“Will you be getting some action this weekend?” Gina Star tweets. No she’s not talking about that, she’s talking about “Action,” her latest big house anthem release. Both the LA Times and E! Entertainment (yes, they're on EDM culture too) have said she’s a DJ to be on the lookout for, evidenced in the fact that David Guetta and Tiesto have featured her music on their radio shows. Star initially gained recognition with “This is Hollywood,” which went top 10 on Beatport and #1 on the Progressive House charts, and landed her a contract with UK-based Toolroom Records. In addition to Toolroom, the petite blonde is signed to a wide range of labels throughout the world, ranging from Australia to South Africa to Luxembourg.
Star initially drove her friends crazy when she first started DJing. She bought seven vinyls from a record store in Houston and repeatedly played those records until she learned the skills needed to DJ. Those skills have been instrumental in bolstering the house DJ’s career, which has seen her graduating from playing at clubs to entertaining fans at exclusive VIP parties and festivals. With her growing career, 2013 is sure to be a monumental year for Star.
To get an insight into what makes this DJ tick, check out the top 5 tracks she can’t live without.
This was certainly a difficult task, as there is so much amazing music to consider. My choices were based not only on that one track, but also on the artist’s body of work and the role they’ve played in my life.
1. Fleetwood Mac “Never Going Back Again”
This simple song always seems to lift my spirits, from the plucky guitar to the passionate vocals. It wasn’t one of their hit singles, but it’s a classic to me.
2. Counting Crows “Anna Begins”
The Counting Crows were my favorite band for many years, because I just love Adam Duritz’ voice so much, and he is so intense on stage (my cat is actually named Adam after him haha). The lyrics of Anna Begins are quite abstract, but I love untangling the poetic words each time I hear it.
3. Ace of Base “The Sign”
This was the title track off an album that really opened up my eyes; it made me realize how much I loved electronically produced music. I was so obsessed with Ace of Base that I literally took my Walkman everywhere.
4. Jim Croce “Operator”
I still remember where I was the first time I heard this song – I was 16 waiting tables in Dallas, and when it started playing over the system, I stopped dead in my tracks. Croce is a legendary folk singer/songwriter – always simple and honest.
5 The Cure “Strange Attraction”
Robert Smith is a genius; in this song he tells an intricate story about falling in and out of love, while keeping the most perfect catchy melody. A little movie starts playing in my mind every time I hear it.