If you look up the term prolific in the dictionary there’s a solid chance you will see New York born artist DistantStarr. His body of work spans over 20 releases, instrumental albums showcasing Distant’s eclectic style, vocal albums where DistantStarr gives you something unique in every project. With millions of streams under his belt and multiple outlets covering his music and journey, DistantStarr is a one of a kind talent whose output exponentially continues to grow as he does with his audience. Distant’s popularity shines, having an international appeal dropping albums and working with labels outside of the country. Couple this with Distant’s performing tenure and you’ll soon notice he’s nothing short of a legend. As we hit the halfway point in 2020, Distant has already dropped two collaborative projects with no intention of hitting the brakes.
DistantStarr has over 20 years of music experience and it began with his family introducing him to music. His uncle scored big time productions like Eddie Murphy’s “Raw”, his mother always played RnB & Old Soul and his father played a lot of hip-hop. While all this is happening Distant is studying on his own as well, listening to more “obscure” hip-hop music like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Madlib and others. When you combine all of this together, it’s easy to see that DistantStarr was destined to make music and art from the jump. Fast forward to middle school and Distant joined Jazz Band playing the Alto Saxophone and would then transition into creating rap music. A friend actually gave him his artist name, “A friend gave me the name DistantStarr because I was always “spaced out” in my own world.” Distant recalls. “Starr because I never wanted to be a star but my friends felt I was close.”
From there, DistantStarr hit the gas and never looked back, his music is an amalgamation of the art his parents introduced him to, alongside the hip-hop and jazz Distant consumed growing up. You’re guaranteed to get unique sounds whenever you press play on any of DistantStarr’s music, however that does not mean you can box him into one category. DistantStarr’s music provides an experience to pull you away from the usual stresses of reality. “I want people to walk away feeling better. However they felt before listening I just want them to feel better,” DistantStarr says, “Even if it’s just a little bit.” This brings us to DistantStarr’s debut album “Vibe”. A fitting title as this was a compilation of tracks meant to introduce the audience to Distant’s music. Mecca:83 and Dave of My First Moth pressed up the album and distributed it on vinyl. The album received coverage from a number of international outlets including HipHopSpeakEasy, Groovement, WorldWide Hip Hop and more. “Vibe” served as DistantStarr’s coming out party showcasing his poetic flow and ability to make varied production that still comes together as a cohesive and pertinent project.
Here we are in 2020 and DistantStarr hasn’t let up in the slightest, “Vibe” was simply the beginning of a much bigger discourse. Now between independent and label projects alike, Distant Starr has released multiple albums every year since 2014. Seekers 3, Discover Tape, Growth Tape, all the way through his latest releases like “Fine” and “Blade” all encompass different moods and sounds. From hopeful and uplifting to maniacal and menacing, Distant brings all this and more with a work ethic that doesn’t quit. This has led to collaborations with artists like Sir Froderick, Vinny Vendetta and others. Distant’s appeal is worldwide and that's no exaggeration with records being shipped out all over the world. Couple this with the New York emcee collaborating with labels all over the universe it’s no wonder he has well over 4 million streams across all platforms. In the same breath DistantStarr has performed with the likes of Blu, Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief and more. As we hit the halfway point in 2020, DistantStarr has already released two albums with the intention of dropping three more projects including a collaboration, a beat tape and his next solo effort. Press play now let yourself “Get away.”
Written by Michael Stover aka "Big Sto" 2020