ORIGINALS REMIXED presents Riva Starr
Journeying from his Italian motherland by a compelling desire to reinvent, innovate and progress, Riva Starr joins ORIGINALS REMIXED to spin our Trojan Records reggae classic into new realms of eminently danceable house.
A Neapolitan cultural exile with a degree in Chinese literature; a passionate family guy who still manages to juggle a DJ schedule of over 200 international gigs a year, a label and production duties – Riva Starr’s producing talent continues to excite across the globe.
Described by IDJ as “The most exiting name in house music…” Riva Starr is one of four musical masterminds joining us this season for ORIGINALS REMIXED. Stay tuned for the release of Riva’s remix and exclusive documentary from 30th July… until then here are a few words from the man himself.
First of all where did the name Riva Starr come from?
Well…! I tried a few different combinations of words, as I wanted to give it a kind of exotic feel. So, I took inspiration from one of my favorite football players, Gigi Riva who was a national hero, and one of my favorite Hip Hop acts, Gang Starr, and hey presto – Riva Starr was born.
Where do you currently live and/or spend most of your time?
On a plane! Seriously, that’s where I am most of the time. I’ve been living in London since 2007 and prior to that I was based in my hometown of Naples. I often go back to Naples to chill, and make music with some of my friends.
Who's been your biggest inspiration music wise?
It’s almost impossible to pick one, I have a number of people from different kinds of music who have impressed and influenced me over the years, from early rock to funk and soul, to early electro to modern electronic music.
Who's been your biggest inspiration style wise?
I would say everyone who has creativity as their main focus.
Trying to push myself towards other directions has always been my main goal. I hate to feel bored when I’m in the studio, it means that I’m repeating myself in terms of productions so I quickly try and make it fresh with some new ideas.
How would you describe your music?
I leave it to other people to describe my music. I don’t like descriptions as it would mean that my music can easily be placed into a slot and hopefully it’s not like that!
Has your music direction changed over time?
Of course! I don’t trust people who don’t change at all over the years. Changing is a part of growing so it’s an important factor in my life.
Your label Snatch! Records has been releasing really great records, so what do you listen for in a track or artist?
There has to be a good vibe, fresh ideas, good sound quality and of course it has to be a dancefloor weapon! Watch out for releases from Pirupa, Jet Project and Ramon Tapia…
We hear you’ve recently collaborated with some amazing artists such as Fatboy Slim and Beardyman, how did these come about?
I like doing cool collaborations every once in a while. Norman (aka Fatboy Slim) has always been one of my favourite artists on the scene since his early productions when I was a kid. It was a dream come true to get in touch and share some studio fun with him and Beardyman!
Your own music is very eclectic. Is there any particular style that’s really inspiring you or coming through in your music right now?
Everything that inspires me has room in my studio! I’ve been used to listening to plenty of different kinds of music so it is natural that you will find chunks of it in my productions.
Are there any fresh, new talents that we should watch out for?
With the internet era new talents pop out every second by public demand so by the time people will read this interview 10k more will come! I like to work with new musicians and singers like Russell The Disaster, Zara Mcfarlane or Alice Russell – they are writing and singing a few songs for my new album, so you will get to know more about them very soon!
What do you think of Clarks Originals and what it’s been doing with musicians?
Well I have been a huge fan of Clarks Originals for a number of years - I was a huge fan of Dylan Dog comics, who used to wear them even when he was in bed! I like it when a different kind of brand give underground music the opportunity to express itself and spread to a wider audience - music is culture and we mustn’t forget this!
Why do you think Originals has been such a huge part of music culture and style?
Since day one Clarks has stood for originality… in Italy at least. Wearing the Original desert boot was a statement for free thinking and living… throw Trojan in the mix and there’s your answer!
Are you a Desert Boot or Wallabees fan and why?
Desert Boot, cause I’m a traveller!
Keeping things fresh throughout the coming months, we’re releasing a remix for free download every month, while our four artists show you around their home cities of London, Naples, Tokyo and LA in four exclusive documentaries and interviews.
Stay tuned to clarksoriginals.com for Riva Starr’s exclusive documentary and remix released here from 30th July.
Check out Riva Starr’s website here