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Mistah Wilson: Thanks, Starchild for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. How ya been? Starchild: Hey thanks so much for having me and reaching out. I've been doing well. Appreciate the opportunity to talk with you. Mistah Wilson: So our audience can get a clear understanding of who you are, could you give us a quick background on yourself? Starchild: I'm a 36 year old wife and mother who has a passion for music, especially rap. I've been writing songs since I was about 13 years old and just recently started to record some songs at home. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to get into the music business. I wasn’t as concerned about being famous and being in the spotlight. What I really want to do was write. I love to rap but would really like to be one of those people working behind the scenes. My dream has always been to see my name listed as a writer and/or producer of a song. Mistah Wilson: So, you’re from Pasadena, Maryland. What’s it like living there? Starchild: It's great! I've lived in Maryland me entire life but have been in Pasadena for about 9 years now. Pasadena is great because you're just about 30 mins away from some of the bigger cities in Maryland like Annapolis and Baltimore. Even Washington, D.C. isn't that far from where we are. There is a lot to see and do here which is great, plus we love living near the water.
Mistah Wilson: Tell us about tha events that led you to become an artist… Starchild: For as long as I can remember, music has been in my life. Back in the early 1990s when I was a teenager, when you bought CD singles at the local music stores, there was always an instrumental version of the track. I’d play those instrumental versions and write my own raps to them. Throughout my teenage years, I was able to use my writing to help me through tough times. It was easier for me to write in a song how I felt then say it out loud. I’d find myself writing song lyrics just about everywhere. Sometimes they were jotted down on the margin of my notebooks at school. Other times I’d use cash register receipts, when I worked retail, to write down lyrics that I would come up with on the fly. I’d come home and compile all of my notes and before you know it I had songs written. Same thing happens today...I am always jotting down song ideas somewhere. Mistah Wilson: When writing songs, how do you deal with tha dreadful writers block? Starchild: It's kinda funny because I can normally write song lyrics pretty quickly. Most of the songs that I've written within the last few years I've completed in a day
Mistah Wilson: A good friend of mine’s mother has told me that I am a Starchild. I looked further into it and it kind of makes sense. How did you get tha name Starchild? Starchild: I actually got the name from Mike Maven, lead vocalist of the group Young Pandas. I came across his band a couple of years ago and began chatting with him about my music. I had been trying to think of a name to use as I began to get my music out there for people to hear and Mike came up with Starchild. As soon as I heard it I knew it was perfect. It really fit...my last name is Stary and its been a childhood dream of mine to be in the music business. So Starchild it is!
and it's always on the days I am home sick from work! I don't know what it is...maybe I need to be sick more often! I'm constantly writing down notes or ideas for songs...either on scrap pieces of paper or on my phone. If I get writer's block, I'll pull out those notes and see what I can put together. Even listening to other artists music helps sometimes too. It puts me in the right state of mind to get back and write more.
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Mistah Wilson: Are you actively performing at tha moment? Starchild: No, not currently. I've actually never performed live before but it's something I definitely want to do. I'm just now getting the time to get my music out there and hopefully can find some open mic nights to start out with first. Mistah Wilson: Are you an independent artist or are you signed with management? Starchild: I'd consider myself an independent artist. I record my music from the comfort of my home now but would love to be able to actually work in a studio one day. Mistah Wilson: Who are some of your musical influences? Starchild: There are almost too many to name! I'm a huge fan of the 80s and 90s and grew up mostly listening to 80s and 90s hip hop, rap and R&B music. I've always been inspired by the female artists in the music industry. My biggest influences are TLC, Salt n Pepa, Queen Latifah, and MC Lyte. They were women I could look up to, who were positive role models and doing what they love. I hope that one day my music will be is as influential to someone else as their music was and still is to me.
Mistah Wilson: From your stand point, what’s tha current state & condition of Hip Hop today? Starchild: I miss the kind of old school rap that I grew up listening to…the type of songs that actually told a story and didn’t have a bunch of foul language. That is the kind of music I want to write and bring back! We need more positive female rappers out there too. Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music? Starchild: I just want to make music that everyone will enjoy. I'm not looking to be famous or make a lot of money. I want my music to be able to influence people like the music I grew up listening to did for me. I have a lot to say through my music and I just want to get it out there for everyone to hear. It's also important for me that the music I make means something to me too!
Mistah Wilson: Where do you draw inspiration from when writing new songs? Starchild: All of my inspiration comes from everyday life. I try to write about things that people can relate to. We've all been in love, had our hearts broken, fought for something we believe in, been through good times and bad. There are always songs out there that take you back to those major moments in your life and that is what I want my music to do for everyone. Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists that you’ve worked with? Starchild: Since I'm just starting out I haven't worked with anyone yet. My husband has been my biggest supporter and has kept me going with pursuing my music. Hopefully I'll get to start working with some artists soon. Mistah Wilson: Name some artists that you’d like to work with… Starchild: Wow, that's a great question. I'd be honored to work with anyone really. I'd love to be able to work with some of my idols like MC Lyte or TLC. Even someone like Pink, who is amazing! Mistah Wilson: What has been some of tha most challenging obstacles for you when pursuing a career in music? Starchild: For me it's been finding the time to actually work on my music. Being a wife and a mom and having a regular job doesn't leave a lot of time to write. But I always try to fit some time in each week to do a little something with my music.
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Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for up-and-coming artists looking to pursue a career in entertainment? Starchild: Believe in yourself! Never give up on your dreams. I've been working on my music for over 20 years now and I'm going to keep pursuing it until I can get it out there for everyone to hear. Mistah Wilson: Hey, Starchild thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. It’s been awesome! If you got any shout outs, let’s hear em…
Starchild: Thanks so much for having me! I'd definitely like to give a shout out to my husband, daughter and the rest of my family and friends for all of their support. Also a special shout out to Mike Maven and the Young Pandas! ♦♦♦ Mistah Wilson: What have been some of tha more rewarding things? Starchild: I've entered some songwriting competitions and have actually be a semifinalist. I've also had some of the poetry I've written published in a book. Mistah Wilson: Where can people check your music out online? Starchild: Right now I've got some songs out on ReverbNation and Soundcloud. I've also got an audition video out for the OneShot Rap competition. I'm currently the 14th highest voted video in the NYC submissions AND the highest ranking female emcee! Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/chrissy1979 ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/chrissystary OneShot Audition: http://myoneshot.tv/entries/?item_id=1646 Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to tha community to you? Starchild: It's very important to me! My husband and I actually work with a nonprofit organization that helps raise money to cure childhood cancer. We've been working with them for over 10 years now and it's very special to both of us. I always try and help out and give back to my daughter's school as well.