EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Starwalker

You may already be familiar with Starwalker, the electro-pop supergroup comprised of Frenchman Jean-Benoit Dunckel (of AIR) and Icelandic composer Bardi Johannsson (of Bang Gang). The duo has just released its debut single, Bad Weather. Reminiscent of both of their past projects, it is as immediate as anything AIR has put out since Talkie Walkie, with panoramic atmospherics courtesy of Johannsson. Its darkly evocative new video, directed by Saevar Gudmundsson and Jeaneen Lund was filmed in Iceland. It follows Dunckel and Johannsson walking through a majestic, deserted landscape, as mysterious hooded figures and black balloons come in and out of the frame, suggesting a kind of fragile, uncertain peace. By the end of the video, the black balloons fade into the ether, like the “Bad Weather” of the past has faded into the recesses of our mind.

We caught up with the pair to discuss about their debut, their musical influences, and their future plans. Read our mini-interview and make sure to get "Bad Weather" here, backed with an amazing remix by Bloodgroup.

Zac: What’s the story behind your name?

Starwalker: We needed a good name for our project.

Zac: How did you guys meet and end up making music together?

Starwalker: We have a common friend that hooked us up, after we tried working on a track and then another and then another and then another and then another and then another and then another and then another and then another and now they are 8…

Zac: Can you tell us a few things about your debut single? What has influenced you the most?

Starwalker: Bad Weather was the first song we worked on together. It combines the universe of ours and is a good Icelandic / French mix. In the lyrics you can find the contrasts of our lives.

Zac: What sort of music were you listening to when you made the song?

Starwalker: We don’t listen to music together. We make it. This collaboration is a good field to try new things and look find a new common sound.

Zac: The "Bad Weather" video clip was screened 24 hours a day throughout the Berlin subway. Why did you choose Berlin? Which is your favorite destination?

Starwalker: Yes it’s cool to have given to Berliners a quick view of the north of Island. Why Berlin? Bbecause we think that this track could work over here. Because of the soundtracky melancholic aspect of the song. Favorite destination? Not berlin sorry. Even if we love it. The south of Europe or south America is very attracting.

Zac: If your first release was a movie which was would it be?

Starwalker: H2G2, hitchickers of the galaxies. I love the charactor who plays the architect of earth at the end of the movie.

Zac: Which is the ideal place to listen to your music?

Starwalker: Taking a bath with a glass of red wine and some girls making dinners in the living room.

Zac: What are you most excited about right now?

Starwalker: About the following. We made the next video and very exited to release it. Also we’ll do a show in Island in March and we’e gonna finish some funky tracks that we love.

Zac: What’s next for Starwalker? Should we expect a new single soon or more remixes?

Starwalker: EP in February with a video. And probably another video in June?

Zac: Music sales and media have changed so much since you first started. How it feels about selling music online and how it feels about illegal music downloads?

Starwalker: People have been trained to download illegaly music. Music became a new economy. Not vertical anymore. No more from up (the factory) to down (the consumers). But from the artist to directly the listeners who consume if they want to. An Horizontal new business. Power back to the people. But creativity rules as ever.

Thank you!

Starwalker’s debut EP is coming soon.

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