ByStarlight takes pride in pop persona
They just released their debut album, Antics on June 4, and it has been demolishing the pop airwaves.
As predestined from the beginning, front man Nigel John Crowe responded to a
Facebook post from keyboardist and singer Rachel Ashmore, to help out in a local acoustic gig downtown Vancouver, and then soon after, high school friend and fellow shoe enthusiast Jeff Zipp was tossed in to the mix with a quick roll of the digital rolodex.
“I walked up to Nigel after a show and said, hey man if you’re ever looking for a real guitarist give me a call,” laughed Zipp. “Not realizing I was joking, a couple years later he gave me a call, and I figured it was time to dust off the old guitar and learn how to play again.”
With the support of 604 Records and long-time friend and mentor Josh Ramsey, front man of Marianas Trench, as well as the hands off approach of the well known Dave Rave Ogilvie, the band was able to create and push their music into a newly evolved bombastic scene of popular music.
“He (Ogilvie) won’t say anything until something sounds really bad. And then he’ll step in and give some input,” said Ashmore. “As long as he’s sitting there quietly listening, you know you’re not doing so bad.”
Inspired by pop artists such as Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Pink and basically anything written or produced by Swedish music master Max Martin, ByStarlight voices remorse of lost loves, and teenage laments of what could have been, but are set apart by their electronic heavy synth lines, and dueling male and female vocals.
“We’re all about having our visions colliding. It’s great to have different perspectives mashed in to one great final product,” said Crowe.
All of their songs start with an acoustic guitar ballads and vocals, as synthesized guitars have become a staple for modern pop music. ByStarlight puts it quite simply, that if a song can be good stripped down with just the bare bones, and then it should be even better fully produced.
“You can’t give people something fake.”
It’s crystal clear that this band is making music for all the right reasons.Their war of attrition has been lengthy and they know all too well what being starved out and broke means, just like most commencing artists.
“It sucks that there’s no money in it but it’s kind of a good thing,” said Zipp. “Nowadays the people that are still in the industry know that it’s shabby. They’re the people who are really in it for the long run, the people that really care.”
Their love of song and the universal language of music is what keeps them pursuing their dreams of sharing themselves, and evolving into an ever-evolving forward pop force to be reckoned with.
The down to earth group has created a form of musical art that can be related to and felt by anyone in any walk or time of life. They don’t crave fame, but only comfort. Their goal is to one day have a world tour fully equipped with so many lights, lasers and so much smoke you are thrust full force in to an auditory and sensory overload.
“I can’t think of anything better than traveling the world, meeting cool
people, playing music everyday and getting paid for it” said Crowe.
Ashmore chimed in.
“We would love to have Justin Bieber sized world tour, with like 50 semi-trucks and fans singing all the lyrics to our songs because they genuinely like it,” she laughed. “And Jeff wouldn’t mind a nice Porsche.”