My team here at NeonScoop had the privilege to get out of the Californian sun with me and soak in the cultural goodness that New York had to offer for the past week. We had a blast in the East Coast and met some awesome people in the process!
I performed at several events including a Charity Fundraiser at the world renowned Oheka Castle in Long Island, New York. Towards the end of our brief tour, we had the opportunity to sit down with Gregg Carlucci on the Carlucci Show and Cyruss Web on Conversations Live for in-depth interviews and a look into my life and career as an aspiring artist. If you missed out on the live interviews, you can get another chance to watch it down below!
The Carlucci Show with Gregg Carlucci:
Conversations Live with Cyruss Webb:
On September 1st, I was able to sit down with the Music Initiative Magazine and take a look at my life as an artist; from where I started, my roots, to where I am now as a person as well as a performer. The interview went extremely well and landed a 4-page spread feature!
Check it out here: http://issuu.com/themusicinitiative/docs/dance/15
Here’s an amazing writeup by Osvaldo Castillo of El Observador– the leading bi-lingual online and print publication here in San Jose!
“Entertaining people has been Aki Starr’s passion since his early teens, when he performed as a break dancer on Powell Street in his hometown of San Francisco. He is known internationally as a 5 star threat for his singing, songwriting, producing, acting and modeling. Starr’s Pop music has been featured in popular TV shows. He is an accomplished actor, appearing as Cesar Chavez in the highly acclaimed musical adaptation of Cesar’s life in ‘Let the Eagle Fly’.”
Catch the rest of the article here: http://news.el-observador.com/2012/07/19/starr-continues-to-shine/
Earlier this June, I had the pleasure to sit down with Alysia Stern of Freestyle Mania and talk about my career as an artist.
“Aki Starr, whose music has been heard on these hit television shows: Jake 2.0, Desperate Housewives, Malcolm In The Middle & Knock First, has had an incredible musical run since he began his career at a very young age during the height of the Freestyle musical years in the mid ’90s, as a singer with Warner Bros group Spanish Fly. His ambition and dynamic voice has taken him across the world and now he is back solo with a new smash hit “The Closer I Get to You!””
If you want to read into the juicy details and check the rest of the interview, Read here: http://freestylemania.com/blog/aki-starr-interview-2012/
“Aki Starr, formerly of freestyle music duo Spanish Fly, recently signed to the Renegade Music Group (RMG) label and has debuted his first single and video, “The Closer I Get to You,” which is a remake of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway‘s dance classic from 1977.
Within the first week of this video’s upload, he’s accrued more than 40,000 views on YouTube! He was also the top “dance music” hit on Twitter last week.”
iTunes Shines a Spotlight on Aki Starr
“The Closer I Get To You” featured as new and noteworthy dance single
San Francisco, CA – June 26, 2012 – Renegade Music Group is proud to announce recording artist Aki Starr is being recognized as a featured artist on iTunes. Starr’s breakout hit single and video “The Closer I Get to You” has become a viral sensation and is now featured prominently on the front page of the iTunes dance music section as a new and noteworthy single.
Starr’s “The Closer I Get To You” is a remake of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s classic love ballad from 1977. Since its May 8th release on YouTube, “The Closer I Get To You” has gone viral, resulting in nearly 126,000 plus views. The momentum has carried over into other social media sites with Starr receiving more than 40,000 plus likes on Facebook and more than 97,000 followers on Twitter.
“These past few weeks have been a whirlwind,” said Starr. “We knew we had something special as we made the recording, and now to see “The Closer I Get To You” catching on across the world is truly amazing. I can’t wait to get out there and get “closer” to my fans!”
Starr’s version of “The Closer I Get To You” is also available on Amazon, Spotify, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, iHeart Radio, Verve Life, Google Play, Simfy and Deezer.
Aki Starr Social Media:
Aki Starr Rolls Out The Closer I Get To You Video Hit with Renegade Music Group
More Than 40,000 YouTube Video Views in One Week
San Francisco-May 17, 2012–Aki Starr, a 5 Star Threat – singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and music producer, is the first breakout artist for the Renegade Music Group label. Starr is an overnight social media sensation with his hit song and video “The Closer I Get To You” gaining more than 95,000 Twitter followers, 40,000 YouTube downloads and 38,000 Facebook Likes globally.
Starr’s breakout hit “The Closer I Get To You” is a remake of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s classic love ballad from 1977. Starr’s version of “The Closer I Get To You” is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, eMusic, Zune, Rhaspody, Nokia, iHeart Radio, Verve Life, Google Play, Simfy and Deezer. Prior to his solo career, Starr was lead singer on Jorge Santana’s, Gracias Madrecitas.
Aki Starr Links On-line:
“Dance music lovers if you like dance music check out my homie Aki Starr!”
Sway Calloway, MTV Reporter, Personality
“Aki Love the video! You got the voice and soul in you to make it real. Go for it!”
Jorge Santana, Founding member of Malo famous for their hit song “Suavecito” and brother of Carlos Santana
“The Closer I Get To You – Best kept Secret Electro Mix. Super Cool. Amazing remix and video!”
Stevie B, Singer Songwriter and king of freestyle
Just last week, I was featured as the top ten most played song in Dance clubs across the US!
Thanks to all the listeners out there– keep on dancing!
I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with NYTime’s About.com music editor, Carlos Quintana. It was a pleasure speaking with him and I think our interview went extremely well!
“Aki Starr is a talented and versatile artist whose music is heavily influenced by the sounds of Pop music. His first solo single “The Closer I Get To You” is one of the hottest dance songs out there. I recently had the opportunity to ask him some questions and this is what Aki shared with me about his music and career.”
Check out the rest of our conversation here!
Early last month, I was featured on MTV’s Sway’s Universe for my hit single, “The Closer I Get to You”!
Check out the complete article here!
“Fun fact: Aki Starr is a breakdancer from the Bay’s dance crew, the Renegade Rockers, and used to make music with Sway and Tech back in the day!”