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Producer, songwriter, and artist, the prodigious lyricist LockStarr has been consistently building a buzz through out the entire Southeast region. The Brooklyn native relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2003, and since then has procured a publishing deal and has become a House producer for Lif Lyne Recording Studio, one of Charlotte's most prestigious recording institutions. She has collaborated with some of North Carolina's biggest artist and musicians, including indie rock/ urban folk sensation JocElyn Ellis, King Carter, Sonny Rich, Nadia Sade and DJ Dexter Dynamite. With influences such as Slaughterhouse, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Kanye West, LockStarr's sound is mixture of message driven lyrics, word play and a distinct vocal delivery, over infectous beats ranging from Neo-Soul to Rock. Her first single Across the Sky from her highly anticipated EP which will be released late September 2010, has been featured on HipHopWired.com's Artist spotlight. With this just being the beginning of LockStarr's bright future in music, one may be left to ask what's next? Stay tuned to the LockStarr Movement...
Why this name?
My hair is a reflection of how I have grown as an artist. Thus the name LockStarr. I've come a long way from where I started and so has my hair.
Do you play live?
I do perform where I live. I've performed at the Evening Muse, Spirit Square, just to name a few. I love to perform, but I'd prefer to do it in different cities than to just isolate myself to my living quarters. While performing at a car show, I jumped of stage...that was pretty dope.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet is a world wide tool, you can use it to reach millions of people, thousands of miles away. The internet changed the industry as we know it by giving an artist like myself the opportunity to promote my music on a national level, something that at one point could only be done my major record companies.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
It depends on the terms and condtions of the contract.
Band History:
Started rapping in freestyle ciphers in my old neighborhood. People were very supportive and always encouraged me to keep practicing. So I started to ink my thoughts down on paper. Recorded my first song in a studio setting when I moved to North Carolina and the rest is history.
Your influences?
I'm a big fan of lyracism so my influences are Slaughterhouse, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Soul Kahn. In terms of composing the Neptunes and Kanye West are 2 of the biggest influences for me.
Favorite spot?
Ruth Chris Steak House.
Equipment used:
Fantom Keyboard, Reasons 4, Pro Tools.
Anything else...?
Mind and ears open? Press play.
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