Vogue Binge is introducing a new segment called “Inspiration Interviews,” where I will be interviewing artistic individuals, who will being sharing their passions and success stories. With these interviews, I hope to encourage and inspire others to follow their dreams.
Recently, I had the opportunity of interviewing a talented young lady, named Starrah. Singing, rapping, songwriting, she does it all. See what she has to say about her love for music.
What is your name and title?
I am Starrah. I’m a singer/songwriter/musician who wishes that she could play an actual instrumental like an acoustic guitar to swoon the ladies like John Mayer. Lol.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background as an artist.
I have been making music since I was 13. I started off rapping up until 18. In college I got really interested in how beautifully composed songs were produced and how people could learn to put such things together. So I started songwriting and I didn’t have anyone to sing for me so I sang. Horribly might I add. I kind of taught myself how to sing better I guess. Practice makes perfect.
Would you consider this talent to be your passion?
Yes. Very much so.
If so, when did you realize this is what you love to do?
When I was 15 I did my first rap show in Newark New Jersey. Wendy Williams was there, a young Teyana Taylor was there, and we all performed at Miss Nana’s Birthday Bash. It was just a really cool feeling at 15. I wanted to feel that. Forever.
How long have you been into music?
I’ve been into music for a long long long time. My first memory of music is actually riding in the car with my sister and her boyfriend at age 9. Eve’s debut album “Let There Be Eve” was playing and I just had to learn all of the words. I eventually found the tape in my sister’s room and used to play it in my GirlTalk voice recorder. I probably shouldn’t have been listening to that type of music at 9 but that was my first encounter. I still know the words to every song lol.
Where do you get your inspirations for your music?
Everything really influences me. From past to present. I’m really in touch my own feelings. So when I experience something I try to examine it and just break it down more and more until I get it in it’s purest form to where I can say ooooh okay that’s EXACTLY what I was feeling and I feel better now that I know. And then I put it in a song in hopes that other ppl would find the same relief that I did. The thoughts that plague my mind the most are the ones worth discussing in my opinion. Otherwise they wouldn’t matter so much. So that’s what I do.
What artists are top 3 on your list?
I can only pick 3? 😦 lol. Hmmm…
For now… Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, and James Fauntleroy. No specific order. Jhene Aiko would’ve been next if I could have 4. Drake if I could have 5.
You just recently released “Being Human,” what would you consider to be your favorite track on the EP?
Wow. My favorite would have to be… “Open Heart” and that’s because it displays the event that made me want to work on the EP. My first night in bed alone. After the end of a very long relationship. Feeling alone in every aspect of the word but just being okay with that. I thought to myself that I had allowed myself to be weak. But then I realized I wasn’t alone and I wasn’t the only one in the world feeling that way and that it was all apart of being human. The point of me stripping myself bare in the song was me stripping myself bare mentally, and emotionally and giving the listeners my raw emotions and feelings. And saying here. This is me. I’m a lover. I love hard. I’m going to give love. My heart is open. And this is the consequence sometimes. After that song was written “Being Human” was easy to do.
What has been your biggest achievement/accomplishment this year (2012-13)?
Releasing “Being Human” accepting my self reflection good and bad and putting it out for the world to see. I was so nervous. I defeated my fear of self. I stopped being afraid of what people may think, or what I may be perceived as and I just started living. The day I dropped my EP my view on life change and it’s been that way since. It’s hard to explain but I’ve never been happier.
What are a few of your long-term and short-term goals you have set for your future?
Long-Term goal are Grammys all around my house. Plaques all around my house. I definitely want to work with John Mayer, James Fauntleroy, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna. I want to mold an artist and give them my sound and just make them great! I really hate talking about goals though. Not because I don’t have any or anything but I just like to live on the edge. Everything usually happens in my life because it was destined for me. I believe in fate. And getting what you deserve because you work for it and because you put positive vibes out into the world. And I think everyone has goals. My goals in life are probably no different from the other striving musicians in the world. The only thing different is our views on how to accomplish them and the paths that we have to walk in life.
Where can we keep up with you and hear your music?
I have Twitter: @iStarrah
And I have Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/iStarrahPOP
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
I could talk about myself all day. So I’m gonna just shut up. I do want to send thank you’s out to everyone supporting me! Thank you! And thank you for asking me to do this interview. I enjoyed it. 🙂 until next time. Xoxo ❤
It was great getting a chance to interview her. I’ve been following her music for a while and getting learn about the person behind the lyrics is great. Starrah is talented and has big dreams ahead of her. As you can see, she has a positive outlook on life, ready to take on what the world has for her. Best of luck to you, Starrah, on your music. Be sure to check out her music and download her latest EP “Being Human.” Great things are destined!