Ever since the 80s I have been aware of JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR but I haven’t interviewed them until now. But better late than never and with a new album out there is no excuse to not check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you started was it a given that the name of the band was to be Jack Starr’s Burning Star? What was it that made you make this choice?
– I wanted the band name to have my name in it and my real last name is Starr and the reason for that is not because I have a big ego and like to see my name everywhere but instead the real reason is because I had a bad experience where I was fired from a band before Burning Starr and so I decided to have my own name as part of the band name so that I could not be fired. The name came about because I guy came up to me in a club who knew that I was looking for a name and said “Man you really burn on the guitar, you should call your band Burning Starr” I went home and thought about it and I decided that it was a good name
You guys have been around for so long now so what is the drive to continue? What is there that you haven’t done yet?
-You are either born with drive or you or not ,for me I have always had a lot of drive even as I get older, what motivates me now is the desire to make great music and as time goes by and technology become available to everyone ,it makes it so that all musicians are on a level playing field and everyone can afford to sound good,so I ask myself why can’t I make an album that sounds as good as Iron Maiden, or Saxon or Ozzy and the answer is I can! That is really what me and my band mates have done with the help of course of our great engineer Kevin Burnes and our world class producer Bart Gabriel. We spent over five years making this album and I truly believe it is one of the best metal albums of the last ten years. As far as the question ,what is there that we haven’t done? Well there are many many things that I would still like to do but the first thing that comes to my mind is that I would like Burning Starr to play at the Sweden Rock Festival just like my good friend Mike Favata did a few years ago, (Mike is the drummer for Thor) and he told about what a great time he had in Sweden and how much fun it was to play at this iconic festival
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I think that every musician picks and chooses what he likes about different musicians and singers and tries to incorporate them into his style ,I know for instance that my bass player Ned Meloni likes the bass playing of Steve Harris and Pete Way (ex UFO) and sometimes I can hear those influences but it is mixed together with many other influences and this becomes his style which I love hearing
When you are in a band/an artist does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement, of something greater?
-Yes as a musician it does feel like we are part of a greater movement and one that has the power to change the world and make a cultural impact, I think that some of the bands from the sixties like the Beatles were able to do that
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-I don’t think that it is important but I know that the fans sometimes expect you to look a certain way and this is okay except that sooner or later everybody ages and changes so it is unrealistic to expect your favorite rock stars to never change ,for instance Robert Plant the singer from Led Zeppelin does not look the same but he is still a great singer and the creator of a great style of vocals and that will never change
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they
-The lyrics to Burning Starr albums are very important and lyrically we are influenced by everything from Dio to Dylan and Shakespeare to the Stones ,our songs tell stories and the lyrics have an important place in that story, in fact our new album is really a concept album and all the songs are inter related and have a central theme , Stand Your Ground is an album about the demise of western civilization and the clash of cultures that we are seeing in Europe now
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Albums are still important and they can and do coexist well with the digital world. I am also very pleased that vinyl is making a comeback and I proud to say that Stand Your Ground will be available on a double gatefold vinyl album
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think that it will be a little of both and I am proud to be a part of both worlds, the digital world scares me a little to be honest ,I like to own things like books and dvds and cd’s and to have control of my own destiny and that is what we wrote about in the song Destiny on the SYG album, and speaking of which, if radio still plays heavy metal in Sweden I think that this could be a hit song because it is very catchy and has a European influence
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We plan on touring but the extent of it will depend on the success of the album as that will dictate how much and where we will play ,but I and the rest of the band would love to play in the beautiful land of Sweden
What lies in the future?
-The future for our band Burning Starr lies in having a well received album that people will hear and say to themselves ” this is great ,why aren’t these guys more well known” and if enough people say that, than soon enough we become more well known and appreciated , so in closing I would like to say to our friends in Sweden that we have worked very hard to make a great album and we really hope that you check it out , Metal Regards, Jack Starr ,Florida 2017
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