deep, & Tech House, Techno) for myself as well as for other artists. Since 20 years I create these kind of style which resulted in many No. 1 chart-positions as well as gained support from names such as Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta, Fat Boy Slim, Oliver Heldens, Tiesto, Mark Knight, Claptone, Martin Garrix, and many more. Over the past 25 years I built a huge network in the music industry with contacts to nearly all relevant labels in the biz.
If you wanna work with me please let me know if you need a remix, a full (ghost)-production or just a simple beat you wanna perform along with. I'm open for everything as long as the vibe is given.
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Interview with SUGARSTARR
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are lots of artists/bands I worship from my youth in the 80s, such as Quincy Jones, or Depeche Mode. These guys are just outstanding, but un-collaboratable.. Actually there's one hilarious guy I'd really like to collaborate with - Marc Rebillet. Watch his videos and you'll know why ;-)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be yourself. Let it flow and try to go your own way instead of being a copycat. Bring in your very own touch
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly House Music (Deep/Funky Techhouse)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: That I'm pretty much creative without having a clear plan. When producing I'm in a flow state and the result can be anything.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start with the drums and the bassline, which are the most important components for Dance Music. When they're sitting right I use to add whatever needs to be added. Sometimes percussion elements to bring out a clear groove, then already thinking about a song-element which can be a simple chord positioned here and there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Back in the days I used to work with a few pieces of outboard gear. Over the years VSTs and all in-the-box solutions got so much improved that I decided to completely switch over to work just with my Macbook Pro, a Novation Midi Keyboard, two JBL speakers (cheap but faithful & reliable). As VSTs I work a lot with Arturia, Native Instruments and U-he.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As Disco music is currently getting a huge hype again it's the Glitterbox-Movement that I love to enjoy and gives me inspiration.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do (ghost) productions. Full tracks & remixes for clubs, but also for also pop music for radios.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you following a bigger idea for your career? Are you focussing to be a performing artist on big stages or are you just wanna have fun with a single track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hire someone who's also a faithful consultant with style. Someone who is not just doing what your rough briefing is saying, grabs the money and is gone then. Music is something that needs soul. And - I always want my clients feel a good
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Generally I'm happy with my minimal Set Up. But I'd like to have an Arp2600, SE-1, Jupiter 8, just to play some sweet sounds while the turtles are dancing around me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started DJing in the late 80s. But it took my 10 years before starting as a producer. Along with a partner I started the project called Syke'n'Sugarstarr back in 1998. After splitting up in 2013 (we're still very good friends) I continued my solo-career as a DJ & producer. So it's already more than 35 years I'm closely connected with music professionally. But - there's no end in sight. I'm still hungry and wanna tour the world again when Corona has ended finally.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Years ago I was answering: #FunkyTechHouseWithVocals AndSoul And - it's still the same these days